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02/01/2013 01:53 pm ET

D.C.'s Meat-Free Week 2013 Gives Vegans A Chance To Celebrate

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WASHINGTON -- After Meat Week, both vegetarians and carnivores may want a cleanse. D.C.'s 4th annual Meat-Free Week is here for you.

From Feb. 4-11, restaurants and other venues around the city will be hosting veg-friendly meals, parties and cooking demonstrations. Check out the schedule on the Meat-Free Week website. Highlights include the kick-off party at Sticky Fingers Bakery and a vegan pop-up dinner at gallery 410 GooDBuddY.

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Meat-Free Week 2013 Schedule

Meat-Free Week was started four years ago, as a response to D.C's first Meat Week. Amber McDonald, a vegan and a foodie, threw together a week long celebration of local, meat-free food.

"It struck me as fun to have an entire week dedicated to enjoying local restaurants and I wanted a week I could participate in," McDonald tells The Huffington Post. "I contacted a few people and we managed to pull together the first Meat-Free Week in less than 3 days."

Meat-lovers, don't worry -- you're not going to be asked to convert. Just take a bite.

"Meat-Free Week highlights some of the best vegan food that D.C. has to offer. We aim to have fun while challenging people to try something new," says McDonald.

Click through the slideshow for photos from 2012 Meat-Free Week

DC Meat Free Week 2012

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