The Invercargill Vegan Society holds a monthly Vegan potluck dinner on the first wednesday of each month. A regular meeting of 20-30 people, you’re always welcome to come along :-)
Next INVSOC Potluck: Wednesday 30th August, Election 2017 Candidates Debate!
In the vein of our Election 2014 event, we’re pitting our election candidates against one another in a brutal debate to reveal…..who is the biggest animal lover! Will it be National’s cat rescuing Sarah Dowie, or, vegan muffin making Green candidate Rochelle Surendran? Labour’s vegetarian Liz Craig, or NZ First’s candidate boosted by a family tie – Ria Bond and her vegan cousin!
Who will win Invercargill’s *crucial* “Vegan Vote”? All will be revealed during our 2017 Candidates Debate!
Please RSVP on our Facebook event link
Our Invercargill Vegan Society potluck dinners are held on the first wednesday of each month. You are most welcome to join in the fun :-)
*** Please bring vegan food to share, and a plate/cutlery/serving utensil for your shared food. ***
We’d love to see you at our next monthly potluck, email or txt 021 0222 5027 for more details
Check out our potlucks via video! This clip shows the venue, animal rights supporters, great vegan food, and a rather cute Isla! :-)
Vegan food is animal friendly, fresh, colourful and delicious. Click the photos below to see more details from each months potluck
May 2016 Video Potluck
Our May 2016 features in a fun INVSOC video! Showing the Invercargill Library, friendly faces of animal rights supporters, and a cute little girl eating raspberry sorbet…..our May event was a great evening shared by all
Click to see our May 2016 INVSOC Potluck
April 2016 $4.99 Pizza potluck
A radiologist, a stack of $4.99 pizzas and Reading Cinema employee on break walked into a bar……NO WAIT, a *potluck*! What a varied crowd of animal rights supporters :-)
We modified Dominos $4.99 “Veg Trio” into a vegan creation, ditching the dairy. Baby Spinach, “Fresh Tomato”, Mushrooms and Oregano…..served piping hot for $4.99? We’re in!
We had a great evening, with a wonderful crowd of animal advocates.
Click to see our April 2016 INVSOC Potluck
March 2016 Colonial Bakery potluck
We have a great time at every Invercargill Vegan Society event, but our March 2016 potluck REALLY took the cake. Or rather, took the various selections of chelsea buns! INVSOC made a viral video about Colonial Bakery’s great vegan food, and this hit the front cover of newspaper “The Eye” :-)
In honour, our potluck theme was obvious: baked goods, and lots of them! We were also joined by many first time guests, and a vegan vet student who had unfortunately come here to visit slaughterhouses…
Click to see our March 2016 INVSOC Potluck
February 2016 “Racing Extinction” potluck
For our second event of 2016, our potluck featured conservation documentary “Racing Extinction”. With animals going extinct at a faster rate than ever before, drastic action is required to slow climate change and loss of biodiversity. Tesla electric cars, Jane Goodall, Sea Shepherd…..and a great evening :-) Sea Shepherd’s Pie, Hell Pizza, brown rice salad….
Salted chocolate caramel slice, fruit salad, rhubarb fruit crumble…
Click to see our February 2016 INVSOC Potluck
January 2016 INVSOC potluck
Our first dinner of the new year, we were joined by Narnia’s four month old son Taiga, who had a whale of a time reading an issue of the New Zealand Vegan Society magazine :-)
Invercargill Vegan Society members enjoyed Burger Fuel, Hell Pizza, black chickpea curry with chapatis, brown rice salad, chickpea and beetroot bites. Asparagus Stirfry, peppermint slice, blueberry, lemon + almond cake…
We look forward to another year of working for a kinder world. It’s exciting to chart the growth of veganism animal rights through Southland.
Click to see our January 2016 INVSOC Potluck
December 2015 INVSOC Potluck
Our end of year dinner, on a 28 degree evening! We were joined by new vegans and a tribute to our Farmwatch animal rights heroes. Together we celebrated a successful year of working for a world of respect for animals, with none of the horrors of the New Zealand dairy industry.
Click to see our December 2015 INVSOC Potluck
World Vegan Day 1 November 2015
For once we’re NOT the southernmost vegans in the world! On World Vegan Day 2015, two vegan scientists were located at Scott Base, Antarctica :-) Inga and Sophie sent in a photo, wishing us all happy World Vegan Day.
3500 kilometres to the north, Invercargill Vegan Society members plastered our city with posters, a library display, and a newspaper article. We gave vegan awards to supportive businesses, held a picnic…..AND with Queens Park muffin giveaways. We really enjoyed celebrating World Vegan Day, raising awareness of respect for our animal friends.
Click to see our World Vegan Day 1 November 2015 events
October 2015 INVSOC Potluck
The October 2015 Invercargill Vegan Society potluck featured custard square, green cake, quinoa burgers….and Sea Shepherd guest speaker Grant Meikle showing us how to save marine mammals! With a reading of mayor Tim Shadbolt’s poetry, we delved deep into the woe filled world of whales and dolphins in decline.
The nights potluck menu: Tofu fried rice, Super Quinoa Burgers, and a cranberry kale salad. For dessert, vegan peach pavlova (made with chickpea brine “aquafaba”), green cake with chocolate sprinkles. Self saucing chocolate pudding, and custard square. No animals harmed in the making, be they dolphins, or cows.
September 2015 INVSOC Potluck
A potluck to last the ages! From some vegan “man on the street” on “The Southland Times” cover, to vegan sausage rolls. Invercargill Vegan Society members are really….. on a roll! (sorry for the terrible pun!)
With Mahalia pretty in pink, Lisa joined us from Dunedin. Ixia and Anderson joined in, as did Willy’s flatmates :-)
Our september potluck featured vegan Sausage Rolls, Kofta (Indian vegetable balls), braised eggplant, Hell’s “Sinister” pizza with vegan mozzarella cheese, chickpea cauliflower curry,…..chocolate cake, apple+blackberry+coconut crumble…..pumpkin pudding with coconut cream and granola.
Click to see our September 2015 INVSOC Potluck Photos
August 2015 INVSOC Potluck
Our August 2015 Invercargill Vegan Society potluck, where we were joined by Diana Ross (like the singer!) and visiting conservationist San Diegan (from San Diego) man of the world Taylor Parker.
Add superb vegan Banoffee pie, and “The Return Of The Tasty Chocolate Square Things” into the mix, and it was one heck of a night!
Click to see our August 2015 INVSOC Potluck Photos
July 2015 INVSOC Potluck
With Pamela and John joining for their first INVSOC potluck, we enjoyed Shanelle’s home made berry ice cream and “tasty coconut chocolate square things” :-) In a few days, Hannah leaves for aid work in Samoa. We’re very proud to know so many passionate volunteers, throughout the Invercargill Vegan Society.
Click to see our July 2015 INVSOC Potluck Photos
June 2015 INVSOC Potluck
Our first winter potluck for 2015, and we celebrated the new Speight’s Alehouse vegan menu! Also in attendance, apple crumble, couscous, pizza, pasta…..and over $20,000 dollars worth of flying machines. Oooh! Ahhhh!
Click to see our June 2015 INVSOC Potluck Photos
May 2015 INVSOC Potluck
What a potluck: Yolanda returned from China, and cute kid Costa made his potluck debut! Both love our chicken friends, and we were overjoyed to share dinner with such company.
“Neatloaf” vegan meatloaf, pizzas, “Seedy Slaw” and three boys playfighting on the library floor. What a potluck!
Click to see our May 2015 INVSOC Potluck Photos
April 2015 INVSOC Potluck
With new INVSOC members Shanelle and Zeng, as well as special guest Sarah, what a night! From “meat”balls to a men’s tuition class in menstruation, our April 2015 potluck had it all!
In the prettiest venue in all the land, we had a post-potluck palaver about menstruation in all its forms! It was enough to make a male vegan society founder go red as a spilt Mooncup. “It’s like a murder scene!”
Potato & Pea Curry with home made Chapati and “Classic Corn Chips”. Super Quinoa Burgers, dried bananas, Chocolate, Berry and Caramel Sauce…Cashew Balls with Pistachio and Cranberry Sauce, Banana and Cranberry Ice Cream…..Roast Winter Vegetables, Coconut + Raisin Cookies….
Click to see our April 2015 INVSOC Potluck Photos
March 2015 INVSOC Potluck
Our Invercargill Vegan Society March 2015 potluck starred the most fantastic cakes you’ve ever seen! With new guests, new vegans and new friends, we had a lovely evening in the Invercargill library :-)
From Dumpling deliveries, matching Hospice Shop vegan shirts for 50 cents each, “Strawberry and Coconut Cream Cake” (pictured), to “Amelia’s Amazing RAAAAAAAAAW Chocolate Cake” starring beetroot…..WHAT A NIGHT!
Click to see our March 2015 INVSOC Potluck Photos
February 2015 INVSOC Potluck
With many of our regulars away – we joked they were away secretly working in slaughterhouses! #veganscandal – we had a big influx of first-timers! Suzi and Grant fromOtautau, Michelle, visiting filmmakers Lyn and Jay from Queenstown, Channelle – wow!
Cuisine ranged from “Muyaddara” (lentils and rice) with spiced coconut yoghurt, to fried bread. “Easy Vegan” Shepherd’s Pie, spicy curry, Oh She Glows “Banana Date Muffin Tops” and Hell Pizza, we had a grand time.
Click to see our February 2015 potluck photos
January 2015 INVSOC Potluck
Our first potluck for 2015, we had NINE first time guests :-)
We supported vegan New Year’s Resolutions, spoke of Sea Shepherd, and shared Tesla electric supercar stories.
“Amelia’s Amazing Salad”, Lasagne, “Golden Tofu” and more raw desserts than you can shake a blender at – Chia Caramel Tart, Carrot Cake, Tahini Cups and even cherries!
We even got this photo of Phil looking rather presidential!
Click to see our January 2015 potluck photos
December 2014 INVSOC Potluck
Celebrating 2014 in vegan activism, FORTY guests attended our end of year potluck! Vegan legend Carl Scott spoke, prize giveaways and incredible food. We’re so glad to have met so many wonderful vegan people passionate for a compassionate world.
Click to see our December 2014 end of year potluck photos
1st November World Vegan Day Potluck
For the 70th anniversary of Veganism, INVSOC members unveiled a public artwork in Queens Park, had street giveaways, a wedding….and a potluck dinner! :-)
With Hell Pizza Invercargill running a “Convert-a-Carnivore” two for one vegan pizza deal, you can guess what we all brought to the table. The 7 pizzas were joined by kofta, fantastic salads, Chinese dumplings, chocolate bears hugging almond nuts…..
Click to see photos from our World Vegan Day 2014 potluck
October 2014 INVSOC Wullie/Julie Gunn Potluck
Our Wellington/Auckland guests Wullie and Julie Gunn joined the October 2014 INVSOC potluck. John and Katherine are interested in establishing a Vietnamese vegetarian restaurant, and we were also joined by first time guests Elise, Gabbie and Rachel. Our first potluck at the Southland Football grounds/
Kofta, peanut sticky rice, vegan rice noodle, potato salad, corn fritters….apple turnover, vanilla soy ice cream and “Choco Pie with cashews, peanut butter, dates”….
Click to see photos from our October 2014 INVSOC Potluck
September 2014 INVSOC “Cowspiracy” Potluck
Invercargill Vegan Society members financially backed the making of “Cowspiracy”, a documentary about Veganism helping our environment. We were among the first in New Zealand to screen this new movie :-) Margaret and Vaughan joined us for their first time, we had a lovely evening at the Invercargill Library.
Click to see photos from our September 2014 INVSOC Potluck
August 2014 INVSOC Political Potluck
We invited Invercargill’s 2014 New Zealand election candidates to our vegan potluck :-) Sarah Dowie (National), Dave Kennedy (Green Party), Stephnie de Ruyter (Democrats for Social Credit) and Leslie Soper (Labour) each gave speeches about their love of animals.
New Zealand First candidate Ria Bond couldn’t attend on the night, but sent in a video and we met Internet Party founder Kim Dotcom! The Southland Times and CUE TV covered our attempt to bribe politicians :-)
July 2014 INVSOC Potluck
Our first regular potluck at the Invercargill Public Library, we had a FANTASTIC night of animal friendly dining in the CBD. With Invercargill’s vegan population increasing every day, we are very lucky to have such a spacious, beautiful and central venue.
Spicy Tofu and Potato, Chocolate Coconut Cream Tart, “Kath’s Lemon Loaf with Happy Rainbow Sprinkles”, Vegetable Casserole with Balsamic Vinegar and Tomato, Seedy Slaw, Mexican Pizza….
June 2014 INVSOC Potluck
Back from presenting Dr Jane Goodall with an award and rescuing 342 hens from a closing eggfarm, we celebrated “Vegan Pizza Day”! Jewel joined us for her first INVSOC potluck. Pizza, garlic bread, fries, wedges, gourmet salad….the world’s southernmost Vegan Pizza Day was excellent!
May 2014 INVSOC Potluck
What’s cooler than being cool? ICE-COLD! The Invercargill Vegan Society May 2014 potluck was SUPERB! With thunder, lightning, hail and sleet outside, we dined like royalty! Bah, let them eat cake…..three pizzas, samosa, spring rolls, pumpkin dumplings, tofu masala, lemon cheesecake, mint chocolate brownies….
New vegan guests Eilish and Emily :-)
April 2014 INVSOC Potluck
Samosa, Garlic Bread, Rice Paper wraps, African Beans, Kofta, Coleslaw, Soup, Falafel, Biscuits, Hokey Pokey and ice cream, fruit salad……
Jordan, Jen, Steph, Dan, Ruby, Kerri, Steve, Phil, Jess, George and Sharon attended. Linda joined us for the first time, as did visiting English friends Sammy and Beryl. Fresh from volunteering at the Black Sheep Animal Sanctuary in Wellington, we were glad to meet a longtime “online friend” Sammy in person :-)
March 2014 INVSOC Potluck
In honour of Pi Day, we had Lemon, Apple and Cappuccino Mousse Pie (caffeine free!) Thank you to Kerri for the idea :-)
Indian Seasoned Potatoes, Wraps, Samosa, Garden Salad, Lentil Cottage Pie, Pumpkin Soup…..
Jordan, Jenny, Katharine, Kerri, Steve, Jess, Steph attended, along with first time guests Yolanda Soryl of the Christchurch Vegetarian Centre, Ruby, Kathryn and Chathuran (Chatty)
February 2014 INVSOC Potluck
We shared Dal Mahkani curry, Spanish Rice, Jambalaya with sausage seitan, salad, nacho chilli, lemon cake, blueberry bliss cheesecake….
January 2014 INVSOC Potluck
We had a fantastic January 2014 Invercargill Vegan Society potluck! Kofta, Lentil Loaf, Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake, Cake Pops, Shortbread, Natalie’s Noodle Dish, Chinese Shittake Mushroom Salads, Couscous…..
Jordan, Jenny, Erin, Martin, Katharine, Kerri, Steve and Jess were joined by new guests Acoya, Natalie, Amy, Erica and Lyann!
December 2013 Potluck
We had 14 guests for our last potluck for 2013. Rana and Rutu returned, and we met Lorraine for the first time :-)
Chana Masala curry, our own Pepper Pita Pizzas, Jen’s African Beans, Eggplant lentil casserole……great Vegan food!
November 2013 Potluck World Vegan Day!
1st of November is World Vegan Day, and we celebrated in style! We’d already given away tofu to butchers, muffins and soymilk uptown, appeared on CUE TV……….but we made sure there was time for a great potluck dinner too! :-)
October 2013 Potluck
Our vegan friend Ashlee is cycling across New Zealand! We held a special Invercargill Vegan Society potluck in his honour during his stay at INVSOC HQ. Check out his fantastic journey!
September 2013 Potluck
Raj and Joe visited :-) Pumpkin/kale curry, Raj’s TVP curry, pumpkin soup,Katharine’s world famous Cranberry and Cashew loaf (try the recipe!), springrolls, garlic bread, chocolate peanut butter cups….
August 2013 INVSOC Potluck
Lentil burgers, springrolls, roast vegetables, Quesadilla, lentil loaf, salad. Strawberry white chocolate muffins, cheesecake, apricot custard square, fudge…..
July 2013 INVSOC Potluck
Nicole’s last potluck with us, plus we met Lindsay, Erin and Ranna! Pasta, Falafel with almond dukkah, Samosas, Lasagne, Seasoned Potatoes, Apple Crumble, Banana/Chocolate muffins! :-)
Click to see photos from our April 2013 potluck
June 2013 INVSOC Potluck
Nicole joined us from the UK having spotted our Welcome To Invercargill sign! It was also our last potluck before Katharine visited the UK! :-) Lasagne, “BBQ Ribs”, Burger patties, hot soup, sweet scones and snickerdoodle cookies!
May 2013 INVSOC Potluck
Kristy’s cupcakes, Kumara Salad, Wedges with soy mayonaise, Macaroni Cheese, Sunshine salad :-)
April 2013 INVSOC Potluck
16 Guests! Pineapple Upside Down Cake, Saucy Butterscotch Pudding, Rice Risotto, Pumpkin cooked Mushrooms, Chinese Pumpkin Dumplings and more!
March 2013 INVSOC Potluck
14 guests! Macaroni and Cheese, Chickpeas, Salad, Cheesecake, Muffins, Fruit Crumble and to celebrate its return – Marmite on toast :-)
February 2013 INVSOC Potluck 2
Our second potluck for February! Fried Rice, Lentil Burgers, Spring Rolls, Salad, Watermelon and Apple.
February 2013 INVSOC Potluck
Our first potluck of the new year, celebrated in the new INVSOC HQ :-) Quinoa Salad, Lentil burgers, Spring Rolls, White Chocolate cookies, TVP Larb Gai Thai…….potluck picnic leftovers at The Southland Buskers Festival 2013 with the legend of “El Gleno Grande”!!!
January 2013 INVSOC Vegan sampler
Something a little different than our usual potluck photos, here is a selection of meals made at the new INVSOC HQ in our first month of operations :-) Ever wondered what Vegans like to eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner? This page will help :-)
December 2012 INVSOC Potluck
For December, the Invercargill Vegan Society potluck combined with a special Adventist Vegan Cooking Class celebration potluck. Over 60 attendees, and THREE passionfruit cheesecakes!
November 2012 INVSOC Potluck
In celebration of Dr Lukes graduation, we’ve loved having you here in Invercargill and wish you all the best for your future in Gisborne Luke :-)
October 2012 INVSOC Potluck
Russell’s Pizza, our Pepper Pita Pizza, and Hell’s “Sinister” Vegan pizza….who will win?
September 2012 INVSOC Potluck
Lasagne, Spring Rolls, Vegan Meatballs, Oreo Truffles, Pecan Pie
August 2012 INVSOC Potluck 2
with Julie Gunn of Wellington radio show “Animal Rights and Wrongs”. Alison visited from Tauranga and Jenny, Jane from Queenstown who travelled down just for our potluck :-)
August 2012 INVSOC Potluck
with Justin of Hellhound Hotdogs, an Australian vegan streetfood company :-)
During Justin’s stay, we had three days of wacky Vegan adventures:
Day Two “Men in Tutus” performance
Day Three Trip to Bluff with Justin, Dan