The Vegfest Express bulletin - July 2016 edition
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Hi everybody,

Busy summer for the VegfestUK team so far with two big big shows coming up in London and Glasgow later this year on top of drawing up plans for our Brighton and Bristol shows next year and some interesting and dynamic stories from the vegan community...

With London ticket sales and voting for the VegfestUK Awards beginning from August 1st 2016 onwards, and stall bookings for Brighton and Bristol 2017 going live from mid-September 2016 onwards, fasten your seatbelts for an action-packed few months ahead!

Tickets for VegfestUK London 2016 on sale on BOGOF from August 1st for limited period only!

Tickets for the 4th annual VegfestUK London event at Olympia London, Kensington, on October 22nd 23rd 2016 go on sale on BUY ONE GET ONE FREE from August 1st for a LIMITED PERIOD ONLY at: 

They will be available for a limited period only on BUY ONE GET ONE HALF PRICE once the BUY ONE GET ONE FREE’s have finished.

Advance tickets at full price will then be available up until 10am on the day of the event (subject to availability). Please note that the event sold out last year and advance purchase is highly advisable especially if travelling. Regular updates will be posted on the VegfestUK London website and the VegfestUK Facebook page.


Our latest articles on this exciting event are below:

A number of interviews with some of our guest speakers at the event are below:

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.

The yogurts are made using organic young green coconuts grown in the Philippines and they contain live vegan cultures.

They are made using the young green meat, not milk (which comes from mature coconuts). It’s what gives the yogurts their deliciously light and smooth texture. It also means they’re up to half the fat per 100g versus other coconut yogurts.

Find out more about these yogurts here

The Species Barrier 38 Podcast: Spirituality Vs Rationality with Will Tuttle

Award-winning speaker, educator, author, and musician Will Tuttle discusses his spiritual approach to vegan education. Rebecca from The Reasonable Vegan website and Rob the author of Rational Morality argue that all advocacy should be partaken using rational reasoning only.

Also discussed in the podcast are: Harambe the gorilla, alligators at Disney and a vegan climber dying on Everest. A paper in nature suggests the Paris climate agreement can't stay under 1.5 degrees and 1.5 wouldn't have been sufficient anyway.

Listen to the podcast here


London Exhibition Featuring Vegan Artwork! July 28th - 31st

Coming up soon is an exhibition in London featuring the artwork of vegan and animal rights advocate Aisha Eveleigh, Aisha will show her Dinner Party instillation consisting of a table setting with 6 plates, cups and hand-sewn place matts. Each plate comments on a specific issue that Veganism addresses such as animal cruelty, food distribution and and health. 

Find out more here

Campaign Bootcamp: Scholarships for environmental campaigners

Campaign Bootcamp provides an awesome opportunity to learn what it takes to run effective campaigns. They want to make sure that activists working on the toughest issues hear about the programme - which is why anything you can do to encourage people to apply is crucial.

Campaign Bootcamp has 20 scholarships available for the budding campaigners, and the deadline for application for these is August 10th.

You can read more about Campaign Bootcamp here


Tim Barford from VegfestUK VLOGS on "deep" and "light" veganism

Tim from VegfestUK's first venture into the world of vlogging has become a reality, as he talks for around 8 minutes about his favourite subject - veganism!

Tim looks at the importance of veganism as a philosophy, not just a diet or a lifestyle. He also talks about the difference between "light" veganism and "deep" veganism, distinguishing between where most of us start, which is unusually vegan food, cakes, etc, going through to "deep" veganism which encompasses an educational approach involving pro-intersectional veganism, abolitionist ideology, and rights and justice theory.

Watch Tim's vlog here

John Robb - Punk rock and how we won the food war

John Robb, the award winning indie music mainstay, frontman of punk rock band Goldblade, recalls his own vegan journey back in the 70's in Blackpool and how veganism is becoming more accepted there.

Journalist, TV presenter, regular TV and radio pundit as well the boss and editor of one of the UK's top 5 music culture website louderthanwar, John was the first person to interview Nirvana and the Stone Roses and invented the term Britpop.

Read John's full article here


Dave Sheahan - Vegan Parents – Is It Wrong "Forcing" Your Beliefs In Raising Vegan Children?

Vegan triathlete Dave Sheahan shares his opinion on vegan parents in this blogpost.

In Dave's words, "If one is going to attack vegan parents for "forcing" their children to be vegan then what about every single child that is born in the world - are they not forced into certain eating choices, religions and lifestyles? Are meat eater parents not forcing their children to consume dairy-based formulas leading on to dairy- and meat-based solid food? Is every parent of some form of religious denomination not forcing their "religious" beliefs on their children? You see if we are going to attack vegan parents we must attack all parents as with adopting this attitude of "forcing" implicates all parents."

Read his full article here

Dave Sheahan - Eating Vegan On A Budget – Here´s How To Shop Effectively

In this Blogpost Dave addresses a question he is asked about eating vegan on a budget and how expensive it is.

In Dave's words, "I see so many people shopping without any strategy or plan and I then see so many proclaiming that eating vegan on a budget is impossible. This is so not true."

Read Dave's full article here

London Falafel® - vegan, gluten-free falafel

London Falafel® is a London-based luxury food label specialising in vegan, gluten-free falafel. They employ an innovative production process and are committed to bringing the freshest, healthiest, most delicious and nutritious falafel to their customers.

Their falafel is made of carefully selected high quality chickpeas, broad beans, prime vegetables, fresh herbs and exotic spices. 

London Falafel® is vegan, gluten-free, wheat-free, dairy-free, yeast-free, egg-free, soy-free, nut-free, and free from all artificial ingredients and additives. It is 100% natural and healthy!

Snowdon Vegan Cake Party - July 29th - 31st 2016

Join the Vegan Organic Network team for their 4th Sponsored Walk up Snowdon, one of the most fun vegan events of the year! Raising funds for VON.

Friday 29th July-Sunday 31st July 2016 @ Pen-y-Pass YHA 

(Saturday 30th July is the Sponsored Walk up Snowdon)

Full info and ticket purchase here

Dr. Roger Yates - Please support the grassroots

The Vegan Information Project (VIP), in association with Vegan Education on the Go (VEGO) have negotiated a return to Temple Bar Square in the heart of Dublin - 5 hours, every Thursday.

Along with the VEGO/VIP tables on Saturdays [see video diaries in the playlist below or here], the Thursday events feature the FULL GAZEBO STALL - full-on vegan education and weather-proof!

So, it's time to prepare Neville the VIP van for his latest vehicle test in August 2016. If you are able to help at this time, please do.

You can donate to VEGO / VIP here

Tim Barford - ''Deep'' veganism and ''light'' veganism

There has been plenty of discussion recently about the word ‘’vegan’’ and what it means…. and whether it should be replaced with other words, or altered to include animal consumption in some form or other….….. but ‘’vegan’’ is way more than a 'plant-based' diet or a 'cruelty-free lifestyle'.
Vegan is a philosophy and a way of life, and words like plant-based, compassionate, cruelty-free, reduceaterian, flexitarian and vegetarian don’t come anywhere close to articulating the far-reaching vision of veganism.

Read Tim's full article here


Lolo's Vegan and Raw Restaurant

Lolo’s is a 1920’s, NY themed all Vegan Restaurant & Cocktail Bar. We are a mainstream looking and mainstream feeling restaurant doing our vintage thing, serving up tasty food and drink, all of which just happens to be Vegan.

Their David Wilson, formerly of Dandelion & Burdock, cooks up a mixture of New York Based Sandwiches, Subs, Salads, Waffles and Pies throughout the day. In the evening we become more formal with tablecloths, crystal glassware and dishes such as the new Meatless Balls & Fettuccine. A large selection of cakes and Ice creams are all made on site too using organic ingredients wherever possible!

Read more about the restaurant here


Dave Sheahan - Vegan Dinner Ideas – Some of my favourite meals

In this blogpost, Dave highlights an issue that he is regularly contacted about and the following is a typical email or social media message he receives on a regular basis:

"I am considering going vegan but I am a bit confused and unsure of what to have for my meals especially dinner. Can you give me some Vegan Dinner Ideas Would really appreciate it. Thanks. Sandra"

In Dave's words, "When you are looking at vegan meal ideas the key is to achieve nutritional balance in getting the required nutrients in your meal - carbohydrates, protein fats, vitamins and minerals. All of these should be in each meal and also good fat included in some daily."

Read Dave's favourite vegan recipes here


Dave Sheahan - Is Protein Deficiency a valid concern for vegans?

In this Blogpost Dave talks about where vegans get their Protein and how much everyone actually requires to be healthy, fit and strong. This is always the biggest argument in the vegan vs meat eater debate as, supposedly, plant based sources of protein are totally inadequate and ineffective towards achieving optimal health as well as training performance and recovery.

Read Dave's full article here

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.

More on Rebel Kitchen 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

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!

Read more about Sheese 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

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

The Sun's out - you got the Yaoh?

Sunny days ahead and you know exactly what to get for the upcoming summer...  

With appetite quickly rising for sunblocks, suncream and after-sun lotions to greet the smiling sun, the BUY ONE GET ONE FREE offers of Yaoh on all its hemp bodycare products at the upcoming VegfestUK events are such a godsend! 

Click here for their full range of products


Online TV station full of inspirational videos on the vegan lifestyle, ranging from cookery videos to interviews with celebrities. VeggieVision now includes a dating website for vegans too!

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.

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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.

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.

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