Sunday, January 10, 2016

Veganuary 2016 Media Storm For a Happy Vegan New Year

We doubt the people behind Veganuary, Matthew Glover and Jane Land, the 'start the year vegan' , go vegan, be vegan , stay vegan campaign,  could have dreamt of a better beginning to 2016. 

There has been unprecedented publicity for the vegan campaign that rides on a crest of a wave of New Years resolutions and fanatical January detoxing.

Veganism has always been the big white elephant in the room it offers so many solutions for those wanting to live more ethical lives and be kinder to health, the environment and of course animals, fellow earthlings. Something seems to have clicked this year though and it seems to have captured everyone's imagination and sense of reason and logic with a resounding 'Why not?'

Predictions so far, are, that at least 50,000 people will go vegan this January Veganuary. That's more than the total of all the visitors to the 100% vegan VegfestUK festivals in  Brighton, Bristol, London and Glasgow in 2015 which averaged about 10,000 people per show (London Vegfest at Olympia saw 12,000 through the doors)

Here's a round up of just some of the amazing Veganuary coverage so far.

In the Daily Mail





http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3382763/New-campaign-Veganuary-sees-vegan-curious-cutting-meat-fish-dairy-month.html

Hello Magazine




http://www.hellomagazine.com/cuisine/2016010729062/veganuary-january-vegan-diet/

The Daily Telegraph


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/foodanddrinknews/12078341/Thousands-giving-up-all-animal-products-for-a-month-as-part-of-Veganuary.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/healthy-recipes/11298797/Veganuary-three-mouth-watering-vegan-recipes.html

The Metro






http://metro.co.uk/2016/01/04/10-delicious-vegan-breakfast-recipes-ideal-for-veganuary-or-any-time-of-year-5598713/

http://metro.co.uk/2016/01/08/10-delicious-and-filling-vegan-dinner-recipes-5600980/

http://metro.co.uk/2016/01/02/the-best-high-protein-vegan-meat-alternatives-in-the-supermarket-5593893/

The Times




http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/opinion/columnists/article4653771.ece

The Sunday Times ( Out Daily Mailing the Daily Mail with a pathetic attempt at dismissal)


http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/newsreview/features/article1654185.ece


ABC News

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/veganuary-vegan-full-month/story?id=27924338

The EastBourne Herald
http://www.eastbourneherald.co.uk/news/columnists/helen-burton-new-year-new-vegan-diet-1-7144327

There's even a Veganuary Soundtrack as Hitthefloor.com have put together a collection of Vegan Veganuary Songs.

Google Trends now shows twice as much interest for vegan as vegetarian and not just in the UK but all over the planet. The features and PR for Veganuary have not been confined to the UK either. There have been Veganuary articles in The USA, Canada, India , Australia and New Zealand too. It seems the whole world is becoming more vegan friendly


Of course not all the PR has been favourable Harpers Bazaar managed to find a bizarre nutritionist to bizarrely agree to equate protein rich lentils with doughnuts, whilst Time Out magazine equally bizarrely equated Veganuary with eating vaginas....?

More sensibly lots of new Vegan Society registered products are hitting the shop shelves too for veganuary. Joining Ikea's new Vegan Meatballs, the Vegan Quorn Chicken-less Pieces and the Pizza Express vegan Pizza is the Costa Coffee fruit slice.

Costa Coffee's new Vegan Society registered fruit slice out for veganuary



Sunday, September 27, 2015

Vegan Overtakes Vegetarian as Doctors, Midwives, Dietitians and Nutritionists Urged to Seek Facts

Interest in vegan diets has finally overtaken vegetarian in the UK as a combined effort from public events such as VegfestUK, the work of the UK Vegan Society and documentaries such as Cowspiracy, Forks Over knives and Earthlings has swayed public opinion.

Vegan Overtakes Vegetarian in UK. Doctors & Dietitians Urged to Seek Facts
Despite the mounting evidence that a balanced vegan diet is much healthier than average a worrying stubborn hard-core of Doctors, midwives, dietitians and nutritionists continue to discourage patients from continuing on a vegan diet or even from breastfeeding.

This contravenes all health professional guidance on due diligence and best practice. Governing bodies of health professionals are urged to ensure that their members are aware of all the latest evidence based facts on vegan diets including the availability of nutritional tools such as vegan Vitamin D3 from Lichen and Omega 3 EPA and DHA from algae.

Presently only one professional body, The British Dietetic Association, has publicly undertaken to work with the UK Vegan Society to ensure it's members are fully up to date with the facts on vegan diets rather than the urban myths that abound.

Vegfest UK at London Olympia on 10th October and Glasgow SECC on 5th December will be hosting a health summit, bringing together leading dietetic and nutrition experts to help health professionals bring their knowledge up to date with the facts and evidence based research on vegan diets.






Details on the Health Summits can be found http://www.vegfest.co.uk

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

News: Chef Searches for 1990s Fans After The Vegan Cookbook Nominated for Award

RushPRNews: Chef Searches for 1990s Fans After The Vegan Cookbook Nominated for Award


Vegan Chef searches for former guests of award winning boutique and idiosyncaratic Highland hotel Taigh Na Mara Vegan Guesthouse Nr Ullapool. He has apealled to newspapers such as The Herald and The Scotsman to try and track down thousands of guests from mainly Glasgow , Edinburgh and all over the USA from cities such as New Yoork and San Francisco

The chef , Tony Bishop-Weston (nee Weston) wants former guests to vote for his cookbook, The Vegan Cookbook, published by Hamlyn that has been nominated for 'The Best Vegan Cookbook Award' by VegfestUK to be presented at Vegfest London at Olympia on Saturday 10th October.

Former fans of Taigh Na Mara Guesthouse Lochbroom can vote here http://www.vegfest.co.uk/vote for the next few days only

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Vote for vegan cookbook nominated best vegan cookbook

Please please vote for The vegan Cookbook nominated  Best vegan cook book by Vegfest UK http://www.vegfest.co.uk/vote

Cookbook is available on kindle too for only a few £s

Please vote for the vegan cookbook

Friday, August 07, 2015

Half Price: Digital Copy of Cowspiracy The Movie that inspired thousands of people to go vegan

Today, The Movie that inspired 1,000s of people to go vegan all over the world is now available for half price. Only $4.95 if you go here https://cowspiracy.vhx.tv/buy# and use the code VIP2015

Cowspiracy - the ultimate sustainability movie
Please share this movie with your friends and family

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Health Summit for Health Professionals at VegfestUK Vegan Festival London Olympia


As part of the continuing efforts to Vegducate as many people as possible about the vegan solutions to avoidable world problems that threaten our planet VegfestUK is now hosting a Health Summit for Health Professionals at London Olympia on Saturday 10th October.

Sadly there are still many health professionals that are unaware of the evidence based science that supports the solution of a healthier balanced plant based diet to common health problems and the vegan diets suitability for all age groups.

Harley Street nutritional therapist Yvonne Bishop-Weston reveals "I am frequently contacted by mothers at their wits end because of pressure put upon them by Doctors to start eating meat and cheese and feed animal products to their children, like there is some magical ingredient that can only be found in meat and dairy. It reveals a lack of understanding about basic nutrition and the nutrients found in food"

"Yes a person may fair better on a diet higher in protein, may have some health condition that requires extra omega 3 EPA and DHA, or vitamin B12 or vitamin D3 or probiotics but there are now excellent plant based versions of all of these nutritional tools."

Earlier this year The Vegan Society reached a historic agreement with The British Dietetic Association. The Vegan Society and The British Dietetic Association have agreed to collaborate to bring  reliable plant based nutrition information to every community in the UK.

Tony Bishop-Weston, executive consultant Vegan Chef and Author of The Vegan Cookbook,  has helped VegfestUK bring together some leading lights in Nutrition and Dietetics to provide a line up of distinguished speakers to provide evidence based science that backs up the argument for vegan solutions to the scourge of avoidable self inflicted health problems we face.

Chef says "For too long many health professionals, GP's, midwives, dietitians, nutritionists, health workers have written off plant based diets as unnatural and exclusionary. This may be partly because of the way vegan diets were better known for what wasn't vegan, what they didn't eat rather than what vegans do eat - messages were full of negative messages, not this, don't eat that, no no no rather than yes yes yes and motivational provocative messages focused on delicious and dynamic vegan solutions. That's all changed. Bookshops are awash with beautiful vegan cookbooks with deliciously inspiring vegan recipes. The supermarkets now sell edible melting vegan cheese, vegan sausages, dairy free ice cream in fact everything from plant based caviar to vegan haggis. Thanks to 70 years of UK veganism there's now plenty of people to prove that a vegan diet can be far healthier than the average UK diet"

Speakers at The VegfestUK Health Summit for Health Professionals include

Professor Thomas Sanders  Professor of Nutrition & Dietetics Kings College London who will be talking about his CRESSIDA study and it's relevance to those on vegan diets
Prof Tom Sanders Professor of Nutrition Kings College London
Dr Emma Derbyshire, PhD, is a registered public health nutritionist government adviser on nutrition and diet matters and award-winning nutrition and health writer. 
Dr Emma Derbyshire Nutritionist
Sandra Hood RD - A specialist dietician for the NHS Sandra runs education sessions on diabetes for patients and health professionals. Sandra is author of 'Feeding your Vegan Baby with Confidence' published by The Vegan Society and has had numerous articles published in magazines. She worked closely with Plamil Foods to produce Infant Case Histories to prove the efficacy and benefits of a plant food based diet for infants. Sandra is currently working on nutrition material for the Vegan Society and BDA collaboration. She will be joined by Nutritional Therapist Yvonne Bishop-Weston

Sandra Hood registered Dietitian
Dr Nina Bailey -BSc Hons, MSc, PhD, ANutr: Nutrition Scientist - Head of Clinical Nutrition Igennus Healthcare Nutrition - Dr Nina Bailey is a leading expert in marine fatty acids and their role in health and disease. Dr Bailey holds a master's degree in Clinical Nutrition and received her doctorate from Cambridge University and is a published scientist,  regularly featured in national health publications.

Dr Nina Bailey Nutrition Scientist
Mikkel Jungersen - Scientific Advisor in Scientific Affairs at Chr. Hansen’s Health & Nutrition Division where he is responsible for scientific issues for Chr. Hansen’s probiotics
Mikkel Jungeresen - Scientific Advisor
 Other speakers include Paul Appleby from the Oxford University/European EPIC Study, Dr Tushar Mehta from Toronto, motivational expert Brian Jacobs and yoga guru talking about and demonstrating yoga as a tool to alleviate some of the effects of stress.


http://london.vegfest.co.uk/prof-tom-sanders
http://london.vegfest.co.uk/dr-emma-derbyshire
http://london.vegfest.co.uk/sandra-hood
http://london.vegfest.co.uk/yvonne-bishop-weston
http://london.vegfest.co.uk/dr-nina-bailey

SATURDAY Health Professionals Health Summit Talks Room


12:00 - Dr Emma Derbyshire - Protein and Calcium Solutions on a Vegan Diet
1:00 - Prof Tom Sanders - King's College London CRESSIDA Study
2:00 - Sandra Hood RD Yvonne Bishop-Weston BSc DipION mBANT - Safer Vegan Pregnancy & Childrens health
3:00 - Mikkel Jungersen, MSc - Probiotics and Women's health
4:00 - Dr Nina Bailey - Essential Fats and Vegan Diets
5:00 - Dr Tushar Mehta - Vegan is the Answer: What's The Question?

SATURDAY Health Professionals Health Summit Workshop Room

12:00 - Paul Appleby  - Oxford Uni EPIC Study and Vegan Findings
1:00 - Debate - Raw food vs Cooked food
2:00 - Dr Tushar Mehta & Peter Gleave - Can you reverse Diabetes?
4:00 - Brian Jacobs - Solutions for motivational strategies for encouraging healthy eating
5:00 - The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre – Stress Management

Free certificated CPD for Health Professionals will be on offer. Contact your professional body for more details.

Friday, February 06, 2015

Brighton MP Caroline Lucas to open Vegfest UK

Eco Woman, voted most Ethical Politician Caroline Lucas MP to open Brighton Vegfest

Caroline Lucas MP has been voted the UK's most ethical politician in 2007, 2009 and 2010 by readers of the Observer, in 2008 was judged one of the Guardian’s top “eco-heroes”, received Red magazine's Woman of the Year Award 2010 in the ethical/eco category and is in the Environment Agency's Top 100 Eco-Heroes of all time.

..... and she's opening Vegfest UK in Brighton !!

Caroline Lucas MP - to open Brighton Vegfest























Wednesday, January 14, 2015

10 Reasons why you should invite your friends to Vegfest

10 Reasons why you should invite your friends to vegfest


1) It's fun. There's something for everyone whether they
 are into food, music, politics, film, the environment,  human rights
or just meeting people

2) There's no pressure. They can just walk around tasting stuff,
It's no like a dinner party, if they don't like what they've
tasted they can just move on. Most visitors are not vegan.

3) Expert Advice. Vegfest is awash  with expert advisors so any questions
can be quickly answered

4) Bargains. Most exhibitors run show offers and special prices so its the
cheapest place to kick start a new vegan lifestyle

5) Affordable.  A day at Vegfest is only a fiver if you buy tickets
online and if you buy early enough there are BOGOF offers

6) Fairtrade. A vegan diet is fairer for animals, for people
for the planet and fair on your body too.

7) Sustainable.  A vegan diet needs less water, less land, less fuel,
less electricity and less destruction than a meat based diet.

8) Health. Vegan diets men decreased risk of heart disease
Stroke, diabetes, some cancers and food poisoning

9) Kids go free. Vegfest UK has always strived to help vegducate
the next generation to help them understand why they should
try to avoid making the same mistakes as the previous generation.

10) Feel Good Factor It feels good to shake off apathy and adopt
a philosophy that is making a difference, making things better
not worse

Sunday, November 16, 2014

New Lyrics for Feed The World - Do They Know It's Christmas at All

Over 6 Billion Farm Animals will Die This Christmas
Weapons of Mass Destruction
Whilst not wanting to diminish the fantastic efforts of the Band Aid musicians and pop stars for their efforts to reduce the suffering of people in West Africa suffering with Ebola ( Go buy the BandAid30 track if you haven't already), and I agree with Bob Geldof, a disease that prohibits you from comforting and touching loved ones is most abhorrant, meanwhile billions of other Earthlings' lives face torture and death unnecessarily, every Christmas, every year, every month, every week, every day, every hour, every minute, every second.

Every year it's estimated 56 billion farm animals (that's not even including all marine life e.g. smoked salmon  prawns, dolphins and whales) are tortured and killed just for fun. Just for our culinary entertainment, just to ammuse our tastebuds, just because we are too lazy and set in our ways to find vegan alternatives that taste just as good, are usually healthier , undoubtably have far less detrimental impact on the planet are fairer and just as nutritious.

Do the animals know it's Christmas ? No! So here are some new vegan / vegetarian lyrics to the Feed the World Christmas song to highlight that there are billions of lives of animals who don't know that it's Christmas time at all and it's business as usual for the people with the electric prods and stun guns and bolt guns and knives and saws sloshing about in a sea of blood.

Feed the World 

(more healthily and more sustainably and more ethically)

It’s Christmas time – if you're an animal you should be afraid
At Christmas time – 5 billion will die,  for the food that's made
Yet in our world of plenty – we could spread a smile of joy
If we ate, like herbivores
At Christmas time

So say a prayer – pray for 'the other ones'
At Christmas time – s' not that hard , you can still have fun

There’s a world outside your window – and it’s a world of dread and hate
If you're not a pet they'll kill you – and you could end up on a plate
And the Christmas bells that ring there – are the clanging chimes of doom
Well tonight 'thank God it's them instead of you' ( ?)

There's No peace and joy this Christmas time in Burger King
Nor MaccyD's or KFC or Pret..... woah
Where all Santa brings is fear
It's the same thing every year
How can they know it’s Christmas time at all?

What to do?
Change your diet everyone!
Save the world
And the children yet to come!
Let them know it’s Christmas after all

Feed the world - Change your plan for dinner time
Save the world - Change your plans for dinner time
Heal the world - Let them know it’s Christmas time again


Vegan Parody, Meme - Lyrics by Bob Geldof, Midge Ure BandAid30 and Tony Bishop-Weston
Free Video coming soon - watch this space



New law on parody by the European Copyright Directive October 1st 2014 allows parody for humour and / or mockery as long as it isn't offensive i.e. Racist

Interest in Vegan Diets in UK Doubles in Two Years

Google Trends reveals that interest in veganism over the last two years has more than doubled. Interest in vegan diets has been steadily rising over the last 10 years but stories in the press about the horse meat scandal, the dire situation about the environment, plus health scares about eating meat and dairy, have led to a phenominal increase in interest in veganism in the UK

Interest in veganism and the solutions it provides have been noted all over the world. The UK is not the only place to have seem dramatic increase in interest in vegan diets, Australia, Canada, Germany and Israel have also seen ubiqitous changes.

UK interest in Vegan doubled in 2 years

Dramatic increase in Vegan awareness all over world
Whilst Vegfest UK couldn't claim to be the sole reason veganism has grown so quickly in theUK since 2012 Vegfest has undeniably played a very big part in the jigsaw.

In straw polls taken at Vegfest 20% of those interviewed said they would be changing their diet following their visit to Vegfest UK. Time to get a Vegan Cookbook?

"Clearly any food manufacturer investing in NPD  and wanting to break a new product into the UK market would be shooting themselves directly in the foot by not making it to VegfestUK and engaging with the thousands of visitors looking for new solutions" says consultant Tony Bishop-Weston

This year, in a new bigger venue, VegfestUK offers even more reasons for visitors to visit with political debates and a conference on sustainability.

This emerging market offers unique investment opportunity for all types market opportunities and those with creative ideas on healthier, more sustainable versions and vegan alternatives to products we know and love but can no longer justify. Products that are healthy, more environmentally friendly and more ethically produced win hands down if they are of the same quality of experience (eg Taste) and competitively priced.

http://brighton.vegfest.co.uk/sponsorship
http://outofhand.co.uk/vegfest/mediabrighton2015/
http://brighton.vegfest.co.uk/stall-prices
http://brighton.vegfest.co.uk/press-releases
Brighton - Bristol - London

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Vegfest says Share the Love this Christmas


Share the Love the Christmas with VegfestUK - Buy One Get One Free Offer

Buy a Ticket to VegfestUK as a gift for a friend or colleague and get a free extra ticket for them to give to another friend to share the love this Christmas time. There is a free digital Christmas card to send them to let them know about your gift of life as tickets will be sent out 2 weeks before the festival
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You could also buy your friends and colleagues a fantastic vegan cookbook gift this Christmas / Thanksgiving and spread the love that way?

Buy someone a vegan cookbook  this Christmas. In paperback or on Kindle
Share the love - share a Vegan Cook Book

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

World Vegan Month starts with a BANG!

2014 has seen unprecedented amount of coverage in the national newspapers for World Vegan Day enjoying over a year's worth of publicity for The Vegan Society's 70th Birthday over just one weekend. A great way to kick start World Vegan Month in the UK.

The only blot on the vegan landscape is that once again Google decided to snub world vegan day and refuse to do a Vegan Google Doodle Voogle to celebrate the day. That would have been the icing on the egg free dairy free cake , buy hey, just look at the list of successes below !

The BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-29845663  Vegan just so Rock 'n' Roll
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-29900765  Vegan MPs in Parliament - "Chips are down!"


The Daily Mirror
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/ampp3d/world-vegan-day-ten-horrifying-4558702 Very amusing - cleverly gets main vegan points across in a tongue in cheek way
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/sexy-lettuce-lady-trying-give-4573592 Sexy Vegan lady dresses in lettuce leaves

The Guardian
http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2014/oct/31/world-vegan-day-vegetarian-businesses-help-carnivores - Businesses challenged to be more vegan

The Daily Mail
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/food/article-2819654/ANNE-SHOOTER-SAVVY-SHOPPER-Make-bonfire-night-banger-sausages-doughnuts-tastiest-Guy-Fawkes-treats.html

Dee's wholefoods Healthy inspired vegetable based vegan sausages for National Sausage Week and World Vegan Month are 'scrumptious'
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2817912/Dozens-PETA-supporters-strip-central-London-protest-against-meat-eating-World-Vegan-Day.html Girls strip nude - public nudity in London

The Telegraph
http://fashion.telegraph.co.uk/article/TMG11195396/Best-vegan-fashion-shoes-and-handbags-brands.html - Vegan fashion shoes and handbags
http://fashion.telegraph.co.uk/article/TMG11204981/What-To-Eat-Now-a-vegan-diet.html Nutritionist Ian Marber tries a vegan diet for the weekend with help from vegan chef Tony Bishop-Weston ;-)

The Independent
http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/from-mediterranean-tomato-tart-to-raw-caramel-peanut-pie-recipes-for-world-vegan-day-9831502.html Recipes
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/world-vegan-day-2014-naked-peta-protesters-lie-covered-in-blood-at-trafalgar-square-9833195.html Naked teenagers bare all in public

Evening Standard
http://www.standard.co.uk/news/londoners-diary/londoners-diary-bye-bye-bacon-as-vegan-mps-seize-control-9838202.html

And all sorts of other places
http://thecroydoncitizen.com/politics-society/one-day-better-world-croydon-marks-world-vegan-day/
http://perezhilton.com/2014-11-01-world-vegan-day-celebrities-who-are-vegan
http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/1046934-world-vegan-day-7-best-vegan-protein-sources/
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kathy-stevens/countdown-to-kindness-a-r_b_6075994.html
http://edinburgh.stv.tv/articles/297502-edinburgh-vegan-food-and-restaurants-on-world-vegan-month/

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Vegan Google Doodle Voogle to Celebrate 70 Vegan Years

Please ask the Google Doodle people for a vegan Google Doodle ( Voogle )
A Vegan Google Doodle Voogle for world vegan day?










To celebrate 70 years of vegan on World Vegan Day 1st November 2014 Please send a request to Google asking them to design and post a google doodle , a Voogle, on Google.com and Google.co.uk  on November the 1st

See the  World Vegan Day Facebook Page for more information and to submit your suggestions

Email Google proposals@google.com

Tweet Google @GoogleDoodles

N.B. Lake District UK pacifist Donald Watson created the word vegan and founded the world's first Vegan Society at a meeting in London in Early November 1944 after being denied permission to set up a sub group of the UK Vegetarian Society for those who wanted to avoid all animal cruelty and exploitation. He advocated a 100% plant based diet adding cheese, eggs and honey onto the Vegetarian list of foods to leave with their producers.

70 years on Scientists have discovered that a vegan diet is not just kinder for animals and nurtures a more compassionate understanding psyche but is also better for the planet and human health with vegans far less likely to suffer from avoidable chronic conditions such as diabetes, bowl cancer and heart disease. Leading philanthropists such as Bill Clinton and Bill Gates are suggesting that we all need to be more vegan for the survival of the planet and the human race

Friday, September 19, 2014

Happy International Talk Like a Pirate Day


Wishing You a Swashbuckling International Talk Like A Pirate Day

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Free From For Free - Meat & Dairy Reducers Open Invite at Vegfest UK


Meat and Dairy Reducers welcome at VegfestUK London this September


Last Chance - Buy One Get One Free on Tickets

With all the recent publicity about the health and environmental benefits of reducing one’s meat and dairy consumption, people all over the UK are actively seeking to replace their meat and dairy with decent vegan options – but where to start? Look no further than VegfestUK London – the UK’s biggest vegan event and full of inspiration to help even the most hardened meat lovers amongst us.



Making Sense on The Horizon

‘Giving up meat and dairy – or at least reducing our consumption – makes perfect sense on paper, but the reality can be somewhat different. ‘says VegfestUK organiser Tim Barford. ‘The recent BBC coverage of the health and environmental effects of meat and dairy consumption have influenced a large part of the UK population, and many are now actively seeking to give up meat and dairy. VegfestUK events offer a huge selection of food, cookery demos, films, talks, shopping and entertainment, all of it plant based, and can help provide the ideal stepping stone for those who have made a decision to cut back on meat and dairy consumption. VegfestUK events are inclusive and welcome people from all backgrounds regardless of the current dietary status. Around 30% of  our visitors eat meat and dairy, and around 30% are vegetarian, with around 40% already vegan, so there’s a fantastic mix of people at all our events.’



Green Flag Family Event

Billed as one of Europe's flagship veggie food festivals and a must-visit by many foodies across the country, VegfestUK London has almost everything for everyone, from superb cuisines and excellent
shopping options from around 200 stalls, to captivating live entertainment from comedians, musicians and kids’ activities, on top of health and lifestyle information from nearly 100 talks and
cookery demos.

Vegfest UK VIPs and Vegan Celebrities 

Star gazers will have a field day meeting face to face the likes of presenters Sarah-Jane Honeywell (CBeebies) and Amanda Hamilton (GMTV), alongside high-achieving vegan athletes such as
Brendan Brazier (former professional Ironman triathlete), Patrik Baboumian (the world's strongest 
man), Neil Robinson (ex-Everton and Swansea City FC) and Fiona Oakes (North Pole Marathon and
Antarctic Ice Marathon Champion in 2013), plus Goldblade frontman John Robb and Australian musician Vegan Smythe (making his UK debut at the show) along with many other interesting special guests.

 

Vegan Harvest Festival - Early Bird Free Tickets

Taking place at the West End of London at Kensington Olympia (West Halls) on September 27th this event costs £10 for adults and £6 for claimants and OAP's for tickets bought in advance, with free entry for kids under 16. With the BOGOF offer in place until August 23rd

BUY ONE GET ONE HALF PRICE offer running till September 15th bring your pals, kids, spouses and workmates along to sample the delights of vegetarian and vegan food and lifestyle! To take advantage of these amazing offers, buy your advance tickets at

www.london.vegfest.co.uk/ticket-info

VegfestUK London event programme is now available at:

www.london.vegfest.co.uk/programme

For further queries, email info@vegfest.co.uk . Follow the event on Facebook and Twitter.com/VegfestUK

VegfestUK London is kindly sponsored by: rawLicious, Equinox Kombucha, the Vegan Society, Magpie, Fry's Vegetarian UK, Great Food, Yaoh, JASON, VBites Foods, Bute Island Foods, Vegusto,
Nakd Wholefoods and Out of Hand

Monday, July 21, 2014

Watch Free Lego Movie In Full - Everything is Awesome NOT

Watch The Lego Movie for free in full

Here's the everything is awesome (NOT) Lego movie in full - for free to download and share. Greenpeace made this to highlight the deal between Lego and Shell Oil effectively supporting the tragic disaster movie about to happen in the Arctic driven by selfish greed and oil blindness.







See the movie on YouTube

NB Youtube took the Lego movie down following a complaint by Warner - it's now back up - if You Tube takes it back down see The Movie  here - Greenpeace 



Read more at



Greenpeace



The Guardian  



The Daily Mail


Huffington Post

Saturday, July 19, 2014

The Trouble With The Vegan Society & Vegans

The Vegan Society has rebranded itself as a charity that likes to say 'Yes'

Vegan Diets - Sustained growth in interest - Vegan trends


Many many years of blood, sweat and tears with volunteers or frugally paid staff at the front end of cutting edge veganism is reaching it's climatic end. Vegan Cheese? you got it! Vegan caviar? you got it!

The Vegan Society has gone from a charity obsessed with what it is against to one that stands up and speaks out about what it is for.

Some would ask what is it for? A membership organisation dedicated to providing information about veganism and how to be vegan when now you can just google the word and have your ipad spew out 39 million pages in less than a second?

But someone or some body has to be guardians and keepers of the word 'vegan' , defend Donald Watson's definition of the word vegan in the face of those who argue that honey is vegan or that breast milk isn't vegan or those who just generally miss the point. Some body has to be caretaker for the history of veganism and curate the volumes of scientific research that support the case for veganism and a vegan diet.

To be brutally honest The Vegan Society is now, on an every day, day to day level, at street level , largely defunct, almost redundant as a support network because the job of making a case for a vegan diet and a vegan lifestyle  is almost done. Veganism has been well and truly unleashed from Pandora's box, the cat's out of the bag, Being Vegan is almost normal. Big supermarkets such as Tescos are now labeling products vegan and trialling vegan shelf talkers, Ocado has a whole vegan section online. Big investers such as Microsoft's Bill Gates and Twitter's Biz Stone are investing in vegan meat free alternatives and vegan cheeses. Scientists and biochemists are genetically engineering yeasts to make true dairy free vegan cheese.  TV moguls such as Oprah Winfrey and Hollywood gentry such as James Cameron speak out for sustainable healthy veganism. Doctors, physicians and health professionals prove that a health vegan diet can cure heart disease and reverse diabetes. Even McDonald's chomping presidents of the USA such as Bill Clinton now follow a vegan diet.

A normal person , on a normal day could read in The Daily Mail that a vegan diet is good for your heart problem or good for diabetics wander into a  supermarket and fill up their trolly with vegan ice cream, vegan pancake mix, vegan cakes, vegan cheese, vegan sausages, vegan chicken, vegan chocolate, vegan mousse and spend half an hour trying to choose which dairy free vegan milk to buy - soya? Henp milk? oat? almond? flax omega 3 milk? coconut? rice milk? tigernut milk? hazelnut ? the list just keeps growing. Then they can go recover and pick up a Soyaccino at Costa Coffee or Pret a Manger. They could even pop into Ikea on the way back and pick up some vegan caviar.

There will inevitably be those animal rights extremists who morn the day their little niche, quirky organisation with it's 5,000 members turned into a mainstream organisation with millions of supporters but lets face it - Wallmart, McDonalds, Unilever, Kraft, Pizza Hut, Kentucky fried chicken, Coca Cola, Pepsico, Doritos, Subway, Krispy Kreme Donuts, Burger King, Nestle - they don't care about the thousands - they think in millions.

Now there are millions of customers of vegan foods they are listening.

Donald Watson would be very pleased indeed that so many people now agree with his logical philosophical thoughts over 70 years ago a great way to mark 70 years of veganism.

Vegan Chef Tony Bishop-Weston can be found on;

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See also
http://www.vegfest.co.uk



Thursday, July 10, 2014

So You want to be Vegan but Love Cheese?

So you want to be vegan but love cheese?

 And your problem is? Why would you give up cheese ? There are so many vegan cheeses on sale now, in fact more dairy free vegan cheese than you can shake a stick at! 

Dairy Free Vegan Cheeses - Vegusto Swiss Vegan Cheese
Made from rice, soya, nuts., peas, oats, seeds, potatoes and all manner of other things dairy free vegan cheese is rocking the world and shaking up cheese boards and pizza restaurants and cheese toasties and filled rolls.

Sales are partly drived by lactose and dairy protein intolerance concerns, partly by ethical and environmental and health concerns but mainly because some vegan cheese is so good that many people prefer it to cow's cheese!

Even Tesco supermarkets sell vegan cheese now but if you've not had a chance to taste a good dairy free cheese then get yourself along to a vegfest or vegan festival happening near you soon!