Archive for the ‘Vegan Outreach’ Category

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



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




Veggie Accommodation Notices

Saturday, May 10th, 2014

Vacancy in Sumac Flat

Soon there will be a room coming up at the Sumac flat. It is going to be empty and waiting for a new person to fill it with their life, habits, routines and furniture.

The room will be on the “market” from June onwards, meaning that someone could move in in about 3-weeks-time.

But that is only 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.

So, for more details, enquiries and all other sorts of questions related to a soon-to-be-empty-and-available room, please email Maja on zmaja@riseup.net.


Vacancy at Neds Housing Coop (Nottingham)

Date: 8 April 2014 18:12

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.

Potential new members are invited to contact nedshousingcoop@riseup.net or call 0115 978 0019 before 21st April.

Applicants will be invited to tour the house and have a discussion with existing members about Neds commitments and the joining process. Whilst the space may be available as soon as June, there is flexibility over the move-in date as maintenance & ecological improvements might be undertaken during the summer.


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

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


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





Veggies 30th Anniversary

Monday, April 21st, 2014

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

In this our 30th Anniversary Year, we remember some of the other memorable dates that preceded us, and those that followed later.

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.

Veggies to cater 70 events to mark 70 years of the Vegan Society.

Follow our progress!



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.

We strive 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.



Viva! 20th Anniversary


When 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



Celebrating 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.



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!



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.

Past Events:
15/01’14 : Community Circle
11/02’14 : Community Circle
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 : Community Circle
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 : Community Circle
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
17/06’14 : Community Circle

35 events so far.
30 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


(more…)

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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@riseup.net. 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.

…more…

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




Milk of Human Kindness

Saturday, August 31st, 2013

Milk of Human KindnessFor almost 30 years Veggies of Nottingham have been working to promote compassionate catering. In all those years we have never used calves milk, nor any other animal products. In 1984 this was unheard of, but now customers rarely ask “do you have normal milk” – Plant Milk Is Normal.

The choice is no longer soya milk or calves milk. With Oat Milk, Hemp Milk, Coconut Milk, Rice Milk, Soya Milk, Spelt Milk, Almond Milk, Hazelnut Milk and many more widely available why would any one choose to cause suffering to cows and their calves.

With the support of Granovita (soya milk), Koko (coconut milk) Good Hemp (hemp milk) and others, Veggies continues to bring these many choices to vegans and non-vegans alike.

Different milks may be preferred for different purposes. Some are better to make smoothies or ice-cream, for cooking, on cereals, or for use in tea & coffee.

Experiment. Enjoy them all!

non-dairy milks

This non-dairy milk spotter chart is from the Stop the Cull facebook page. For a discussion of many more choices and preferences visit the Stop the Cull site.

The dairy industry is pressing for the killing of 70% badgers in cull zones, but what else can farmers do to ‘protect’ their cows? When they have killed ‘their’ cows at an unnaturally young age (when their milk production falls), they could grow almonds, hazelnuts, oats or hemp instead. The efficiencies of growing food for direct human consumption might free up land for wildlife, and even for ex-dairy cattle to live out their lives in retirement.

Tips for successful use of plant milks

These days people understand that soya milk may separate in coffee – they rarely complain, but they do seek the solution.

The factors behind soy milk separating are acidity and temperature.

The solution: the optimal temperature to brew coffee if about 93 °C – not boiling.
If your milk separates simply add more milk, allow coffee to cool or make it less strong. Some milks settle, so it is always worth giving a quick shake before use.

Advice for going dairy-free is available from the Animal Aid website.

Read the facts about milk production and consumption, human health, animal welfare and factory farmed cows at www.milkmyths.org.uk


Ethical Consumer ratings for non-dairy milk

Buyer's guide to non-dairy milkThis table shows ratings based on the Nov/Dec 2012 Ethical Consumer Report.

The report includes info on ‘Who makes what, soya sourcing & GM policies’.

For example Dean Foods, who own the Alpro, Provamel, Soya Soleil and White Wave brands, is a massive dairy company in the USA, reported to control up to 90% of the processed milk market in some states.

Best Buys

As at 20th November 2013, the live scores available to Ethical Consumer subscribers indicated that the Best Buys for soya milk are: Plamil, The Bridge, Soyatoo! and Granovita.

For other non-dairy milks the Best Buys are Good Hemp, EcoMil, The Bridge, Oatly and Rice & Rice.

For more info see our Ethical Consumer discussion for non-dairy milk.

Plant Milk Sampling with Veggies

Print & distribute the flier

Plant Milk Flier
Plant Milk Flier

Comments:

Johnny: “To support unhealthy industrially farmed milk full of puss the centre of nottingham was blocked off with barriers, goodness knows how the elderly& physically disabled coped. No wonder cows get TB, if you want to help stop badger culls avoid most milk, please.”

TomClements: “The Milk Race”. What a joke. Trying to propagandize milk as some sort of health-giving food, despite the world’s healthiest societies being entirely dairy-free and supported by largely plant-based food. Dairy only does us, the environment and the animals that produce it massive amounts of harm. It’s a vile industry that wields far too much power over people and governments.


Plamil : Plantmilk Pioneers

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

View the conversation on Twitter


Shortlink to this page http://www.veggies.org.uk/?p=4074




Veggies @ Glastonbury 2013

Thursday, July 18th, 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.


Feedback

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 8-)

- The festival officially finished on Sunday night. Some of the team arrived home late on Tuesday evening.