Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Conference Food: Palliative Care Conference

Sometimes, I go to conferences. And as you know, vegan food at a conference can be pretty hit and miss... always take snacks! I have been to two conferences this year, with surprisingly reasonable vegan food!

The first one I attended this year was a one day conference on veterinary palliative care. A cheery topic, but such an important one. Palliative and geriatric care, helping make end of life decisions, and helping animals on their way are not the most glamorous parts of veterinary medicine. But they are so crucial. As someone who has not only helped many cats cross that rainbow bridge, but as someone who has said goodbye to my own cats, it is an area that really needs attention and care given to it.

So anyway, FOOD. Right? That's what we are here for. It was a one day conference, with morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea. Remarkably, a few of the conference organisers themselves were vegan (it is so rare that I find any other vegans within the veterinary community!), so they made sure we would be catered to.

Morning tea for vegans was some nice little salad finger sandwiches. The bread had been lightly toasted, so they were nice and solid and hadn't gone soggy.

Morning Tea - salad sandwiches

At lunch, everything was vegan except for one flavour of wrap and the aioli. So I of course took some of everything... and then went back for some seconds. Bruschetta, cous cous salad, veggie wrap, and hot chips. Always give me hot potatoes!

Lunch - Bruschetta, vegie wrap, cous cous salad, and fries

Afternoon tea had some non-vegan cakes, and some fruit platters. Yes, fruit is not the most inventive. Though I had eaten so much at lunch that I was glad for a lighter, fruitier snack!

After the conference I went to my friend Amy's house and she made us some delicious vegan pho. Also this amazing dessert that was called chocolate crack and was something involving salty crackers and melted chocolate and it was aptly named. I know I will always have great food and good company (plus cute cats) at Amy's.

Pho made by Amy

Cute Kitty Photo of the Post

Gumdrop and Layla

Gumdrop and Layla were another two of our recent adoption kittens. They both got a home together!


  1. That always seems strange to me that more veterinarians wouldn't be vegan. It seems strange that there could be such a disconnect!
    I'm so glad Gumdrop and Layla were able to stay together!

    1. I am glad they went together as well, they really loved each other.

  2. The finger sandwiches look good, and hooray for the nice variety of vegan options for lunch!
    Awww, sweet babies!

    1. It was a surprise to be so full at a vet conference!

  3. I love finger sandwiches! And how great is it to have a vegan friend to help out when you're on the road?

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