The Vegfest Express bulletin - October 2016 edition
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Hi everybody,

We at VegfestUK have just finished off a vegan megafest at Olympia London visited by around 13,500 people and we're now back on our feet moving onto our next event which is Vegfest Scotland in December!

There're plenty of captivating news stories to bring you in the UK vegan community so without further ado let's begin!

Glorious weekend at Olympia London with VegfestUK showcasing the best of veganism

Visitors to Olympia London on the weekend October 22nd 23rd 2016 enjoyed a sumptuous and uplifting time at the VegfestUK London vegan festival, with a series of amazing vegan food, speakers, performers and other entertainment keep everyone informed, enlightened and entertained!

Around 15,000 people (13,500 visitors and 1,500 people working at the event) were at this hugely growing vegan lifestyle festival, which has become one of Europe’s biggest and most attractive vegan events and entered its 4th successive year at Olympia London. 

Full details at:

Congratulations to all winners of the #VegfestUKAwards2016! Full results here

Many congratulations to all the winners of the VegfestUK Awards 2016!

The awards were presented by show manager Tim Barford and presenter Karin Ridgers of VeggieVision alongside special guest Peter Egan, in the Auditorium at Olympia London Conference Centre on Saturday October 22nd 2016.

The awards celebrate the best of vegan lifestyles with altogether 16 categories and 10 nominees in each category.

Full results and winners here:

Vegetarian for Life enjoys another superb VegfestUK London

VegfestUK London was more popular than ever in 2016. Amid the hustle and bustle, Vegetarian for Life’s Mature Zone was a popular destination. Despite a number of boxes of our literature going astray in transit, an increasing number of visitors visited us and enjoyed spending time in the Mature Zone.

Managed by the charity Vegetarian for Life (VfL), the Mature Zone is becoming a popular feature at VegfestUK events. It offers a space for senior visitors to enjoy a cuppa and listen to one of many fascinating talks. In London, it was also an opportunity for many people to find out for the first time about how the charity works to improve the quality of life for older vegans and veggies. For many visitors this was a thought-provoking subject, and the first time they had thought about how their vegan diet would be respected in later life if other people were caring for them.

Find out more here:

Koko Dairy Free Yogurts Available in Tesco from 24th October 2016

Exciting news! Three flavours of Koko Dairy Free’s delicious range of dairy free yogurt alternatives will be available in Tesco from 24th October following a successful launch in Asda, Morrison’s, Ocado and the independent health food trade. Customer reaction to the new range has been extremely positive and with the UK’s largest retail chain taking the strawberry, plain and coconut and lemon variants it will be much easier for vegans to get their fix of these tasty yogurt alternatives.

Full details at:

Experience the Wonders of Healthy Living and Veganism on Dec 3rd 4th at the SECC

As the hunger and demand for healthy and ethical lifestyles continue to grow across the planet, Scotland is set to embrace a whole new world of healthy living and cruelty-free vegan lifestyles at its second Vegfest on December 3rd and 4th in Hall 3 of the prestigious SECC in Glasgow.

Vegfest has organised huge vegan shows in Brighton, Bristol and London with a 14 year track record of attracting big crowds in the region of 10,000 – 20,000 visitors per show, making VegfestUK some of the biggest vegan festivals in Europe.

Its success stems from seamlessly combining food and education with features such as the kids area and live music, which makes health and ethics accessible to not only health enthusiasts and animal lovers, but also festival goers and those just looking for a top day out with their families.

Full details at:

Glasgow's Favourite Business Mono celebrates "Justice-for-all" message with vegan campaigner Pig Freud

Mono Cafe Bar - recently awarded the highly prestigious Glasgow's Favourite Business award – will be celebrating World Vegan Day on November 1st 2016 with their guest of honour Pig Freud, a pink fluffy cartoon pig famous for his vegan activism and occasional guitar playing.

In the run-up to the huge Vegfest Scotland event at the SECC on December 3rd 4th 2016, which sees a massive celebration of vegan food and lifestyle options, Pig Freud has launched a justice-for-all campaign with billboards around Glasgow during November, and he's thrilled to be invited to help celebrate with Mono and promote a vegan way of life that ensures respect for all living beings, be they humans or animals.

Full details at:

LIVE STREAMING for Pig Freud gig at Mono Cafe Bar on World Vegan Day November 1st 2016 at 3pm on his Facebook page

Pig Freud is currently scheduled for performing a few favourite tunes live at the top vegan bar Mono in Glasgow on World Vegan Day November 1st, to celebrate Mono scooping the prestigious Glasgow’s Favourite Business Award recently.

You can catch Pig Freud’s LIVE performance on his Facebook page at 3:00pm BST on World Vegan Day November 1st 2016.

Mono Cafe Bar address: 12 King's Court, Glasgow G1 5RB

UK’s first ever vegan trade show comes to Olympia London on October 20th 2017

VegfestUK organisers have announced dates for VegfestUK Trade 17 - and the UK’s first dedicated vegan trade and media show is to be held at Olympia London on October 20th 2017.

VegfestUK Trade 2017 will see around 200 stallholders with all the cutting edge vegan products coming onto the market, and the organisers anticipate an attendance of around 2,000 trade buyers and media representatives.

Although there has been a strong trade and media element to VegfestUK consumer shows in previous years, and indeed at other high profile vegan events globally, it’s the first time that there has been an actual dedicated vegan trade event, where only trade buyers and media will be present.

Full details at:

UK’s biggest and most successful vegan event to return to Olympia London in October 2017

VegfestUK, organisers of some of Europe’s biggest vegan events, now in their 15th year, have confirmed dates for their 5th annual event at Olympia London on October 21st 22nd 2017.

Highlights of the event will include:

Professional Health Summit and People’s Health Summit 
Vegan Activists Summit 
Vegan Comedy and Film Festival
plus the usual Cookery Demos, Living Raw Zone, Mature Zone, Performances and lots more!
The event is expected to attract 15,000 visitors and up to 300 stalls with a variety of specialist vegan caterers, bars, juice bars, food outlets, health and lifestyle stalls, information and campaigns. 

Further details at:

You can join the Facebook event at:

Vegan soft drinks – How to find out if your juice or fizzy pop is really animal-free

Have you ever considered that your favourite fizzy drink might not be as vegan-friendly as you thought it was? In a recent article on vegan drinks, The Vegan Society points out some hidden ingredients to look out for when choosing cruelty-free beverages:
  • A few orange-coloured drinks might contain gelatine, derived from animal collagen
  • Red-coloured drinks might contain cochineal or carmine (E120), derived from crushed insects
  • Juice-based drinks or iced teas might have been distilled or filtrated with gelatine or isinglass, a fish bladder extract
Full story at:

Karin Ridgers of VeggieVision on Heart Essex talking about veganism

After the biggest radio station in Essex and the biggest radio show – Breakfast with Martin and Su on Heart Essex said a few untoward remarks about being vegan, VegfestUK’s Karin Ridgers headed over to the studio armed with a selection of vegan goodies and an enthusiastic  personality to show them that a vegan lifestyle is the best and a plant based diet is healthy, kind and delicious.

Full details at:

West Midlands Vegan Festival enters 9th year on October 29th 30th 2016 at 2 venues!

Midland’s BIGGEST ever Vegan Festival in Wolverhampton is back soon for 2 whole days, on October 29th 30th 2016 at 2 different venues right in the centre of town! With a VAST array of delicious hot & raw food, cakes, ice cream, chocolate, smoothies, clothing, cosmetics, recipe books etc, 160 stalls in total, plus 40 inspiring talks, 10 mouth-watering cookery demos, live entertainment all weekend & LOTS more!

Now in it's 9th year, the West Midlands Vegan Festival is one of the longest running grassroots vegan festival in the UK! The huge 2 day event will offer all you need for compassionate, healthy, eco-friendly living. You don't have to be vegan to attend, everyone is welcome! Go and see why people are increasingly adopting a vegan lifestyle.

Find out more here -

Winterfest - Leeds Vegan Christmas Market - returns to Leeds Town Hall on November 27th 2016

After a vibrant and sumptuous first edition at the Leeds Town Hall in November 2015, the Leeds Vegan Winterfest returns to this traditional event venue this year on Sunday November 27th 2016 with plenty in store and shaping up to be even better than its debut last year!

This 100% ethical and vegan Christmas market combines mouthwatering food and superb shopping options for the festive period afterwards with a range of light-hearted and enjoyable activities which will sway a lot of people towards the many delights of veganism and embarking on their own vegan journeys. And with Christmas just shortly after the festival, the festival is perfect timing to do your Christmas shopping as well as learn about the many aspects of veganism on an amazing day out wrapped in festive cheers with your friends and families – perfect launchpad for a vegan Christmas ahead and beyond!

Find out more here -

Bournemouth Vegan Fair at Pavilion, Bournemouth - Sunday 6th Nov 2016

After a successful event earlier in June this year at the Bournemouth International Centre, we at Dorset Vegan are hosting another vegan celebration this time at the Pavilion, Bournemouth during World Vegan Month on Sunday 6th November 2016.

Come and indulge in vegan goodies from over 60 fantastic stalls, inspire yourself with talks and films and pick up information on living a more compassionate plant-based lifestyle. 

You can expect to find everything from speciality chocolate, statement tees, cruelty free cosmetics and make-up and cupcakes to nutritious raw treats, nailcare, handcrafted spice blends, pies and pasties, vegan cheese, superfoods, hotdogs, and so much more! We'll also be joined by a several charities who would love to tell you about how you can get more involved in their valuable work. 

Find out more here -

Surrey Vegan Fair – Saturday 19th November 2016

The first Surrey Vegan Fair is taking place in the heart of Guildford at The Guildford Institute on Saturday 19th November.  The Institute is the home of The Beano restaurant where Emma and her team will be laying on a wide range of amazing vegan food all day.

Expect to find a variety of stalls selling vegan food, clothing, dog treats, skincare, household products and much more. There will also be cooking demos, some inspirational talks and short videos alongside some food tasting.

Find out more here -

Absolutely Fabulous Vegan Festival - Penarth

Absolutely Fabulous Vegan Festival are thrilled to be back at the Paget Rooms in Penarth, 30 October at 11:00–16:00. This is a fabulous venue with loads of amazing vegan food and drinks in store for a vegan-hungry crowd!

Fabulous Hall downstairs – with Juice & Smoothies Bar as you come in.

Downstairs: Cold Food - Savouries - Cakes - health - Fitness & Beauty Stalls - teas & coffees.

Upstairs: Hot Food.

Please telephone Sue 02920 709292 to book a stall at this fab venue. All food served must be 100% vegan. 

Admission £1 ADULTS
Admission Children Free

Find out more here -

rootcandi - cosy and captivating vegan tapas restaurant at Brighton

rootcandi is a new vegan tapas restaurant which opened in Brighton earlier in 2016. Having heard rave reviews from a few others and seen numerous tantalising pictures of their food, we decided to give this place a try back in August earlier this year.

Find out more about our awesome experience at the rootcandi here -

Dr. Roger Yates - Intersectionality, Captialism, and Veganism by xavier finix (audio podcast)

In 2013, extending into 2014, the Dublin-based Vegan Information Project ran an educational “mini-course” which included talks, workshops, presentations, and film showings. Towards the end of the course, xavier finix gave a number of talks and facilitated workshops on direct action, intersectionality, and the mass media.

xavi and Dr. Roger Yates also recorded 5 podcasts about the issues that arose from the course. In the run-up to the VegfestUK pro-intersectionality conference in London (October 22nd and 23rd), xavi has given us permission to publish 2 of the podcasts when the focus was on intersectionality.

Listen to the podcasts at:

Mono Cafe Bar - one of Glasgow's top vegan bars

Mono opened in 2002, furnishing Glasgow with a unique and versatile space in which to eat, drink and discover new music. Over their first decade, Mono developed a reputation for good beer, good vegan food, good gigs and good times. 

Mono's close relationship with the other businesses with whom they share a roof, Monorail Music and Good Press, lends a sense of community: the former provide the soundtrack to their days, while the latter design many of their posters, and both help them to curate their varied programme of events.

Mono has hosted not only some of the most exciting bands around, both local and international, but also exhibitions, book readings, art performances and workshops.

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 -

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

Happy days for all fans of Yaoh hemp products as all Yaoh products at Vegfest Scotland 2016 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.

Juice Garden

Born out of passion and frustration, The Juice Garden was created to serve as an alternative to the conventional fast food outlets in our cities.

Juice Garden will serve up 100% freshly extracted fruit and vegetable based juices, smoothies, coldpress juice and delicious food. On the menu they have organic rye bread sandwiches, soups, salads, raw deserts and Acia bowls made for you to enjoy in wonderful surroundings. Botanical Juice Bar, Botanical means botanical, fresh means fresh, juice means juice! You will not find carton juice at their premises, the value is in the products.

Foods for Life

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Vegan Life Magazine

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All about Vegan Food

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