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Vegan Christmas

Friday, November 14th, 2014

Jump to: Festivals & Fairs . Veggies Nut Roast . Shopping . Not Shopping

Read on for Recipes and a whole lot more…

Santa is VeganA request for a vegan Christmas pudding recipe was the starting point for a round-up of references for all your vegan Christmas enquiries.

Plamil Advent ChocsThe first stop on our tour takes us to the Yuletide recipes and advice from the Vegan Family’s Christmas website, with everything from Cashew Nut Roast with Sage and onion stuffing to the Christmas Pudding recipe.

You’ll find lots of other useful advice at the VeganFamily site, including info for kids, a full range of family-friendly recipes, shopping sites, books and more, and there’s an Easter section too. To be honest their site is much better than this!

Other good sources of information include:

VeggieKids, a project of Viva!, is a one-stop shop for young veggies or vegans — and their parents and carers. For a free download of their recipe booklet, written by children, which includes Chocolate Pudding Cake and a Cashew Mushroom Roast, visit the Veggie Kids website.

For recipes for such delights as Tofu Turkey, a speciality of our Steve, and Christmas Cup Cakes, visit the Vegan Easy website.

Cooking For Vegans offer good advice on how to accommodate vegans and omnivores at the same meal on their Vegan Christmas Dinner site.

Vegan LogoChristmas recipes are provided by Animal Aid, the Vegan Society and Viva! for starters, main dishes, side dishes, stuffing, gravy and desserts.

Veg Soc LogoThe Vegetarian Society also have some nice Christmas recipes. Not all of them are vegan but they label the ones that are or can be made vegan. Start with the Christmas Pie, then check out over 50 other recipes at their veggiechristmas.org mini-site.

Vegetarian and Vegan France even have a recipe for Christmas Pudding Porridge. They say that this is not as ridiculous as it may seem, as before the 16th century porridge was the original christmas pudding – dried fruit and spices work as well in porridge as in a pudding!

For many more ideas simply add ‘vegan recipe’ to anything you fancy on an internet search, often finding good results on the BBC Food website, which currently includes 1148 vegan recipes!

To spread the word, the Vegetarian Society’s Christmas Resources are available for individuals, or for stalls and displays, whilst the Cost of Christmas site has more direct information on the plight of animals eaten in a traditional Christmas dinner.

UrangutanSome recipes include vegetarian suet, made from palm oil. If you’d rather avoid palm oil to protect the forest home of threatened urangutans, try the suet-free Christmas pudding recipe from Fairfoods and/or Veggies Nut Roast (below).


Veggies Nut Roast


We at Veggies catering Campaign have been asked to put together a nut roast. Trials & tastings are now complete so this is the exclusive announcement that it is now available by mail order!

We have used 47% organically grown ingredients, all that can be, except the nuts. Organic nuts would make it prohibitively expensive, but we welcome feedback, or can consider special orders…

The mail order price is £5, enough for 2-3 generous portions, or £2.70 if bought in conjunction with other items.

See mail order details …here…

Nut Roast


Vegan Christmas

For yet more info, Adrian’s Vegan Christmas website includes:

Vegan Christmas Fairs

These events from the the Vegan Outreach Diary provide an excellent opportunity to find dozens, or even 100+ vegan friendly groups and businesses under one room, often with free food samples, talks, films and cookery demonstrations too.


For more events visit the Vegan Outreach Diary

More Christmas Shopping

Plamil Santa AdventYou’ll find lots of Christmas Treats from these vegan stores:

Vegan Advent Calendars are available from Plamil, an all-vegan company, They also create dairy-free hampers for special occasions such as Valentines, Easter and Christmas.

For vegan chocolate, sweets & snacks from a grass-roots vegan campaigner, support Lakeside Ethical Treats

For new and exciting, all-vegan products including a Christmas Plum Pudding, Advent Calendars, Chocolate Apricots and Chocolate Coin Bags visit the Animal Aid Shop

Choose gifts for life from the Viva Shop and the Vegan Society Shop.

Find Kids books, t-shirts chocolate and more at Veganfamily.co.uk. They also have links to other ethical shopping sites.

Vegan Christmas Gifts from Shop Vegan include perfumes, shoes, Booja Booja Chocolates and even give sponsorship for Hillfields Animal Sanctuary.

For Holy Cow Chocolate Santas, Chocolate Xmas Tree Decorations and a whole the more visit the Vegan Store.

Santa is VeganFor Santa Is Vegan Christmas T-Shirts And Gifts visit the Vegan owned & operated the Veggie Shirts (from the USA)


Veggies ScofferFor more useful & random items Buy Stuff from Veggies, including Veggies Scoffer recipe book, an excellent stocking filler and tummy filler!

If you know other vegan, Christmas themed recipe sites, events or distinctive online shopping, please contact us.



Don’t Buy Stuff At All…

Vegfam logoWhilst this roundup aim to encourage (relatively) ethical consumer choices, another option is to ‘Live simply so that all might simply live‘.

Please give the gift of life with a donation to VEGFAM, to “feed the hungry without exploiting animals. VEGFAM helps people overseas by providing funds for self-supporting, sustainable food projects and the provision of safe drinking water.

[Support Vegfam here]


Vegetable Suet

By the way, if you would like to use vegetable suet, consider this:

The supplier of Community Foods vegetable suet has provided the following information about the palm oil used in production of this product:

“Regarding sustainable palm oil we are a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and our supply chain is validated to BM Trada. The palm oil we buy is “Mass Balance” and as such recognized as sustainable. “

“The palm oil we supply within our product is from the Mass Balance Scheme, which guarantees that for every kg of “non-segregated” palm oil which is sold an equivalent kg of “fully segregated” palm oil is manufactured and sold. This scheme is used to fund the growth in “fully segregated” palm oil plantations, so that supply can fulfill worldwide demand for “fully segregated” palm oil, which is currently not possible.”

Read more about Palm Oil at Ethical Consumer

The formation of the RSPO has not been without criticism from various sectors, especially the environmental NGOs. The main issues flagged include: The impact of palm oil plantation expansion on the Orang Utan population; Destruction of tropical forest for the new oil palm plantation schemes in South-East Asia; The burning and draining of large tracks of peat swamp forest in Kalimantan, Indonesia. Wikipedea 29Nov12


Published on: Nov 19, 2012
Re-published on: Nov 12, 2013
This update published on: Nov 14, 2014


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Latest News Tweets

Saturday, October 4th, 2014

Veggies Twitter Account includes news of Veggies Events and other activities, and substantial items from like-minded friends.

As we are busy people, and expect that you are too, we do not tweet too often. We do not intend to document the trivia of our daily lives! Likewise we tend not to follow others on twitter who tweet too often.

Follow our news at http://twitter.com/veggiesnottm or on Facebook.

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The Vegan Side of Twitter

Twitter co-founder, Biz Stone, went vegan in 2001 after visiting Farm Sanctuary.

Biz Stone is also lobbying for vegetarian meals in school lunches. He sent a letter to Rep. George Miller, chair of the House Education and Labor Committee, writing: “Hundreds of thousands of students across the country don’t eat meat, according to a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study. However, these young vegetarians often can’t find healthy, meatless meals in the school cafeteria.”

Biz Stone obviously believes in the power of lunch, because Twitter’s San Francisco headquarters provides free vegan lunches to its employees.

…more…

See also Interview at Farm Sanctuary on YouTube.




Veggies Summer Tour

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

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.

See: http://peaceinthepark.globalretreatcentre.org/


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.

See: http://peakspirit.wix.com/goddesscamp


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.

See: http://www.nggonline.org.uk/


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.

See: http://www.greengathering.org.uk/


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.

See: http://peacenewscamp.info/


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.

See: http://www.argathering.org.uk/


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.

See: http://www.nodashforgas.org.uk/


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.

See: http://efgathering.weebly.com/


During this period we also have these one day events:

Community Circle

Tuesday 22nd July &
Tuesday 19th August
Details from http://www.veggies.org.uk/event.php?ref=555

Cycle Mania

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



Veggie Accommodation Notices

Monday, June 30th, 2014

Veg ComVegCom is a free accommodation listing service for vegetarians and vegans looking for somewhere to stay or offering somewhere to stay.

Veggies co-ordinates listings for Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire and Northamptonshire

Accommodation Offered

Room In Vegetarian/vegan House in Thorneywood

Medium sized room for rent in a comfortable semi detached house. The room has spacious, modern built-in wardrobes and a south-facing large window overlooking the garden (patio, lawn and gravel area). There are two living rooms in thee house, one with a multi-fuel stove. Parking is on the road, outside. Ideally, the house would suit a vegetarian/vegan female who would be friendly with the two cats, who also live there. Rent: £360 pcm (inc bills). Current household = 1female.

Contact: Debra on 01158478928
Email: remove@d.helme [at sign] ntlworld.com@remove  (Please remove surplus “@”s when replying to e-mails – anti-spam device)
Area: Thorneywood

Entry Date: 03/10/14

Vegan House Share, Carrington Nottingham

Room available in shared furnished Vegan house in Carrington Nottingham. The room is modestly sized in a large 3 bedroomed house which would accommodate any furniture you wished to bring along.

Currently occupied by two friendly males aged 26 and 45, involved in vegan and social justice campaigning, we`re open to companion animals dependent on type and number.

House has regular bus routes 3 minutes away, close to local amenities, vegan bakery and vegan social centre. No driveway but parking outside.

Contact: Richard
Telephone: 07955994289 or 07955994289
Email: richard-redmore [at sign] hotmail.com

Entry Date: 8/11/13

Sumac Flat

There are room at the Sumac flat from time to time, waiting for a new person to fill it with their life, habits, routines and furniture, if you like the room, the room likes you (is a criteria as well!) and you and the flat seem to be a good combination to have.

To check current status, for more details, enquiries and all other sorts of questions related to a soon-to-be-empty-and-available room, please email sumac@riseup.net.


Neds Housing Coop (Nottingham)

Neds is a Housing Co-operative in the Forest Fields/Basford area of Nottingham, formed in 2002, at the same time as the nearby Sumac Social Centre. Based in and around a mid-1800′s house, there are 11 residents, one of whom is moving on in June. Neds is a vegetarian & vegan household and members have a strong commitment to working for positive social change, with respect, co-operation, non-hierarchy and mutual aid in their everyday lives and within the co-op.

There may be vacancies from time to time.
To check current status please contact nedshousingcoop@riseup.net or call 0115 978 0019.

Applicants would be invited to tour the house and have a discussion with existing members about Neds commitments and the joining process.


Accommodation Wanted

Post your Accommodation Wanted Advert Here at Vegcom


To seek or offer accommodation, or to see existing offers in all parts of the country visit VegCom UK





Commotion for the Ocean

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

commotion logo

Veggies Catering Campaign is in its 30th year of supporting grassroots campaigns and activists.

Entirely not-for-profit and led by volunteers, ‘Veggies’ uses great quality vegan fast-food as a catalyst for discussing a broad spectrum of issues with patrons. The range of campaigns supported by ‘Veggies’ includes (but is not exclusive to) Vegan Outreach, Animal Rights, Human Rights, Anti-Vivisection and Environmental.

In our 30th Anniversary Year we have decided to adopt an Ocean Conservation theme to run alongside the Vegan Outreach at Veggies at Glastonbury.

Commotion for the Ocean would like to introduce to you the following amazing organisations:

The Black Fish

The Black FishThe Black Fish is an international marine conservation movement on a mission to end the industrial overfishing of our oceans. Using drones, citizen inspectors, boats and social media, their investigation and action expose and challenge illegal and destructive fishing practices. Their grassroots campaigns and educational projects are aimed at empowering individuals to get actively involved in conservation work and help build citizen-led conservation communities. Illegal overfishing is a global problem, threatening fish populations, coastal communities and causing major destruction to the marine biodiversity. Fishing crime needs to become a political priority.

More at theblackfish.org/uk

Sea Shepherd

Sea ShepherdSea Shepherd’s mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife around the UK’s coastline and across the world’s oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species. Innovative direct-action tactics help Sea Shepherd to investigate, document and take action when necessary to expose and confront illegal activities committed against marine wildlife and habitats. By safeguarding the biodiversity of our delicately balanced oceanic ecosystems, Sea Shepherd UK works to ensure their survival for future generations. It is also the charity’s goal to outreach to the UK public via talks, presentations and events to educate people about the importance of marine conservation.

More at www.seashepherd.org.uk

Captive Animals Protection Society

The Caps logoCaptive Animals Protection Society uses a variety of methods aimed at creating a world without cages. Undercover investigations, research, campaigns, political lobbying and education are the bread-and-spread of this fantastic organisation. CAPS’ ‘Sea Lies’ campaign focuses on the UK’s largest chain of aquariums, Sea-Life. Their most recent investigations found that animals are still being taken from the wild to stock aquariums, animal welfare provision was lacking and that a generally poor standard of educational information was provided to visitors, further to this claims about conservation were questionable.

More at captiveanimals.org

Surfers Against Sewage

sas logoSurfers Against Sewage (SAS) is an environmental charity protecting the UK’s oceans, waves and beaches for all to enjoy safely and sustainably, via community action, campaigning, volunteering, conservation, education and scientific research. SAS create volunteering opportunities for individuals and communities to be involved with activities that safeguard our seas, coastlines and beaches. Regularly engaging with school children and universities, SAS’s educational sessions provide real-life actions for the public to utilise in their day-to-day lives that help tackle marine pollution.

More at sas.org.uk/

Blue Ocean Planet

Blue Ocean PlanetBlue Ocean Planet’s primary aim is to educate, raise awareness and ultimately help protect marine environments and its wildlife. Workshops focus on the major ecological issues we are now facing, for example: plastic pollution and its widespread impacts upon marine species. Eco-clubs, self sustaining community groups and public events are just some of the forums where Blue Ocean Planet are able to encourage members of the public to take action. Their ‘Coral Triangle Project’ is all about reef conservation and awareness programmes. The project supports coral reef communities to provide holistic management of the wonderful ecosystems, resident and migratory mega fauna.

More at www.blueoceanplanet.org

Animal Aid

Animal AidAnimal Aid is the UK’s largest animal rights group and one of the longest established in the world, having been founded in 1977. Animal Aid has been instrumental in some of the biggest positive changes to treatment of animals in the UK. They continually conduct undercover investigations and produce detailed reports of their findings. Their ‘Dark Waters’ report details the impact of eating fish on Animal Welfare, Human Health and the Environment. Leaflets produced by Animal Aid allow grass-roots groups around the country to inform the public that ‘Fish can feel pain’.

More at www.animalaid.org.uk

Fin Fighters UK

Fin Fighters UKFin Fighters UK started life as a small grassroots group known as Fin free Cambridge with the intention of making Cambridge the UK’s first officially fin free city. In 2013 they successfully petitioned the city council to pass a motion that strongly condemned the sale and distribution of shark fin within its city limits, thereby creating the first legislature in the UK to protect sharks, and setting a milestone for marine and shark conservation in England. They are now gathering support for a nationwide campaign, and are putting all their efforts into this mission – ending the distribution and sale of shark fin the UK totally by the year 2020.

More info: Finfightersuk on Facebook

Viva! Campaigns

Viva!Viva! Campaigns for a vegan world free of the suffering endured by farmed animals across the world. One of the ways they do this is by producing literature on the many aspects of animal agriculture. The resources that Viva! provide for campaign groups are an invaluable tool for raising the awareness of the public. Viva!’s leaflets help to remind the public of the sentience of marine animals.

More at viva.org.uk

All this and more at Veggies at Glastonbury Green Futures

Veggies At Glastonbury


More news from our Ocean Commotion partners





Glastonbury 2014

Friday, May 30th, 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 30th Anniversary

Monday, April 21st, 2014

Veggies Catering Campaign registered (as Veggies Ltd) on October 18th 1984

Thanks to all that came to Party at Sumac on Satuday 18th October 2014.

30th Anniversarycake

30th Anniversary Crew

See more Pics and all the news that’ fit to print on our Party Diary Listing!


70 Event Target Achieved!

By the date of our 30th Anniversary in 2014 Veggies catered 70 events to mark 70 years of the Vegan Society!

Vegan Society – established 1944

The Vegan Society was founded in November 1944 and we’ve made tremendous of progress since.

When Veggies first hit the streets of Nottingham in 1984, vegetarian were still seen as cranks and vegans were from another planet! Partly due to our work, and that of the Vegetarian and Vegan Societies, vegetarian food is mainstream and Vegan widely understood. Indeed it is reported that there are more google searches for “Vegan” than vegetarian, and more books published with Vegan in the title!

Veggies continues to support this major social change by taking accessible and popular catering to some 70 events each year – from campaign rallies to community festivals, from family celebrations to green gatherings. We offer tasty, wholesome snacks, as well as information exploring the links between diet, animal suffering and the environment.

Read about the history of veganism – far more than just 70 years – at the new Vegan Society website.

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In this our 30th Anniversary Year, we remember other memorable dates that preceded us, and those that followed


PEDALS

The power behind Nottingham Cyclists

Pedals logo

Pedals cakePedals was founded in 1979 to encourage more people to use bikes and to campaign for safer and more attractive conditions for cyclists in the Nottingham area.

Pedals has helped to get Nottingham one of the country’s largest network of urban cycle routes, making it possible for Veggies to cater smaller local campaign events by bike & trailer.

What better way to celebrate 35 year on the streets, than with Veggies Cake!

For more information on Pedals achievements since 1979 visit the History of Pedals pages.

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Ethical Wares

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Manchester Vegans
A decade of monthly meetups!

Manchester Vegans

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Ethical Consumer 25th Anniversary


Ever since 1984 Veggies has aimed to be the most ethical company that we could be. This aim suddenly became a real possibility when the Ethical Consumer Research Association was launched 25 years ago.

Least Ethical / most ethcalVeggies strives to be an ethical, wholefood supplier and stock only vegan food, with a preference for fair trade and/or organic where appropriate. Many of our customers share our concern to help animals, people and the planet.

We therefore have rigorous guidelines to help us avoid paying for goods and services which are known to cause harm, suffering and destruction.

This has been guided by Ethical Consumer since the publication of issue #1 of the magazine in March 1989.

Read more about this journey & see examples of our purchasing decisions.

See also 25 years of championing consumer ethics, Co-operative News 10 October 2014

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Viva! 20th Anniversary


Viva 20th AnniversaryWhen Juliet Gellately founded Viva! back in 1994, she promised that they would campaign non-stop to save animals’ lives, in whatever way was most effective, to the very best of their ability. We have shared that work and with your support, Viva! (and Veggies) have helped many people go vegetarian and vegan, thus saving thousands upon thousands of animals’ lives.

To mark their 20th Anniversary Viva! are holding an Anniversary Dinner on Saturday, 20 September 2014

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15 years of the FAIRTRADE Mark


15 years ago the first products bearing the FAIRTRADE Mark hit the shelves. In 1994 Green & Black’s Maya Gold chocolate, Cafédirect medium roast coffee and three varieties of Clipper tea (all stocked by Veggies) were the first goods sold in the UK to carry the FAIRTRADE Mark.

Fairtrade logoBy that time Veggies Catering Campaign had already spent 15 years using nothing but Fair Trade teas & coffees, ever since day one, sourcing (and distributing) it from pre-existing projects such as Tradecraft.

Thanks to its supporters, the Fairtrade movement has gone from strength to strength and today shoppers can choose from more than 4,500 Fairtrade certified products including cotton clothing, bananas, wines, ice-cream and cosmetics.

Follow the 15th Anniversary news on the Fairtrade Foundation website.

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Hunt Sabs – 50 Years (and a bit more)


Hunt sabs from across the South celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Hunt Saboteurs Association (HSA) (on Saturday 18 January 2014) by converging on the South Devon Foxhounds at Dartmoor.

The hunt saboteurs can claim to be the longest running direct action organisation in the UK and have given many an activist their first taste of direct intervention.

The South Devon was the very first hunt the HSA disrupted, all the way back in 1963, using horn calls, sprays and even discarded meat to distract the hounds!

Read all about it at SchNEWS and on the HSA website.

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Live Exports

On April 20th 2014: It is nineteen years since live animal exports resumed from Dover, with the exporters using their own ships after the ferry companies had banned them in 1994.

They had been running out of Shoreham since the end of 1994, but that was unsustainable as the geography of the place made it that there had to be 1,000 police officers every day to get the transporters to the port.

The Kent Against All Live Exports (KAALE) website has a report and several photos from those days. Kaale says: “We can win totally as long as we never forget just how it was and vow never to let it get back to those days.”

Since those heady days when Veggies were regulars at Shoreham, Dover and Coventry Airport, we continue to support the campaign, listing the regular First Saturday Monthly protests on our Animal Rights Calendar, as well as the KAALE vigils, which are held whenever there is a sailing of live animals from Dover.

Donations may be sent to support the work of KAALE via either of these pages.

Jill's Day

We also remember that January 15th 2014 should have been the 50th birthday of Jill Phipps whose life was so tragically taken whilst campaigning to protect veal calves heading for continental Europe via Coventry Airport.

Tuesday 1st 2005 was the 10th anniversary of the tragic death of the dedicated animal rights activist, Jill Phipps. As most people will be aware Jill campaigned tirelessly for animals in Coventry (her home town) and across the country. It was was whilst protesting against live exports at Coventry Airport that she died under the wheels of an export lorry.

Jill is remembered in several posting on Veggies Website



Plamil – 50 Years (well almost!)

In fact Arthur Ling formed Plamil to market The Milk of Human Kindness in 1965!

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VegSoc – 167 Years!

Is this where it all began?

Vegetarian Society Established 1847

VegSoc LogoThe founders of Veggies hatched their plans at meetings of Nottingham’s Vegetarian Society and Nottingham Animal Rights Group in 1984.

Between then and now Nottingham Vegetarian & Vegan Society merged with Veggies, becoming the centre of Vegetarian & Vegan activities in Nottingham. Veggies is now the formal Local Group of the Vegetarian Society of the UK as well as an accredited member of the ‘VegSoc Approved’ Food & Drink Guild.

We particularly remember David Lane, a stalwart support from the start, who we sadly lost this year.

More History of the Vegetarian Society

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70 Events in the 70th Vegan Year


Watch as we aim to clock up 70 Vegan Outreach Events in this our
30th Anniversary Year and the 70th Anniversary of the Vegan Society.

2014 Tour Dates


15/01’14 : Goddess Camp
11/02’14 : Goddess Camp
14/02’14 : Students for Cooperation
22/02’14 : Badger March Birmingham
26/02’14 : NFU Badger Demo
01/03’14 : State of Education
01/03’14 : Earth First Moot
19/03’14 : Goddess Camp
22/03’14 : Greenlight Festival
28/03’14 : MSD: Free the Laboratory Animals

05/04’14 : Awaken Inn
12/04’14 : LABL Liverpool Vegan Festival
13/04’14 : Lace Market Theatre
16/04’14 : Goddess Camp
17/04’14 : British Juggling Convention
19/04’14 : Melting Pot Cultural Food Fest
26/04’14 : World Day Rally, Nottingham
03/05’14 : Ashleyhay Festival
03/05’14 : Breaking the Frames Gathering
10/04’14 : London Radical Bookfair
10/04’14 : Great Yorkshire Vegan Festival 2014
11/04’14 : Veggies/Vegan Outreach Social
16/04’14 : Community Circle
19/04’14 : Nottingham Hunt Sabs Jumble Sale
17/04’14 : Manchester Vegan Fair

18/05’14 : Nottingham Green Picnic
21/05’14 : Community Circle
24/05’14 : March Against Monsanto
25/05’14 : Ditch Diary Milk Race demo
31/05’14 : Belper Goes Green

01/06’14 : Belper Goes Green
07/06’14 : No Tomorrow Festival
14/06’14 : Picnic in the Park
15/06’14 : Spirit and Wellbeing Show
15/06’14 : Vegan Outreach Social / McLibel Screening
25/06’14 : Glastonbury Festival

05/07’14 : Seeds for Change / Frack Free Notts
05/07’14 : Tour de Broxtowe
06/07’14 : Sumac Craft Fair
10/07’14 : Public Sector Strike Rally
12/07’14 : Bakewell Green Festival
13/07’14 : Bark in the Park
17/07’14 : Co-operatives East Midlands AGM
18/07’14 : Peace in the Park
18/07’14 : Goddess Camp
22/07’14 : Community Circle
24/07’14 : Northern Green Gathering
26/07’14 : Goddess Camp #2
31/7’14: Green Gathering
31/7’14: Peace News Camp

7/8’14: Animal Rights Gathering
8/8’14: Cycle Mania
10/8’14: Brinsley Animal Rescue
14/8’14:
Reclaim the Power Sorry, we couldn’t make it.
17/8’14: London Vegan Festival
19/8’14 : Community Circle
21/8’14: Shambala
28/8’14: Earth First Summer Gathering

3/9’14: Anarchist Studies Network
6/9’14: Grown Your Own
7/9’14: Wirksworth Festival
21/9’14: Cromford Road Festival
21/9’14: People’s Climate March, Nottingham
27/9’14: Keki Sidhwa’s 88th Birthday
27/9’14: Nottingham Paece Fair

4/10’14: Alternative Eid Al-Adha
4/10’14: Feeding the 5000

70 Event Target Achieved!

66 events so far
11 more currently on our Events Diary.
More being added as the year rolls by.

Can you predict which will be our 70th Event?



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‘Come Dine With Me’ seeks vegan couple

Sunday, January 19th, 2014

Channel 4’s hit show Come Dine with Me is coming to NOTTINGHAM with a new twist, looking for COUPLES to take part in the series!

Emma asks for our help finding a vegan couple to show how great vegan dining can be.

Do you know any great cooks, good hosts & vegan advocates?


In 2006 Nikki O’Leary from Scouse Veg was on “Come Dine With Me,” trying to convert four meat eaters vegan. She did a great job persuading people to go vegan, creating a sudden influx of new vegans.

Watch Again via scouseveg-teevee, with a meat-eating contestant admitting that “The arguments around veganism are compelling … Going vegetarian or vegan? I certainly don’t discount it”.

Check out the recipes, including Baked Avocado On A Bed Of Aparagus With Vegan Bacon In A Cream Sauce, that Niki used for her vegan menu on Come Dine With Me.


In December 2008 Viva! co-founder Tony Wardle attempted “to convert his carnivore guests to the joys of tofu and show them that vegan food can be just as tasty as meat…”


In December 2010 Vegan-activist Donna Thomas hoped to impress her guests with her Japanese-themed vegan meal. Watch again online at Channel4.


On Fri 10 January 2014 the show featured Jhon Cosgrove, comical guitarist of the Petersfield based UK pop-punk band Mike TV. Jhon made vegans proud, sharing a table with three meat eaters, making a splendid vegan meal that even slightly older male citizen Anson couldn’t argue with (and they in turn had to make a vegan meal for Jhon).

Read how he got on and watch the program at
http://www.saveascream.com/jhoncosgrove.htm


More people in the UK are Googling info about veganism and vegan recipes than ever before, and with Nobel prize winner Alvin Roth predicting that veganism will become the norm, not the exception, the time couldn’t be better to give vegan cooking another push.

The Guardian says “Relax, it’s no longer weird to be a vegan”, noting that Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi held a vegan wedding, but unfortunately they don’t (yet) live in Nottingham.

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Leonce, Emma
Subject: COME DINE WITH ME COUPLES- A NEW TWIST IS COMING TO NOTTINGHAM!
To: nvvs@veggies.org.uk

Channel 4’s hit show Come Dine with Me is coming to NOTTINGHAM with a
new twist, looking for COUPLES to take part in the series!!

Do you and your other half host the best dinner parties in town?
The winners at the end of the competition win £1000 cash!

We are currently looking for contestants for this new series of the
show and we would like YOUR help to spread the word around Nottingham
area, to any local characters, couples or people you know within the
community that you think would be great on the show!

We would be grateful if you could pass this information to any COUPLES you think may be interested in being on the show!

We’d love to hear from anyone interested in taking part.
Email emma.leonce@itv.com
or call 0207 147 4555 to get involved now.

Many thanks for your co-operation.

Kind Regards,

Emma Leonce


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Christmas at Veggies & Sumac

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 sumaccafe@gmail.com. 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.

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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

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.

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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: info@veggies.org.uk

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:

www.stopthearmsfair.org.uk

www.caat.org.uk/issues/arms-fairs/dsei/

Animal Aid’s purple poppy appeal:
http://www.animalaid.org.uk/h/n/CAMPAIGNS/living//2256//

Email Contact email: info@veggies.org.uk