“The City of Roses is the city of the future,” Paul McCartney said as he handed Portland Mayor Charlie Hales a bouquet of roses carved from vegetables.
Portland was named PETA’s Most Vegan-Friendly City in the U.S. for 2016, and McCartney presented Hales with the plaque during his sold-out Moda Center concert Friday night.
“We love our environment, wildlife and pets, and our local economy reflects that€”from sustainable operations, to reuse of materials, to vegan fare,” Mayor Hales said. “We are honored to be recognized by PETA and Sir Paul McCartney for living our values.”
PETA Vice President Dan Mathews pointed out that Portland’s vegan scene isn’t just about restaurants, but also “a summer camp, a punk-metal bar, a strip mall, and even a strip club.”
PETA presented Sir Paul with an assortment of popular Portland vegan fare, including vegan cheeses from Vtopia Restaurant & Cheese Shop and seitan cold cuts from Homegrown Smokehouse and Deli.
Rounding out the Top 10 vegan friendly cities: Los Angeles, New York, Detroit, Nashville, San Diego, Honolulu, Seattle, Austin, and Richmond, Virginia.