The Vegfest Express bulletin - January 2016 edition
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Hi everybody,

We hope everyone had a great month so far?

VegfestUK are moving full steam with our 4 big shows this year in Brighton, Bristol, London and Glasgow, and preparations are zooming ahead with a record amount of stalls already sold a month ahead of Brighton, an exciting programme of activities planned and thousands of advance tickets sold already!

Without further ado, let's begin with our January roundup of news:

VegfestUK Brighton heading for a sell-out - over 180 stalls booked a month ahead of the show!

The 8th edition of VegfestUK Brighton on February 27th 28th 2016 at the Brighton Centre is heading towards a sell-out!  Up to January 20th 2016...

Over 180 stalls already booked – a month ahead of the show! Only a few still available for small local vegan businesses

Book your stalls now at:

VegfestUK Brighton advance tickets now on BOGOHP till Jan 31st

Many thanks to those of you who have purchased your advance tickets for VegfestUK Brighton 2016.

Our BUY ONE GET ONE FREE offers for advance tickets are now over and these are now on BUY ONE GET ONE HALF PRICE till January 31st 2016.

Advance tickets are £7 a day and £10 for the weekend, plus small bookings fees.

Vegfest events tend to be busy with very limited tickets on the gate (subject to availability).

Don't want to miss out? Buy your tickets now at:

Amazing vegan cuisine at VegfestUK Brighton to demonstrate the joys of veganism


The FxFctive Factor latest - it's your chance to showcase your talent in vegan activism

Big thanks to everyone who is participating at the FxEctive Factor which demonstrates creative peaceful vegan education in a multitude of ways - in music and in activism.

We’ve got a range of amazingly talented musicians and innovative vegan activists showcasing their chosen forms of vegan outreach at this new feature.

We're now full up for applications for performing/speaking slots at this feature. Click here to see all our contestants

UK Vegan Comedy Festival provides waves of jokes & laughter at VegfestUK Brighton

Last year’s UK Vegan Comedy Festival at VegfestUK Brighton brought loads of fond memories for our visitors – plenty of excellent standup acts loaded with good humour and excellent punchlines, and we’re delighted to announce that the comedy festival is back this year on the Sunday part of the VegfestUK Brighton event! 

Click here for full details

Live Performances at VegfestUK Brighton 2016

One of the best hallmarks of VegfestUK events is its mixing of vegan education with some really light-hearted and uplifting entertainment to create an amazing day out for EVERYONE...  

At VegfestUK Brighton 2016, we have a fine selection of musicians alongside a vegan speed dating session and a vegan bodybuilding contest – expect an amazing atmosphere of fun and laughter at one of Europe’s biggest and best vegan festivals!

Click here for full details

Mature Zone at VegfestUK Brighton 2016

Feeling the effects of overcrowding at VegfestUK?

Why not sit back and enjoy a cup of tea/coffee in the brand-new Mature Zone at this year’s Brighton event?

Nab a free copy of Vegetarian for Life’s new magazine, enjoy an attractive array of vegan cakes, and listen in to presentations on topics such as nutrition, green burials, and other matters. You could even find out whether past life experience may have influenced you into becoming vegan! 

Click here for full details

Series of inspiring vegan documentaries to be shown at VegfestUK Brighton

Looking for inspirations to go vegan?

Seeking some potentially life-altering documentaries to get you on your way to veganism?

Come down to the Cinema at VegfestUK Brighton on both February 27th 28th 2016 at the Brighton Centre, and you’ll be spoilt for choice! 

Click here for full schedule of films to be shown

Vegan cooking to be brought alive in cookery demos at VegfestUK Brighton

Want to go vegan, but struggling for recipe ideas with purely plant-based ingredients? Looking for cookery ideas to show off in front of your pals? Come to the Cookery Demos section at VegfestUK Brighton and be inspired! 

Click here for full schedule

Wealth of info on vegan nutrition and health at VegfestUK Brighton

One of the most repeated questions levelled at vegans is whether being vegan can be healthy and whether vegans can get all the requisite nutrients from a purely plant-based diet.  

VegfestUK Brighton will prove resoundingly that vegan diets are optimally healthy, with a number of knowledgeable speakers expanding on topics such as vegan nutrition for everyday people, sportspeople and pets, vegan superfoods, plus motivational strategies for healthy eating, alkaline diets etc.

Click here for full details

Family fun and vegan education all in one at VegfestUK Brighton - KIDS UNDER 16 FREE

If you’re a parent who’s keen for your children to embrace healthy eating in a fun and lively fashion, why not come down to one of Europe’s biggest vegan festivals VegfestUK Brighton on February 27th 28th 2016 at the Brighton Centre, and let them experience the joys of putting healthy foods into their bodies and making healthy foods too? 

More details here

Vegan Bodybuilding competition back at VegfestUK Brighton 2016!

The Vegan Bodybuilding team will once again be hosting a bodybuilding contest at VegfestUK Brighton, to show the world that, vegans are fit, healthy and strong, rather than being the commonly conceived feeble weaklings! 

More details here

Teen VGN Zone returns to VegfestUK Brighton after amazing debut in 2015

Are you aged 11-19? Want to hang out with like-minded teen vegans? Join TeenVGN in the increasingly popular VegFestUK Teen Zone and have some fun with friends – old and new!

The Teen Zone is back after a marvellous year at VegfestUK :)

More details here

VeggieVision hosts Vegan Speed Dating session at VegfestUK Brighton

Welcome to the VegfestUK Brighton Speed Dating Session, on Sunday February 28th at 1pm in the Performance Area on the ground floor. Hosted by Karin Ridgers, founder of Veggie Vision, who also runs a dating service  

If you would like to participate please RSVP at with the subject heading: "VegFestUK Brighton Speed Dating"! Entry is free!

More details here

VOLUNTEERS needed at VegfestUK Brighton 2016 - apply now!

VegfestUK welcomes volunteers to participate at our upcoming Brighton event on February 27th 28th 2016 at the Brighton Centre.

We welcome your passion and enthusiasm in creating an amazing experience for anyone looking to learn more about veganism at VegfestUK Brighton. 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
More details 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!

Find out more about Bute Island Foods here

Koko Dairy Free dairy-free alternatives demonstrate Coconut is the New Dairy!

The use of cow’s milk and dairy products are almost ubiquitous in the Western diet. Our average bowl of cereals, yoghurt, ice cream, butter for cooking, even our biscuits, cakes, scones and cheese, are all laden with dairy which has been associated with cancer and other degenerative diseases. With the increased incidences in lactose intolerance, demand for dairy-free products has risen to previously unseen levels with coconut-based alternatives taking the place of their dairy-free counterparts in increasing numbers on the shelves of supermarkets and independent health stores.  

Koko Dairy Free has made life so much easier for everyone who is looking for dairy-free alternatives, with their range of sumptuous and versatile products which are becoming essential kit for the average kitchen! 

Find out more about Koko Dairy Free products here

Teen VGN Camp is back during August 14th-19th 2016!

TeenVGN Camp is back again in August 2016 and it's set to be even bigger and better than last year!

Tickets are on sale now and Teen VGN have already sold 70% of their spots available. So, if you're 11-17 years of age you better book quick to avoid disappointment!

More details here

BRAND-NEW VegfestUK 2016 flyer with a clear "Justice for All" message

Exciting news! A 16 page flyer with a clear “veganism means justice for all” message alongside the thrilling mix of activities at VegfestUK events is now being printed and will be available for our fans and followers to distribute soon!

Click here to view the 16 page flyer


Big big thanks to everyone who visited our first-year show up in Glasgow SECC on December 5th 6th 2015.

Big thanks too to everyone who has completed our recent visitors survey on their experiences at Vegfest Scotland 2015. We have received altogether 166 feedback forms either online or at the event. From the 6,500 individuals who visited the event, over 600 people decided to go vegan after the event - result!

Full survey results are here

A selection of talks/performances from the event are now available to watch here

VegfestUK organisers: IT'S TIME FOR JUSTICE

VegfestUK organisers today called for justice for all animals as well as people and the planet, and are asking everyone to go vegan as the least we can do for animals. 

Read full article here

Vegan Information Project (VIP) – mould-breaking grassroots activism

Kind words from Dr. Roger Yates from The Vegan Information Project: "The VIP were extremely lucky to be included in the list of beneficiaries of the awesome Pig Freud tour organised by VegFestUK manager Tim Barford. We intend to use the welcome donation for grassroots vegan education events in Ireland. Thank you Pig Freud and VegFestUK."

Read Roger's full article here

Brand-new Vegfest advertising packages now available

If you are a business with vegan products to launch and be seen by thousands of vegans looking for the hottest vegan produce in the UK, the Vegfest Express is just the right platform for you! Some new advertising packages are now available on the Vegfest Express as well as all Vegfest websites:

View advertising packages here


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

Friends Gazette

THOU shalt not kill! But where does the sixth commandment say 'humans'? Friends’ Gazette is an online magazine running exclusive news and features of the highest journalistic integrity geared for vegetarians and vegans. It promotes compassionate living and examines the logical next step - meditation and the inner journey. You won't find dogma, prejudice and arrogance here. Just information, impartiality and celebration.
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