The Vegfest Express bulletin - December 2016 edition
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Hi everybody,

We hope you're all well and happy just before the festive period?

In this short issue of our bulletins, we review the Vegfest Scotland just gone as well as looking forward to a series of exciting vegan events coming up plus a few interesting vegan news stories during December...

VegfestUK wish everybody a super vegan Christmas and a Happy New Year ahead!

Fantastic weekend at Vegfest Scotland at the SECC with around 5,200 visitors overall

This year’s Vegfest Scotland drew to an amazing conclusion on Sunday December 4th 2016 at the SECC, with altogether around 5,200 visitors plus approximately 800 people working at the event, giving rise to one of Europe’s biggest vegan festivals over the whole weekend December 3rd 4th 2016.
Particularly impressive was the media coverage for this event, with all the mainstream media outlets promoting the event, including the Scottish Sun, Sunday Record, Herald Scotland, BBC Radio Scotland and STV plus a number of other local media station outlets featuring the event. 

Find out more here:

Inside the Vegfest Scotland Mature Zone

by Kim Stringer, Vegetarian for Life Director (Scotland)

We had a great Vegfest Scotland this past weekend. There were many exciting stalls offering a wide range of products and services, and a great number of people coming through the door.

We were pleased to see people of all ages inside the Mature Zone. Some came along to find out about Vegetarian for Life’s work, some were there to hear our talks or take part in our yoga/meditation sessions, and some simply wanted a cuppa! Everyone was welcome.

We had an exciting array of speakers this year, and the topics covered everything from living healthily today to optimal ageing, and finally to dying well.

Find out more here:

FLYERING HELP NEEDED for VegfestUK Brighton - limited amounts of free tickets available in exchange

VegfestUK welcomes anybody who’d like to help with putting out our event flyers for our upcoming Brighton event (March 11th 12th 2017 at the Brighton Centre), with 2 free weekend tickets to the event available for putting out 1 box of flyers and posters for the event.

If anyone would like to help, please get in touch by email at by Sunday January 22nd 2017, with 

- your postal address
- quantities of flyers and posters which you’d like

Flyers and posters will then be posted out in the week afterwards.


Animal Aid celebrates 40th anniversary with huge "Show Me Love" party at VegfestUK Bristol May 19th 2017

Animal Aid, in conjunction with VegfestUK, have announced plans to host the “Show Me Love” Party on Friday May 19th 2017 from 6:30 - 10:30pm to help celebrate Animal Aid’s 40th anniversary and the launch of The Vegan Festival of Britain for 2017. The “Show Me Love” Party will be held at the Lloyds Amphitheatre and Waterfront Square, Bristol.

Tickets cost £10 in advance, but entry is free for members of Animal Aid, and there will also be a limited amount of free tickets made available to marginalised groups in the Bristol area, including refugee and migrant groups and those in less fortunate circumstances. Tickets will be on sale from February 14th 2017 in advance with a limited amount on the door (subject to availability).

Find out more at:

Talk of The Town at VegfestUK London 2016 - clip recorded from live show by B4U Music

In case you've missed an awesome edited video by the amazing team from B4U Music live at VegfestUK London 2016, make sure to give this video a watch and share it with anyone who hasn't seen it yet!

Pro-Intersectional Vegan Conference 2016: Playlist of Recorded Talks

The 2016 Pro Intersectional Vegan Conference at Olympia VegfestUK London in October 2016 was standout in many ways, with nearing 30 talks from over 20 distinguished activists, and around 3,000 attendees.
19 of the talks were recorded and you can watch them all here, and you are invited to share any or all of them with friends, colleagues and the public:

UK VEGAN FESTIVALS GUIDE 2017 - Showcasing the very best of the vegan way of life

Many thanks all our amazing UK vegan festival organisers for putting on your wonderful vegan festivals and inspiring many people to change their diet and lifestyle and embrace veganism in all walks of their lives - you’ve been amazing in doing so!

To help promote all the vegan events in the UK, we’re publishing an online guide book and we’d like to feature all UK-based vegan festivals in 2017 in this new digital publication of ours.

Find out more here:

So what and why was set up after so many people asked Karin how they could meet likeminded vegans and vegetarians.

Karin teamed up with the world leaders in online dating as she only wanted the best for fellow vegans and after these experts approached her as they loved VeggieVision TV so much!

The technology cost over £4 Million and is mobile friendly too.

To support Karin runs free speed dating events at many VegFestUK festivals and has received incredible feedback.

Find out more here:

NEW Indiegogo campaign for documentary "Eating Our Way To Extinction"

The film production team behind the new vegan feature documentary Eating Our Way To Extinction have started an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds to cover the costs of producing this potentially life-changing film.

Eating Our Way To Extinction is the new film from Broxstar Productions - a team of filmmakers who’ve worked with heavyweights such as Virgin, MTV, and National Geographic. 
Broxstar Productions are putting together the ultimate plant-based and vegan lifestyle movie. It will look at the most pressing issues of our time, such as environmental destruction, impending food and water security crises, the western diet health epidemic, and present a comprehensive science-based solution to these problems - a major shift to the plant-based lifestyle. In addition the film will raise awareness to the powerful and positive vegan movement that’s approaching a critical mass, which can bring about real effective change.

Find out how you can help their project here:

ARZone Intersectionality Interview 19 – Casey Taft and Jay Shooster

ARZone recently hosted an online debate with Dr. Casey Taft, Clinical Psychiatrist and co-founder of Vegan Publishers, and Jay Shooster, Masiyiwa Bernstein Fellow at the Centre for Human Rights and Global Justice at New York University School of Law.  

The purpose of this discussion was to address some of the issues associated with the “Effective Altruist” community in terms of animal advocacy, and how this group fits into, or *if* they fit into the animal rights movement. 

Listen to the full discussion here:

Vegan Life Live London - January 7th 8th 2017 @ Alexandra Palace

The team behind Vegan Life - the UK's premier vegan magazine - invites you to embrace the ultimate cruelty-free lifestyle with this amazing two day event in January.

The start of a new year is the perfect time to start thinking about making changes, and going vegan is a choice that more and more people are making. Vegan Life Live has a wealth of information for both newbie vegans and veterans alike; there's no better place to celebrate this amazing lifestyle choice!

Their specifically selected exhibitors will prove that choosing veganism doesn't mean denying yourself anything; from delicious food and drink, to incredible clothing, and cruelty-free skincare - there's something for everyone. With cooking demonstrations, product presentations, and a full schedule of workshops, you'll be surrounded by experts who are on hand to provide advice and guidance.

Find out all activities at the event in the show guide: 

Central Manchester Vegan Fair - January 21st 2017 at Cross Street Chapel

The Central Manchester Vegan Fair is a brand-new vegan fair brought to you by the lovely team behind the Northern Vegan Festival.

There will be around 30 stalls, a vegan cafe, free vegan food samples and a number of educational films on veganism.

Find out more here -

West Yorkshire Vegan Festival - January 28th 2017 @ Dewsbury Town Hall

The first ‘West Yorkshire Vegan Festival’ is organised by Farplace Animal Rescue with a range of stalls, talks and films across 2 floors.

It's the first vegan festival in Dewsbury and all profits will go to Farplace Animal Rescue

Find out more here -

Koko Dairy Free Yogurts now Available in Tesco

Exciting news! Three flavours of Koko Dairy Free’s delicious range of dairy free yogurt alternativesare now available in Tesco 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:

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 all VegfestUK events

Happy days for all fans of Yaoh hemp products as all Yaoh products at all VegfestUK events 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.

Foods for Life

Brainchild of vegan cookbook author Tony Bishop-Weston, whose recent collection of healthy plant-based recipes sold out in record time.

Stay tuned to THE VEGFEST EXPRESS free online vegan magazine for the latest vegan news from around the globe, updated 24-7 -

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And don't forget to SUBSCRIBE to VegfestUK's own Youtube channel - where a selection of talks recorded from the VegfestUK London event have been released afterwards -
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