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As we approach our Brighton event at the end of March, the VegfestUK office is heaving with activity – the phone's barely stopped on stall queries, and with a new show on the horizon, we'd better get even busier! 
 

Vegfest coming to Scotland on December 5th 6th at SECC Glasgow


Scotland is set to embrace a whole new world of healthy eating in 2015 with Europe's prime vegan festival Vegfest arriving at SECC, Glasgow, on December 5th 6th.

The 2 day vegan food fest is preceded by a brand-new Glasgow-based venture The Only Way is Ethics comprising of a number of ethical, fairtrade, organic and vegan enterprises in the region. This joint venture is a result of months of planning and the Vegfest organisers were thrilled to be able to announce an event of this scale.

The event website vegfestscotland.com will be live in May.
 

Inaugural People's Vegan Activists Summit at VegfestUK London in October welcomes HSUS vice-president Paul Shapiro and Professor Gary L. Francione

This year's VegfestUK London includes an naugural People's Vegan Activists Summit, which is already sparking intense interest with the announcement of leading keynote activists from the USA. Speakers include:
  • Paul Shapiro, vice-president of the world's biggest animal welfare organisation HSUS,
  • Professor Gary Francione, distinguished professor of law from Rutgers University and author of several influential books on animal rights ideology
  • renowned animal rights scholar Kim Stallwood (author of Growl and other works),
  • Dr. Melanie Joy, author of Why we Love Dogs, Eat Pigs and Wear Cows,
  • Victoria Moran, author of Main Street Vegan, and
  • AR activist Ronnie Lee,
plus other speakers to be confirmed. This first-ever summit aims to help give activists the tools needed for successful and effective vegan outreach in their local communities. The summit includes keynote speeches from world-renowned speakers, debates, films and workshops to equip the vegan enthusiasts with ideas for convincing others to be vegan. More on this at the Vegfest Express blog section
 

Advance tickets to VegfestUK Brighton available till 10am on the day of the event

Over 8,000 advance tickets to VegfestUK Brighton have already been snapped up. Advance tickets are available at £5 a day and £8 for the whole weekend, and these are available to purchase online at www.brighton.vegfest.co.uk/admission up until 10am on each of March 28th 29th. Tickets are also available on the door at £8 for adults and £4 for claimants. Kids under 16 get free entry. 
 

Limited spaces left for VegfestUK speed-dating session at Brighton

Karin from VeggieVision will host a speed dating session at VegfestUK Brighton. Karin set up her own speed dating site www.veggievisiondating.com to connect like-minded souls in the veggie world and has hosted speed dating at VegfestUK events for 2 years running. Her superbly organised sessions are always very well attended, light hearted and full of fun, humour and much more! Due to popularity, prior registration is required. If this is your cup of tea, please register in advance by emailing info@veggievision.tv (with "VegfestUK Brighton 2015 Speed Dating" in the title) to participate stating your name, age, what session, if you have a website or Facebook page or send a photo for ID on the day.
 

Booklet for Hemp Expo now available to view online


Our Hemp Expo at VegfestUK Brighton will showcase the industrial and medicinal benefits of hemp and its applications. 
 
Activities include: stalls, display areas, talks by industry leaders and experts on the subject alongside short films.
 
Find out all what's on at the Expo in the newly-released booklet here

Help with distributing VegfestUK Brighton posters, flyers and programmes welcome 


We've printed over 250,000 flyers, 8,000 posters and 5,000 programmes for our upcoming event, and big thanks to those lovely souls who have helped us distribute these in their neighbourhoods.

In the remaining days leading up to the event, we're asking for help with 1-to-1 flyering mainly in Brighton and surrounding areas. If you'd like to give us a hand, many thanks – please email info@vegfest.co.uk with your postal address and quantities needed.

You can also help us massively by sharing our event page and our digital posters on Facebook:

Event page on Facebook
Digital posters
 

Main Marquee and catering pitches sold out at VegfestUK Bristol 
Stalls still available in Amphitheatre and Stage Marquees


Over 110 stalls are now booked at our Bristol event, with no more stalls left in the Main Marquee and no catering pitches left. There're still stalls left in the Amphitheatre and Stage Marquees, but they're running out fast. So if you'd like to exhibit at Bristol, book your stalls now by following the links below:

About the show - www.bristol.vegfest.co.uk/the-show 
Maps and stalls availability – www.bristol.vegfest.co.uk/floor-plan   
Prices for stalls, power - www.bristol.vegfest.co.uk/stall-prices  
Advertising – www.bristol.vegfest.co.uk/advertising  
Sponsorship packages – www.bristol.vegfest.co.uk/sponsorship  
Booking form – www.bristol.vegfest.co.uk/book-a-stall 
 

Over 70 stalls booked at VegfestUK London – book and pay by April 7th to get 10% earlybird discount 


Since our website launch of London on February 9th, 12 sponsors have come on board and over 70 stalls have been booked. This event is set to attract 12,000 visitors over the weekend of October 10th 11th at Olympia Central Levels 1 & 3. To book your stalls, follow the links below:

About the show – www.london.vegfest.co.uk/the-show 
Maps and stalls availability – www.london.vegfest.co.uk/floor-plan 
Prices for stalls, power - www.london.vegfest.co.uk/stall-prices  
Advertising – www.london.vegfest.co.uk/advertising  
Sponsorship packages – www.london.vegfest.co.uk/sponsorship  
Booking form – www.london.vegfest.co.uk/book-a-stall  

Lifefood


Founded in 2006, Lifefood is now the biggest European producer of top-quality, organic, raw vegan products. These include raw crackers, bread, energy bars, cookies, snacks, chocolates, confectionery and superfoods, all of which help contribute to a vibrant and healthy lifestyle. Lifefood focuses on so-called “truly raw” products - i.e. all the ingredients are 100% raw - of the highest quality. 

Only raw organic nuts, seeds, fruit and vegetables, herbs, spices, cocoa beans and superfoods are used. The ingredients are sprouted, marinaded or mixed and then dehydrated at temperatures below 42°C in unique dehydrators developed by Lifefood itself. The natural essence and the vitamins, minerals and nutrients thus remain intact and easily digestible. 

All the products are 100% free of gluten, lactose, sugar and any animal-derived components. No additives, artificial flavours, sweeteners, cane sugar, hydrogenated fat, starch fillers, colours or preservatives are added to Lifefood products. 

lifefood.co.uk
 

GOOD Hemp 

GOOD Hemp are the leading producers of hemp foods in the UK and have become experts in the hemp industry over the last 15 years. Henry Braham and Glynis Murray began growing hemp on their farm in Devon for its fibre until they discovered the delicious taste of the hemp seed and all of its amazing nutritional properties. Try delicious GOOD OIL for cooking, GOOD HEMP milk for your morning cereal and GOOD SEED to sprinkle on soups and salads. GOODHempNutrition.com 

Moo Free Chocolates

Moo Free is an award-winning, family owned leading manufacturer of vegan confectionery products that actually taste like milk chocolate. To achieve this they have replaced cow’s milk with rice milk to create a delicious, milk chocolate taste that doesn’t require a single cow! As well as being 100% vegan all of their products are dairy free (obviously), lactose-free, gluten-free and wheat free. Available in Waitrose, Sainbury's, Ocado, many independent stores and Holland & Barrett.

moofreechocolates.com
 

Plamil Foods

Plamil makes a wide range of Award winning products. Plamil chocolate is almost 'guilt free indulgence'. With their range of luxury mini chocolate bars together with their dairy free, organic, no added sugar chocolate and carob bars, and scrumptious organic chocolate spread there's truly something for everyone's taste. Plamil's mayo range is just delightful in taste. With no egg, so everyone including those seeking to avoid eggs can enjoy! plamilfoods.co.uk 
 

JĀSÖN Natural Care 

JĀSÖN Natural Care are the leading natural family brand in the UK. They've been around since 1959, offering natural care to families for three generations. Products are vegetarian and vegan friendly, and the whole range is BUAV certified. The range is made following the JASON Code of Honour: select safe, wholesome, natural ingredients; rigorously test every formula to ensure safety and efficacy; never test on animals; constantly innovate and improve. facebook.com/jasonnaturalcare 
 

Population Matters 

Population Matters is a membership organization that promotes a sustainable family size and mindful consumption. Their vision is of a sustainable future with decent living standards, a healthy environment and a stable population size. Their goals include universal access to family planning, women's rights, nature conservation and global convergence in living standards. Population Matters also support sustainable development in developing countries, reduced per capita consumption in wealthy communities, and due consideration of the interaction of population size and government policies. populationmatters.org 
 

Magpie

Magpie are a London based studio who design and manufacture homewares and gifts, all with a distinctly British edge. Just like their namesake bird, the Magpie; they are inveterate hoarders and love to have their collections displayed around them. Vegan owned, their love of nature extends to their methods of manufacture. All their products are vegan-friendly; they do not manufacture using any animal products, whether that's leather or bone china. magpieline.com 
 

A Well-Fed World 

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. awfw.org 
 

Viva La Vegan

 Upbeat, trend aware T-shirts and accessories that are ethically mindful, responsibly sourced and beautifully made. Born from their love for animals, a want to help do their bit for veganism and for our planet while looking good. There are no stereotypes here - with a history and love of style and contemporary fashion, their ethos is a collection that looks and feels great without compromising their ideals: Organic, sustainable, ethical - fashion that literally doesn't cost the earth...

viva-la-vegan.com 
 
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