Love is in the air, everywhere you look around. But if you’re vegan, dating can be a tad tricky because much of dating revolves around food and with that, all too often, comes having to explain why, when and how. Sitting opposite one another at a dinner table and staring into each other’s eyes is a test in any fledging relationship and if you pass, your relationship has a good chance of getting off the ground.
So what are your online dating options as a vegan? Well you can of course jump online to one of the mainstream dating sites and set your preferences to vegan. In fact EliteSingles, one of the oldest online matchmaking services has recently acknowledged that with over half a million vegans living in Australia, “we know how important it is to meet like-minded vegan singles”, thus marketing itself as a great place for vegans to meet other vegans in the quest for plant-based love. But the trolls can be mean, and some don’t want to put themselves through that.
Three years ago in Australia, V Love, a dating app that promised to help vegetarian and vegan singles “find like-minded partners by skipping the time-consuming task of filtering out non-vegetarian-friendly dates” launched with some significant media attention, only to sink months later without a trace.
In Canada, Find Veg Love has been hosting Veg Speed Date events throughout the Canada and the US for the past few years, but announced in time for Valentine’s Day this year that is now focusing on matchmaking services specifically to avoid up the kind of date “where the other person jokes about your life choices, asks you about your protein deficiency, and asks you a million annoying questions about it”.
There is also Greensingles.com, a worldwide dating group catering to singles who are not only vegan or vegetarian, but also cite sustainable and off-grid living; holistic health and alternative therapies; yoga, meditation and mindfulness; peace and social justice; and creating world peace and freedom (among other things) on their lists of interests.
And then there’s Veggly, a UK-based dating app that in its first six months saw the number of users in Britain quadruple. Designed in Tinder style, its tentacles have quickly spread across the world. This Sydney-based writer created a profile for research purposes (ahem) and found dozens of single vegan men within one km – mostly cute, nearly all in their 20s and 30s. Definitely worth a browse.
Happy vegan Valentine’s Day!
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