East Midlands Vegan Festival

Saturday 8th December 2007

Details from http://www.veggies.org.uk/event.php?ref=950
/veganfestival/2007/2007banner468_188.jpgThe 2007 event returned to the Council House on Nottingham's Old Market Square where we welcomed over 1700 visitors!

The Festival featured food, clothing, toiletries, cosmetics, gift and campaign stalls, as well as vegan food samples and advice.

The 2008 Event will be held on Saturday 13th December 2008

Many people made a whole weekend of it with other events at the all-vegan Sumac Centre:

  • Small World Kitchen - Friday 7th: Traditional African Vegan Food was provided by the Women's Group of the Nottingham & Notts Refugee Forum.
  • Vegan Party Night - Saturday 8th: People's Kitchen Meal and party.
  • A Winter Wonderland - Sunday 9th: Sumac Craft Fair with Children's Entertainment & Workshops, followed by Open Mic & DJ's featuring Wholesome Fish
See the 2007 Festival Report by Tash on Indymedia, including Audio Report

Best business moment: "Doing the Vegan Festival and people from all over the country coming and buying my cakes." - Stallholder, 'Pop My Cherry', quoted in Nottm Evening Post. See http://www.veggies.org.uk/popmycherry/

The East Midlands Vegan Festival is sponsored by Veggies Catering Campaign,
recently declared 'Best Vegan Caterer' in the Vegan Society Awards 2007 (and 2006)

[Map at http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=NG12DT]

Veggies Food Is Here!
East Midlands Vegan Festival.
Sumac Centre, 245 Gladstone Street, Nottingham, NG7 6HX
Ph: 0845 458 9595 . Email: veganfestival[at]veggies.org.uk (Check the format of address)
Website: http://www.eastmidlandsveganfestival.co.uk
Stallholders Directory -:- Talks and Workshops -:- Tombola -:- Stallholders access

-:- How You can help -:-

You may wish to support the event to benefit:

  • People - Livestock consume soy, grain and precious water supplies, while people starve.
  • Animals - All animal products create animal exploitation.
  • The Planet - Go vegan to cut your eco-footprint and your impact on the climate
  • Yourself - Your health, and your wallet, will benefit from a move towards a vegan diet
    ... more at http://www.vegansociety.com/

Talks and Workshops

  • 12noon : Ronny, co-organiser of North West Vegan Festival

    'Going, Being and Staying Vegan'. Q & A's with experienced vegan campaigner, chef and some-time VeggiesVolunteer, Ronny, author of the 'Scoffer' cookbooks. Tips for easy vegan cooking, shopping and living.

  • 1pm : Mary Lea, Vegan Buddies

    'Vegan Buddies' provides a forum for new vegans to discuss with existing vegans any teething problems they are having. This is an extension of our vegan buddies scheme where vegans and those thinking about going vegan can find a vegan family willing to help on a one to one basis.

  • 2pm : Dr Stephen Walsh, nutrition spokesperson for the Vegan Society.

    'Good Health without animal products'. Dr Walsh, PhD (author of the book "Plant Based Nutrition and Health"), will be talking about attaining and maintaining health through a vegan diet.

  • 3pm : Dave and Pat, Nottm Vegans!

    'A Vegan Guide To Nottingham'. Through the hard work of several generations of vegetarian and vegan campaigners, Nottingham is a mecca for vegans. Find out about the best places to eat and shop, and share your Vegan Nottingham tips.

The second (2005) East Midlands Vegan Festival, co-sponsored by 'House of Life' at The Council House, Old Market Square, Nottingham was a great success, with a reported 2,100 people through the doors. See review at Notts Indymedia, with full details of the additional stalls and talks at http://www.veggies.org.uk/event.php?ref=91

Veggies Catering Campaign took on the co-ordination of the 2006 event, with the support of the full Nottingham Vegetarian & Vegan network making the day a great success.

Stalls at the 4th East Midlands Vegan Festival 2007

All Lov and Lib
01282 697931
We’re a campaigning vegan family operation with the younger generation in mind, putting the fun into animal rights – “make ‘em laugh and they’re on your side".
Animal Aid
01732 364546
Animal Aid promotes a compassionate attitude to animals by educating and campaigning against all forms of cruelty, including factory farming, vivisection, sporting activities and animals in captivity. We spread the vegetarian and vegan message and a cruelty-free lifestyle.
Baby Cakes Direct
07951 215121
Cakes by mail order, made in a totally vegan bakery. Birthday cakes for dairy & egg free diets. Some with no sugar range and some wheat and gluten free.
Chocolate Skye's
0121 459 3292


Vegan Cream Eggs and other choccy delights.

Compassion In World Farming
01483 521950

Our vision is a world where farm animals are treated with compassion and respect and where cruel factory farming practices end.
Derby (& Nottm) Hunt Sabs
07754 524661

If you share our views on the rights of animals to be free from persecution and abuse then please sign up! Maybe you don't want to be active but would still like to do something? Why not help out fundraising on our stall - a very necessary part of any group.
Eden Farms
01790 763582
Organic Farmers and delivery service to households in Nottingham, Leicester, Loughborough, and Lincoln.
Full Dragon
01761 413022
Esther Lung specializes in wholesome quality oriental sweet and savoury vegetarian snacks with a difference. Suitable for parties, functions and retail outlets.
Green Box Shop
0115 974 7096

Natural household products: skincare, cosmetics, cleaning, toiletries, babycare.

Humane Research Trust
0161 439 8041
The Humane Research Trust is a registered charity that HELPS PEOPLE and SAVES ANIMALS. The Trust raises the necessary finance to fund and promote pioneering medical research into human disease WITHOUT the use use of animals or animal tissue. The aim is to eliminate the need for animals in human medical research.
Junglesale Ltd
0871 250 1271
Our Neem Tree range of Indian Herbal Healthcare is cruelty free and contains no chemical nasties. All products are made to Ayurvedic principles and therefore are vegetarian, most are also vegan. The range includes treatments, household and pet care products as well as the usual shampoo, moisturisers ,soap and toothpaste etc.
Love Foods
0870 046 7010
Healthy meat free foods from all over the world.
0115 910 1601
Funky vegetarian delicatessen at 610 Mansfield Road, Sherwood, specialising in quality deli products and offering outside catering.
Mondo Organics
Natural toiletries - not animal tested.
Nottingham Animal Rights
0845 458 9595
Nottingham Animal Rights works to co-ordinate the activities of many of the groups and individuals campaigning for animal rights and welfare in Nottingham, with fortnightly meetings, street stalls, local demos, fundraising and trips to demos and other events out of town.

The Nottingham Rights group organises the East Midlands Vegan Festival
Nottingham CND
"Whilst there are slaughterhouses, there will be battlefields" - Tolstoy.

For many in the peace movement veganism is a central part of their pacifist stance and hence many peace projects have a vegan outlook.

Local campaigns have included support for Nottingham Faslane 365, a peaceful blockade of the Trident base at Faslane, Scotland, calling for the disarmament of Britain's nuclear weapons, an event at which all-vegan catering was provided by Veggies Catering Campaign!.

Nottingham University Vegetarian and Vegan Society
http://www.su.nottingham.ac.uk/activities /activities_societies_info.php?id=111
The University of Nottingham Vegetarian & Vegan Society is an inclusive campus group that promotes animal-friendly lifestyles and philosophies. We are a platform for campaigns and a forum for debate regarding all issues dealing with non-human animals and our relation to them. We hope that by being open and inclusive we will be able to explore these issues with our members and the wider society regardless of each individual's particular beliefs.
Plamil Foods
01303 850588
Originators of the first soya milk in the UK, Plamil manufacturers a delicious dairy free, chocolate & carob range, chocolate spreads, egg free mayonnaises and alternatives to milk.
Pop My Cherry
elsa [at] mischiefmakers.org.uk
0115 958 0950
07960 793306

Deliciously decadent vegan cakes and celebration cakes.

Screaming Carrot
0115 910 3013
Screaming Carrot is a local Nottingham business specialising in a delicious range of egg-free, dairy-free vegetarian freshly-baked goods in Forest Fields. Find us alongside Veggies, who supply our products at many events.
0115 955 5560

Vegan-friendly restaurant with classy traditional vegetarian cuisine.

Uncaged Campaigns
0114 272 2220
We are a peaceful international animal protection organisation based in Sheffield, England. Our main campaigns are against animal experiments (vivisection); against xenotransplantation (animal to human transplants); the global boycott of Procter & Gamble; for animal rights and for democratic action on animal issues through the political system.
Vegan Buddies
0845 458 0146
Vegan Buddies support aspiring vegans on a one to one basis. You can email us, or phone us for a buddy or find help from our online forum.
Look out for the North West Vegan Festival at Sacha's Hotel, Tib Street, Manchester on Saturday 26th January 2008
Vegan Society
0845 458 8244
The Vegan Society works to promote vegan lifestyles (for the benefit of people, animals and the environment) and to encourage manufacturers to make more vegan-friendly goods.

The Vegan Society sponsors the East Midlands Vegan Festival
Veggies Catering Campaign
0845 458 9595
Veggies Catering Campaign provides catering services using no animal ingredients whatsoever and supporting campaigns for social justice since 1984!

Veggies support Vegfam, 'Feeding the Hungry Without Exploiting Animals' and the Movement for Compassionate Living, promoting simple living and vegan self-reliance.

Best Vegan Caterer - Vegan Society Awards 2007

Veggies are sponsor of the East Midlands Vegan Festival.
VIVA! (Vegetarians International Voice For Animals)
0117 944 1000

Vegan Confectionary, badges, xmas cards, recipe books etc sold to support campaigning and youth education for animals and the environment, through promotion of a veggie/vegan lifestyle.
Look out for Viva!ís Incredible Veggie Roadshow at Nottingham's Council House on Saturday 5th July 2008
01243 537 641
0793 4403344
Vegan food made from a new italian organic vegetarian protein, distributed in the UK c/o Vegeco Ltd, Unit 1, Plot 12, Terminus Road, Chichester, PO19 8TX
0117 923 9053
Yaoh takes a healthy, more natural approach to skin and body care. Our hemp body care range includes bathroom, skincare and sun care products, all free from sodium lauryl sulphates, parabens, petroleum and unnecessary chemical additives, and rich in organic hemp seed oil.

Special thanks to the following who gave special practical support to the event.
Beanie's Health Foods
01489 574593 .
We aim to provide you with good, wholesome food, i.e. products that have not been tampered with, added to or enhanced! We aim to ensure that the stock we distribute has been produced responsibly, without harming the environment or exploiting the work force.
Redwood Wholefood Company
01536 400557 .
Redwood offer the very best in meat-free alternatives. Whether you are looking for an alternative to your favourite meal or would simply like to enjoy a meat, dairy and guilt free meal they have a tasty offering for you. Visit their website to find out more about Redwood and their tasty, innovative, vegan & vegetarian foods.
Sumac Centre
0845 458 9595 .
Sumac is an independent community resource centre, vegan cafe and social club, home to Veggies Catering Campaign.

See details of Veggies and Sumac events at http://www.veggies.org.uk/diary.htm
Tash Photography
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Tash logoEast Midland Vegan Festival Photography by Alan Lodge (Tash).

Contact Tash for High Resolution copies.

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Co-op Prize Draw

Don't miss out on the prize draw for the fabulous Vegan Hamper generously donated by The Co-op, which (last time) included Fairtrade Cape Affinity Wine, Fairtrade Coffee, Organic Teabags, Relaxing Bath Soak, Baby Oil, Premium Xmas Pudding, Mouse Mat, Ethical Crayons, and much more in a Ethical trade Jute Bag ... Special thanks to the Co-op for providing this excellent hamper, and for providing so many goodies labelled as 'suitable for vegans'.

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Grand Prize Tombola

The many prizes have been kindly donated by
If you were not lucky enough to win a prize in the raffle, you can still visit their online shops.

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Veggies Catering Campaign, sponsors of the East Midlands Vegan Festival, are Nottingham contacts for the Vegan Society, the Vegetarian Society, Viva! and Animal Aid. We invite you to join us in promoting a healthy and compassionate diet in the East Midlands.

Visit http://www.veggies.org.uk
email info@veggies.org.uk
or call 0845 458 9595

For all things vegan in Nottingham see

Check out the Vegan Guide to Nottingham at http://www.vegan-nottingham.co.uk/.
Access details on your mobile at http://tinyurl.com/2x82ra

Find details of more vegan festivals at http://www.vegansworldnetwork.org/

including ...

North West Vegan Festival Scene

North West Vegan Festival

26th January, 2008

Bristol Vegan Fayre 2008 - Sat 31st May 2008


London Vegan Fest 2007, arial view

London Vegan Fest 2008

  • When: September 7 2008

  • Where: Kensington Town Hall, Hornton St, W8

  • Delicious Food, Stalls, Entertainment, Speakers, Workshops, And much more...

  • Website: London Vegan Fest 2008

All these events are sponsored by Veggies Catering Campaign, who will also be catering at, and providing transport to, these events.

Vegan Campaigns promotes veganism, mainly in the London area, with vegan food fairs, information evenings, veggie burger giveaways and street stalls.

Your help is invited

It is the interests of all vegetarians and vegans to encourage more people to join them.

This will
  • increase the availability of veggie & vegan food in shops.
  • encourage more caterers to provide excellent choices on their menus.
  • make the provision of other veggie goods and services more viable.
  • create business opportunities for fellow veggies and vegans.
  • further all the positive benefits of choosing a healthy and ethical diet.

All of this will make it easier for you to be vegetarian or vegan yourself.

Whatever your reason for being a vegetarian or vegan, wouldn't you like others to share your ideas?

Then the East Midland Vegan Festival is for you.

Not (only) as an opportunity to consume, but as a chance to share - share your knowledge, your energies and your commitment to your diet of choice by giving practical support to the event.

If every vegetarian and vegan in the East Midlands were to spare an hour before and/or during the event, imagine how many more people could be reached.

Contact the organisers to offer to
  • help co-ordinate people offering the following support:
  • distribute fliers and/or posters at work, school, college or around your neighbourhood.
  • promote the event to any social group, email list etc that you are part of
  • put a link to this page on your website
  • help with contact with the media
  • assist with the administration of stall applications etc
  • Co-ordinate the production of a program, selling advertising, getting copy, pictures , stalls list
  • help arrange speakers, film presentations etc
  • prepare food to share, with recipe advice
  • bring at least one non-veggie friend, colleague or family member and give them a guided tour of the festival.

  • help co-ordinate volunteers offering the following help:

  • pledge an hour on the day.
    You could
    • help set up the venue in advance, from 9am
    • help arriving stall holders to find their pitch and set up
    • distribute fliers in the square
    • welcome people and give directions in the venue, from 11am
    • sell raffle tickets & collect mailing list details
    • co-ordinate free food / tea&coffee area
    • workshop co-ordination - welcomes, seats, clearing environment

    • MC - announcing workshops and a rolling summary of stallholders
    • hospitality - tea and coffee to stall-holders.
    • assist Vegan Buddies whilst they do workshop
    • act as a 'buddy' to someone considering a change of diet
The 4th East Midlands Vegan Festival will be on the 8th December 2007

Your help is invited: call 0845 458 9595 or email veganfestival@veggies.org.uk

Add your comment to the East Midlands Vegan Festival report on Indymedia at http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2007/11/386623.html

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Access Information

East Midlands Vegan Festival 8th Dec 2007, Nottingham Council House, Market Square, Nottingham NG1 2DT.
Map at http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=NG12DT

Setting up time is 9am until 10am.
(Helpers and unloaders will be available and waiting at The Council House).

Vehicular access to Council House on the day
Note that vehicles can not access the venue between 10am and 4.30pm

Access to Council House in Nottingham is via King Street and unloading can take
place at side of Council house:
Map needs to be magnified to see King Street.

After unloading drive up Queen Street, car parking/park and ride is as follows:

Car Parks
Car parking places: http://tinyurl.com/2d4gvj
(and costs of those car parks): http://tinyurl.com/yuz86m (word doc)

The tram park and ride Forest site. Tram stops at council house on return journey.
and cost of park and ride: http://tinyurl.com/2hauwq
However the Forest park and ride has a height barrier of 2.2m so larger vehicles might not be able to park there.

Thanks for your continued support. See you all on the day.

Trimmed print programme version of website.

Printed from http://www.veggies.org.uk/event.php?ref=950,
from webspace provided by Veggies Catering Campaign, who are not responsible for the activities listed.