The Vegfest Express bulletin - March 2016 edition
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Hi everybody,

Many thanks to all those of you who visited our Brighton event last month. It was another amazing show packed full of positive energy and exciting features!

After a brief recovery period, the VegfestUK team are back on our feet heading full steam towards our next 3 big shows of the year in Bristol, London and Glasgow. With the lovely fluffy Pig Freud racking his brains for inventive ideas on promoting veganism also, 2016 is shaping up to be a very interesting year for all involved with VegfestUK!

Joyous occasion at VegfestUK Brighton with 10,700 visitors enjoying being vegan

What a wonderful weekend at the Brighton Centre, with altogether 10,700 visitors (5,700 Saturday, 5,000 Sunday) enjoying a fabulous cocktail of vegan food, products, education, entertainment and socialising all under one roof! 

The usual vibrant mix of stalls, caterers, talks, cookery demos, films and kids activities come on top of some standout features such as the Teachers Vegan Summit, the UK Vegan Comedy Festival, the FxEctive Factor and the Vegan Activists Summit, alongside chillout areas such as the Teen Zone and the Mature Zone, plus a Hemp Expo for the hemp enthusiasts.

See full summary and pics here

See another lovely summary by presenter Anneka Svenska here

The FxEctive Factor competition got off to flying start with a series of captivating performances and presentations

The FxEctive Factor - an exciting first-ever competition based on vegan performances and activism in front of a panel of judges – was rapturously received at VegfestUK Brighton on Saturday February 27th 2016.

Hosted by presenter Karin Ridgers of VeggieVision, the FxEctive Factor sees captivating performances from altogether 6 musicians, followed by 7 short presentations on creative peaceful vegan activism, all done in the spirit of encouraging others to engage in positive vegan outreach. 

Click here to view full video from the competition

VegfestUK Brighton Rocks with Mature Zone!

Amid the hustle and bustle of another incredibly successful event, VegfestUK Brighton’s first ever Mature Zone soon proved to be a popular destination.

The Mature Zone was tucked away next to the cinema. Though some map-reading skills were needed to find it, an increasing number of visitors over the weekend found the search to be well worth it.    

Managed by the charity Vegetarian for Life, the Mature Zone offers a space for VegfestUK’s more mature visitors to enjoy a cuppa and listen to one of many fascinating talks.

Click here for full review of the Mature Zone

Other sessions recorded from VegfestUK Brighton 2016

Discussion: What's the Best Form of Vegan Activism?

Dr. Roger Yates - How We Grow Up to Be Animal Loving Animal Users: The Sociology of Animal Harming

Tim Barford - the Abolitionist Approach to Animal Rights: Fit for Purpose or a Busted Flush?

Tim Barford - VegfestUK and the Vegan Philosophy

Christopher Sebastian - Intersections of Justice: Building an Inclusive Animal Rights Movement

The Phoenix Rose live performance

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Pig Freud launched his new “Vegan - Justice for All” billboard campaign at Bristol Rovers FC vs AFC Wimbledon match

Pink fluffy cartoon superhero Pig Freud - pop star, The FxEctive Factor contestant and a charity fundraiser for VegfestUK Ltd revealed his new posters for a hardhitting “Vegan – Justice for All” campaign to appear in Bristol over the coming months.

Pig Freud chose the Bristol Rovers vs AFC Wimbledon game to launch his campaign which will see a large number of billboards appearing within the Bristol area, with challenging and clear messages about the use and misuse of animals in our society today.

Full summary here

To donate to his crowdfunder, visit link here:

Pig Freud looking for collectors to join him at VegfestUK Bristol

As well as collecting funds online, Pig Freud will also be doing charity collections at the upcoming VegfestUK Bristol on May 21st 22nd 2016 at the Amphitheatre. He would love to have the support of a few bouncy, enthusiastic, positive people to help him with the charity collections.

To apply for this role, please email with your preferred dates and times for helping with charity collections. (Expenses and wages are to be negotiated on application)

Got your VegfestUK Bristol tickets yet? BOGOF ending Mar 31st

Many thanks to all those of you who have already bought your advance tickets to the next VegfestUK show in Bristol on May 21st 22nd – which is promising to be a smashing event with an eclectic mix of vegan food, entertainment and education!

Our BUY ONE GET ONE FREE special offers for advance tickets end at the end of March, and these offers are a great way to invite any friends of yours to join a massive party whilst learning about veganism at the same time.  

Advance tickets are £5 for a day and £8 for the whole weekend, plus small booking fees. You can get your tickets now at: 

Click on links below for what's on at the event:

Sumptuous vegan cuisine and cookery demos await at VegfestUK Bristol    

VegfestUK Bristol 2016: house party and reggae sunsplash lineups announced    

Teen Zone - hangout area for young vegans - is back at VegfestUK Bristol!  

VegfestUK celebrates multicultural influence at huge Bristol event on May 21st 22nd:

Help with flyer and poster distribution for VegfestUK Bristol needed!

VegfestUK are printing some more flyers for our upcoming Bristol event on May 21st 22nd at the Amphitheatre, in our efforts to spread the word far and wide!

Your help with getting these flyers out is crucial in our promotion efforts – please ask your friends, colleagues and families to join in too if possible.

Click here on how you can apply for flyers

Website for VegfestUK London 2016 LIVE FOR BOOKINGS! Sponsorship packages available

Since the VegfestUK London website went live for bookings on March 8th, there have been nearly 90 stall bookings and 6 sponsors have come on board!

Our London event last year, held at Levels 1 & 3 of the Central Hall of Olympia, was a sell-out show packed out on 2 days by altogether 12,000 visitors with hugely positive feedback too. In response to the ever-increasing demand for the vibrant mix of vegan products, information, entertainment and socialising at VegfestUK, we have hired 5,000 sqm extra space from Level 1 of the West Hall to meet the demands of an ever-growing market for veganism. And we're expecting steady increases in attendance at VegfestUK London over the coming years.

Click here for stalls info and sponsorship packages

How to make the most of being a VegfestUK stallholder

As well as sales on the day and building long-lasting connections with new and existing customers there are other ways that you can maximise and get the best out of the opportunity too.

Having worked with VegfestUK for nearly 10 years, and after chatting with a few stallholders last year, I realised that not everyone was making the most of being at the festival.

Here are some ideas that could help you get more noted and attract more customers!

Tim Barford reviews 'Vegan Ventures' by Katrina Fox

Tim Barford, manager of VegfestUK and Yaoh, continues his series of book reviews from the vegan world. Tim's reviews aim to encourage others to read and learn from some of the leading authors on the global vegan scene. Here, he reviews the new book by Katrina Fox, which focuses on vegan businesses from around the globe. 

See book review here

Essential Trading Co-operative's amazing fairtrade organic vegan products

For over four decades Essential Trading Co-operative have been at the forefront of sourcing, producing and supplying quality products that are:

* Organic
* GMO Free
* Fairtrade
* Environmentally Friendly & Sustainable

Essential's mission is to operate a sustainable business providing ethically sourced products within a workers co-operative environment.

The Essential brand comprises a wide range of organic and sustainable store-cupboard essentials developed in accordance with Fairtrade, biodynamic, ethical and co-operative principles. Most Essential products are vegan, GM-free and have no unnecessary additives. The Essential brand is not supplied to supermarkets; offering independent retailers a genuine point of difference and added value to customers.

Click here to see Essential's full repertoire of vegan products

Rebel Kitchen amazing coconut mylks - made with simple ingredients, suitable for all

Rebel Kitchen turns simple ingredients direct from nature into coconut mylks that taste amazing and are for everyone, anytime.

Rebel Kitchen mylks contain a base of three simple ingredients; organic coconut milk, Somerset spring water, and organic date nectar. The mylks are dairy free, and contain no refined sugar, additives or preservatives.

Click here for their full range of products

Bute Island Foods brings us smileys galore with their Vegan Sheese

Addicted to cheese?  But thinking about being vegan? Bute Island Foods provide sumptuous vegan alternatives to our cheese which is largely taken for granted in the Western diet. Whether you’re vegan or not, Bute Island Foods have a large range of their own Sheese brand of vegan cheese to suit a variety of tastes including even the most hard-core cheese addicts!

More details here

NEW Koko Dairy Free yogurt alternatives

Koko Dairy Free has launched an exciting range of dairy free yogurt alternatives from 1st February. The first retailer to stock is Morrisons, but other retailers are stocking by the end of February.

The range is dairy free, soya free and allergen free and you’ll be surprised just how much like regular yogurts they taste.

More details here

JASON Natural Care smoothing Coconut Body Care products

JĀSÖN® Coconut Oil Is A Perfect, All-Purpose Moisturizer. Rich In Nourishing Vitamin E And Antioxidant Polyphenols, This Melts-At-First-Touch Oil Delivers Unparalleled Care To Your Skin And Hair.

• Nourishes extremely dry, chapped skin
• Tames frizz and fly-aways
• Helps minimize hair breakage and split ends
• Smooths chapped lips
• Softens nail cuticles
• Soothes the drying effects from sun and wind

Check out all JASON's products at

VOLUNTEERS needed at VegfestUK Bristol 2016 - apply now!

VegfestUK welcomes volunteers to participate at our upcoming Bristol event on May 21st 22nd at the Amphitheatre.

To apply for volunteering, please email with:
  • the day on which you prefer to volunteer
  • which roles you’d prefer
  • any constraints on hours of volunteering

Vegfest advertising packages now available

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View advertising packages here


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