June 4, 2020

Vegan food company launches petition to get ‘BVQ’ added to the Oxford English Dictionary

A vegan food company has launched a petition to get the term barveque (BVQ) added to the Oxford English Dictionary, as a plant-based alternative to a typical, and often meat based, British BBQ.

Last year, the Fry Family Food Co. created the world’s first ever BVQ – putting ‘V’ into BBQ to prove that the traditionally meat-filled summer activity is not just for carnivores. The first barveque was launched with a record attempt for the world’s biggest vegan BVQ.

This year, to celebrate the one year anniversary of the first ever BVQ event, the plant-based food company has launched a Change.org petition to get the term added to the dictionary, in celebration of vegan barbecues worldwide.

The current Oxford English Dictionary definition of barbecue contains both the words ‘meat’ and ‘fish’, but no mention of the numerous plant-based alternatives now enjoyed by vegans all over the world.

The proposed new term, barveque (BVQ), noun, is defined as ‘a meal or gathering at which solely plant-based, or vegan food is cooked out of doors on a rack over an open fire or on a special appliance.’

The petition launched on 10 May 2019 and aims to get 10,000 signatures in order to be taken to the Oxford English Dictionary for consideration. Recent quirky additions to the OED include the adjective ‘chipmunky’ – to have the quality of a chipmunk, the verb ‘binge-watch’ – to watch multiple episodes of a programme in rapid succession, and the noun ‘locavore’ – a person whose diet consists only or principally of locally grown or produced food.

Tammy Fry, International Marketing Director at Fry’s, said: “For many people, barbecues are an essential part of the British summer. However, for people who follow a plant-based lifestyle, it’s not always the event it could be.

“As the vegan barbecue experts, we know there is just as much fun to be had at a BVQ as a BBQ. We were astonished by the number of people who got in contact to tell us they were hosting their own BVQ after they’d seen our world-record attempt last year!

“There are so many fantastic meat alternatives now available on the market, so we think it’s time for the Oxford English Dictionary to put the ‘V’ in BBQ and acknowledge the growing trend of plant-based barbecues worldwide.

“We’re looking forward to taking the results of our petition to the OED, so are encouraging everyone to sign and share with their friends!” 

To sign the petition to have ‘barveque’ (BVQ) added to the dictionary, please visit: www.change.org/p/oxford-english-dictionary-add-vegan-friendly-term-barveque-bvq-to-the-oxford-english-dictionary.

For BVQ cookbooks, plant-based starter guides and other helpful vegan hints and tips, visit: www.fryfamilyfood.com/uk/our-vegetarian-and-vegan-cookbooks/