Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. By default, the email address listed in others’ match results will be the ticket holder email address you type into the order form when you purchase your ticket. However, there is an option on your match form to override the default with a different email address, if you prefer. This is done on a per-event basis, when you complete the match form for that event.

We crunched the numbers and are proud to report that 3 out of 4 participants (74%) are matched after the very first Veg Speed Date event they try. In February 2017 alone, 241 love connections were made during our Valentine’s Launch!

That means by investing only 2 hours of your time, you’ll have a 3 in 4 chance of making a love connection. With those odds, Veg Speed Date is simply the best and the fastest way to meet someone if you are vegan/vegetarian and single.

When you check off someone on your match form and they do the same for you, you will see each other’s name (first name and last initial) and email address in the Match Results section of your Speed Dater Portal. By default, the email address listed will be the ticket holder email address you type into the order form when you purchase your ticket. However, there is an option on your match form to override the default with a different email address, if you prefer.

Currently we do not offer the option to designate certain match choices as ‘friends only’. We are energetically focused on what we do best: helping veg singles create real love connections. This is what makes Veg Speed Date events unique, and everything about our events is structured around this purpose. And it is working really, really well: 3 out of 4 participants find a love connection at their very first event!

A big difference between Veg Speed Date and more all-purpose vegan meet-ups is that everyone attending Veg Speed Date shares something in common: they are single and hoping to find a love connection with another vegan / vegetarian. This mutual knowledge is an important reason why our participants frequently tell us Veg Speed Date is way less awkward than they thought speed dating might be. Veg News thought so too. So while we think ‘friends’-centered events like vegan meet-ups and speed networking are awesome too, Veg Speed Date has a different and special focus that our participants rely on and we don’t want to dilute that.

If you let us know at least 5 business days before the event, we will take requests to transfer your ticket to (a) another person, or (b) any future Veg Speed Date event. As explained in our terms of service, we are only able to refund tickets in the case that an event is cancelled.

The details are different for every city and venue – check the event page for your city to find out!

Most of our events include delicious free vegan goodies from the venue. Many of our events include other great free vegan stuff from our partners and sponsors, special appearances and talks by vegan dating experts, presentations about romance-enhancing vegan foods, and more!

Every event includes a chance to win amazing raffle prizes (see your city’s event page for details), speed dating tips, conversation starters, and – let’s not forget – a really good chance at finding your veg love match! In fact, 3 out of 4 participants find a match at their very first Veg Speed Date event!

It happens. However, you can still make it a fun five minutes. Maybe you’ll learn something new or make a business connection. Be open, have fun, and again—see each person as someone who might teach you something new or inspire you in some way.

And remember, even though not everyone at the event may be within your preferred age range, you are still very likely to find a love connection. Our February 2017 launch events had a 74% overall match rate across North America — a very successful statistic — and almost all of those events were open to all ages of adults over 19 (in Canada) and 21 (in the United States).

Veg Speed Date originally started in San Francisco and Ottawa as 21+ and the events were lots of fun! We have hosted many very successful 21+ events. Most of our February 2017 launch events were 21+ in the United States and 19+ in Canada, resulting in a large number of matches — 241 to be exact! In fact, 3 out of 4 participants made a love connection at those events. Our experience and the numbers show that 19/21+ events work very well at creating a high rate of love connections for vegans & vegetarians.

We are now also offering age-specific events. Currently we have 21-40 & 35-50 age groups scheduled for March 2017 and beyond.  These age ranges are suggestions and no one will be turned away!  If you are slightly over 40 and want to participate in a 21-40 group you are more than welcome! If you are slightly over 50 and interested in the 35-50 group, that’s fine as well.  If there is enough of a demand for 50+ in your city we are also excited to give those a try! Get in touch with us and let us know!

Yes! As VegSpeedDate is all about inclusivity and supporting the LGBT community, we welcome bisexual veg singles. At this time we are offering the following events:

  • Male & Female Veg Speed Date
  • Male & Male Veg Speed Date
  • Female & Female Veg Speed Date

Bisexual veg singles are welcome to attend any combination of our Male & Female, Male & Male, and/or Female & Female events. There is no requirement for participants to fit into any particular sexual orientation category to take part in our events. In particular, we welcome bisexual veg singles to attend our Male & Female events — we do not ask you to declare that you are exclusively heterosexual to participate in those events. A bisexual woman could, for example, attend both our Male & Female and Female & Female events in her city. And in fact, we have structured the event schedule with this possibility in mind. In addition, we are always interested in other event format possibilities. If you are interested in hosting a uniquely bisexual event with us and can sign up over 20 people please let us know, we would be happy to work with you.

No. Neither we nor our ticketing partner, Purplepass, store any sensitive information on our servers. For any information that is saved on your Purplepass account such as credit card details, a 3rd party service which is fully PCI DSS Compliant is utilized. This is the highest level of protection to ensure all of your information is completely safe and protected. In addition, VegSpeedDate.com is PCI DSS certified at the SAQ-A level (certificate available upon request), which means our compliance with the Payment Card Industry’s Data Security Standards has been verified. You can read about Purplepass’ PCI compliance here. To learn more about PCI compliance and how it keeps your sensitive information safe, please visit the following page: PCI Compliance Guide

Absolutely. We partner with Purplepass.com, a leading cloud-based ticketing provider. All ticket purchase systems on our website are powered by Purplepass, and are fully secured using 256bit SSL encryption. This is bank-level encryption that ensures your sensitive information is protected from hackers while it is transmitted via Purplepass to the credit card companies. You can verify this by right clicking on the shopping cart page where you enter your credit card and clicking Properties. Here you will see that it uses 256bit SSL Encryption and https security.

In addition, VegSpeedDate.com is PCI DSS certified at the SAQ-A level (certificate available upon request), which means our compliance with the Payment Card Industry’s Data Security Standards has been verified. Neither we nor our ticketing partner, Purplepass, store any sensitive information on our servers. For any information that is saved on your Purplepass account such as credit card details, a 3rd party service which is fully PCI DSS Compliant is utilized. This is the highest level of protection to ensure all of your information is completely safe and protected. You can read more about Purplepass’ PCI compliance here. To learn more about PCI compliance and how it keeps your sensitive information safe, please visit the following page: PCI Compliance Guide

Yes. Our site is fully encrypted using SSL (Secure Sockets Layer), which you can verify by the padlock icon in your browser’s address bar.

We encourage you to review our privacy policy and to contact us should you have any questions.

About 30 minutes after you complete your ticket order, we’ll email you a link and instructions to access your Speed Dater Portal. Please add [email protected] to your address book so our email won’t get stuck in your spam folder. You’ll access your online match form through your Speed Dater Portal. We use electronic match forms because they are environmentally friendly, secure and confidential, and they allow us to process your matches fast and accurately.

You can fill out your match form on your smartphone as you go during the event, on your laptop while enjoying refreshments at the venue afterword, or on your desktop PC once you get home. However, we recognise that some folks might like to bring along a paper form for convenience, so we’ll give you that option too. You might also like to simply take notes on your smartphone or a notepad and leave the form for later. The choice is all yours.

Whichever way you prefer to record your match choices during the event, you’ll submit them electronically the same night. It’s important to make sure you submit your choices by the deadline – midnight after the event (your host will remind you!) – so we can get your matches processed quickly and get you those results you’ll be looking forward to!

If you have any questions about accessing or submitting your match form, get in touch with us and we’ll be glad to help.

You can read our full terms of service here. We require all event participants to read and consent to these terms before finalising their ticket purchases.

No. For logistical reasons we cannot screen participants. Please treat other participants with the same caution as you would anyone else you are encountering for the first time.

No! This can make people uncomfortable and is against our terms of service. You must wait to view your match results after the event, which will include the email addresses of your matches. We require all participants to respect this rule.

To ensure the matching process is set up correctly and that participants are informed about the event format and consent to our terms of service, we require that each participant purchase their own ticket.

Please understand that our ticketing provider does not allow consecutive transactions from the same credit card for the same event. Anyone who wishes to buy two tickets to a particular event, for two different people, must do so via two separate orders, each with a different ticket holder name, email address, and credit card.

For example, please do not purchase both a men’s and women’s ticket for the same event under a single transaction.

If you’d like to invite your friend to the event, why not share the event page with them? We include social sharing links on all our event pages to help you do so. We will also soon be offering rewards for customers who refer friends.

If you have further questions about ordering tickets for friends or family members, please email us at [email protected] or call us toll-free at 1(844)VEG-DATE.

While some polls have historically suggested this used to be the case, more recent polls show the gender split is pretty much even as of 2016. There is even some evidence that more men are vegan than women! But overall, the Vegetarian Resource Group — the organization that has done this research most consistently — concludes it is a “misconception that more women than men are vegetarian.”

So: don’t worry about there being more women than men at our events. The statistics are in your favour, and, our founder Karine has been producing these events for years and has gotten really skilled at balancing the ratio. In fact this is one of the reasons her events are so successful and continue to please customers. We work hard to ensure an even balance of women and men at our heterosexual events.

Studies suggest that speed dating is much more effective than online dating. According to the New York Times, “Customers of online dating services typically end up going out with fewer than 1 percent of the people whose profiles they study online. But something very different happens at a speed-dating event. The average participant makes a match with at least 1 in 10 of the people they meet; some studies have found the average is 2 or 3 out of 10.”

Our numbers back this up. 3 out of 4 (74%) of Veg Speed Daters find a love connection the very first time they try one of our events. At our February 2017 launch events, alone, 241 matches were made between veg singles all over North America! So, while we can’t speak for online dating, our numbers show that if you invest just 2 hours in attending one of our events, you have a 3 in 4 likelihood of connecting with a vegan or vegetarian love interest.

Yes! You can view all our LGBTQ events using the sub-menu under ‘Events & Tickets’ above. Love is love, and we want to create as many great relationships as we can, regardless of sexual orientation. We currently offer both Male & Male and Female & Female Veg Speed Date, in select cities. We also welcome bisexual veg singles to attend any combination of our events that they wish. Although only a handful of LGBTQ events are presently on our calendar, we really want to add more events for our LGBTQ friends. We’re trying our best and working with the community to make it happen – so please email or phone us at 1 (844) VEG-DATE if you think there’s a demand in your area. Our goal is to feature an increasing number of LGBTQ events, starting with larger cities, and we hope the demand will be great enough to make it work for singles who are both LGBTQ and vegan/vegetarian.

Not long at all! Veg Speed Date is proud to have developed the most high-tech match processing system in the speed dating industry. You’ll be able to log into your Speed Dater Portal and check the outcome of the matching process, at midnight after your event. As long as your ‘dates’ submitted their respective match forms by the deadline, you’ll be able to see which of them want to get to know you better. Of course, you don’t have to stay up if you prefer to check your results the next morning!

A typical Veg Speed Date event will have 20-30 veg singles participating. For our heterosexual events, that means about 10-15 women and 10-15 men. In our 5+ years experience, this size is the most fun and optimises your chances of a real love match. We’ve found that an intimate, get-to-really-know-you setting works the best for making real connections.

Unfortunately, we can’t allow door sales. We’d love to be more accommodating, but it’s about the big picture. It’s so important that our participants have the best experience possible, and this is one way to ensure that. Make sure to get your ticket well in advance of the event!

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