— Vegan Glastonbury (@GlastoVegan) May 2, 2015
— Vegan Glastonbury (@GlastoVegan) May 2, 2015
“As women enjoy the gains we have made in the path to our own equality, we must continue to assert our own presence and recognize our uniquely personal stake in fighting for those who are still being silenced.” – How Sexism and Animal Cruelty Coexist by Theresa Noll
“Why vegan? We maintain that Nonhuman Animals represent a distinct at-risk social group. Fighting against human inequality makes no sense so long as we perpetuate the inequality of other animals. What we eat, what we wear, how we entertain ourselves, etc. is so often built on the oppression of Nonhuman Animals (which also oppresses vulnerable human groups). Speciesism, racism, sexism, disableism, heterosexism, classism, etc. are all rooted in the same source operating with similar ideologies and mechanisms” – Vegan Feminist Movement
“A noun is a person, place, or thing,” we obediently recite as children. What, then, are nonhuman animals? They aren’t people or places, so – convention tells us – they must be things. Current English usage is speciesist. It glorifies the human species and belittles all others. Just as sexist language demeans women and excludes them from full consideration, speciesist language demeans and excludes nonhuman animals. When we consign other animals to the category thing, we obscure their sentience, individuality and right to autonomy.” – On The Issues Magazine: A Magazine of Feminist, Progressive Thinking
An interesting read about the connections between Feminism and Animal Rights is, ‘The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory’ by Carol Adams. The award-winning book explores a relationship between patriarchal values and meat eating by interweaving the insights of feminism, vegetarianism, animal defense, and literary theory.
“After repeated cycles of forced impregnations, painful births, relentless milkings, and crushing bereavements, their spirit gives, their bodies wither, their milk dries up. At the age when, in nature, a female cow would barely enter adulthood, the life of a dairy cow is over. When her milk ‘production’ declines, she and her other ‘spent’ herd mates are trucked off to slaughter. Some are pregnant. All are still lactating. As they are shoved towards death, they drip milk onto the killing floor… All dairy operations, including Organic, exist solely by doing to millions of defenseless females the worst thing anyone can do to a mother.”
Most people can see the animal exploitation inherent in the meat industry, but the dairy industry isn’t immediately obvious. Dairy cows are portrayed as having an idyllic life but the reality is that cows (like all mammals) only produce milk for their young in response to giving birth. The animals are kept in a cycle of near constant pregnancy and lactation (meaning huge physical and metabolic stress, often leading to disease and exhaustion). Each cow also suffers the separation from their young, calling for each other desperately – something which has been studied and even the dairy industry themselves admit it causes emotional stress. Male calves are often unwanted ‘by-products’ of the dairy industry and are shot at only a few hours old.
Visit the following websites for more information:
You can buy lots of alternatives to meat and dairy in supermarkets – many sell their own brand products and also other vegan brands. But for the most ethical option we recommend shopping at your local independent health food shop. In Derby we support the vegan shop Sound Bites on Morledge.
There are a great variety of milk alternatives that are widely available. Most people know about soya milk, but there is also oat, coconut, rice, hazelnut, almond and hemp!
There are soya, sunflower, olive and coconut blend spreads.
There are all kinds of cheese substitutes – cheddar, edam, mozarella, parmesan, spreadable soft cheeses and meltable cheese for pizza. Some are soya based and some nut based.
Lots of dark chocolate is already vegan but there is also a wide range of vegan chocolate, with milk chocolate, white chocolate and every other variety under the sun.
There there are also vegan alternatives to dairy yoghurt, cream, ice cream, cakes, mayonnaise… anything you can think of really! What’s more, there are exciting new products all the time.
Feel free to Contact Veggies for any help or advice.
“Looking at the events diary for award-winning social enterprise Veggies – and noting they are catering at Glastonbury, myriad campaign rallies and eco-events – it’s hard to believe they started out with just a camping stove and store-bought packets of vegan burger mix”
— Kelly Rose Bradford (@kellyrose) February 18, 2015
From the British Juggling Convention at the end of March, through the Belper Goes Green Eco Festival, the Great Yorkshire Vegan Festival and Peace in the Park, continuing with Nottingham Green Festival, and the Northern and West Midlands Vegan Festivals, before ending with December’s Animal Aid Christmas Fair.
Veggies isn’t the the only campaigning vegan caterer in the magazine. Camden-based, Wholefood Heaven, and their Buddha Bowl – winner of the British Street Food Award and a favourite of Billy Bragg at Glastonbury – are also featured, together with their Massaman Curry recipe.
Meanwhile the The Vegan Society has noted that “all the recipes in @VLmagazine this month are #vegan… we hope that this will be a continuous trend!” This is even more impressive when you note that there are almost 50 recipes, often with everyday ingredients, clear instructions and glorious photography.
‘Beer-battered tofu ‘fish’ and chips with tartare sauce and mushy peas’ looks ideal for our ‘Something Fishy‘ trailer, and ‘roasted red pepper and paprika hummus’ provides an interesting twist on a Veggies Buffet favourite.
Vegetarian Living can be found in “selected Asda, Boots, Budgens/Londis, Eason, M&S, Morrisons, WHSmith, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Waitrose and all good newsagents across the UK”, but we had to cross London before finding a good stack at WHSmith, Waterloo Station .
You can also purchase the Vegetarian Living magazine online.
Veggies is delighted to announce that the Nottingham Green Festival will return on Sunday 6th September.
As the event is organised by grass roots, community based volunteers, with no statutory funding, your help would be most welcome.
There are regular Planning Meetings, hosted by Veggies at the Sumac Centre.
Veggies is also hosting a mailing list for announcements, news and information about Nottingham Green Festival. (Note: You may get a ‘security certificate‘ warning! Fear not; this is because the list is provided by The Riseup Collective, an activist internet group that doesn’t tick all the corporate boxes). You can safely click through. Honest. Please do subscribe.
Due to the funding crisis the event did not happen in 2015, but such is our faith in its importance in Nottingham’s green scene that Veggies has pledged to fund essential up-front expenses from our campaign funds. However these funds will need to be recouped and recycled into other projects long before September, so your support is invited:
Show support for the event by making a small donation to keep the organising group afloat, whilst the funding-raising team chase other sources of funding. You can click the button to donate with PayPal or credit/debit cards, send a cheque to Nottingham Green Festival, 22 Kent Road, Nottingham NG3 6BE, or transfer directly to:
Your support will make all the difference in ensuring the success of Nottingham’s own Green Festival, the place for the whole family to learn, explore and try the latest in everything environmentally friendly and ethical, whilst also having lots of fun in the beautiful setting of the Arboretum Park, Waverley Street / Addison Street, a couple of minutes from Nottingham’s Old Market Square.
With your help, the event will have over 100 product, information and food stalls, kids rides, workshops, natural therapies and sustainable technologies, performers and entertainment throughout the park and live music from the bandstand.
On 21 January 2015 we received this from Neil Robinson:
My name is Neil Robinson and I’m a vegan former professional footballer. Myself and another vegan former professional footballer, Dean Howell, are undertaking a charity cycle challenge, starting on May 22 2015, cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats and to be completed in 9 days.
See our website for further information: http://veganathletesforpeace.com
We’re doing the cycle challenge to raise awareness of the benefits of a vegan lifestyle for the health of humans, animals, and the planet. Also, to raise funds for a variety of charities who are doing great work to bring about the healing of the planet and all who live on it.
You’ll see from our website that we’ve chosen your charity as one of our 13 supported charities, and our grand plan is to raise £2,000 for each charity. If you agree to being one of our supported charities, we would be very grateful if you could help to promote our website and our cycle ride through your website and social media pages.
I’ve attached a short ‘media pack’ for your info too.
Vegan Athletes for Peace
The Peaceful Planet
Thank you so very very much for including Veggies amongst the great charities that you are supporting on your vegan charity cycle challenge from Land’s End to John O’Groats in May.
We have worked with almost all of those charities & campaigns over our 30 years of “networking for humans, animals & the environment”, so i find it hard to convey how honoured we are to be included alongside them.
I have also started a conversation on @VeggiesNottm Twitter feed, which I hope will be picked up by our 1600 followers. Once we get it out to the 122,000 AnimalRightsUK facebook followers, combined with the efforts of all the other charities, the effect should be a huge vegan outreach opportunity!
Please pass on our enthusiastic gratitude to Dean too.
Pat and the Veggies Crew
Here at Veggies we all get on so well we even have Christmas Day dinner together Thanks to Chrissy for the amazing event – the food (obviously all vegan!) was amazing and the table was beautiful! to all you guys and see you on Veggies 2015 tour soon! …more…
What a truly heartening afternoon to see so many caring and compassionate people out in force to make #OpSafeWinter Nottingham a success today.
It was beautiful to see the massive pile of donated warm clothing, sleeping bags, food and other items that people had given. We were so pleased to have been able to contribute to the day with free food and hot drinks for those in need. …more…
What a fantastic couple weeks of vegan outreach we’ve done! Last weekend we were at Brinsley Animal Rescue Christmas Open Day, and this weekend just passed we catered at the annual Compassionate Derby vegan festival on Saturday and yesterday at Animal Aid’s ‘Christmas Without Cruelty’ Fair.
All three events were busy for us so we’re lucky to have such a dedicated volunteer crew. Twenty different crew members helped out over these three events! …more…
— Veggies Catering (@veggiesnottm) January 4, 2015
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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.
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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.
See also Interview at Farm Sanctuary on YouTube.
Veggies has been at Glastonbury since (about) 1987!
— Veggies Catering Ⓥ (@veggiesnottm) March 10, 2015
Veggies Catering Campaign will cater 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’.
Every 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.
Our workshop space has to be paid from our trading fee (£4,632 in 2014), 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.
For more campaign presentations check out the Speakers Forum.
As is the long standing tradition, no doubt we’ll gatecrash a few Seize The Day gigs for a campaign shout out!
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.
See also our 2014 Glastonbury Festival Report
Ethically sourced vegan foods, including our own hand made Veggies burgers, cakes baked on site from organic ingredients, pasties & samosas baked on site, organic &/or fair trade soft drinks, fair trade organic teas & coffee.
As all Veggies food is vegan it is accessible to the most people in terms of dietary, cultural and religious requirements.
Gluten-free’ requests are usually satisfied following a discussion of the customers needs, ranging from ‘wheat-reducing’ to coeliac (for which we advise caution).
In 2013/4 we were at pitch Q1/32 [Green Futures Field at junction of Old Railway Track with pathway to the stone circle] which worked well for us, other than suffering from the river that runs through in the event of rain.
In the 90’s we used to trade 24hrs daily. In more recent years we have found that Green Futures is not as busy through the night so we’ve traded 10am – 4am. With sufficient crew we would like to try to go 24hours again.
We cater over 70 other events each year: green events (eg Nottingham Green Festival / various Green Gatherings), action camps (eg Peace News Camp / Cooperative gatherings), indoor fairs (eg Animal Aid Fair / London Radical Bookfair), local community events (eg stuff of Life) and on-the-streets campaign catering (eg People’s Climate March / Frack-Free rallies).
And loads more on Veggies Events Archive
Many consider Veggies to be one of the most ethical caterers on the circuit, with policies developed from 30 years experience in organic / fair trade / pure vegetarian catering and guided by feedback from customers and supporter.
Veggies 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. In 2014 we recycled everything, including tricky things (eg plastic wrap, tetrapacs) which we take home with us is appropriate! Next time we aim to make this more visible.
We are three times winner of the Best Vegan Catering Award and 2014’s ‘Best Caterer Serving Vegan Food’ Award Winner. We received the Glastonbury Green Trader Award in 2011.
But we are not just about catering. A gatherings such as Glastonbury we run ‘information for action’ campaign cafe spaces to share information to help customers make active choices for a more sustainable future.
The Festival is committed to providing affordable, quality food and would like to be able to offer Festival goers ‘Food for a fiver’ in the form of a meal from a number of stalls onsite. We would be happy to participate in this scheme, offering a Veggies Burger & hot drink; or Pasty, cake & any drink.
Glastonbury encourages festival goers to travel to the Festival using public transport and as a reward asks that traders offer something in return. Veggies will be delighted to support this scheme.
See also Green Glastonbury info.
— Veggies Catering Ⓥ (@veggiesnottm) May 13, 2015
The 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.
The 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.
Some 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…
For yet more info, Adrian’s Vegan Christmas website includes:
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 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
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.
For Santa Is Vegan Christmas T-Shirts And Gifts visit the Vegan owned & operated the Veggie Shirts (from the USA)
For 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.
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.
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
Vegan Christmas Guide, updated with recipes, vegan fairs, shopping, family friendly tips PLUS Veggies NEW Nut Roast! http://t.co/vSzV2VfGao
— Veggies Catering (@veggiesnottm) November 14, 2014
Published on: Nov 19, 2012
Re-published on: Nov 12, 2013
This update published on: Nov 14, 2014
Between now and the end of August, Veggies has eight weekend camping events, as well as several single day events.
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!’
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.
Women, men and children are welcome for a weekend of celebration, ritual and workshops at the Goddess Camp at Bestwood Country Park.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Earth First! Summer Gathering is the place where people involved in radical ecological direct action – or those who want to be involved – get together for five days of time and space to talk, walk, share skills, learn, play, rant, find out what’s going on, find out what’s next, live outside, strategise, hang out, incite, laugh and conspire. The workshops, networking and planning of actions at this low impact eco-living camp is organised non-hierarchically.
During this period we also have these one day events:
Tuesday 22nd July &
Tuesday 19th August
Details from http://www.veggies.org.uk/event.php?ref=555
Friday 8th August
Details from http://www.veggies.org.uk/event.php?ref=994
Sunday 10th August
Details from http://www.veggies.org.uk/event.php?ref=423
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