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The Vegfest Express bulletin - July 2019 edition

As he sun is beaming brightly upon us in the midst of the summer, we're full steam ahead with preparation for our 2 upcoming shows at Olympia London, namely our 7th annual vegan flagship event VegfestUK London in October and the brand-new Plant Powered Expo next February.

In this bulletin, we preview a number of new features at VegfestUK London on top of a series of articles on the history of the vegan movement. Meanwhile, we also cast an eye on other vegan festivals in the country in August.


Plant Powered Expo


Celebrating the best of plant-based living
February 1st 2nd 2020 @ Olympia National


Many of you will have heard already about our new event Plant Powered Expo next February. This event carries a focus on shopping and a plant-based way of life, with health, environment and fitness taking centre stage.

The event plays host to 235 stalls, 12 featured areas and 100 expert speakers, and comes right after January 2020 when a record-breaking amount of people worldwide are expected to attempt to go plant-based.

Advance tickets for this event go on sale from November 2019, with exhibitors and speakers to be announced from then onwards.

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Advance tickets for VegfestUK London to go on sale from August 1st

 

BUY ONE GET ONE FREE offers available for limited periods


The 7th annual vegan festival VegfestUK London returns to Olympia London on October 26-27, playing host to around 350 exhibitors, 25 featured areas, 200 speakers & guests, spread over 3 show floors.

Whether you're looking for new vegan products, information on either going vegan or staying vegan, inspirations on vegan recipes, tips on promoting veganism in your communities, or suggestions on boosting your health and wellbeing, VegfestUK has all of that in abundance.

There's not long to go before tickets go on sale on August 1st - make sure to take advantage of the BUY ONE GET ONE FREE offers which run for limited periods in August, and invite your friends, families, co-workers and acquaintances to join this fabulous event.
 
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Plant Fuelled Sportspeople and Fitness Personalities to share insights at VegfestUK London


How best to achieve optimal fitness without animal products? How can those setting their sights on improving their fitness ensure that they are getting all the essential nutrients from plant-based sources for their pursuits?

A number of sportspeople and fitness personalities within the plant-based community will be sharing their insights and experiences into plant-powered fitness at the UK’s flagship vegan festival VegfestUK London on October 26-27 at Olympia London, with a selection of talks and panels discussing a variety of topics aimed at everybody. Whether you are a complete beginner to the plant-based diet, a seasoned bodybuilder or marathon runner who wish to move away from animal-based foods, or a fitness fanatic who aims to get their fitness up to the next level, there is something for you to take home.
 
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Sanctuaries Fair raising funds for animal sanctuaries at VegfestUK London
 

The Sanctuaries Fair is a new initiative at VegfestUK London, raising much-needed funds for a number of animal sanctuaries. The Sanctuaries Fair also centres the importance of supporting sanctuaries and the wider need for animal protection, in a fun, welcoming and uplifting environment of fairground games, raffles and more activities. Taking place on Level 3 (Olympia Conference Centre) on both days of the festival, the Fair aims to raise money for a number of sanctuaries whilst offering both adults and kids a great space to chill and have fun. The list of sanctuaries will be announced in September.

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Wealth of information for budding vegans and activists to take home from 7th year annual vegan festival at Olympia London


The support for both new vegans and vegan activists has always been of prime importance at previous shows down the years, with various summits, presentations and panel discussions catering for the needs of these two rapidly expanding demographs. This year, at their upcoming 7th year annual vegan festival at Olympia London on October 26-27, the event will play host to a branded area on Saturday offering Vegan Activists Support, which on Sunday turns into a hub for New Vegans Support.
 
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Animal Aid to host Wildlife Summit at VegfestUK London


One of the UK’s leading animal protection groups Animal Aid will be hosting the Wildlife Summit at this year’s VegfestUK London. 

Taking place at Olympia Conference Centre on Sunday October 27th, the Wildlife Summit looks at wildlife protection from a vegan perspective. The full lineup of speakers and timetable will be announced in September.

Founded in 1977, Animal Aid campaigns peacefully against all forms of animal abuse and promote cruelty-free living. Their vision is a world in which animals are no longer harmed and exploited for human gain, but allowed to live out their lives in peace. 
 
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Kids Theatre and Storytelling at VegfestUK London


Families with kids will enjoy the new Kids Theatre and Storytelling area at this year's VegfestUK London. Situated on Level 2 of Olympia Central, the Kids Theatre and Storytelling area welcomes a number of book readings featuring a variety of children’s books in relation to the vegan way of life from Vegan Publishers, Boston-based publishing company with a variety of books dedicated to various aspects of veganism for both adults and kids. The book readings come alongside selection of marvellously interactive vegetable entertainment by kids entertainer Madame Zucchini.
 
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Volunteers welcome at VegfestUK London


Roles include ticket scanning, giving out info booklets to visitors, readmittance stamps, free gifts, looking after storage, cookery demos and more…

Rewards include free entry and food voucher
 
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"And If You Know Your History..." a new series looking at the History of the Vegan Movement

Our new series of blogs, entitled ‘And If You Know Your History...’, created by Dr Roger Yates of the Dublin-based Vegan Information Project, looks at how veganism as a social movement has emerged and developed with the focus on accounts of the individual pioneers of the vegan movement. A series of around 10 blogs will be published between August and October 2019, in the run-up to VegfestUK London.
 

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The Difficult and Argumentative Birth of the Vegan Social Movement

In Part 1 of 'And if you know your history', Dr. Roger Yates looks at how veganism as a social movement emerged and developed with the focus on accounts of the individual pioneers of the vegan movement.

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Upcoming UK vegan festivals in August 2019


Fasten your seatbelts for over a dozen of captivating vegan festivals and fairs coming up in August – new vegan products, new vegan friends, support for new vegans and information for emerging vegan activists come in abundance at these festivals, and above all, everyone can have a fantastic day out without the added pressure of checking ingredients to ensure that everything is vegan.

Please note: these events are organised by groups and individuals other than VegfestUK, although we support them all by including them in this monthly blog – for further info and latest updates about these events, please visit their event websites / Facebook event pages.
 
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Vegan "Sheese" producers Bute Island Foods sponsoring Plant Powered Expo 2020

 
The whole team behind Plant Powered Expo are thrilled to welcome our first sponsor Bute Island Foods on board our inaugural event at Olympia London on February 1st 2nd 2020. Bute Island Foods have been regular supporters of our sister event VegfestUK and it’s obviously fantastic news that they have decided to come on board and give us their full backing.

With 30 years of experience, Bute Island Foods are one of the UK’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of dairy, lactose and gluten free vegan cheese products. Their Sheese range is award winning, and all of their products are certified Vegan, and most are Kosher.

Bute island is also sponsoring VegfestUK London 2019 and the VegfestUK team can't thank them enough for their generous support.
 
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BioCanna: Growing in an honest and sustainable way

 
In this guest blog, BioCanna, who is kindly sponsoring the Veganic Growing area at this year’s VegfestUK London, talks about the reasons behind sustainable food growing and how their plant-based nutrients enhance the quality of our produce.

"Organic food is rising in popularity but many supermarkets treat it as a luxury item to be sold at a premium price. Having the opportunity to grow your own produce without pesticides and consume it straight from the greenhouse or garden is in every way greater to food that is full of additives, packed to prevent deterioration, transported and then sold as ‘fresh’. There’s also the understanding that we’re contributing to the sustainability of our planet."
 
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Summer weather ideal for Yaoh's new sunblock, moisturisers and body butters

 
The upcoming 2 months look like the ideal sunblock season especially with a special offer on new SPF-25 sunblock on Yaoh’s online shop.

There are also a couple of other special offers too for Yaoh’s Summer Breeze Moisturiser and for all their Body Butters. These products are amazing in keeping your skin rejuvenated, and can be used in all climates and weather conditions.
 
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Vivo Life - 100% plant-based health and food producers - are back at VegfestUK London

 
Vivo Life produces 100% plant-based health and fitness products, to help you look and feel awesome without costing the earth.

Winner of the VegfestUK Awards last year in the Best Vegan Superfoods category, Vivo Life's mission is: to say goodbye to artificial colours, flavours, fillers, binders, skinny teas, diet pills and false promises; and to stand up for our planet and all the living beings that we share it with. This is the NEW generation of supplements.

Vivo Life will be sponsoring one of the 2 Fitness areas and the Holistic Health area at VegfestUK London 2019. Visit their stalls CN3 and CN4 at Olympia Central (Level 1) on both days of the event.
 
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Liven up your Summer Vegan BBQ with Encona Sauces and this sizzling recipe for Spiced Sweet Potato Patties

 
Barbecues this summer are ideal occasions for introducing your friends and families to the wonders of vegan food options and recipes – and what better way to liven up a summer barbecue than with the Encona Sauces range?

In this guest blog, VegfestUK sponsors Encona Sauces share their recipe for one of their favourite BBQ dishes that is 100% vegan. Their spiced sweet potato patties are both easy to make and ideal for the summer ahead.
 
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