Wow...I just got off the phone with a organization to see if they would help us (meaning the faire/festival) out with finding a vegetarian food vendor (are you seeing where I'm going with this? No? Hold on..it's coming...) and this woman (who will remain nameless to protect the innocent but let's for less confusion call her E.) just really irked me to no end.
First of all, I am just putting on this event. I am NOT a vegetarian. I am a carnivore. I love meat. I did try many many years ago to be a vegetarian, and well, it didn't work out for me. I have total respect for animals, I have total respect for my vegetarian friends and my vegan friends (although they are few). I understand how it works, I don't understand all of it, but I get it...really, I don't need to see the videos to prove your point.
This event is for a Renaissance Faire. Most Renaissance Faires have Turkey Legs or Ribs, but not ours...why? The reason is because our little faire is for an Animal Sanctuary and the farm owner is insisting on having a vegetarian menu. The first year, the board of directors almost wanted to go Vegan, which we didn't want to do. It's a stretch having vegetarian food at a Renaissance Faire. You wouldn't believe the comments I got on a Renaissance board (via online) all about the faire being vegetarian. (In other words, we got a lot of flack for it).
I am not part of this farm. I am not on the Board of Directors. But this event is raising money for the farm (which is greatly needed)...so in order for the people to come, there must be food involved and people will eat vegetarian during the day and go out later to eat...I mean this is from 11 to 5 so really lunch in which people don't mind eating a sandwich or salad.
But this lady (E) that I was discussing the event was trying to ask me very probing questions about the Animal Sanctuary (understood) and how they do things, and if it's a non profit, and that we should go vegan.....yes vegan...no meat, no dairy, no eggs....and I said while I understand your opinions and respect them, we need to get the audience to eat, and we are not going vegan. Then she pushed her opinions by asking if I needed a video to see how eggs are mistreated...really? It's an EGG. I eat eggs practically everyday....I actually saw a chicken kill it's own egg...really, I did, but am I going to tell her that? So, all I said at the end was "Thank you so much for your time, it looks like we'll have to agree to disagree and I'm going to go now. Buh Bye."