072513 Vegan Potluck/BBQ at Black Swan Inn, July 26 (334)

TILTON — Have you ever tried a barbecued burger...without the meat? Or potato salad made with a "mayonnaise" that's egg and dairy-free? How about "ice cream" without the cream?

It's hard to imagine, isn't it? But these are only some of the animal-free foods that will be offered at the vegan potluck/BBQ at the Black Swan Inn on Friday, July 26 from 5-7:30 p.m.

Free and open to the public, attendees are asked to bring a vegan (no meat, fish, dairy, eggs, or honey) dish that serves 6-8 people. And if the thought of making a vegan dish seems too daunting, one can always bring a salad, juice, fruit ice/sorbet, or other plant-based food from the supermarket.

"We're receiving donations of veggie burgers, vegan 'seafood' and even vegan marshmallows from companies that want the public to sample their products," said organizer Louisa Dell'Amico. "In addition, Café Indigo, a Concord-based vegan café, is donating their award-winning carrot cake."

Several other weekend activities that are free and open to the public include demonstrations on How to Make Healthy Smoothies for Kids, and How to Make Sprouts on Saturday afternoon; hatha yoga classes and crystal singing bowls healing meditations on both Saturday and Sunday mornings; a silent auction (to benefit VINE farm animal sanctuary) with mostly veggie or animal-themed items as well as a gift basket from Bath & Body Works (which does not test their products on animals); and a demo on Sunday afternoon on How to Make Kale Chips. Plus, science-based DVDs on food and nutrition will be running throughout the weekend.

Dr. Dann and the Off Mission Blues Band will be playing on Friday night also as a VINE fundraiser for a $5 admission fee. A few other activities with a fee attached are: a Vegan Victorian Tea on Saturday afternoon, a pizza party cooking class/sampling Saturday night, and a brunch on Sunday from 10 a.m.- 1 p.m.

Reservations are required for all activities (even the free ones!). For a complete schedule of events, go to www.blackswaninn.net or call Louisa at 729-0248.