7 Tasty First Dates Ideas for Vegetarian Foodies

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As a vegetarian foodie, you know that dining out can sometimes be a bit of a challenge. But who says a great first date has to be limited to just a restaurant? Whether you’re looking for something romantic, adventurous, or just plain fun, there’s something for you. We’ve rounded up seven veggie first-date ideas that will take your love of food to the next level. 

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Are you a vegetarian foodie looking for the perfect first date idea? While finding a great vegetarian restaurant is always a good choice, sometimes you want to do something a little more creative and memorable. Fortunately, there are plenty of fun and unique first-date ideas that are perfect for vegetarians. 

Whether you’re a couple of foodies looking to try something new or just looking for a fun and tasty way to get to know someone, we’ve got you covered. From wine and cheese tastings to Thai cooking classes, this article has rounded up seven vegetarian-friendly first-date ideas that will make a lasting impression. 

So, if you’re ready to explore some new and delicious possibilities, read on for some mouth-watering inspiration.

Before you plan your awesome first date, here are five questions you should ask your date;

  1. First, the most crucial question is; Do you have any food allergies or intolerances?
  2. Do you prefer spicy or mild food?
  3. Are there any particular ingredients or flavors you dislike?
  4. Are there any specific cuisines or dishes you really want to try?
  5. Do you prefer a formal or more casual atmosphere?

Once you know the answers to these questions, you can start getting creative.

Vegetarian Cooking Class

Taking a vegetarian cookery class is fun and will help break the ice. Not only will you both learn how to make something delicious, but you will get to eat it, too, all in an informal atmosphere. You may be learning how to make some wonderful main courses or even the fabulous baked Alaska dessert. 

Top Tip: Choose a class that fits both of your skill levels. If you’re both experienced cooks, then you might want to choose a more advanced class. However, if one of you is new to cooking, then it’s better to opt for a beginner class that will be fun and not too challenging.

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Picnic in the Park

Pack a gourmet picnic basket with artisanal cheeses (opt for vegetarian-friendly options like goat cheese or feta), fresh bread, hummus and veggie sticks, and fruit, and enjoy a romantic picnic in the park.

Top Tip: Pack everything you need: Make sure to bring all the necessary items for your picnic, such as a picnic blanket, plates, cups, utensils, napkins, a cooler with ice, and any condiments or toppings you may need. Don’t forget to also bring a trash bag and a container for leftovers.

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Food Festival

Attend a local food festival or street fair and sample various vegetarian culinary delights, like veggie tacos, falafel, or plant-based burgers.

Top Tip: Research the festival beforehand: Before heading out, take some time to research the festival’s website or social media pages to find out what kind of food vendors will be there and what activities or events are scheduled. This will help you plan your day and make the most of your time at the festival.

“Whether going out to eat, packing a picnic, or dining in, it’s always good to have a wide variety of food options when on a first date. Consider a charcuterie-style meal with plenty of small options that everyone can mix and match. This is a great way to cover all bases, especially in the case your date has an allergy or is a lacto or ovo-vegetarian, for instance.” — Kristen Wood, MOONandspoonandyum.com

Chocolate Tasting

If your date has got a sweet tooth, then why not try chocolate tasting? Go to an artisan chocolate shop or factory and sample different types of chocolate paired with vegetarian-friendly beverages like coffee or tea.

Top Tip: Do your research: Before the date, research the venue to ensure that they offer vegetarian options for chocolate tastings. Some chocolate makers may use animal products, so it’s essential to find a venue that caters to vegetarians. You can also look up reviews from other people who have been to the chocolate tastings at the venue to get an idea of what to expect.

Gourmet Pizza Night

If you’re looking for a more informal foodie experience, making homemade gourmet pizzas with vegetarian toppings like a spinach pizza, or one with roasted vegetables, fresh herbs, and high-quality veggie cheeses would be perfect. Here are some alternative weeknight date ideas.

Top Tip: Create a cozy atmosphere: To make a date more romantic and memorable, create a cozy atmosphere in your home. Consider setting the table with nice dinnerware and lighting some candles to create a warm and intimate ambiance. You could also play some soft music in the background to set the mood.

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Thai Cooking Class

Thai food is delicious, and for some people, it can be a little unusual too, so taking them on a Thai cooking class date could be something they’ve never tried before. You could learn how to make flavorful vegetarian dishes like pad Thai or green curry.

Top Tip: It’s essential to communicate with your date throughout the cooking class. This includes sharing tasks, offering encouragement, and checking in with each other to make sure you’re both enjoying the experience. Communication is key to making the cooking class a fun and successful date.

“The easiest tip is to go with the flow, you can find amazing vegetarian food (even at steak houses), but sometimes you just have to think outside the box and create your meals. I start with an appetizer we can share, followed by a salad, and then I create a vegetable plate. Then I finish up with a shared dessert!” — Cindy Gordon vegetarianmamma

Artisanal Bread Baking

Take a bread baking class and learn to make artisanal bread, like sourdough or focaccia. If you like, you could go a little more simple and learn how to make flatbread or tortillas. 

Top Tip: Since you’re going on a date to a bread-making event, you’ll want to dress appropriately. Let your date know that comfortable clothing and shoes are recommended as you may be standing for a while, and you may get a bit of flour on you during the process. You may also want to bring a light jacket or sweater if the venue is cool.

A foodie experience makes for a memorable first date, and as you can see, restaurants aren’t your only choice. Make sure you ask your date questions before you book anything, and it’s crucial you research before the big day. With the right preparation (and the right date), hopefully, this will be the first of many dates you will enjoy together. 

Mandy is the enthusiastic creator of the vegetarian website Splash of Taste; she makes meat-free cooking fun and easy. When Mandy’s not cooking and writing, you’ll find her traveling, exploring countries and cuisines, and spending time with her chihuahua. Download her free 5 x Easy Vegetarian Meals eBook.

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