For Immediate Release:
July 28, 2022
Moira Colley 202-483-7382
Charleston, S.C. – The results are in for PETA’s 2022 list of the Top 10 Vegan-Friendly Beach Towns in the U.S., and Charleston’s assortment of vegan eateries—including pizza shops, cafés, and juice bars—has landed it on the list. PETA has sent an award certificate to Mayor John Tecklenburg.
“From Southern Grit Bowls at Gnome Café to Fromaggio & Champignon pizza at Neon Tiger, Charleston is dishing up some of the best vegan food for holidaymakers and residents,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “Charleston joins the other great beach towns on PETA’s list that are hotspots for the animal-friendly fare people are craving this summer.”
Charleston’s standout vegan eateries include Café of Sweet Abundance, where diners will want to follow up their Chik’n and Waffles or Mama Lucia’s Pesto sandwich with the Life Changing Chocolate Chip Chunk cookie, and Vined, home of golden cauliflower Vings—served with Buffalo, lemon pepper, sweet chili, Carolina gold, Jamaican jerk, or mango habanero sauce. The city also boasts plenty of vegan-friendly eateries, including Huriyali, where diners rave about the refreshing acai bowls and the “healthiest nachos in town,” which come smothered in rich cashew cheese, and Gathering Cafe, which offers a nearly all-vegan menu of comforting favorites like the Grits & Greens bowl, featuring mushrooms, sea island red peas, and kale.
Consumers’ demand for vegan food has sent the vegan food market skyrocketing: It grew two and a half times faster in 2021 than it did between 2018 and 2020, and it’s expected to reach $22 billion by 2025. Each person who goes vegan saves the lives of nearly 200 animals a year; dramatically shrinks their carbon footprint; reduces their risk of developing heart disease, cancer, and diabetes; and helps prevent future pandemics. SARS, swine flu, bird flu, and COVID-19 all stemmed from confining or killing animals for food.
Rounding out PETA’s list are Atlantic City, New Jersey; Galveston, Texas; Grand Haven, Michigan; Long Beach, New York; Nags Head, North Carolina; Newport, Rhode Island; San Diego and Santa Cruz, California; and West Palm Beach, Florida.
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.