Archive for the ‘Catering Event’ Category
Tuesday, July 15th, 2014
Between now and the end of August, Veggies has eight weekend camping events, as well as several single day events.
We recommend you to check out all these events with view to attending / supporting them.
Even better, if you are attending any of these events you might like to help with Veggies Campaign Catering.
Please contact us if you might help in any way.
Warmest wishes and motivational ‘Go Team Veggies!’
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th July
Peace in the Park – Oxfordshire
A Buddhist event at the Global Retreat Centre with a mix of music, talks and meditation pavilions. Events and activities will include ‘Mindset Talks’, new ‘One Question’ events, woodland activities for children and adults, story-telling from ancient lands, an open air chill-out meditation lounge, sacred music in the grounds, and the hugely popular ‘Meditation & Music for the World’ event.
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th July
and Friday 25th to Sunday 27th July
Goddess Camp – Bestwood Park, Nottm
Women, men and children are welcome for a weekend of celebration, ritual and workshops at the Goddess Camp at Bestwood Country Park.
Thursday 24th to Sunday 27th July
Northern Green Gathering
Derbyshire Dales, Nr Ashbourne, Derbyshire
A small volunteer-run environmental/educational gathering, a 4 day event on a beautiful new site, focussed around sustainable living and green campaigns. There will be environmental workshops & campaigns, permaculture, organic veggie cafes, stalls, healers & alternative therapies, kids space, theatre & circus workshops, and a showcase of environment living in action, including solar power and wind power.
Thursday 31st July to Sunday 3rd August
Green Gathering – Chepstow, Wales
At the Green Gathering you can rediscover ancient skills and explore
pathways to future sustainability; talk with key speakers from the Green movement and engage in lively debate at the Green Forum venue and inform yourselves about current issues and causes with groups in the Campaigns area, which will include a Co-ops Camp, co-ordinated by Radical Routes.
Thursday 31st July to Monday 4th August
Peace News Summer Camp 2014 – E.Suffolk
Event to help build a radical movement for the future by building a living community today, with local activists – top trainers – revolution – non-violence – learning from other movements – community – glorious countryside.
Thursday 7th to Monday 11th August
Animal Rights Gathering – Notts/Derbys
The Animal Rights Summer Gathering exists to promote cooperation and to spread information between the various groups and individuals working throughout the UK to stop animal abuse.
Thursday 14th to Wednesday 20th August
Reclaim The Power – location TBA
August will see thousands ‘Reclaim the Power’ and stand in solidarity with communities opposing fracking. Camp will be a hub for skillshares, workshops, entertainment and direct action. There will be a probable Veggies Cafe space & action catering.
Thursday 28th to Monday 1st September
Earth First Summer Gathering
The Earth First! Summer Gathering is the place where people involved in radical ecological direct action – or those who want to be involved – get together for five days of time and space to talk, walk, share skills, learn, play, rant, find out what’s going on, find out what’s next, live outside, strategise, hang out, incite, laugh and conspire. The workshops, networking and planning of actions at this low impact eco-living camp is organised non-hierarchically.
During this period we also have these one day events:
Tuesday 22nd July &
Tuesday 19th August
Details from http://www.veggies.org.uk/event.php?ref=555
Friday 8th August
Details from http://www.veggies.org.uk/event.php?ref=994
Brinsley Animal Rescue Open Day
Sunday 10th August
Details from http://www.veggies.org.uk/event.php?ref=423
London Vegan Festival
Sunday 17th August
Details from http://www.veggies.org.uk/event.php?ref=269
Much more on Veggies Events Diary
More on Veggies Catering for Gatherings
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Friday, May 30th, 2014
Veggies Catering Campaign catered at Glastonbury Festival from 9am Wednesday to 6pm Monday, in the Green Futures Field, at the opposite end of the site from the Pyramid Stage, towards the ‘Stone Circle’.
Veggies has been at Glastonbury since (about) 1987!
Every year we give over a share of our space, and some of our crew, to running an information/workshop space with displays and activities in support of active groups working for positive social change.
This year our workshop/activities space is supporting the work of Sea Shepherd , Captive Animals’ Protection Society and The Black Fish.
Activities may include:
Our workshop space has to be paid from our £4,632 fee, whilst providing crew to run the activities means we have to close for a few hours each day.
Our core times are likely to be 10am to 4am, with the interactive space running from 10am to 6pm.
To be kept updated look out for this QR Code
For more campaign presentations check out the Speakers Forum, including:
- Wednesday 4pm: Calais Migrant Solidarity
- Thursday 10am: Small Wind Turbine Design – Dexter Dixon
- Thursday 2pm: Reclaim Our Energy Future – Theo Simon, Stop Hinkley
- Friday 5.15pm: Arrest That Poet – Danny Chivers
- Saturday 2.15pm: Undercover Policing – Jenny Jones & Merrick Badger
- Saturday 3.15pm: A flavour of the Green Futures Field …more info…
And no doubt we’ll gatecrash Seize The Day’s gigs for a campaign shout out!
Amazing musicians, vegans and animal rights supporters Rodrigo y Gabriela are playing the Pyramid Stage Friday 1.45pm
More coming soon – bookmark this page!
Cleaner, greener and fairer
See also Green Glastonbury info.
The Green Fields are at the opposite end of the site from the Pyramid Stage, towards the ‘Stone Circle’; cross the ‘Old Railway Track’ – Green Futures is on the right.
Those in the know, know that the field is packed full of venues, spaces and healthy food. There is Groovy Movie, The Mandala, Small World, Permaculture, Henry’s Beard, A pedal powered Laundrette, Rinky Dink, The Tin Village, Lunched Out Lizard, Speakers Forum, Astrologers amongst many.
“Not to mention the World’s finest Vegan Burgers from the Veggies Catering Campaign”.
Veggies has catered in the Green Fields at Glastonbury Festival since 1987.
- In 1990 tickets cost £38, our trading fee was £600 and our burgers cost £1.00!
- Tickets for 2014, costing £210+fees, sold out on October 6th 2013.
- Our trading fee is now £4632 (up from £3675 last year).
- Sorry, Veggies burgers will cost more than £1.00!
A flavour of the Green Futures Field
We will be presenting the work of the following at the Speakers Forum on Saturday at 3.15pm:
The Pets Project
Refs4Pets is a pet fostering (refuge) project at Nottingham Women’s Aid
Animals can often be used to make people stay in abusive relationships. Threats, actual abuse or neglect towards pets can force survivors to remain in dangerous situations or put themselves in danger by returning to feed or care for their animals. Most refuges and hostels are unable to house animals.
The Pets Project helps women and their children, reluctant to leave abusive relationships because of their pets, by providing a fostering home for their animals. Pets are cared for by volunteers who have been checked for their suitability whilst the women continue to pay for their animals feed. Every attempt is made to find appropriate foster homes for each animal and we are always looking for fosterers for all types of animals.
Stop The Badger Cull Campaign
The impending badger extermination is harrowingly cruel, farcically unscientific and frighteningly undemocratic. It must be fought on all fronts, but this cannot be done effectively without funding.
Activists will travel to the cull zones to engage in legal, non-violent, direct action to protect the badgers, whilst street campaigners keep the public fully informed of exactly what the government is unleashing in the countryside against totally unambiguous public opinion.
For the tens of thousands of badgers in the final countdown to a brutal massacre, it is now or never!
Find out about these great groups at Speakers Forum Saturday at 3.15pm too:
Pyramid Stage Friday 1.45
Veggies Glasto 2003 gallery
See also our 2013 Glastonbury Festival Report
Veggies Glastonbury Application
Please describe the food you wish to sell from your stall.
Ethically sourced vegan foods, including our own hand made Veggies burgers, cakes baked on site from organic ingredients, pasties & samosas, pedal powered smoothies, fair trade organic teas & coffee.
Have you traded at Glastonbury before?
We have traded at Glastonbury Green Futures since 1990, using our award winning vegan / organic / fair trade catering as a base for campaign outreach for the many groups with whom we work.
In 2013 we were at pitch Q1/32 [Green Futures Field at junction of Old Railway Track with pathway to the stone circle]
Have you traded at any other festivals in the past 2 years?
Glastonbury is the only ‘commercial’ festival at which we cater, other than Splendour, held locally to us in Nottingham.
We cater over 70 other events each year: green events (eg Nottingham Green Festival), action camps (eg Peace News Camp / Climate Camps), indoor fairs (eg Animal Aid Fair / London Radical Bookfair), local community events (eg stuff of Life) and on-the-streets campaign catering (eg No Dash for Gas / Uncut).
And loads more on Veggies Events Archive
Please provide any other additional supporting information.
Glastonbury 2014 will be a special one for us as it will mark our 30th year of campaigning and catering.
Our work supports Nottingham’s independent campaign social centre, the Sumac Centre, as well as many groups working for human, environmental & animal rights, for peace & social justice worldwide.
Describe the type and style of your food and anything special or unique your stall would bring to the Festival.
Veggies promotes the use of vegan, fair trade, locally sourced and organic products.
Since 1984 we have never sold other than fair trade teas & coffees.
We use minimal packaging and reusable mugs. All the compostable packaging generated by Veggies would fit into one bin bag!
We are three times winner of the Best Vegan Catering Award. We received the Glastonbury Green Trader Award in 2011.
More at Glastonbury Festival 2014 on Veggies Diary
Tuesday, December 17th, 2013
After an active period travelling all over to support everyone else’s vegan festivities, ending with the Worcester Vegan Fair, Veggie are looking forward to kicking back on Saturday 21st December.
Our friends at our Sumac Centre home base will be celebrating the longest night of the year with a festive bring-a-dish-mega-meal at the Sumac Centre!
The bar will be serving mulled wine and mince pies along with it’s usual fare, we’ll have fire in a barrel in the yard for you to warm your hands and there’ll be fairy lights, bunting and candles galore as we transform the centre into a festive wonderland.
The sumac cafe will provide enough roast potatoes and gravy to feed the masses but the rest is up to you!
So bring a vegan dish to share of your festive favourites, savoury or sweet, and join in the feast!
This isn’t a regular People’s Kitchen and there are limited spaces for the meal so if you’d like to be part of it, please buy your ticket in advance.
We have 50 tickets which we’ll be selling at the bar over the next two weeks or you can reserve your ticket by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. There’s a suggested donation of £3 and all money raised will go towards the new Sumac boiler fund so feel free to give more if you can!
To ensure you get a slice of ALL the action, arrive on time at 7pm.
We’ll be decorating the centre, chopping, baking and generally merrymaking from 2pm so come get stuck in!
There are also a few spaces at the Christmas Day get-together at Sumac Centre on Wednesday 25th December. Veggies’ Chrissy is heading up a vegan Christmas Feast, to contribute between £5 & £10, according to their means.
For more info or to express your interest contact us.
For more ideas and info to celebrate a Caring and Compassionate Christmas. visit our Vegan Christmas blog.
That’s all folks, for 2013, but we already have over a dozen events on Veggies 2014 events diary, including our own 30th Anniversary!
So, our thanks and best wishes go out to all our volunteers, friends and supporters. If you can’t make it to one of the end of year celebrations, we look forward to seeing you next year,
Tuesday, September 17th, 2013
Published: September 17, 2013 21:54 at Nottingham Indymedia by Tally
Last week saw peaceful days of action co-ordinated by the ‘Stop the Arms Fair Coalition’ in response to the bi-annual arms fair DSEi (Defence & Security Equipment International) at the London ExCel Centre. DSEi is the world’s largest arms fair and it exists so that arms buyers and sellers can come together, network and make deals.
From ‘Campaign Against the Arms Trade’ (CAAT): ‘DSEi 2013 featured 1,500 exhibitors from around the world displaying arms ranging from rifles to tanks to fighter jets to battleships. They were joined by “trade visitors” and military delegations, including countries involved in conflict and from human rights abusing regimes, as well as those with desperately underfunded development needs.’
On the Sunday 8th September the week of action was kicked off with a demo organised by Occupy London: Occupy vs the Arms Trade. Volunteers from Nottingham-based Veggies, the vegan catering campaign, went down to London on this Sunday to provide food by donation for the peaceful protesters. Veggies has been supporting campaigns for humans, other animals and the environment since 1984.
On Sunday 8th September, Veggies of Nottingham packed up their vegan cakes and samosas and headed down to London to give their support to the hundreds of peaceful protesters campaigning against the immoral and unethical DSEi arms fair.
At least two Nottingham companies had stalls at DSEi. Heckler & Koch and Ergo Computing exhibited their wares to military delegations from around the world. H&K, which is based in the Lenton Lane industrial estate, sells assault rifles and submachine guns to repressive regimes such as those in Bahrain and Egypt.
Campaigners were very happy to see the Veggies team (and their delicious vegan food!) along on the day. The team provided a boost of morale to those that had been out protesting since the early hours of the day and hadn’t had anything to eat. In fact people were so happy to see Veggies that the stall was swamped with those eager to get hold of food by donation and all boxes of food and trays of cake quickly sold out.
People were also very interested in the campaign literature the team had brought along, as human rights and animals rights campaigning is all part of the same struggle against needless suffering and injustice. Animal Aid’s purple poppies, sold to commemorate the many animal victims of war, were available on the day and people donated generously for these.
If you would like to join the friendly Veggies team to campaign against social injustice, animal abuse and enviromental destruction then you can contact them at: email@example.com
Information on the website: www.veggies.org.uk
More details about the Arms Trade and what happened during the week of action can be found on the following websites:
Animal Aid’s purple poppy appeal:
Contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, July 18th, 2013
Glastonbury 2013 was a big success for Veggies Catering Campaign, especially in terms of our vegan campaign outreach.
On arrival we found that Veggies was sited at a key location at the entrance to the Green Futures Field, right off the Old Railway Track crossroads.
This was great to catch the people going up the track…
… and those coming back down:
Click here for Lakeside view
Info for Action
A big part of our mission was to encourage support for the many events that we attend, including Peace News Summer Camp, the Animal Rights Gathering and Reclaim the Power (No Dash for Gas) Action Camp. Veggies Catering Campaign has a unique roll in uniting movements for positive social change, catering at actions, camps and gatherings.
Other campaigns that we support, such as the Radical Routes network and the Movement for Compassionate Living were featured on impromptu displays.
Our location enabled us to highlight other activities in the Green Futures Field, such as the Speakers Forum, which featured the Lush Charity Pot Slam, and the main Green Information Point further up the track:
A special mention too to Zia Solar Systems that helped with the power to keep the foods as chilled as the crew!
Pulp Friction Smoothies
We were delighted to have been loaned a Pulp Friction bike to add d-i-y smoothies to the low-tech, low energy activities at Veggies at Glastonbury.
Festival goers enjoyed fresh fruit smoothies and shakes with Koko Coconut Milk.
Pulp Friction Smoothie Bar Project, from Nottingham, provides volunteering opportunities for young adults, taking their smoothie bikes to different community events – schools, youth clubs, playschemes, community festivals etc.
Goody Good Stuff sweets – too Goody Good to walk on by!
Goody Good Stuff sweets combine the highest quality blend of ingredients including natural fruit juices and extracts which create a beautifully clear consistency and a superior taste experience. The entire line is vegetarian, fat-free, meat-free, dairy-free, nut-free, Halal and Kosher certified.
We got to see some band…
… and slept for a week after!
To see how all this compares with our plans and expectations, see our glastonbury-badger-action-cafe posting from before the event.
Our crew are reflecting on ways to make this huge campaign outreach mission work even better in future. If you have and thought, please contact us.
- “Well, first and foremost, I think we should totally be giving ourselves a big pat of the back. Couldn’t really ask much more from a team. ”
- Campaign space worked better than it ever has.
- In spite of some fantastic contributions to the Veggies aesthetic, our frontage and customer lounge still looked like the practical marqueue of a not-for-profit, grass roots, campaigning organization, rather than a slick professional venue (IMHO).
- Campaigning: We need to have recurring activities to draw people in like the smoothy maker, taste testings and other good ideas. They need to be on all the time as well, we had a great campaign space and people came when they could interact in some way, but when there was nothing to interact with the space seemed pretty quiet apart from staff (its Glastonbury they’ll find other things to do). We need to properly brainstorm interactive things we can have inside the space and practice them before the event (maybe use at regular events as well) and have them running as long as the space is open and draw lots of people in and get them educated or at least give them a leaflet.
- One crew member in the multi-use space just didn’t really work in my opinion, you get pulled into a conversation about the badger cull, giving a milk taster round, prepping fruit for the pedal-smoothie, clearing up the space and sign-posting people to the trailer for their coffee. If you add to that trying to start a burger demo, re-organise the merchandise, checking the honesty pots, facepaint and clean up the relishes table, it makes it impossible for 1 person in a multi-use space to do any one of those things efficiently or effectively.
- People used the cafe space when trailer crew encouraged them to, same goes for campaign space. I think if trailer crew felt more joined up with the campaign space and had those quick conversations whilst burgers were waiting or coffee brewing, it would have got a masses more traffic. It’s the point of contact, if we miss that, we miss the person.
- Integrate not just the trailer into the campaign space but the crew and the whole approach – otherwise we really are just serving burgers to rich festival punters and raising funds for Veggies (which is valid but we can do more than just that):
- Trailer crew are resourced with whatever they need to make those conversations with customers possible
- The campaign period is shortened with 2 crew on it at all times or better seek funding or other support to be able to extend the campaigning for a full 12 hours each day.
- Much clearer continuity between the Veggies trailer and the ‘badger cafe’ – customers really didn’t get that it was the same space
- I also think we should have stayed open until 5am as between midnight and 4am everyone who normally camps out around the main stages is somewhere between Arcadia, Shangra La and the stone circle.
- An additional crew member might be be better used helping in kitchen rather than than trailer, so that more cake, bhajis, pizza, soups, meals etc could be made.
- Chrissy enjoyed cooking crew meals, and didn’t mind working through til 9pm most evenings. Surplus meals might be offered on an ad-hoc basis to customers, subject to availability.
- We absolutely should have had some frontage next to Groovy Movie. We were focussed so much on grabbing attention from the cross roads we were actually closing ourselves off from people coming back down from the stone circle, or in the Green Futures Field.
- We need to think about cake display – we should keep an eye out for a two or three tiered cake display with a cover. I also think we should have had cakes, pasties and cold drinks on a table in the marquee with an honestly pot for those who did come in asking.
- The Indian place down the track was already trading when we arrived so we must be open as early as possible. On the Tuesday evening we were the only people open and we were doing steady trade throughout.
- There were times before and after the main festival was running that crew were hungry and the conventional 3 meals a day hadn’t really been considered and planned in.
- I would have liked to have a daily meeting/briefing during which ideally all crew members get together to:
… communicate the ‘extra-tasks’ and priorities of the day, and designate people to action those so everybody knows what to do and how to help
… raise any relevant issues (concerns, worries, requests for help, big-ups…) in order to facilitate communication and relieve any tension amongst ourselves as well as celebrate our hard work
- The festival officially finished on Sunday night. Some of the team arrived home late on Tuesday evening.
Monday, June 3rd, 2013
Veggies attended the National March Against the Badger Cull on 1st June 2013.
See report below, with info, links & contacts for you to get involved to Stop The Cull
Only people power and direct action will stop the cull now. If you can, get to the cull zones. If you can’t, please support your local hunt sab group.
National March Against Badger Cull
Report from The Merry Veggies Of Nottingham Tumblr Blog
So we at Veggies went down to London yesterday (June 1st) for the National Anti Badger Cull March.
After a long and complicated journey, via trains and tubes (we will no longer be doing full catering in London) carrying as much as we possibly could of pasties and samosas, we sold out within the first hour of getting there!
Speakers included the amazing Brian May of Queen and members of Hunt Saboteurs.
We walked the march to the end point where we then did street side catering with trays of cakes in our arms and on a small table.
Following the music and crowds we ended at the park where the atmosphere was amazing and there were some pretty awesome badger dancers and music!
Making racism a black & white issue
Being as awesome as we are, we then decided to go across to Parliament where the BNP were holding a demo (all 30 odd of them) and joined the Anti-Fascists there.
As several news sites have covered it, ‘BNP get chased through London by a bunch of women dressed as badgers.’ Nice to see that we are all in it together, animal rights activists with anti-fash.
“Save the badgers – cull the BNP”.
Then the long and super-tiring journey back to Nottingham.
What an amazing Veggies day out!
More pictures at The Merry Veggies Of Nottingham Tumblr Blog.
Thanks to Save A Scream for this image. Click to see lots more great pictures:
Shari Black Velvet at Save A Scream says:
“Compassionate folk made their destination London on June 1st to protest against the badger cull that UK’s government has despicably already given approval to in the South East of England. Brian May and Bill Oddie took part in the march with the former giving a speech before the march kicked off. He was joined by Kate of Animal Aid, Wasp of London Against The Cull and Born Free Foundation’s Virginia McKenna. Activists, young and old, dressed in black and white with face masks and paint to show their support for the badgers, who do not deserve to be killed. London Against The Cull are calling for badgers to be vaccinated rather than culled.” …more…
Funds Raised to Stop the Cull
By providing refreshments on the streets just for donations, over 200 Samosas for Social Change, over 100 pasties from Screaming Carrot vegan bakery and 100 drinks went in an hour. 250+ cakes soon followed. Thanks to generous support from ‘customers’ over £100 was raised to pass on to friends working to Stop the Cull in the field.
To stop as many badgers being slaughtered as possible during the culls, activists and hunt saboteurs are ready in the cull zones to take every legal effort to put themselves in the way of those engaged in killing badgers. You can support this work with a small (or large) donation, or support your local group.
Support action to stop the badger cull
Ditch Dairy to Stop the Cull
This text from the campaign website shows why the vegan message is central to the campaign against the cull:
Why we oppose the cull
“We think that the government and farmers are scapegoating badgers to avoid addressing the real cause of bTB: bad farming practices.
We feel the evidence suggests that intensive farming and the inhumane treatment of cows in the dairy industry is to blame for the spread of this terrible disease.
Cows farmed for the dairy industry live in squalid, over crowded conditions. They are also under tremendous stress and are overworked, meaning that they are very prone to the spread of diseases.
We would like to see the end of cruel farming practices and a more healthy respect for this country’s invaluable wildlife by the government and farming communities.”
Only people power and direct action will stop the cull now.
If you can, get to the cull zones
If you can’t, please support your local hunt sab group
or contact http://www.stopthecull.net.
For lots more links & info see TeamBadger.org
Other listings on Veggies Website include:
Animal Rights Calendar – Campaigns for animal rights across the UK
including ongoing Action for the Badgers –
Veggies Diary – Events, campaigns and outreach in Nottingham & elsewhere.
27th February 2013: National Badger Cull Protest at National Farmers Union Conference
26th May 2013: Campaign outreach against the cull at The Milk Race
1st June 2013: National March Against the Badger Cull
6th October 2013: National Badger Day
2012: 22nd October – Stop Tesco, the Badger Killers.
Also Campaign outreach against the cull at Elvaston Woodland Festival and Stop the Badger Killers Protest at the Tory Conference
2011: Anti Hunt/Badger Cull March at the Tory Conference
2008: Campaign and Demonstration against the Welsh Badger Cull,
including Viva!’s Welsh Day of Action for Badgers.
Support action to stop the badger cull
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Wednesday, June 27th, 2012
Three gatherings . One Location . Three successive weekends
Come for one or come for all
Thursday 26th to Monday 30th July
Local activists – top trainers – revolution – non-violence – learning from other movements – community – glorious countryside.
Join us in 2012 for more discussions, training and debates on nonviolence, education and the anti-war movement, fuelled by “wonderful (vegan) food from Veggies of Nottingham”
More PN Camp Details…
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Wednesday 1st to Monday 6th August
Ecological Direct Action without Compromise
Workshops, skill sharing and planning action, plus low-impact living without leaders. Meet people, learn skills, take action.
The Earth First! Summer Gathering is the place where people involved in radical ecological direct action – or those who want to be involved – get together for five days of time and space to talk, walk, share skills, learn, play, rant, find out what’s going on, find out what’s next, live outside, strategise, hang out, incite, laugh and conspire.
The 2012 Earth First Summer Gathering will be held on the first weekend of August.
As ever Veggies will be co-ordinating the d-i-y cafe space and holding cake baking workshops.
More EF Gathering Details…
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Friday 10th to Sunday 12th August
The UK Animal Rights Gathering is to a great weekend not to be missed, with talks, discussions and workshops on a wide range of issues and activities related to animal rights campaigning, as well as a chance to relax with like-minded people and socialise and network with other campaigners from all over the UK.
The 2012 Animal Rights Summer Gathering on the second weekend of August.
As ever Veggies will be co-ordinating the catering, running a cafe space and holding vegan cookery workshops.
More AR Gathering Details…
These three key Gatherings, inspiring and networking for action for humans, animals and the environment, are all to be hosted by hosted by Crabapple Housing Co-op near Shrewsbury.
Details from each respective group or at Veggies Website
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Thursday, January 19th, 2012
Yesterday 11 of us gathered to talk about People’s Kitchen and eat together. The talk was really exciting, with loads of ideas, so here are some notes about it…
We reminded ourselves what People’s Kitchen is all about…
Cooking and eating together can be a fundamental way that a social centre can bring people together and organise more stuff, collectively. People’s Kitchen plays a really important role in this.
Lots of people come to eat, but much less come to help make it happen. For People’s Kitchen to be really collective, the people who eat and the people who cook can and should be the same people!
Things we want to see happen with People’s Kitchen…
- Make it a place where those who come to eat are collectively responsoble for making a great meal together happen. This could mean that on weeks where people don’t sign up to help, that Peoples Kitchen doesn’t happen.
- Make it a place to share skills and learn new ones
- Make it a place where you can drop-in and help.
Separate all the different tasks involved so that people can volunteer to:
- Decide the menu and find recipes
- Get the shopping done (or gather ingredients from Veggies food store)
- Chop stuff
- Cook or help someone else cook
- Tidy up
- Or, if they want to, to cook a yummy meal on their own
- Collectivise our knowledge on mass catering, recipes, etc…
- Link up the cooking with some growing. Maybe bring in some allotments or the Sumac garden?
* A new rota, with all the different tasks you can do, will be up in the Sumac.
* Announcements about making these other suggestions happen will be on their way soon.
* If you have any further suggestions or comments, please email the cafe collective!
See more info on the People’s Kitchen listing on the Sumac Diary.
To keep up with other Sumac news and announcements subscribe up to the SumacNews mailing list.
Ronny, Jonathan and Anna have been involved in People’s Kitchen projects in other areas, so we’re starting one in Glossop.
The idea is that people come together for an affordable, tasty, healthy and ethical communal meal. We’re keeping it vegan and not-too-spicy, to be inclusive, and can cater for allergies and special requests with advance notice. There will always be gluten-free options.
How can you help?
1. Book, so we have an idea of numbers.
2. Spread the word.
3. Donate any surplus vegetables and (vegan) ingredients earlier in the day, or the day before. Unwanted kitchen equipment also gratefully received.
4. Volunteer as a chef or server. Help clean and tidy the place on the night.
Thank you and hopefully see you there!
For info or to book contact email@example.com or call 0782 861 7933.
Follow news of possible future meals with People’s Kitchen Glossop on the Vegan Outreach Diary, which lists similar events all over the UK.
[October'12 update: Venue is currently Glossop Labour Club, 11-13 Chapel Street and the suggested donation of £3 includes dessert. Details at http://peopleskitchen.tumblr.com/]
Tuesday, November 8th, 2011
Compassionate Derby, a showcase of healthy, environmentally friendly and cruelty free food and lifestyle products, was held in the Darwin Suite of the Assembly Rooms, right in the heart of the Derby, on Saturday 5th November 2011.
Co-organiser DavidO writes…
A huge well done to all those involved in Compassionate Derby A.K.A. the East Midlands Vegan Festival.
We ended up with over 30 stalls, engaging speakers (that included MP’s, Buddhist teachers and highly regarded vegan cooks) and most important of all, around 700 curious members of the public wandering through – only a tiny fraction of whom were vegan.
There has been a great deal of positive feedback from stallholders and public alike, and a veritable chorus of “Please that we do it all again next year and in a BIGGER VENUE!”
The highlight for me was when a young teenager who having been persuaded to have a look around (by a giant rabbit with sparklers) came back along the same busy high street where she had been leafleted and called out “that vegan food is GORGEOUS!” to her mates (and everyone else within a wide radius).
A massive thank you to everyone who donated their valuable time to achieve such a success and in particular to the half dozen or so committed Derby Animal Rights activists who somehow brought a big idea to life in six weeks flat..
I just wanted to say a huge WELL DONE to Dave O and the band of merry men (& women) who pulled it off perfectly!
I think they day went amazingly. I know a few stall holders were wishing it would be a bit busier, but for a first time I have to say I was pleasantly surprised at how many people came through the doors.
Also, I’ve not been to many ‘vegan fayres’, but the ones I’ve been to have been so busy you’re restricted to your stall and don’t get to see anything else. It was nice to be able to walk around and actually see stalls rather than be looking over peoples shoulders for a quick glimpse. I even spoke to stall holders and learned a lot!
It went brilliantly and I’m glad I got to witness it.
Can’t wait for next years!
“Find details of similar events all over the UK on the Vegan Outreach Diary, compiled by Veggies Catering Campaign.”
Wednesday, July 27th, 2011
From Glastonbury Festival News 26 July 2011
The 2011 Green Traders Awards winners are…
“This year was the sixth year of the Festival’s Green Traders Awards, given by Glastonbury, Greenpeace, The Soil Association, The Fairtrade Foundation and Nationwide Caterers Association (NCASS) to the traders who did the most to help make the Festival greener, fairer and more sustainable.
“Once again this year a team of Greenpeace volunteers trekked across the festival site interviewing traders, quizzing them about everything from: how they arrived on site, what their stall was made of; how much of their stock was Fairtrade, organic or recycled, and any other ethical criteria they proactively used to reduce their impact on the environment.
“… And the final award was given to Veggies Catering Co who received the Greenpeace Award. “For many years we’ve been trying to encourage all Glastonbury traders to be as green as we aim to be.”
Read full story, with details of other Award Winners (and well done to them all) at Glastonbury Festival News. Special congratulations to “the winner of this year’s Gold Award for food … last year’s runner-up No Bones Jones, who do vegetarian and vegan food”.
Veggies has been shortlisted in the Green Trading Standards scheme at previous Glastonbury Festivals and are 3-times winners of the ‘Best Vegan Caterer’ Awards.
Whilst we are delighted to have been recognised with this award, our mission is to reflect searching questions back to the festival itself, including…
Q. What are you selling that is Fairtrade?
A. Coffee, decaff coffee, hot chocolate, tea, redbush, herbal teas. For over 25 years we have never stocked other than fair trade teas and coffees, which are also organic where available.
… nor have we ever sold Cocoa Cola products, despite their being the nominated soft drink supplier to Glastonbury Festival.
Q. What other criteria do you look for when sourcing ethical goods?
A. We ensure that all goods are vegan. We follow the product advice of the Ethical Consumer Research Association.
Many consider Veggies Catering Campaign to be one of the most ethical on the circuit. Our policies are not a flash in the pan, they have been the cornerstone of our operation for over 25 years, drawn from our close involvement is supporting many campaigns for humans, animals and the environment.
Q. “Do you have any other suggestions for improving the sustainability of (Glastonbury) festival as a whole?”
A. Include concerns over the environmental impact of livestock products in all aspects of ethical and environmental planning and monitoring. Livestock products have been held responsible for significant amount of methane & carbon emissions. Whilst there may be debate over the detail, farmed animals compete inefficiently for food/feed, water and land resources, in a way which cannot be sustained if the global population were to adopt western patterns of consumption.
The rest of our submission to Glastonbury Festival Green Trader Awards in 2010 can be seen at our Ethical Policies page.
Read about all our other awards on our award-winning-caterer page