BESTIES Vegan Paradise

Ever walk into a convenience store and leave disenchanted and hungry? Ever have those grocery trips where you spend half your day hopping from shop to shop in a vain attempt to find all your favorite vegan products? Allison Shead, Asia Phoenix, and Matt Fontana all had the same problems so, they decided to do something about it. BESTIES Vegan Paradise opened in January of 2019 to a hungry audience.

BESTIES is proud to represent the Los Angeles vegan community

Located in East Hollywood, California, BESTIES Vegan Paradise aims to become a vegan 7-Eleven: a place where anyone can stroll in and pick up a snack, some coffee, or a meal to take home. The long-term plan is to open more locations, first in more Los Angeles neighborhoods! Their offering includes the staples, like chips, dips, candy bars, veggie jerkies, frozen meals, cookies, and ice creams, all vegan. But Besties sets itself apart by including kombuchas, juices, gourmet vegan cheeses, sandwich fixin’s (including Rising Hearts Bakery Gluten-Free Bread), ready-to-eat meals from Clean South, a robot that will blend you fresh juices, and more! You can expect to find Vegenaise, Dressings, Yogurts, and Cheeses from Follow Your Heart readily available. As members of our new Local Love program, you can count on Besties to be some of the first stores in the country to carry our new products, like our Dairy-Free Sour Cream, Dairy-Free Cream Cheese, and Dairy-Free Yogurts.

A few of the Follow Your Heart products you can find on their shelves.

BESTIES is more than a convenience store. Their clientele consists of members of the East Hollywood community, most of which are not vegan. Despite not committing to the plant-based lifestyle, the locals have embraced besties and they have established regulars who visit frequently. Their approach is to create a positive atmosphere where all walks of life are welcome. Vegan, Vegetarian, whatever your diet is, BESTIES is there to feed you.

All the vegan jerky and snacks our hearts desire

Alison, Asia, and Matt focus primarily on smaller food companies to stock their shelves. About 30% of their products come from local producers. They are strict about only purchasing from all-vegan companies with increased emphasis on people of color and women-owned businesses. You can shop at besties and leave feeling like you’ve done something good for the planet and for a growing community.

From L-R: Asia Phoenix, Kelli (from FYH), and Allison Shead.

To top it all off, BESTIES hosts pop-up events featuring local vendors from Thursdays through Saturdays. You can find tacos, Burgers, even fried chicken, all vegan, just outside their shop on Fountain Blvd. Be sure to follow them on Instagram to stay in the know, @bestiesveganparadise. Don’t be surprised if you find Follow Your Heart products on those pop-up menus, either!

BESTIES Vegan Paradise is located at

4882 Fountain Ave

Los Angeles, CA 90029

Instagram: @BESTIESveganparadise

Follow Your Heart Market & Café

21825 Sherman Way

Canoga Park, CA 91303

818-348-3240

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Follow Your Heart Café has a full vegan menu (with limited dairy options) as well as a dedicated “no-Salt, no-Oil, no-Sugar” selection called our SOS menu. Click below to preview our menus:

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The Market

Follow Your Heart Market offers a wide array of unique and speciality vegetarian and vegan foods in our 6500 square foot store. Since our early days, just two blocks from our current location, we’ve prided ourselves on a distinct selection of local and organic produce, featured independent food brands, and fresh deli items.

We have a full aisle of vitamins and supplements with an on-staff expert who can help you find the right product. Our hand-picked gift section will inspire and entertain you with items made locally as well as from cultural communities around the globe. While you wait for a table, feel free to peruse our hand-picked book corner or decide on a nice Kombucha or cold brew for your meal.

At Follow Your Heart, you can also shop with the environment in mind with our fully-stocked bulk section with grains, flours, and freshly ground coffee– just bring your own container and fill it up. And don’t forget that shot of fresh-pressed wheatgrass before you check out!

And we can’t forget Follow Your Heart products. The market is your one-stop shop for ALL our products as we as some samples of new products that we’re just trying out.

The Café

What began in 1970 as a seven-seat sandwich and juice bar has evolved into our 67-seat Follow Your Heart Café. The café is tucked away in the back corner of our market, so don’t be bashful… come on in. The wooden decor lends itself to the community feeling for which Follow Your Heart® is so famous. You can dine at the counter with our “regulars” or at a table inside or out on the relaxing patio. The counter is an especially unique part of the café experience, and many a friendship has begun as a result of a chance encounter here.

Our home-style comfort food is modestly priced, and the portions are generous, so come hungry. The menu is vegan with select and limited dairy options and we use seasonal and organic ingredients whenever possible. We also offer an exclusively gluten-free menu upon request as well as our No Salt, No Oil, No Sugar (SOS) menu.

In addition to our regular menu, daily specials are served at each meal. Our hearty homemade soups are something that we’re particularly known for and several are offered throughout the day. You can also find a deliciously low fat and low sodium soup option. Local and organic wines and craft beers and kombucha are on tap to accompany your meal

We welcome you to come visit and please say hello when you do!


Follow Your Heart Community Center

Formerly the ‘In The Mudra Dance & Yoga Studio’, The Follow Your Heart Center is owned and operated by Follow Your Heart Market & Restaurant, and conveniently located just two doors west of Follow Your Heart towards Topanga Canyon.  The Heart Center is also available for hourly rentals so if you are interested in reserving space, please email heartcenter@followyourheart.com

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Cinco De Mayo Vegan Nacho Giveaway

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Sponsor.  The Cinco De Mayo Sweepstakes (the “Sweepstakes”) is sponsored by Follow Your Heart/Earth Island LLC, PO Box 9400, Canoga Park, CA 91309 (“Sponsor”). The Sweepstakes is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram.

Eligibility. Open only to legal residents of the United States (excluding Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and all other U.S. territories and possessions outside of the United States and where otherwise prohibited by law) who (i) are 18 years of age or older at the time of entry in the Sweepstakes (or in the case of legal residents of jurisdictions where the age of majority is greater than 18 years of age, such age of majority under the laws of the jurisdiction in which they reside at the time of entry); (ii) have access to the Internet; and (iii) have a valid, public Instagram account in good standing as of the time of entry. Employees, officers, directors, agents, representatives and independent contractors (and their immediate family members and members of the same households (whether related or not)) of Sponsor and Campbell Soup Company and their respective parent, subsidiaries and affiliated companies, are not eligible to participate. Subject to all federal, state and local laws and regulations. Void in Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and all other U.S. territories and possessions outside of the United States and where prohibited by law or restricted by such laws, including but not limited to jurisdictions with laws that would require registration and/or trust account or posting of a bond, or any other requirements that have not been satisfied.

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Entry. The Sweepstakes begins at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST) on 4/30/19 and ends at 11:59 p.m. (PEST) on 5/5/19 (the “Sweepstakes Period”).  By entering the Sweepstakes, each entrant agrees to these Official Rules and the decisions of Sponsor, which are final and binding in all respects.  

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To enter, visit Follow Your Heart’s Instagram page to view the post, (www.instagram.com/followyourheart) during the Sweepstakes Period, follow all four @estolias, @latejulyorganic, @the_tofurky_company and @followyourheart social media accounts, and tag one (1) friend you’d share your nachos with in the comments of the sweepstakes post.

All entries must be received within the Sweepstakes Period. Sponsor’s computer clock is the official timekeeping device of the Sweepstakes. Limit one (1) entry per Instagram account during the Sweepstakes Period.  Entries received in excess of the above stated limitation will be void.  

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Prizes. Four (4) winner will receive product from Follow Your Heart, Estolia’s, Late July SNACKS, and ToFurky, with an aggregate ARV of the prize of $40.00. Specifics relating to the prize not specified here in are at sole discretion of Sponsor. The winner is solely responsible for any costs and expenses due in connection with the prize not specified herein. The prize may not be transferred or assigned, except at the Sponsor’s sole discretion. No cash value or substitution of the prize will be permitted or provided, except that Sponsor, in its sole discretion, may provide a prize of comparable or greater value. The winner is solely responsible for reporting and paying any and all applicable federal, state and local taxes due in connection with the prize. Receipt of the prize is conditioned upon compliance with all applicable federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations and these Official Rules.

Selection of Winner and Notification. Each eligible entry submitted during the Sweepstakes Period will be entered into a random drawing to be held at the conclusion of the Sweepstakes Period.  One potential winner will be selected at random by Sponsor, whose decision will be final and binding, from all eligible entries received during the Sweepstakes Period within forty-eight hours after the Sweepstakes Period ends. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received in the Sweepstakes Period. In the event a winning entry is discovered to be invalid for any reason whatsoever or the person who submitted the winning entry either fails to comply with these Official Rules prior to delivery of the prize or refuses the prize or any portion thereof, the prize may be forfeited and awarded to an alternate winner selected at random from the remaining eligible entries at Sponsor’s discretion. An alternate winner will be selected at random from the remaining eligible entries until the prize has been awarded.

Sponsor will contact the potential winner via Instagram Direct Message between Monday, May 6th through Friday, May 10th, 2019, and will be notified via post and/or tagging via social media contact or email. All selected winners will have forty-eight hours after the random drawing to obtain additional information reasonably necessary to verify eligibility. In the case that a winner does not reply in 48 hours, an alternate winner will be selected. The potential winner will be required to direct message (DM) Sponsor with his/her contact details and provide the additional information requested by Sponsor to verify eligibility. By direct messaging Sponsor, Sweepstakes entrant warrants and represents to Sponsor that the information contained in such direct message is true and correct in all material respects and that Sponsor may rely on such information in its efforts to comply with applicable laws and regulations. It is acknowledged and understood that such information is being provided to Sponsor and not to Instagram. The potential winner must continue to comply with all terms and conditions of these Official Rules, and winning is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements. Sponsor reserves the right to require the potential winner to show proof of identity prior to receiving any prize.

Upon contacting a potential winner and determining that he/she has met all eligibility requirements for the Sweepstakes, including without limitation the execution of an affidavit of eligibility and liability/publicity release (except where prohibited by law) and completion of such other documents as Sponsor may reasonably require in order to claim his/her prize, if applicable, such individual will be declared the “winner” of the Sweepstakes.

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Severability. If any one or more provisions of these Official Rules are held to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable by a court of competent jurisdiction, such invalidity, illegality or unenforceability shall not affect the validity, effect or enforcement of any other provision or provisions of these Official Rules.

Force Majeure. The failure of the Sponsor to comply with any provision of this Official Rules due to an act of God, hurricane, war, terrorism, fire, riot, earthquake, actions of governmental authorities outside the control of the Sponsor or other force majeure event shall not be considered a breach of these Official Rules.

Governing Law; Jurisdiction; Venue; Limitation of Damages. These Official Rules shall be interpreted in accordance with New Hampshire law without regard to its conflicts of laws provisions. Each entrant agrees that the state and federal courts located in New Hampshire shall have exclusive jurisdiction over any dispute arising from or relating to these Official Rules, this Sweepstakes or entrant’s participation in this Sweepstakes, and entrant’s consent to the personal jurisdiction and venue thereof.  ALL DISPUTES SHALL BE RESOLVED INDIVIDUALLY, WITHOUT RESORT TO ANY FORM OF CLASS ACTION, AND ALL CLAIMS, JUDGMENTS AND AWARDS SHALL BE LIMITED TO ACTUAL OUT-OF-POCKET COSTS INCURRED, BUT IN NO EVENT INCLUDE ATTORNEYS’ FEES, AND UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL ANY ENTRANT BE PERMITTED TO OBTAIN AWARDS FOR, AND HEREBY WAIVES ALL RIGHTS TO CLAIM, PUNITIVE, EXEMPLARY, INCIDENTAL, INDIRECT, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES AND ANY OTHER DAMAGES, OTHER THAN FOR ACTUAL OUT-OF-POCKET EXPENSES AND WAIVES ALL RIGHTS TO HAVE DAMAGES MULTIPLIED OR OTHERWISE INCREASED.

Winners Names. To obtain the names of the official winner (after the conclusion of the Sweepstakes) or a copy of these Official Rules, send a self–addressed envelope with the proper postage affixed postmarked to: Follow Your Heart/Earth Island LLC, Attn: Cinco De Mayo Giveaway, PO box 9400, Canoga Park, CA 91309. Please specify “Winner’s Names” or “Official Rules” in your request.

Eat More Plants, Save the World

Driving an electric vehicle, carrying a reusable water bottle, and switching to more energy efficient light bulbs are some of the most common to-dos when it comes reducing our individual carbon footprints. Even plastic straws are increasingly reaching villain status in mainstream consciousness. But you want to do more, right? Consider this: One of the most effective ways any nature-loving, animal-adoring, eco-conscious friend of Planet Earth can slash his or her impact on the environment is to adopt a plant-based diet.

We eat many times in a single day, and it turns out the choices we make in these mealtime moments hold a lot of power when it comes to fighting climate change. A comprehensive new study by the University of Oxford and published in the journal Science essentiallydropped the mic on the subject in June 2018. Over the course of five years, scientists sought to analyze the detrimental effects farming can have on the environment and included data on nearly 40,000 farms in 119 countries. They examined a total of 40 agricultural products in the study, which cover 90% of all food that is eaten. Their findings unequivocally prove how devastating animal agriculture is to our planet.

The study showed that cutting meat and dairy out completely can reduce an individual’s carbon footprint from food by up to 73%. And that kind of action has a ripple effect; if everyone stopped eating meat and dairy, it would reduce global farmland use by up to 75%, which would not only drastically diminish atmospheric greenhouse gases (agriculture is second only to electricity and heat production as a global greenhouse gas emitter), but would also free up more wild lands – the loss of which is a primary cause of mass species extinction. Indeed, Nature released a 2014 study finding that emissions from the production of beef and lamb are 250 times higher than those of legumes, and pork and poultry are 40 times higher than legumes. Natural Resources Defense Council reported, in “To Shrink Your Carbon Footprint, Ease Up on the Dairy,”

that 14 kilo-calories of fossil fuels to produce a single kcal of dairy milk, whereas just 1 kcal of fossil fuels can produce 3.2 kcal of soybeans (for use in soymilk). That measurement takes into account the fertilizers, pesticides, and other industrial inputs used in dairy production.

Unfortunately, the massive amounts of land needed to raise livestock for meat and dairy consumption and the resulting greenhouse gases are just the tip of the bull’s horn when it comes to animal agriculture’s impact on the planet. Animal agriculture is an inefficient way to produce a single meal, such as the quarter-pound of conventional beef in a typical cheeseburger, because it requires so many resources. Business Insider broke it down, and it’s staggering. Among many things, there’s the water – estimated at more than 460 gallons – and the corn-based feed, which totals 13.5 pounds per quarter-pound hamburger. Grass-fed beef requires even more resources. Beef and dairy production also release plenty of methane but also nitrous oxide, which are dangerous greenhouse gases that trap 20 and 250 times more heat than carbon dioxide, respectively.

So, while you may pay a buck or two for that cheeseburger at a fast food restaurant, the cost to Mother Nature and mankind is far greater. Deforestation (80% of all Amazon deforestation is due to beef production), ocean acidification, sea level rise, erosion, famine, extreme weather, widespread disease, fresh water scarcity, and the loss of biodiversity are all major fallouts from the greenhouse gases produced by the animal agriculture industry. These things hit poor and vulnerable communities hardest, so there’s a moral imperative to cutting meat and dairy from our diets, as well.

In Summer 2018, global carbon dioxide levels rose to the highest they’ve been in at least 800,000 years. The landmark Paris Agreement aims to keep global temperatures from rising 2 degrees Celsius. A Bloomberg report from June 2018 states, “Given current efforts, the world is probably heading for temperature gains of 4 degrees or more, according to climate negotiator Tovivo, citing figures from Climate Action Tracker.” While political will and policy shifts may lag, we as individuals can take the reins by cutting meat and dairy from our diets.

It’s a great time to try out this whole vegan thing. There are scores of amazing companies (like Follow Your Heart!) creating ever more tasty and nutritious dairy and meat alternatives. CNN columnist John D. Sutter wrote in his powerful essay “Why Beef Is the New SUV,” “Our diets are a rare chance for us to take control of our climate footprints, as researchers explained to me. We don’t need governments or utilities to help. Apathy is all that stands in the way.” If you’ve read this far, the motivation is clearly there to get you started on the journey towards a greener (pun intended) diet. It’s time to take action.

The best thing is, you don’t have to kick all of your favorite foods to the curb at once. Subtle tweaks will help you achieve any lifestyle overhaul – and the planet will thank you for it. Just don’t beat yourself up if you encounter setbacks or succumb to temptations along the way. This kind of thing takes practice, which is ultimately how you’ll discover what works best for you. Try swapping one foodstuff for another. You want vegan ice cream? You got it. Vegan beef or chicken? Plenty of options await your tastebuds. Vegan cheese and eggs? You’ve come to the right place!

Here are our best-sellers to help you get started on your journey towards a more plant-based diet!

Follow Your Heart Original Vegenaise

Follow Your Heart Organic Garlic Aïoli Vegenaise

Follow Your Heart Vegan Shreds Pizzeria Blend

Follow Your Heart Dairy-Free Parmesan – Shredded

Follow Your Heart Organic Vegan Caesar Dressing

Follow Your Heart Dairy-Free Yogurt Vanilla

Follow Your Heart Dairy-Free Sour Cream

2019 Consumer Events

April 27 & 28 – Ultimate Women’s Expo – Phoenix, AZ

May 5 – Veg Expo – Vancouver, Canada

May 5 – VegFest LA – Los Angeles, CA

May 18 & 19 – Ultimate Women’s Expo – Dallas, TX

May 31 & June 1 – Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon Expo – San Diego, CA

June 7 & 8 – Plant Based World Expo – New York, NY

June 9 – Asheville Vegan Fest – Asheville, NC

June 22 – Eat Drink Vegan – Pasadena, CA

July 27 & 28 – VegFest Colorado – Broomfield, CO

A Very vegEMOJI Valentine’s!

Spread the love this Valentine’s Day with our fun e-cards! We’ve created 9 unique, fun vegEMOJI Valentines Day cars for that veggie enthusiast you can’t resist. Print them out and share them with your friends and loved ones. Download them and send them via text, or email, or share them on your social media! Just be sure to always use the hashtag #vegEMOJI and to tag @followyourheart whenever you use them!

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12 Days of VeganEgg Holiday Giveaway

The holidays are here! Time for some last minute shopping and that all-too-familiar feeling that you forgot to get presents for that special plant-based chef in your life. But never fear! Enter our giveaway and you could be one of 12 winners to win:

  • 2 cartons of VeganEgg
  • An FYH Whisk
  • Our VeganEgg Cookbook

We’ll ship it all overnight so you have it in your hands in time for the big day. Follow any one of these three steps to enter:

  • Post a photo/video to Instagram stating why you deserve to win, tag @followyourheart, and use the hashtag #12DaysOfVeganEgg
  • Tweet out why you think you deserve to win, tag @followyourheart, and use the hashtag #12DaysOfVeganEgg
  • Email us (webadmin@followyourheart.com) with why you deserve to win. Make sure 12 Days Of VeganEgg is your subject line!

We’ll pick a winner at 5pm PST each day to receive a package.

RULES:

  • Open only to US residents residing in the contiguous United States, Alaska, Puerto Rico, and/or Hawaii
  • All participants must be 13 years of age or older at the time of entry
  • All winners of Follow Your Heart giveaways or contests in the past 12 months are not eligible to participate
  • By entering, you acknowledge that Follow Your Heart has no obligation to use or post any Entry you submit. By submitting an Entry, you agree that your submission is gratuitous and made without restriction, and will not place Follow Your Heart under any obligation, and that Follow Your Heart is free to disclose the ideas contained in the Entry on a non-confidential basis to anyone or otherwise use the ideas without any additional compensation to you. You acknowledge that, by acceptance of your submission, Follow Your Heart does not waive any rights to use similar or related ideas previously known to Follow Your Heart, or developed by its employees, or obtained from sources other than you. Follow Your Heart reserves the right to, and may or may not, monitor/screen Entries. By submitting an Entry, you warrant and represent that it: (a) is your original work, (b) does not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity or other intellectual property or other rights of any person or entity, (c) that you have obtained permission from a person whose name, likeness or image is used in the Entry, and (d) that publication of the Entry via various media including Web posting, will not infringe on the rights of any third-party rights. Each entrant will indemnify and hold harmless, Follow Your Heart and Promotion Parties from any claims to the contrary.

    As determined by the Follow Your Heart, in its sole discretion, Entries must meet the following guidelines: (a) Must comply with these Official Rules and any Terms of Service on the applicable Web Site/Social Media Platform; (b) Cannot be sexually explicit or suggestive, unnecessarily violent or derogatory of any ethnic, racial, gender, religious, political, professional or age group, profane or pornographic, or contain nudity; (c) Cannot promote alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco, firearms/weapons (or the use of any of the foregoing), any activities that may appear unsafe or dangerous, or any particular political agenda or message; (d) Cannot be obscene or offensive, endorse any form of hate or hate group; (e) Cannot promote terrorist acts such as providing instructions on how to assemble bombs, grenades and other such weapons or provide instructional information about illegal activities; (f) Cannot defame, misrepresent or contain disparaging or slanderous remarks about Follow Your Heart, its customers or its products, or other people, products or companies; (g) Cannot contain trademarks, logos or trade dress owned by others (except Follow Your Heart’s trademarks, logos or trade dress), or advertise or promote any brand or product of any kind (except Follow Your Heart’s products), without permission, or contain any personal identification, such as license plate numbers, personal names, email addresses or street addresses; (h) Cannot contain copyrighted materials owned by others (including photographs, sculptures, paintings and other works of art, stills, or images published on or in television, movies, the Internet or other media, except such materials owned by Follow Your Heart) without permission; (i) Cannot contain background artwork, unless it is an original work of the entrant; (j) Cannot contain materials embodying the names, likenesses, photographs, or other indicia identifying any person, living or dead, other than the entrant, without permission; (k) Cannot communicate messages or images inconsistent with the positive images and/or goodwill to which Follow Your Heart wishes to associate; and (l) Cannot depict, and cannot itself, be in violation of any law.

  • Contest begins at 11am PST Monday, December 11th 2017 and closes 11:59PM PST Friday, December 22nd 2017. Any entries submitted after the deadline will not be eligible for consideration.
  • Winners will be selected on each day contest is live and will be notified via social media contact or email. All selected winners will have 48 hours to reply. In the case that a winner does not reply in 48 hours, an alternate winner will be selected.

Vegan Month Giveaway!

November is World Vegan Month! Launched in November of 1993 by The Vegan Society, World Vegan Month is a monthlong celebrations of all things plant-based. We’re encouraging you, our fans, to join in on the fun with us and win some yummy treats.

We’re giving everyone the opportunity to use the month of October to let us know why you chose to pursue a plant-based diet and lifestyle. Take a photo, create a recipe, make a video, be as creative as you like! This is entirely up to you! We’ll pick 3 winners are the end of October to receive 1 box of vegan Follow Your Heart goodies per week:

Here’s how to enter:

  • Share why you chose to pursue a plant-based lifestyle with us. Haven’t made the plunge yet? Then share with us why you want to go vegan!
  • Take a photo, write something, or make a video and share with us! Share your submission on Twitter or Instagram, tag @followyourheart, and be sure to use the hashtag #MyPlantBasedPath. Don’t have Twitter or Instagram? Then just email us your submission, webadmin@followyourheart.com!
  • We’ll pick 3 lucky winners to receive weekly care packages from us!

RULES:

  • Open only to US residents residing in the contiguous United States, Alaska, Puerto Rico, and/or Hawaii
  • All participants must be 13 years of age or older at the time of entry
  • All winners of Follow Your Heart giveaways or contests in the past 12 months are not eligible to participate
  • By entering, you acknowledge that Follow Your Heart has no obligation to use or post any Entry you submit. By submitting an Entry, you agree that your submission is gratuitous and made without restriction, and will not place Follow Your Heart under any obligation, and that Follow Your Heart is free to disclose the ideas contained in the Entry on a non-confidential basis to anyone or otherwise use the ideas without any additional compensation to you. You acknowledge that, by acceptance of your submission, Follow Your Heart does not waive any rights to use similar or related ideas previously known to Follow Your Heart, or developed by its employees, or obtained from sources other than you. Follow Your Heart reserves the right to, and may or may not, monitor/screen Entries. By submitting an Entry, you warrant and represent that it: (a) is your original work, (b) does not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity or other intellectual property or other rights of any person or entity, (c) that you have obtained permission from a person whose name, likeness or image is used in the Entry, and (d) that publication of the Entry via various media including Web posting, will not infringe on the rights of any third-party rights. Each entrant will indemnify and hold harmless, Follow Your Heart and Promotion Parties from any claims to the contrary.

    As determined by the Follow Your Heart, in its sole discretion, Entries must meet the following guidelines: (a) Must comply with these Official Rules and any Terms of Service on the applicable Web Site/Social Media Platform; (b) Cannot be sexually explicit or suggestive, unnecessarily violent or derogatory of any ethnic, racial, gender, religious, political, professional or age group, profane or pornographic, or contain nudity; (c) Cannot promote alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco, firearms/weapons (or the use of any of the foregoing), any activities that may appear unsafe or dangerous, or any particular political agenda or message; (d) Cannot be obscene or offensive, endorse any form of hate or hate group; (e) Cannot promote terrorist acts such as providing instructions on how to assemble bombs, grenades and other such weapons or provide instructional information about illegal activities; (f) Cannot defame, misrepresent or contain disparaging or slanderous remarks about Follow Your Heart, its customers or its products, or other people, products or companies; (g) Cannot contain trademarks, logos or trade dress owned by others (except Follow Your Heart’s trademarks, logos or trade dress), or advertise or promote any brand or product of any kind (except Follow Your Heart’s products), without permission, or contain any personal identification, such as license plate numbers, personal names, email addresses or street addresses; (h) Cannot contain copyrighted materials owned by others (including photographs, sculptures, paintings and other works of art, stills, or images published on or in television, movies, the Internet or other media, except such materials owned by Follow Your Heart) without permission; (i) Cannot contain background artwork, unless it is an original work of the entrant; (j) Cannot contain materials embodying the names, likenesses, photographs, or other indicia identifying any person, living or dead, other than the entrant, without permission; (k) Cannot communicate messages or images inconsistent with the positive images and/or goodwill to which Follow Your Heart wishes to associate; and (l) Cannot depict, and cannot itself, be in violation of any law.

  • Contest begins at 11am PST Saturday, September 30th 2017 and closes 11:59PM PST Tuesday, October 31st 2017. Any entries submitted after the deadline will not be eligible for consideration.
  • Winners will be selected on Wednesday, November 1st and will be notified via social media contact or email. All selected winners will have 48 hours to reply. In the case that a winner does not reply in 48 hours, an alternate winner will be selected.

Mercy For Animals – Follow Your Heart Overview

Our good friends at Mercy For Animals were kind enough to come by Earth Island, our production facility in Chatsworth, Ca. While they were here, we gave them a tour of the building where Vegenaise, our delicious dressings, and our vegan cheese products are made. Our co-founder and CEO, Bob Goldberg, also broke down the history of Follow Your Heart Market and Cafe and how our brand was created and built as a mission-based, moral value focused company.