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Saturday 13th September 2008

Vegan Skillshare

13th September 2008


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/img/arc/freefoodstall350.jpgA day of practical skill sharing for food-based vegan campaigning, from samples on street stalls, through food fairs, to running a small vegan catering service. Hosted by the Sumac Centre, the home of Veggies Catering Campaign, in Nottingham.

Anyone interested in food campaigning, including supporters of Animal Aid, Vegan Society, Viva, Vegetarian Society, Food Not Bombs, Climate Campaigners, Eco Activists, Peace Campaigners and anyone working for Social Justice will find this a valuable opportunity for networking and the sharing of practical skills and experiences.

A program of talks and workshops designed to guide you from your first tentative steps into food campaigning through to a more organised and adventurous level of activity. Arrivals welcome from 10am, or arrange to join at the appropriate time in the structured timetable.

Donations will be requested towards room hire costs and for meals.
For more details, or to register your interest, please phone or email.

Make a weekend of it!. You are welcome to stay over for social activities before or after:

  • Friday evening - No Master's Voice - Open Decks Disco - bring your favourite vinyl!
  • Saturday evening - Vegan Jam - all kindsa fun & games as guests of the Sumac vegan social cub.
  • Sunday - Sunday Brunch - the Sumac Centre's famous vegan fry-up.
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Veggies Catering Campaign.
Sumac Centre, 245 Gladstone Street, Nottingham, NG7 6HX
Ph: 0845 458 9595 / 0115 960 8254 / 0787 086 1837 . []
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Provisional Timetable
  • 10.30 - First arrivals, tea, coffee, snacks and social chit-chat.

  • 11.15 - Vegan Campaigning 101
    • - Where to start? Info stalls / Leaflets etc. Why vegan campaign at all?
    • - The law and street stalls.
    • - Dealing with all sorts! Tried and tested ways of dealing with all manner of enquiries or responses from friendly to hostile.
    • - Resources at your disposal.
    • - Forming your own group
    • Workshop lead by Nottingham Animal Rights

  • 12.00 - Vegan Society & Campaigning
    A brief introduction to food-based campaigns by the Vegan Society, how they can help, and the resources available.

    Later arrivals (seasoned activists probably need not attend the first talk!)

  • 12.30 - Behind the scenes
    A tour of a Veggies Catering Trailer

  • 12.45 - 13.45 - Food By Veggies!

  • 13.45 - Food Glorious Food
    An introduction to food as a campaigning tool; free food giveaways, food fayres, sampling, getting food donations. etc.

  • 15.00 - Beyond Vegan Campaigning
    Linkup & mutual support for other movements for change, including Food Not Bombs etc.

  • 16.00 - So you want to be a vegan caterer?
    Catering for other events, and getting the vegan message out there! [Veggies Crew]

  • 17.00 - (Don't) Kill it, cook it, eat it
    D-I-Y hands-on practical workshops in preparing a variety of foods (including 'Pop My Cherry' Vegan cakes) suitable for giveaway events. Then enjoy the fruit of your labours!

  • 18.30 - People's Kitchen
    Join Sumac supporters and the local community in sharing the meal prepared earlier.

  • 19.30 - Vegan Social at Sumac
    inc. video, live bands (tbc), vegan karaoke, open-decks disco (bring your favourite vinyl) plus pure vegan bar at Nottingham's vegan social centre.

  • Sunday - Vegan Breakfast Fry-up at the Sumac Cafe
    You are welcome to stay over - bring a sleeping bag!


Participants included Veggies Catering Campaign, Nottingham University Vegetarian/Vegan Group (07846739197 /, Vegan Campaigns (info[at], Midlands Vegan Campaigns ( and the Vegan Society (Patricia Tricker: vegan[at]

From Eva's Blog:

"Something good happened today though. I got asked to do a last minute cake making workshop at the Sumac centre. It went a lot better than expected! The best thing was having kids there to help out as they seemed to love it! Alice was really helpful and ran about getting cooking equipment and stuff, and demonstrating how to ice cakes.

"What was also great was these three boys who wandered in from the road, they were about 10 and seemed a bit cheeky, apparently they were looking for conker trees and thought what we were doing looked interesting. To begin with I was worried they'd be really disruptive and piss about, but I asked them if they'd like to join in and they were soooo enthusiastic! They stayed about an hour, and helped do the icing and mix up the ingredients and it all made me feel really happy. It was just really rewarding for people to be so enthusiastic about something. They kept asking when we'd be doing it again and stuff and saying how much they enjoyed cooking."

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If you'd like us to bring you any of our foods, literature or campaign goods, some of which are on our online shop please contact us with details

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Whenever possible Veggies feature the publications of the Movement for Compassionate Living, which we print and distribute to promote simple living and vegan self-reliance as a remedy to the exploitation of humans, animals and the Earth.

We also support our nominated charity, Vegfam, Feeding the hungry without exploiting animals. If you can help us with either of these projects at this event, whilst we are busy with Veggies catering, please email

sumac centreThe Sumac Centre is an independent community and social centre in Nottingham, part of the UK Social Centre Network and Radical Routes.

Sumac provides resources, meeting spaces and skills for groups and individuals campaigning for human rights, animal rights, the environment, peace and co-operation world-wide. [wikipedia]

On Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, the Centre becomes the Forest Fields Social Club (FFCS a.k.a Sumac Bar) from 7.30. The FFSC is a members club, but membership is easy and guests are welcome. For gigs and fundraising benefits, guests can pay at the door and members are invited to make a donation.

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