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The 42nd IVU World Vegfest earlier scheduled to hold in Africa will now take place in Dubai & India.This became necessary because of the outbreak of the Ebola disease in W/Africa. Click here to have more information and register.

We will provide details on the 43rd IVU World Vegfest  - which will still take place in Africa but now in 2015.  We want to take this opportunity to thank the organisers in Ghana & Togo for all their efforts to ensure that Africa will still host their 1st ever IVU World Vegfest next year.


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    Which airlines serve vegetarian meals?
    Which airlines serve vegan meals?
    What do you do if you're going to a country as a vegetarian and don't speak the language?
Which airlines serve vegetarian meals?
Most airlines now serve vegetarian meals. Call the airline ahead of time to make your request, and it is suggested that you confirm your meal twice.

from a reader in Canada: There are international codes used for vegetarian meal selections. Four special vegetarian meals would appear to be generally available. I would recommend airline passengers request by code with their airline or travel agent, confirm their request 24 hours ahead of their flight departure and confirm again on obtaining their boarding pass at the airport.

Interesting preamble (from Canadian Airlines): "Passengers may request vegetarian meals for religious, health, economic or political reasons, environmental considerations, humanitarian issues. The many different types of vegetarian meals have been consolidated into several categories."

Here are the codes, the various names by which these meals are described and explanations of what is eaten/not eaten by customers who order them:

VGML - Strict/Pure Vegetarian - Non-Dairy - Vegan. "Vegan or pure vegetarians eat no meat or meat products of any type - no fish, fowl or products with lard or gelatin. Dairy products, eggs and honey are not permitted."

VLML - Lacto-Ovo Vegetarian - Vegetarian Lacto-Ovo - Western Vegetarian. "Lacto-Ovo Vegetarians eat no meat or meat products of any type - no fish, fowl or products with lard or gelatin. Diary products and eggs permitted. Cheese should be of the vegetarian type without rennet whenever possible."

AVML - Asian Vegetarian - Asiatic/Indian Vegetarian - Moslem and Hindu Vegetarian. "Asiatic/Indian vegetarian meals are spicy vegetarian combinations which may include limited use of dairy products."

RVML - Raw Vegetarian. "Raw vegetables - combinations of raw fruits and/or vegetables."

An additional note on the characteristics of vegetarians (from Canadian Airlines): "Some vegetarians also incorporate restrictions on other foods and beverages such as alcohol/caffinated beverages, highly processed foods and foods that are grown or processed nonorganically or with certain additives or preservatives."

Other codes/meals:

Individual airlines may have other codes and meals. For example United Airlines (of the US) has IVML - Indian Vegetarian and KVML - Kosher Vegetarian.

Other information:

One international airline (Air Canada) states, "In order to meet your request, we would appreciate 18 hours notice prior to your flight departure, except Kosher which requires 24 hours." Other airlines may have similar requirements.

Which airlines serve vegan meals?
from a US reader: A note for vegans - I called a US Airline company (Southwest) ahead of time and requested a vegetarian meal and they asked me dairy or non dairy and I said non dairy. When i got the food i got a carton of milk, yogurt and fruit. I explained the situation to the stewardess and she said that was all they had. For vegans i would suggest packing yourself some food on planes.

What do you do if you're going to a country as a vegetarian and don't speak the language?

see: Vegetarian Phrases in World Languages!