The Vegfest Express bulletin - September 2016 edition
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Hi everybody,

We hope you all had a wonderful September!

It's only less than 1 month before VegfestUK's next event at Olympia London on October 22nd 23rd 2016, and we can't wait for this exciting vegan extravaganza. With our Scotland event coming up soon after that, plus Brighton and Bristol now open for stall applications, we have a busy but thrilling ride for the rest of 2016!

#VegfestUKAwards2016 voting shuts at midnight TODAY September 30th 2016

Many thanks to all those of you who cast your votes for your favourite vegan products, groups, individuals etc. over the past 8 weeks, ever since voting for the awards went live on August 1st 2016...

There have been over 6,000 voters with an average of 2,00o votes cast in each of altogether 16 categories, which shows the level of interest there currently is in all things vegan. There have been a few captivating battles developing over the past 8 weeks too...

Latest updates (up to Sept 25th 2016) are here:

Link to voting is here:

Voting closes at midnight sharp on September 30th 2016.

The winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony at VegfestUK London – taking place on Saturday October 22nd 2016 (time TBA), with trophies presented by Karin Ridgers of VeggieVision TV alongside John Robb (of Goldblade and The Membranes).

Full results will be announced after the VegfestUK London event.

The Great British Vegan Sandwich Award #SammiesAwards

As the Vegan trend doubles again in the last 12 months it's hard to fathom what is holding caterers back from being more ingenious than just a humous / falafel / roasted veg sandwich. Perhaps they are scared of the unknown.

They seem to be leaving it all up to Prêt à Manger who have just announced their VeggiePret trial is now permanent and plans to open more Veggie Prets whose current top 5 best sellers all vegan options.

We figured we'd help the British Sandwich Industry out with a bit of market research. That's where you come in. Please vote for the sandwich you'd most like to see in UK high streets...

You can vote for your favourite vegan sandwich idea for the high street here:

Meanwhile, Ii you have some ideas of your own or find some outstanding examples of Great British Vegan Sandwiches please post pictures to our best vegan sandwich awards Facebook page:

VegfestUK London 2016 event programme now available to view online - please share widely

The event programme for one of Europe’s top vegan festivals VegfestUK London 2016, that everyone has been waiting for, is now LIVE at: 

This 80-page programme consists of full information on stalls, maps, speakers, schedules of all talks, cookery demos, kids activities and performances.

Please make sure to share the above link as widely as possible, thanks!

Also invite your friends to this event via the Facebook event page -

#VegfestUKLondon2016 #BringAFriendToVegfest

Pro-Intersectional Vegan Conference to look at intersections of social justice issues

An awesome lineup of speakers will be speaking at this inaugural conference, either in person or by Skype.

Full schedules, speakers and talk titles are here -

Latest blogs on the conference -

Facebook event of the conference -

A selection of talks from the conference will be recorded and released on VegfestUK TV after the conference - SUBSCRIBE now at

Bodybuilders, marathon runners, cyclists, gymnasts, boxers and others to share vegan success stories at Europe’s premier vegan event​

Many people believe that athletes require lots of meat, whey powder and other animal based foods to stay strong and fit to excel in their chosen sports. A number of prominent and highly achieving vegan sportspeople will seek to retire this age-old myth at the upcoming Vegan Athletes Summit on October 22nd 2016 at Olympia London, as part of one of Europe’s biggest vegan events VegfestUK London.

Full schedules, speakers and talk titles here -

Latest blogs on the summit -

Facebook event of the summit -

9 out of 10 teen girls don’t eat enough veg. Nutritionist Urges Action on Teen Diet NHS Time Bomb

Leading London Nutrition Therapist and author Yvonne Bishop-Weston accuses the government of standing idly by and priming a ticking time bomb for the NHS.

The latest National Diet and Nutrition Survey analysis reveals that 9 in 10 young girls (11-18) are failing to achieve the Govt / NHS and Public Health England’s recommended 5 portions a day of fruit and vegetables.

Find out more here -

Visit the Health Summit at VegfestUK London with a number of health professionals explaining the benefits of a plant-based diet -

Study shows VegfestUK could succeed where NHS has failed on Vegetable Deficient Teen diets

For too many years too many dietitians and nutritionists have been warning that a vegan diet is an 'exclusionary diet' missing out key food groups and that good health depends on balance of food groups. 

We now have proof that they had been wrong all along and it’s people eating a typical average diet, not vegans, that are missing out big time on nutrients, particularly teenage girls.

Leading London Nutritional Therapist Yvonne Bishop-Weston says, “The National Diet and Nutrition Study (NDNS) 2016 reveals not only the abysmal statistic that 9 out of 10 teen girls typically don’t get enough fruit and vegetables, but that around half of them are too low in the minerals iron, magnesium and selenium, a quarter are too low in iodine and one fifth are too low in the vitamin riboflavin and minerals calcium and zinc.”

Find out more here -

Visit the Health Summit at VegfestUK London with a number of health professionals explaining the benefits of a plant-based diet -

Inspiring chefs to showcase delights of vegan cooking at VegfestUK London 2016

Thinking of going vegan, but stuck on what to cook or how to get the best out of your new set of vegan ingredients?

Looking to impress your pre-vegan friends and families with your vegan dishes?

Come to the cookery demos section of VegfestUK London 2016, where you’ll find plenty of inspirations to help you successfully go vegan, live vegan and stay vegan on a culinary level. There are a number of creative, innovative chefs showcasing a variety of vegan dishes to expand your cookery repertoire and dispel the age-old myths that vegan food is dull and tasteless.

Find out more here -

Celebrity chefs going vegan before demonstrating amazing cookery repertoire at VegfestUK London 2016

A raft of celebrity chefs, including Christine Bailey, Pasquale Amico and Simone Remoli, are going vegan before performing cookery demos in front of anticipated full houses at the upcoming VegfestUK London event at Olympia London on October 22nd 23rd 2016.

Find out more here -

Enjoy live performances all weekend at VegfestUK London 2016

Visitors to this year’s VegfestUK London event on October 22nd 23rd at Olympia London can look forward to a variety of entertainment, with instrumental music from 2 performance stages and a standup comedy session bringing you the perfect atmosphere for having fun and chilling out in addition to the vegan delights on offer at one of Europe’s biggest vegan events!

The Main Stage is located in the West Hall Level 1 whilst the Buskers Stage is situated in the Conference Centre on Level 3. A number of quality musicians will be joined by vegan comedian Carl Donnelly to bring you plenty of joy over the whole weekend!

Find out more here -

Superb Kids Entertainment for the little ones at VegfestUK London

Some uplifting entertainment for the little ones is in store at VegfestUK London on both days October 22nd 23rd 2016 at Olympia London. Ranging from face-painting, book reading, to magic shows and poetry, there really is something for loads of young ones to enjoy in addition to the yummy vegan food, shopping and talks taking place at the same time. With kids under 16 getting free entry to the event, what a fabulous weekend this is shaping up to be for families!

Find out more here -

Get the little ones to embrace vegan cooking at VegfestUK London 2016

Joining Captain James Tea Cook and the Pirates of The Carob Bean at VegfestUK, is the most fun-est way to learn about vegetamabubble glue and other important vegumacational medical necessities that keep our bodies working the way human beans bodies were meant to. Hands on cooking workshops, kitchen science, dancing, singing, crafts and general larking about. Very noisy and at times messy. Although we do try hard to accommodate those with ASD and sensory issues it can get loud. It gets even livelier on Sunday when Captain Tom Foolery joins the mayhem.

Find out more here -

Looking for hotels for your VegfestUK London weekend? HotelMap is there for you!

Visiting VegfestUK London on the weekend October 22nd 23rd 2016 and looking for hotels nearby?
We have teamed up with HotelMap which offers a limited number of exclusive hotel deals for attendees of this event. These special offers can be booked by telephone or online.

Find out more here -

Free Choc Shot for first 6,000 visitors to VegfestUK London 2016 each day

Further good news here as we've arranged with Sweet Freedom for each of the first 6,000 visitors to VegfestUK London each day to receive 1 free Choc Shot!
Sweet Freedom believe that what they leave out is as important as what they put in. Choc Shot is their original luxurious liquid chocolate.  It’s sweetened only with Fruit Syrup, made in the UK and is only 14 calories per teaspoon. As well as making silky smooth hot chocolate with no powdery lumps Choc Shot is gorgeous drizzled direct over porridge, pancakes, yoghurt, fruit and more!

Find out more about Sweet Freedom here -

The first 6,000 visitors to the event each day will be issued a free gift voucher on entry at the West Hall entrance; this voucher should be presented to the staff at the Free Gift Stand (in the Central Hall Level 1, right next to the Site Office) - see map here

VEGFEST SCOTLAND 2016 advance tickets now on sale

The superb vegan extravaganza that is Vegfest is returning to Scottish soil on December 3rd 4th this year at the SECC in Glasgow...

Advance tickets are now on sale at

Advance tickets are priced at £6 per day and £9 for the whole weekend, plus small booking fees.

BUY ONE GET ONE FREE and BUY ONE GET ONE HALF PRICE offers on advance tickets running for limited periods only...

Limited amounts of tickets available on the gate at £9 (adults) / £5 (concessions) - kids under 16 get free entry.

Make sure to join the Facebook event at the link below and invite your friends!

#VegfestScotland2016 #BringAFriendToVegfest

VegfestUK Brighton 2017 website now live for stall bookings!

One of Europe's top vegan festivals VegfestUK returns to the Brighton Centre for the 3rd year running on March 11th 12th 2017, and the show promises to be another blockbuster with space for around 230 stalls and lots and lots of interesting features which are set to attract between 11,000 - 12,000 visitors overall!

VegfestUK Brighton, which will enter its 9th year in 2017, celebrates the very best of veganism with an eclectic mix of food, shopping, information, entertainment and socialising all under one roof, and is set to attract both consumers and members of the trade all hungry for the latest and trendiest vegan products in the market. With standard footfall of at least 5,000 visitors a day, all of whom are either vegan or vegan-curious, all our stallholders are guaranteed plenty of exposure to a very focused audience at the event.

Further info on exhibiting at the event at the links below:

Floor plan -

Stall prices -

Advertising options -

Sponsorship packages -

Terms and Conditions -

Booking form -

VegfestUK Bristol is back on May 20th 21st 2017 - website now live for bookings!

VegfestUK also returns to the iconic Bristol Harbourside for the 11th year running, over the whole weekend May 20th 21st 2017, and the show is shaping up to be another belter with space for around 180 stalls and plenty of of interesting features which are set to attract between 13,000 - 14,000 visitors overall!

Entering its 15th year in 2017, VegfestUK Bristol is renowned for its unique mix of vegan food and information during the day and headline music in the evenings which generates a lovely carnival atmosphere in the outdoor surroundings of the Amphitheatre. Previous headliners at this event include Happy Mondays, Caravan Palace, The Farm, Marshall Jefferson, Stereo MC's, Macka B and many more... (headliners for the 2017 event include Rozalla on Saturday, Danny Rampling on Sunday, plus more TBA in due course)

To find out more about exhibiting at this event, follow the links below:

Floor plan -

Stall prices -

Advertising options -

Sponsorship packages -

Terms and Conditions -

Booking form -

Northern Vegan Festival returns to Manchester on October 15th 2016

One of the biggest and best vegan festivals in the North, the Northern Vegan Festival, is back this Autumn on Saturday October 15th 2016 and it’s once again spread across 7 venues in Manchester with even more space than ever before for a packed programme of activities!

With a successful previous event at the same venues in April 2016 attracting altogether over 4,000 people, the Autumn edition is shaping up to be another blinder with altogether 193 stalls including 15 delicious caterers, plus 2 vegan cafes, all day Viva! cookery demos and talks, campaigns, lots of other amazing talks, children's activities, a big free food fair and much more! Make sure to mark the date in your diary and join the amazing vegan celebration!

Find out more about the festival here -

First-ever Ely Markets Vegan Fair takes place on October 29th 2016!

"Ely Markets are proud to announce the first in a series of events to celebrate the diversity of our market. The Ely Vegan Fair brings together familiar faces with regional and national traders. This family-friendly day is for both vegans and v-curious alike, so come along and discover an array of street food, producers, information and wellbeing."

Find out more about the event here -

Rebel Kitchen Organic Dairy Free Coconut Yogurts

Rebel Kitchen recently launched its dairy free organic coconut yogurts in four delicious flavours. Now all that's left is for you to try them.

Like everything Rebel Kitchen makes, you won’t find any refined sugar, additive or preservatives inside. Just real ingredients that taste great!

The yogurts are also vegan, gluten free, and non-GMO.

Find out more here -

Bute Island Foods' Greek style Sheese - a real winner

Greek style Sheese is one of 3 new flavours offered by Bute Island Foods in their vegan cheese range, with a slightly crumbly texture, plus a creamy yet tangy flavour, it’s perfect for summer (or winter!) mixed salads, cubed or crumbled over the top. It is also delicious crumbled or grated over open jacket potatoes, soups and couscous.

Find out more about Bute Island's new Sheese here -

Vegfund - Supporting vegan activism worldwide!

VegFund empowers vegan activists worldwide by funding and supporting effective outreach activities that inspire people to choose and maintain a vegan lifestyle. 

Make a difference! Apply for a grant to promote vegan living.

Find out more about Vegfund's grants here

A Well-Fed World - feeding families / saving animals

A Well-Fed World chips away at two of the world’s most immense, unnecessary and unconscionable forms of suffering… the suffering of people hungry from lack of food, and the suffering of animals used and abused for food. In addition to advocacy, AWFW partner with and assist groups to distribute vegan food to people in need, build food gardens in low-income countries, and strengthen farm animal care/rescue. 

More about AWFW here

Koko Dairy Free yogurt alternatives

Koko Dairy Free's new range is dairy free, soya free and allergen free and you’ll be surprised just how much like regular yogurts they taste. The range consists of:

Original Plain 500g
Strawberry 2 x 125g
Raspberry 2 x 125g
Peach & Passionfruit 2 x 125g
Coconut & Lemon 2 x 125g

More about Koko Dairy Free's yogurt here

BUY ONE GET ONE FREE on all Yaoh products at VegfestUK London and Vegfest Scotland 2016

Happy days for all fans of Yaoh hemp products as all Yaoh products at VegfestUK London and Vegfest Scotland will be on BOGOF!

Yaoh is the UK’s original Hemp company, and their current products include an award winning bodycare range of bath, sun and skincare products as well as some first rate hemp food items, including hemp oil and dehulled hemp seed. Yaoh’s bodycare range has been awarded the highly prized Ethical Consumer Magazine Best Buy stamp no less than 4 times, placing Yaoh above a host of well known green and eco friendly brands. All Yaoh’s products are vegan and cruelty free.

Click here for their full range of products

VeggieVision - The only UK based Internet TV Station

Thinking of going vegan or just want some healthier options?
Vegan and need some inspiration?
VeggieVision TV is there for you!

VeggieVision TV is packed with fun, interesting and hilarious clips from all over the world – addressing the fact that here in the UK there are no vegan TV programmes.

Please check out for vegan cookery - their growing number of film clips show you tasty vegan recipes step by step.

And to give you more they have VeggieVision Cashback ( where can save and earn £’s – AND for those who want to meet likeminded people they have VeggieVisionDating (  too.


Greenscents: the natural alternative. A scentsational range of laundry and household products you can be proud of! Designed to be the best in their class . 

All greenscents products are: 
  • Naturally effective- bristling with powerful cleaning punch
  • Produced in Somerset in small batches using pure Exmoor water
  • Safe for people, animals and our water systems
  • Fully biodegradable
  • Bottled in attractive, recyclable packaging
  • Moving towards a completely transparent product life cycle
Greenscents is the most fragrant way to clean!

Foods for Life

Brainchild of vegan cookbook author Tony Bishop-Weston, whose recent collection of healthy plant-based recipes sold out in record time.

Vegan Life Magazine

Vegan Life Magazine is the first dedicated vegan magazine available on the UK’s newsstands. With features, fashion, product reviews, news, travel and of course delicious 100% vegan recipes, the magazine is a must for anyone who is already vegan, while helping those that aren’t, to adopt a meat free diet and compassionate lifestyle. Available from WHSmith, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, 100 of independent outlets and on subscription. Bringing Vegan into Vogue

All about Vegan Food

All About Vegan Food is a global website focused on spreading veganism and how easy it is to cook, eat, live and travel as a vegan. It features recipes, restaurants and products from around the world, interviews and articles. It is also home of Vegan Families, an open space for families raising vegan children to share experiences and recipes.

Barefoot Vegan Magazine

Barefoot Vegan is an award-winning digital magazine, which is the official publication of the Barefoot Vegan Farm & Sanctuary. The magazine promotes all aspects of conscious living; veganism, spirituality, holistic wellbeing, our connection and interaction with animals, conservation and systemic change. All profits from the magazine go to the Barefoot Vegan Farm & Animal Sanctuary. Available via PDF, web browser or app.

Subscribe at

The Vegan Apprentice

The Vegan Apprentice is a brand new website dedicated to vegan culture in the UK. Not just aimed at vegans but all those interested in making their lifestyle cruelty free. Whether for health and fitness, medical or ethical reasons we're here to help.

Get stuck into articles, news, product reviews, recipes, books, art, music, ground breaking campaigns as well as advice from our professional nutritionist. Get the latest on events and win big in our competitions.

Vegan Living Magazine

Vegan Living is a fresh new magazine, catering for everyone interested in exploring a vegan lifestyle. Glossy, vibrant and stylish, it's packed with delicious recipes, fascinating features and inspiring images and showcases must-have products, ethical fashion and exciting new ways to enjoy a plant-based diet. 

Issue 1 of Vegan Living on sale 27th October!

Vegetarian Guides

Vegetarian Guides are the world's leading publisher of vegetarian guidebooks. They publish vegetarian guidebooks to London, Britain and Europe, and mail order worldwide for guides to other countries, making it easy to find cruelty-free, healthy, planet-friendly food anywhere. As well as guidebooks, their website has links to useful websites for countries with no guidebook yet.

Stay tuned to THE VEGFEST EXPRESS free online vegan magazine for the latest vegan news from around the globe, updated 24-7 -

The Vegfest Express is available for use on laptops, mobiles and tablets.

And don't forget to SUBSCRIBE to VegfestUK's own Youtube channel - where a selection of talks recorded from the VegfestUK London event will be released afterwards -
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