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Sneinton Vegan Market + Women’s Day Derby

#FoodByVeggies at two events yesterday. Crew were catering at the annual Women's Day Derby event and the monthly…

Posted by Veggies Catering Campaign on Sunday, 6 March 2016

Nottingham Green Festival

We are delighted to announce that the Nottingham Green Festival will return on Sunday 11th September, following its hugely successful relaunch in 2015.

The event is organised by grass roots, community based volunteers, with no statutory funding, so your help would be most welcome. Whilst we are only a small part of the organising team, Veggies is pleased to provide support by facilitating planning meetings, hosting the website and, of course, providing Food by Veggies on the day!

Due to the withdrawal of funding the event did not happen in 2014, but Veggies covered essential up-front expenses and the Nottingham community rose to the challenge of making it happen in 2015, regardless of the tight budget. However these funds will need to be recouped and recycled long before 11th September to fund this year’s event, so your support is invited:

Show support for the event by making a small donation. Click the button to donate with PayPal or credit/debit cards; send a cheque to “Nottingham Green Festival”, c/o Sumac Centre, 245 Gladstone Street, Nottingham NG7 6HX; or transfer directly to: Nottingham Green Festival, Unity Trust Bank, sort code 08-60-01, a/c no 53110426 …more…

Nottingham Green Festival Ethos

Inspired by the decision by Shambala Festival to be the first mid-scale commercial festival to declare a meat free policy – a position established by Nottingham Green Festival over 30 year ago – we welcome a debate about whether to stay ahead of the game by taking the next logical step, aiming for vegan catering, whilst sharing info inviting other stall holders to leave animal products at home on this occasion.

“Shambala HQ is a mixed bag, with vegans, veggies and meat eaters co-existing harmoniously together, but the whole team agrees that it is important to be bold with our environmental stance, and encourage this debate.”

“The research available clearly demonstrates that overall, a meat-free diet has about half the carbon impact of a meat diet, and a dairy-free vegan diet has a third of the impact.”

Please, see the full meat-and-fish-free-for-2016 discussion.

As Shambala say: “We’re certainly not trying to tell everyone they should become vegan overnight. We are simply not serving meat for [4 days at] the festival to reduce the festival’s impacts, to take a stance, and to encourage an important debate.”

Please let us know what you think:

Nottingham Green Festival Gallery

Veggies is also hosting a mailing list for announcements, news and information about Nottingham Green Festival. (Note: You may get a ‘security certificate‘ warning! Fear not; this is because the list is provided by The Riseup Collective, an activist internet group that doesn’t tick all the corporate boxes). You can safely click through. Honest. Please do subscribe.

Nottingham Green Festival LogoYour support will make all the difference in ensuring the success of Nottingham’s own Green Festival, the place for the whole family to learn, explore and try the latest in everything environmentally friendly and ethical, whilst also having lots of fun in the beautiful setting of the Arboretum Park, Waverley Street / Addison Street, a couple of minutes from Nottingham’s Old Market Square.

With your help, the event will have over 100 product, information and food stalls, kids rides, workshops, natural therapies and sustainable technologies, performers and entertainment throughout the park and live music from the bandstand.

Visit the Nottingham Green Festival website for more event details.

Nottingham Green Festival

Note: this article by Veggies refers to the 2015 Nottingham Green Festival..

The 2016 Green Festival will be at The Arboretum on Sunday 11th September 2016. Details at

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Happy New Year / December review

We hope everyone had a nice and peaceful Christmas

xmas meal 2014

Here at Veggies we all get on so well we even have Christmas Day dinner together Thanks to Chrissy for the amazing event – the food (obviously all vegan!) was amazing and the table was beautiful! to all you guys and see you on Veggies 2015 tour soon! …more…

operation safe winter

What a truly heartening afternoon to see so many caring and compassionate people out in force to make ‪#‎OpSafeWinter‬ Nottingham a success today.

It was beautiful to see the massive pile of donated warm clothing, sleeping bags, food and other items that people had given. We were so pleased to have been able to contribute to the day with free food and hot drinks for those in need. …more…

Derby & Kensington

What a fantastic couple weeks of vegan outreach we’ve done! Last weekend we were at Brinsley Animal Rescue Christmas Open Day, and this weekend just passed we catered at the annual Compassionate Derby vegan festival on Saturday and yesterday at Animal Aid’s ‘Christmas Without Cruelty’ Fair.

All three events were busy for us so we’re lucky to have such a dedicated volunteer crew. Twenty different crew members helped out over these three events! …more…

Sumac Winter Crafts Fair on Sunday 14th December, with beautiful handmade gifts from local craftspeople, socialise and enjoy yummy Veggies food. …more….

Archive of all past Veggies Events

Veggies Summer Tour

Between now and the end of August, Veggies has eight weekend camping events, as well as several single day events.

Veggies Action CateringWe 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:

Community Circle

Tuesday 22nd July &
Tuesday 19th August
Details from

Cycle Mania

Friday 8th August
Details from

Brinsley Animal Rescue Open Day

Sunday 10th August
Details from

London Vegan Festival

Sunday 17th August
Details from

Much more on Veggies Events Diary

More on Veggies Catering for Gatherings

Glastonbury 2014

Veggies at Glastonbury

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!

Commotion for the OceanEvery 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.

Tetra FishActivities may include:

Veggies Glasto QR CodeOur 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

Read our Green Trader Awards submission

See also Green Glastonbury info.

Find us in the Green Futures Field

Glastonbury Green Futures Field

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!

…and more…

Find out about these great groups at Speakers Forum Saturday at 3.15pm too:

Pyramid Stage Friday 1.45

Veggies Glasto 2003 gallery

Glastonbury 2013 gallery

Glastonbury 2013 panorama

See also our 2013 Glastonbury Festival Report

Veggies Glastonbury Application

Please describe the food you wish to sell from your stall.

Veggies BurgerEthically 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?

Glastonbury 2013We 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?

Veggies at Arms FairGlastonbury 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.

Veggies 2000Glastonbury 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 AwardVeggies 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

Veggies On The Road (April 2014)

Veggies On The Road (April Edition)

Published: April 29, 2014 19:29 by Tally

The wonderful Veggies volunteer crew are still all hands to the pump as they continue their packed 2014 tour, catering at events around the country promoting social change, community spirit, care for animals and the planet. Veggies is an all-vegan, volunteer-led, social enterprise based in the Sumac Centre in Forest Fields, Nottingham. This month they have been catering at some very diverse events indeed! Starting the month was Awaken Inn, a spiritually-minded event, followed by the British Juggling Convention, the Liverpool ‘Live a Better Life’ fair, Nottingham food event ‘Melting Pot’, and then rounded off with this year’s ‘World Day for Animals in Laboratories’ march and rally, organised by the local grassroots group Nottingham Animal Rights.

Awaken Inn – Saturday 5th April in Wolverhampton


At the Awaken Inn!


The lovely event organiser


Chrissy with her delicious vegan buffet!


Vegan milk sampling and information table ready to go

Several members of the Veggies team headed down to Wolverhampton to cater at this new event, and the wonderful Veggies chef Chrissy made an exciting vegan buffet especially. The team also took along their campaigning kit full of information about how to lead a more compassionate lifestyle and a range of vegan milks for the public to sample.

As Veggies were the sole caterer at the event, this meant that all the food that people were eating on the day was vegan – some great outreach! It was heartening to see that the organiser was so keen to promote the vegan message, as there was not only Veggies there raising awareness, but also the Vegan Society, Lakeside Ethical Treats and Tony Tofu with his range of vegan cookbooks. This was a small event so it meant that the vegan message was a very prominent one! A Veggies volunteer also wrote a new flyer ‘Animal Rights, Veganism and Spirituality’ to encourage people to make connections between issues.

Much respect to the Awaken Inn organiser who sent a lovely email to the team afterwards saying that she knew of at least one person who had gone vegan straight away as a result of the event, and we hope more since.

British Juggling Convention – Friday 11th-Thursday 17th April in Barnsley


The British Juggling Convention

BJC 2014, the 27th annual British Juggling Convention, saw jugglers and other circus skill enthusiasts gathering from all over Britain and even further afield for a week packed with workshops and shows. The convention was open to anyone and was a family friendly event. Veggies were delighted to be invited to cater again, as they did in 2013 in Pickering and in Nottingham in 2011 and 2007.

One of the organisers attributes his vegan conversion to the bakewell tart that he had from Veggies when they catered the event at Harvey Hadden Stadium in Nottingham in 2007!

Veggies did displays about the Radical Routes network of housing & workers co-ops & social centres at this (and many other events). As a result of discussions at the 2013 event in Pickering a new women’s housing coop is intending to join the network.


The gentleman who went vegan after Veggies bakewell tart


Chrissy made a friend 😀


Some of the team (including a bear apparently!)

Whilst the venue caterers did a pretty good job of providing vegetarian options, many others at the event clearly appreciated the special treat and ethical bonus of Food By Veggies! “Awesome Food” said the message delivered by the event’s ‘secret postman’.

The 6-day duration of the event also enabled the team to try out new ideas for meals that could be cooked with the Veggies Trailer facilities. Look out for chilli or curry & rice, fresh soup and even pan fried chips at appropriate future events.

Liverpool ‘Live a Better Life’ Fair – Saturday 12th April


Liverpool stall as the team wait for the event to open


Next to Nowhere activist centre

It was the second year running for Liverpool’s all-vegan event, with a range of stalls selling cruelty-free food and lifestyle products and campaigning groups. The team had an adventure as they got to stay overnight beforehand in Liverpool’s volunteer-led radical social centre ‘Next to Nowhere’. It’s great to be able to link up with other activists around the country working for social change.

Melting Pot Festival – Saturday 19th-Sunday 20th April

Melting Pot was a celebration of the diverse and vibrant cultures and flavours in New Art Exchange’s locality of Hyson Green in Nottingham. In this cultural bank holiday weekend, NAE invited everyone to explore their local identity through an assortment of food stalls, live music, dance performances, artist’s events and family activities.

Veggies was there alongside up-and-coming Nottingham based tempeh business ‘Offshoot Foods’ to provide the vegan options and hopefully encourage more people to make the switch to a delicious plant-based diet!


World Day for Animals in Laboratories – Saturday 26th April

This annual event was hosted this year in Veggies home city of Nottingham, and organised by the local grassroots group Nottingham Animal Rights. Several hundred campaigners took to the streets of Nottingham exposing the horrific conditions laboratory animals have to suffer and calling for the scientific alternatives to be used.

Despite a torrential downpour as the trailer was setting up, the skies brightened in time for the arrival of activists from all over the UK and further afield. Campaigners maintained a visual presence in the busy public square all day and huge numbers of the public took leaflets to find out about what was happening. There was a range of excellent speakers and several campaigning groups with stalls in Market Square, helping to raise vital awareness about the horrors of vivisection and the scientific alternatives to animal testing. The day’s proceedings were covered by a local newspaper and were also the leading story on ITV Central, and the coverage was very positive.

Veggies was hugely popular with the crowd, selling out of burgers after shifting the 360 bread rolls that they’d brought with them. As ever, animal rights campaigners were delighted to see them and there was a wonderful sense of community.



You can see what other campaigning adventures Veggies is going on this year over on their website:
If you’re interested in volunteering then contact

Other links of interest:

World Day for Animals in Laboratories –
WDAIL 2014 campaigning groups Save the Harlan Beagles – and AVC –
Liverpool LABL –
British Juggling Convention –
Awaken Inn –

Radical Routes Network –

You can find out about adopting a plant-based diet for animals, health, other humans and the environment over on the Vegan Society website –


Christmas at Veggies & Sumac

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 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!

Christmas Day

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,

Veggies vs the Arms Trade

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:

Information on the website:

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:

Email Contact email:

Veggies @ Glastonbury 2013

Glastonbury 2013 was a big success for Veggies Catering Campaign, especially in terms of our vegan campaign outreach.

Veggies 2013 Glastonbury Gallery

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…

Glastonbury 2013

… and those coming back down:

Glastonbury 2013

Glastonbury Panorama

Click here for Lakeside view

Info for Action

Info for actonA 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:

Glastonbury 2013

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

Pulp Friction Smoothie BikeWe 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 logo

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.

Pulp Friction Bike

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.

And yes…

We got to see some band…

Stones at GlastonburyStones at Glastonbury

… 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.


badgerOur 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.

A major part of Veggies work involves supporting the public’s interest in all the new vegan products available. Whilst not able to do sampling we were able to encourage potential customers to taste test the foods on our menu, in particular cheeses and plant milks.

Vegusto with gusto at Glasto!

Vegusto taste test

Swiss vegan manufacturers, Vegusto have created a range of ‘cheeses’ based on coconut, rapeseed and sunflower oils, almonds, cashew nuts which really do taste like cheese! And what’s more, the cheeses are not only dairy free, but gluten free, soya free and egg free too.

Bute Island – just ‘bute’ for taste testing!

bute island bute island tasting

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