Category: Vegan Outreach (Page 3 of 6)

Milks of Human Kindness

Milk of Human KindnessFor over 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, Hemp, Coconut, Rice, Soya, Spelt, Almond, Hazelnut, Flax and many more plant milks 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.

See also the Vegan’s Guide to Non-Dairy Milks

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


Ethical Consumer ratings for non-dairy milk


Vegan Milk ethical score chartThis table shows ratings calculated on 28/08/2018 based on the Ethical shopping guide to Soya & Non-Dairy Milk. This is a product guide from Ethical Consumer, the UK’s leading alternative consumer organisation. (The big 7 supermarkets all fall off the bottom of the table!)

Groupe Danone, who own the Alpro, Provamel, Soya Soleil and White Wave brands (as at June 2017), is a French company with a  “26% share of the worldwide Fresh Dairy Products market”

Best Buys

As at 28th August 2018, the ‘live scores’ available to Ethical Consumer subscribers indicated that the best buys for plant milk are: Lucy Bee fair trade coconut milk, Plamil and The Bridge; followed by Good Hemp, EcoMil , Sunrise & Oatly).

For more discussion of individual companies, policies & milk choices see our Product Info for Non-dairy Milk.

Plant Milk Sampling with Veggies

Print & distribute the flier

Plant Milk Flier
Plant Milk Flier

Print & distribute the flier


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!

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Veggies @ Glastonbury 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.


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 😎

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

A major part of Veggies work involves supporting the public’s interest in all the new vegan products available. Whilst not able to do sampling we were able to encourage potential customers to taste test the foods on our menu, in particular cheeses and plant milks.

Vegusto with gusto at Glasto!

Vegusto taste test

Swiss vegan manufacturers, Vegusto have created a range of ‘cheeses’ based on coconut, rapeseed and sunflower oils, almonds, cashew nuts which really do taste like cheese! And what’s more, the cheeses are not only dairy free, but gluten free, soya free and egg free too.

Bute Island – just ‘bute’ for taste testing!

bute island bute island tasting

Glastonbury Badger Action Cafe

This year we are reshaping our ‘info for action’ activities by putting our popular and visual catering trailer right alongside the campaign space, such that the customers come inside the marquee to get their food and are offered shade from the sun, or respite from the rain, in a comfortable, carpeted action-cafe space, with tea and cake available directly from our kitchen in the marquee.

Not only will festival-goers attend as a result of being ushered in whilst buying their food from Veggies Catering Campaign, but by making the space fun, entertaining and interactive it will attract all kinds of festival-goers. This will be achieved by running discussion workshops, exhibitions, films, talks, cake baking skill-shares, and all kinds of vegan foods! All this will be supported by our team of experienced campaigners.

Lush Funding Vote

Ten groups been short-listed to pitch to receive £1000 funding from those wonderful people at Lush. Ten groups are presenting at 1.45 on Saturday at the Speakers Forum, just along from Veggies in the Green Futures Field.
But only 5 groups can win the dosh!

Stop The 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.

With the support of LUSH, activists would be able to travel to the cull zones to engage in legal, non-violent, direct action to protect the badgers. It would also enable street campaigners to keep the public fully informed of exactly what the government is unleashing in the countryside against totally unambiguous public opinion.

It is therefore a campaign that champions not only a harmless (and already endangered) species’ basic right to existence but also our own human right to be represented by our government, not dictated to by it. For the tens of thousands of badgers in the final countdown to a brutal massacre, it is now or never!

Activists will be engaging in legal, non-violent, direct action in the countryside where the killings are planned to take place.
Activists will be “working the streets” to keep the issue firmly in the public eye.

Please support the badgers by going along and casting your vote to Stop The Cull.

Veggies Catering Campaign

We are seeking support to maintain resources to provide campaign catering to a wide range of activist groups, from Peace News to Earth First, from direct action climate activists to animal rights campaigners. As well as supporting campaigns for positive social change this embeds within those movements the role that vegan outreach plays in tackling all the problems associated with the industralisation of the food industry, in particular for animal products.

In addition to those mentioned, this year resources will have been shared with the Stop the G8 mobilisation, an international anti-racist football tournament, the Stop the Badger Cull campaign, Calais Migrants Solidarity, Nottingham Green Festival, Radical Routes Network of radical co-operatives, and numerous vegan festivals.

We will be sending an action kitchen to the Calais Migrants Solidarity refugee camp and Reclaim the Power (in support of the No Dash For Gas climate actions). Our team of campaign volunteers run vegan free food give-aways, often on McDonalds doorstep, pitch up with free non-dairy milk tastings, for example at The Milk Race and do vegan outreach at over 70 events every year.

Please support all the groups that we support by going along and casting your vote for Veggies Catering Campaign

The other groups presenting there work are all equally amazing, and equally deserving of your support:

  • Migrant Solidarity
  • Sticky Exhibits
  • Stop New Nuclear Alliance
  • Green Gathering Speakers Forum
  • The Land Magazine
  • SEER – Sussex Extreme Energy Resistance
  • Feeding the 5000 – Gleaning Network UK project
  • UK Tar Sands Network

We’ll see you at 1.45 on Saturday at the Speakers Forum

Pulp Friction Smoothies

Pulp Friction logoPulp 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.

We are delighted to have been loaned a Pulp Friction bike to add of d-i-y smoothie to the low-tech, low energy activities at Veggies at Glastonbury.

Enjoy raw fruit smoothies or shakes with Koko Coconut Milk, Granovita or Plamil Soya milk.

Find more info at Veggies at Glastonbury diary listing.

Veggies Info for Action

The problem:

Badger Cafe

170,000 people attend Glastonbury for headliners, left-field bands, workshops, talks, and stalls with many charities taking the opportunity of such a lot of people in one place to raise awareness about various worthy causes. But there’s a gap – that’s Animal Rights, and it’s a problem. Festivalgoers are in an openminded headspace, relaxed and receptive.


This project aims at giving Animal Rights a voice to the masses at Glastonbury through a variety of workshops in a dedicated space, benefiting from being annexed to, and sign-posted by, Veggies Catering (an old favourite at Glastonbury since 1987 & 3 times nominated for Glastonbury’s green caterer award). Not only will festivalgoers attend as a result of being ushered in whilst buying their food from Veggies Catering, but by making the space fun, entertaining and interactive it will attract all kinds of festivalgoers.

This will be achieved by running discussion workshops, films, talks, cookery demonstrations, and food sample giveaways.

Long-term, sustained change:

By highlighting this ever-present this educational component of Veggies Campaign Catering, it will entrench a change in thinking about vegan food, about our attitude to animals, and the consequences for the environment. This is the stuff that changes lives and an opportunity not to be missed. Whatever people learn here, they will pass on to friends and family, in casual conversations with co-workers and clients, and to strangers they get talking to over a meal. Enough of those people will repeat that information that awareness grows and grows slowly creating long-term change.

Find more info at Veggies at Glastonbury diary listing.

The Badger Action Cafe

The impending badger extermination is harrowingly cruel, farcically unscientific and frighteningly undemocratic. It must be fought on all fronts.

Veggies Catering Campaign is running the Badger Action Cafe at Glastonbury Green Futures Field, to raise awareness of this issue and to raise funds to enable activists to travel to the cull zones to engage in legal, non-violent, direct action to protect the badgers.

We aim to keep the public fully informed of exactly what the government is unleashing in the countryside against totally unambiguous public opinion.

This is a campaign that champions not only a harmless (and already endangered) species’ basic right to existence but also our own human right to be represented by our government, not dictated to by it.

For the tens of thousands of badgers in the final countdown to a brutal massacre, it is now or never!

Activists will be engaging in legal, non-violent, direct action in the countryside where the killings are planned to take place.

Others will be “working the streets” to keep the issue firmly in the public eye.

Click here for more info on our campaigns to Stop the Badger Cull.

Find more info at Veggies at Glastonbury diary listing.

Veggies Campaigns

Veggies Catering Campaign was set up in Autumn 1984 by four friends who were frustrated about the lack of vegetarian fast food available in Nottingham. Their intention was both to provide an ethical fast food stall in the city, and to take the veggie message to a wider audience by participating in demonstrations and gatherings. One of the first things the founders did was to take a giant veggieburger along to a Vegetarian Society protest outside the infamous Royal Smithfield show!

Veggies has grown and evolved a lot over the last [29] years, but the ethical message has remained the same. All food served has been vegan from the start, and as minimally packaged and locally-sourced as possible and practical. Veggies also compiles the national Animal Rights calendar and Contacts Directory, whilst helping run the Nottingham’s Sumac Resource Centre. Veggies has a tightly packed events diary with the co-op providing food in all sorts of situations, like carrying boxes of samosas and cakes on protest marches.

New volunteers are always welcome – why not join us in the Badger Action Cafe in the Green Futures Field at Glastonbury Festival, or see the How To Help section of our website.

Find more info at Veggies at Glastonbury diary listing.

Sketch design

Here is the original proposal sketch by our amazing Alex of Rubes Designs

Badger art

Alex Rubes Designs

Stop the Badger Cull

Veggies attended the National March Against the Badger Cull on 1st June 2013.

See report below, with info, links & contacts for you to get involved to Stop The Cull

Only people power and direct action will stop the cull now. If you can, get to the cull zones. If you can’t, please support your local hunt sab group.

20,000 more fliers to distribute – [Contact us] for details

National March Against Badger Cull

Veggies at Badger MarchReport from The Merry Veggies Of Nottingham Tumblr Blog

So we at Veggies went down to London yesterday (June 1st) for the National Anti Badger Cull March.

After a long and complicated journey, via trains and tubes (we will no longer be doing full catering in London) carrying as much as we possibly could of pasties and samosas, we sold out within the first hour of getting there!

Speakers included the amazing Brian May of Queen and members of Hunt Saboteurs.

We walked the march to the end point where we then did street side catering with trays of cakes in our arms and on a small table.

Following the music and crowds we ended at the park where the atmosphere was amazing and there were some pretty awesome badger dancers and music!

Making racism a black & white issue

badger marchBeing as awesome as we are, we then decided to go across to Parliament where the BNP were holding a demo (all 30 odd of them) and joined the Anti-Fascists there.

As several news sites have covered it, ‘BNP get chased through London by a bunch of women dressed as badgers.’ Nice to see that we are all in it together, animal rights activists with anti-fash.

“Save the badgers – cull the BNP”.

Then the long and super-tiring journey back to Nottingham.

What an amazing Veggies day out!

Badger march

More pictures at The Merry Veggies Of Nottingham Tumblr Blog.

Thanks to Save A Scream for this image. Click to see lots more great pictures:

Badger Match

Shari Black Velvet at Save A Scream says:

“Compassionate folk made their destination London on June 1st to protest against the badger cull that UK’s government has despicably already given approval to in the South East of England. Brian May and Bill Oddie took part in the march with the former giving a speech before the march kicked off. He was joined by Kate of Animal Aid, Wasp of London Against The Cull and Born Free Foundation’s Virginia McKenna. Activists, young and old, dressed in black and white with face masks and paint to show their support for the badgers, who do not deserve to be killed. London Against The Cull are calling for badgers to be vaccinated rather than culled.” …more…

Funds Raised to Stop the Cull

By providing refreshments on the streets just for donations, over 200 Samosas for Social Change, over 100 pasties from Screaming Carrot vegan bakery and 100 drinks went in an hour. 250+ cakes soon followed. Thanks to generous support from ‘customers’ over £100 was raised to pass on to friends working to Stop the Cull in the field.

To stop as many badgers being slaughtered as possible during the culls, activists and hunt saboteurs are ready in the cull zones to take every legal effort to put themselves in the way of those engaged in killing badgers. You can support this work with a small (or large) donation, or support your local group.

Support action to stop the badger cull



Ditch Dairy to Stop the Cull

This text from the campaign website shows why the vegan message is central to the campaign against the cull:

Why we oppose the cull

“We think that the government and farmers are scapegoating badgers to avoid addressing the real cause of bTB: bad farming practices.

We feel the evidence suggests that intensive farming and the inhumane treatment of cows in the dairy industry is to blame for the spread of this terrible disease.

Cows farmed for the dairy industry live in squalid, over crowded conditions. They are also under tremendous stress and are overworked, meaning that they are very prone to the spread of diseases.

We would like to see the end of cruel farming practices and a more healthy respect for this country’s invaluable wildlife by the government and farming communities.”

Ditch Dairy

We need you to stop the cull

Only people power and direct action will stop the cull now.

If you can, get to the cull zones

If you can’t, please support your local hunt sab group

or contact

For lots more links & info see

See also:

Other listings on Veggies Website include:

Animal Rights Calendar – Campaigns for animal rights across the UK
including ongoing Action for the Badgers

Veggies Diary – Events, campaigns and outreach in Nottingham & elsewhere.


27th February 2013: National Badger Cull Protest at National Farmers Union Conference

26th May 2013: Campaign outreach against the cull at The Milk Race

1st June 2013: National March Against the Badger Cull

6th October 2013: National Badger Day

2012: 22nd October – Stop Tesco, the Badger Killers.

Also Campaign outreach against the cull at Elvaston Woodland Festival and Stop the Badger Killers Protest at the Tory Conference

2011: Anti Hunt/Badger Cull March at the Tory Conference

2008: Campaign and Demonstration against the Welsh Badger Cull,
including Viva!’s Welsh Day of Action for Badgers.

Support action to stop the badger cull

Dying for a pinta

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Vegan Housing Co-op Seeks Members

Vegan Housing Co-operative looking for new members

Rose Howey Housing Co-operative

Rose Howey Housing Co-operative is a large house on the edge of a beautiful park near the centre of Liverpool. Its tenants are living together to foster a supportive home which encourages communal living and supports its members to engage with radical social change and ecologically minded living. All communal spaces are vegan and currently with the six adults there are seven children living in the house, including some who are home educated. The vision of the house also includes providing spaces for local community projects (such as The Free University of Liverpool and Migrant Artist Mutual Aid) and for larger national networks.

Single and multi-room units are available for people to join us as tenants or spaces are available for workshops either on a monthly or hourly rate.

Bedrooms from £55 per week.

Workshop spaces (e.g. art studios / office space) from £40 per week or by hourly rate.

As far as possible, new members will be active in creating the vision of Rose Howey, both practically with the necessary restoration and decoration of the house and in creative terms by adding to the energy of the project. However shorter term use of rooms will also be considered.

If you are interested in joining and want to come meet us to see what we’re about or have any questions about our project, get in touch Stacey on, 07858 148538

Vist the Rose Howey Housing Co-operative website.

You can also Contact us via website or by email.

Sumac Centre – a future vision

In 1985 Veggies helped establish Nottingham’s Rainbow Centre, later taking on the co-ordination of the running of the space. In 2001 the support generated over the previous decades enabled the purchase of the Sumac Centre, a collectively owned space supporting a wide range of interconnected initiatives, including being the home of Veggies Catering Campaign.

Sumac ImageOn Satuday 8th December 2012 there is to be a discussion on the future of the Sumac Centre noting, amongst other things, its role as “a meeting place for politically motivated activists, a resource centre and library. Meeting place for vegans and animal rights activists/campaigners and a tool for their propaganda.”

This role hasn’t just happened in isolation.
It is due to Veggies and others being centrally involved in the running of Sumac from 15 years before it even existed. We may feel this role to be carved in stone, and this may well be the case.

However Sumac is simply the sum of its parts so we, as ‘vegans and animal rights activists/campaigners’ must continue to play our part.

If you are free on Saturday 8/12/12 (11am-6pm) please consider supporting the vegan status of the Sumac Centre and its role as a national resource for the animal rights movement.

This Saturday is a Sumac visioning day, a chance for all of you who come to the Sumac Center to bring your excitement, enthusiasm and inspiration in order to help shape the future of the Sumac Centre.

1) Intro

2) Use

– How is the Sumac used?

Meeting place, tat storage, music venue, peoples kitchen, food bank, a base for lots of varied campaigns/alternative cultures, bike project, fundraiser events, information and awareness raising events, film screenings, autonomous DIY infrastructure, ABC letter writing, gardening club.

– Is this the kind of useage we want to continue?

3) Purpose

– What is the current purpose of the Sumac?

A meeting place for politically motivated activists, a resource centre and library. Meeting place for vegans and animal rights activists/campaigners and a tool for their propaganda.

This will include a conversation about whether the sumac is there to engage with the local geographical community or the activist community. It’s a stable part of infrastructure for ‘our movement’.

– Is this the purpose we want to go forward with?

There will be lunch in the middle and we’ll all have a big ole delicous peoples kitchen at the end.

Hope to see you all there.

Sumac Visioning Poster
The Sumac Centre
0845 458 9595
245 Gladstone Street, Forest Fields, Nottingham, NG7 6HX

The Sumac Centre is an independent community and activist resource centre. It is made up of a community cafe, social club, library, exhibition space, veggie catering campaign, filmnights, talks, meeting spaces and the residents. The centre is used by various campaign groups and collectives working towards social change and justice for all. Come and visit us!


Full details of Sumac Events (and more from like-minded groups):

Veggies News:

Vegan Village Is Back

Vegan Village logoIn November we passed on the news that Vegan Village was to close.

We are delighted to hear that after a few weeks new co-ordinators stepped forward and Vegan Village is back.

Visit the Vegan Village here…

The Vegan Village was established in 1997, and run for 15 years, by vegan internet pioneers Imaner Consultants, who say:

“Running a vegan business can be tough as many are run for altruistic reasons, rather than purely to make money. The internet brought with it an opportunity to help vegan businesses by giving them more marketing muscle, and … we set up the Vegan Village website to do this.

“The Vegan Village website went live in September 1997 with contact details for 44 vegan organisations. We sent out monthly newsletters to help establish the Vegan Village concept and encourage people to get involved. In addition to the listings, there was a noticeboard for small ads, a newsdesk for press releases and news stories, and a recipe of the week to encourage people to visit the website regularly. Mini websites were offered at below cost price to help vegan businesses take their first steps on the net.

“The noticeboard processed thousands of free adverts and become one of the most popular vegan pages on the web.

“The Vegan Village was an ever-present in the Google rankings, a recommended site on BBC Search, and remained the quickest, most cost-effective way for new vegan businesses to announce their presence to the marketplace.”

The Vegan Village was archived by UKWAC Web Archive as part of the ‘unfolding recent history of UK events, interests and activities’. The latest snapshop, archived in 2011 continues to be a valuable source of information.

The Vegan Village was ‘run for fun’ by Liz at Digitalis, with grateful thanks to Andy at Imaner. Digitalis continue to offer website design services to vegan and veggie companies and Imaner Consultants continues as an ethical organisation also offering website design services.

“We would like to say a big thank you to everybody who has supported the Vegan Village over the years.”


Veggies compiles The Vegan Business Connection (VBC) to encourage mutual support for cruelty-free businesses, i.e. those using no animal ingredients whatsoever and striving to minimise environmental, human and animal rights abuses.

The V.B.C. gives as much importance to the proprietors, as to the goods or services traded. It is to those who run such businesses that we can look for guarantees of their ethical standards, and knowledge of vegan issues.

Some 300 exclusively vegan businesses can be found in the Vegan Business Coonnection directory

VBC logo

If you work in a way that is sympathetic to the promotion of veganism, or supply specific vegan goods / services, or wish to recommend someone else, please contact us.

The Vegan Business Connection also forms the Trading Section of the new Veggies Directory. Information is supplied mainly by the businesses themselves, or through recommendations from other sources.

Use them or loose them – support vegan businesses.

Find information about vegan events on the

Vegan Outreach Diary

Vegan Outreach Diary linkThe Vegan Outreach Diary lists the increasing number of food-based vegan outreach events, from free food stalls to major vegan festivals.

Event Organisers are urged to check the diary and to submit full event details as soon as a date is set, for details to be added to this nationally coordinated diary. Provisional dates may be submitted too.

The Diary is compiled by Veggies Catering Campaign and updated constantly for use by vegan food campaigners nationwide.

The Vegan Outreach Diary is designed to be reciprocally linked from any other group, website or event with a similar mission, to demonstrate the spirit of mutual support and cooperation that is central to Veggies campaigns.

Gatherings for Social Change

Three gatherings . One Location . Three successive weekends

Come for one or come for all

Peace News Summer Camp

Thursday 26th to Monday 30th July

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Local activists – top trainers – revolution – non-violence – learning from other movements – community – glorious countryside.

Join us in 2012 for more discussions, training and debates on nonviolence, education and the anti-war movement, fuelled by “wonderful (vegan) food from Veggies of Nottingham”

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Earth First! Summer Gathering

Wednesday 1st to Monday 6th August
Ecological Direct Action without Compromise

EF Summer Gathering logoWorkshops, skill sharing and planning action, plus low-impact living without leaders. Meet people, learn skills, take action.

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 2012 Earth First Summer Gathering will be held on the first weekend of August.

As ever Veggies will be co-ordinating the d-i-y cafe space and holding cake baking workshops.

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Animal Rights Summer Gathering

Friday 10th to Sunday 12th August

AR UK Summer Gathering LogoThe UK Animal Rights Gathering is to a great weekend not to be missed, with talks, discussions and workshops on a wide range of issues and activities related to animal rights campaigning, as well as a chance to relax with like-minded people and socialise and network with other campaigners from all over the UK.

The 2012 Animal Rights Summer Gathering on the second weekend of August.

As ever Veggies will be co-ordinating the catering, running a cafe space and holding vegan cookery workshops.
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These three key Gatherings, inspiring and networking for action for humans, animals and the environment, are all to be hosted by hosted by Crabapple Housing Co-op near Shrewsbury.

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RIP Malcolm Tandy

We are sad to hear that Malcolm Tandy, owner of Cafe Nomad, died peacefully last Tuesday, 27th March 2012.

Malcolm was an expert master chef producing the best vegan & vegetarian food in Nottingham.

Malcolm Tandy by Jon PatonMalcolm owned or worked at all the best vege restaurants in Nottingham from The Beehive in Hockley in the 80’s, his 5-star vege restaurant ’10’ in the Lace Market in the early 90’s and Cafe Nomad in Carrington that sadly closed at the end of last year.

He was always at the helm in forwarding vegetarianism, endeavoring to make vegetarian food accepted and available to all.

His hard work has helped to erase main stream stigmas about vegetarian food by creatively replacing meat with vegetarian and vegan ingredients inspired by is his travels to India and Morocco. He was able to transform traditional and popular non veg dishes in to an ‘a la carte’ menu that was loved by carnivores and vegans alike.

He was always a great host bringing fun and personality into his restaurants and his food was at the cutting edge of vegetarian cuisine.

His flavours and friendly atmospheres will be missed by the many who have tasted his talent for cooking.

A great empty feeling now exists in our hearts and in our bellies!

Malcolm Tandy

These words, written by Walt, were read at at Malcolm’s funeral on 13th April at Wilford Hill Cemetery. Walt worked at Malcolm ‘Ten’ restaurant in the 1980’s.


Malcolm Tandy Portrait by Jon Paton 2012

Eulogy by Piggy (Andrew Bacon)

Back in August of last year an article appeared in the Nottingham Post concerning Cafe Nomad. Having known Malcolm for some 40 years, however, it was evident that the article not only extolled the qualities and virtues of Malc’s little restaurant but of Malc himself.

The article painted a picture of a man who was always friendly and open to all. A man who had, in the words of his uncle Ron and auntie Beryl, “a loving nature kind and true”. The writer tells of how having rung the restaurant three times she felt like she already knew Malc prior to her visit. She also mentions the “friendly and relaxed atmosphere” of the restaurant itself.

Malcolm was also a man who was highly enthusiastic about what he did. The article talks of how he describes his dishes in “mouth watering detail”; of how the writer is captivated by Malc’s descriptions of the food; and by the way Malc’s eyes lit up as he detailed the “hint of mustard and splash of brandy” in the cauliflower thermidor sauce. As Malcolm heads back to the kitchen he exclaims “just give me a shout if you need more crackers”, leaving the reporter feeling she could probably just help herself. I also ate at Cafe Nomad and was left with a similar feeling. Malc wasn’t so much the chef, although chef he certainly was, he was more a mate who just happened to be doing the cooking.

Viewed in retrospect, however, the article does end on a sad note. It describes Malc as a “self declared hippie from the 60s” and mentions the time he spent in India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Morocco, going on to state that at the age of 65 he was ready to put his backpack on again. As many knew, Malc hoped to revisit Morocco in the future, something he sadly didn’t get to do. I understand from his brother Ian, however, that he and Malc’s long time girlfriend Sandy have discussed the possibility of travelling to Marrakesh later in the year to scatter his ashes, so Malc may yet return!

Malc also described himself as an old hippie to the doctor who informed him that his days were numbered, stating “I’m an old hippie, I’m not scared of dying!” It was a comment that showed how much he had imbibed the spirit and outlook of the hippie culture of the sixties, and the philosophies of the east from which it borrowed. Infact, with his little beard and sparkling eyes Malc did have something of the look of an indian sadhu about him, to my mind at least.

In conclusion I would like to quote a few famous lines from the poet John Donne, words that encapsulate and express not only the inevitability of our own passing but also how much the poorer our lives will be for Malc’s absence: “No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were: any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.”

Due to the evolving nature of the internet, we have captured this archive of reviews of Cafe Nomad, before they are lost. We acknowledge the various originators for these writings, which are linked to the source where appropriate. [pat]

Nottingham Post

This article from the Nottingham Post, August 19, 2011, was the basis of the above eulogy by Piggy at Malcolm’s funeral.

Cafe NomadWALKING into Cafe Nomad feels a little bit like you are walking into someone’s dining room. Seven or so tables fill a rectangular room that is adorned with Moroccan fabrics and softened by dim orange lighting.

And there at the back is Malcolm’s kitchen – there’s a small counter separating it from the restaurant but really it’s all the same room. And it seems to suit everyone perfectly, allowing Malcolm to chat to his customers while we could spy on the master at work.

Having rung three times earlier that day – once to make the booking, once to check if we could bring our own wine (we could) and once to change the booking time (running late again) – I felt like I already knew Malcolm. He greeted us warmly from the kitchen as we walked in and we were overwhelmed by the friendly, relaxed atmosphere of the little restaurant, which is tucked away next to an off-licence and takeaway place in Hucknall Road.

Dressed in his chef whites, he appeared at our table with the menus and cheerfully explained that he was working as both waiter and chef that night due to it being a fairly quiet evening. And as we gazed over the options on the menu, which included the Nomad stew with walnut dumplings, Moroccan tagine with flat bread and a mousaka, Malcolm talked us through the specials – describing them in mouth-watering detail.

I should mention at this point that Cafe Nomad is a vegetarian restaurant, which also caters for vegans. As a meat eater, and keen steak consumer, I was somewhat sceptical and must confess that my usual reaction to most vegetarian food is: “Wouldn’t this be nice with a bit of meat?”

But nevertheless I was captivated by Malcolm’s descriptions of the food – and by the way his eyes lit up as he detailed the “hint of mustard and splash of brandy” in the cauliflower thermidor sauce. That was promptly ordered, along with Moroccan koftas with cous cous and salad. To start we opted for a mushroom paté and spring onion ricotta fritters.

As Malcolm headed into the kitchen to get to work, we cracked open the bottle of Chianti we’d picked up on the way. With no corkage costs it was lovely to drink a good bottle of wine without the restaurant price tag. Good wine in a cosy setting is half the battle sometimes.

Some good conversation later, Malcolm returned with the starters.

The mushroom pate was a wonderfully thick slab, bursting with robust flavours and served with delicious crumbly crackers.

“Just give me a shout if you want more crackers,” said Malcolm as he headed back to the kitchen. The generous portion provided was more than enough but it was nice to know I could probably just wander over and help myself to more.

The fritters were equally delicious – the ricotta gave them a melt-in-the-mouth texture and the spring onion tasted crunchy and fresh. Instead of sitting around in their juices on the chef’s pass for minutes – the fritters had been thrown from pan-to plate-to table, piping hot.

As the mains were served I cursed myself for not having more room. The cauliflower thermidor was everything we had hoped for, dressed in a light and flavoursome creamy sauce that was not too overpowering.

However, it was the koftas that stole the show for me. The baked balls of vegetables, nuts and breadcrumbs were bursting with ginger, paprika and spices, served in a tangy tomato sauce with a cous cous mountain. We were given side dishes of red cabbage, beans and roasted vegetables. I thought to myself, “This is delicious, but would it be nice with a bit of meat?” And yes, I’m sure it would have been lovely with a bit of meat, but I would not have swapped my koftas for even the finest of meatballs.

A self-declared hippy from the 60s, Malcolm has travelled the world and spent three years cooking in India, as well as being inspired by his trips to Pakistan, Afghanistan and Morocco.

As we finished the last of our Chianti he confessed that now, at the age of 65, he’s ready to throw down his tea towel and put his backpack on again.

I felt a surge of panic that my newly-discovered food haven could soon disappear but he assured us it’s not something that’s happening tomorrow, so it gives me plenty of time to go back for dessert.

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Cafe Nomad in Left Lion by Ali Emm 01/12/2010

Café Nomad is situated on the Carrington end of Hucknall Road and offers a range of culinary fayre to Nottingham’s vegan and vegetarian residents. Stepping inside from the cold we were greeted by a warm, softly lit room with an open kitchen releasing some tantalising smells into the air.

The Mediterranean and African paraphernalia adorning the walls, along with the welcoming smile from the proprietor, immediately set us at ease in this intimate eatery. They serve from Wednesdays to Saturdays from 5-10pm and although the menu isn’t particularly extensive, there was enough on offer for us to spend ten minutes making our minds up.

We chose mushroom pâté with rosemary crackers (£3) and soup of the day (£3). The large serving of soup was piping hot so we got stuck into the pâté whilst waiting for it to cool. This was no hardship though as it was creamy and went perfectly with the crunchy crackers and well dressed side salad. The short wait for the soup was worthwhile as it turned out to be smooth, thick and hearty – the perfect antidote to the autumnal night.

Judging by their menu, being a vegan is more interesting than just plain vegetables and rice. My guest got dibs on one of the specials, squash and spinach terrine with a couscous salad (£12) whilst I went for the Moroccan tagine with flat bread (£12.50). Tucking in, it became apparent where the alluring aromas on arrival had emanated from.

The tagine had a wonderful balance between sweet and savoury with the light handed addition of apricots as well as being full of texture thanks to the cashew nuts and firm chunks of potato. My companion’s dish looked unassuming but went down quickly due to the layered flavours that ran throughout. The cold side salad was the ideal accompaniment and my ‘just a taste’ turned into about four before he started glaring at me for enjoying it too much.

Almost too full for dessert, we went halves on the chocolate pancake (£3). A creamy, rich layered cake with hidden pear slices adding a welcome freshness. Now I’m not vegetarian or vegan and see lambs as cute and tasty. However, at the end of this veritable feast, I didn’t feel I’d missed out. Except on maybe a glass of wine – Café Nomad is unlicensed but, if you’re inclined, bringing your own is encouraged.

This was an affordable meal that lacked nothing in the cuisine or service department. Cast aside any prejudices and treat yourself to a diverse and delicious dining experience that lacks pretention.

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by Jesse keene 10/06/2008

High quality vegetarian and vegan food, with a Mediterranean and North African influence.

The Venue
Quite a distance from the city centre, Cafe Nomad has quite an understated facade in comparison to the intriguing and inspired food that it serves up from its open plan kitchen.

The Atmosphere
Cafe Nomad promotes an intimate dinning experience; the building used to be a greasy spoon and is not particularly large. On a busy night it fills up quickly, so it is advised to phone ahead to avoid disappointment. The relaxed ambience of the restaurant is further reinforced by the Mediterranean and African paraphernalia, which adorns the walls throughout, helping to give the diner a sense of authenticity even before the food is served.

The Food
Nomad MealThe menu just like the premises is compact and full of promise. A starter of spring onion and ricotta fritters with avocado salsa costs a mere £3 and is a great way to get things going, especially because the food is prepared in front of you, making you even more eager for the main course.

A serving of Nomad stew with walnut dumplings (second helping free) at £7.50 is a real treat to the senses and is piping hot when brought promptly to the table. The selection of spices and attention to detail by the chef makes this and all of the dishes on offer stand out from the pricier and larger chain restaurants in Nottingham.

The Drink
Nomad is not licensed for the selling of alcohol but you may bring your own bottle of wine and there is a selection of soft drinks available.

Last Word
A truly inspiring restaurant that helps bring vegetarian and vegan cuisine to life. If only other so called top restaurants took as much pride in service and quality as this establishment does. Highly recommended.

User reviewer ruby slippers 12/07/2009

I had the pleasure of visiting Cafe Nomad for the first time yesterday evening. My first thoughts were that the place was compact and bijoux.

However, after a while you realise this adds to the charm and ambiance and you instantly feel welcome.

World music played in the background and the decor, although simple is very effective (check out the glittery rug on the wall).

The menu is extensive with ‘chefs specials’ also on offer. Being a vegetarian for 30years it was very refreshing to have such an extensive variety of dishes to chose from and…….. here’s the best bit, the prices were extremely reasonable.

The starters were delicious and I was slightly worried that I had overdone it and would not be able to appreciate my main meal.

Oh how wrong I was. Everything was cooked to perfection, I would tell you what it was but i do not want to spoil the surprise!

The chef was very sociable and the waiting staff were polite and helpful.

If you are partial to intimate surroundings with excellent food then I thoroughly recommend cafe Nomad, it’s a wonderful experience that I’m sure you’ll wish to repeat.

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Hollie and Mark on 26th Mar 2008 22:07

“This is a place I would really recommend , me and my partner have been here quite a few times and I have to say the food is brilliant , you always leave feeling satisfied and ready for more Yum Yum. As I am not a vegetarian I thought I would miss the meat in the food but there was so much flavour I didn’t notice. The service is brilliant and this would be a place I would recommend to people. Try the garlic mushrooms there the best. Enjoy! ”

Rochelle Wilson on 9th Oct 2006 11:23

“Small cafe run by owner who is the chef. He’s spent a lot of time in Morocco so the food has that influence. But he also does the burgers and nut cutlet thing. All food is home made and I found it delicious. The prices are very reasonable. Very interesting sauces. Both veggie and vegan. ”

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Becci Moore (Derby) wrote on 25 February 2009

It has had a small refurb and looks very nice, but still relaxed style. It it small but friendly. The food is proper “old school veggie” which is such a nice treat and everything is cooked fresh. I go there from Derby as I enjoy the food so much. Its really well priced too, and you take your own booze- bargain!

Joanna (Kent) wrote on 1 September 2008

What a lovely place, with inspired dishes. My vegetarian children always love having a broader choice than is usual at most restaurants, and had trouble choosing. So did we! In the end we had 4 different dishes. My mushroom stroganoff was superb, and my son enjoyed his mixed vegetable pancake. My daughter had a tagine, as she was feeling adventurous, and my husband had the nut roast.

The flavours were so subtle and delicious, as other people have said you do not miss meat at all! (not that I usually do). The service was friendly and well informed, and we enjoyed watching the food being expertly prepared. And the cost represented excellent value!

We had a bit of a problem finding the restaurant, but I think this is because the city fathers in Nottingham are very stingy with their road signs, not because it is in a difficult to reach place! We bought our booze at the Aldi down the road (or do I mean Lidl?)

So if you are in the area, and have a good map, go!

Hollie and Mark (Nottingham) wrote on 26 March 2008

The food here is amazing by far the best I have ever tasted. With me not being a vegetarian I thought I would miss the meat but there was so much flavour I didn’t even notice.

The atmosphere is great you really get into the Moroccan theme they also have a belly dancing night once a month I have never been but I have heard great reviews.

The staff are very friendly and the food comes out quickly.

It’s perfect for me and my partner as it’s right on our doorstep so we have been quite a few times.

You get value for money and you always leave feeling full.

I would recommend Cafe Nomad to everyone and you must try the Garlic Mushrooms they are the best.


Steve Thorpe (Nottingham) wrote on 28 September 2007

Holds about 20 people and the kitchen area is open to the dining area so it can get hot. Unpretentious, eg. the tables and chairs don’t match. Share a starter or a pudding? – no problem. Take your own wine. Friendly service but only one waitress so relax. The food is superb and it’s excellent value. We fed 6 adults to an ‘absolutely stuffed’ level for £64.

Peter Cheshire (Northampton) wrote on 18 March 2007

Cafe Nomad is compact, but the vegan food choice is mega, the menu is a sensibly priced, a warm welcome is assured. The food is delicious, the portions are generous, the dishes are prepared to order, what a gem. There are evenings with a belly dancer to add to the atmosphere. If you enjoy food then do not miss the Cafe Nomad – it may have a no frills appearance, go inside and try the excellent cuisine, I did and wow, that is why I have written this review. Try and enjoy.

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Stephen F (Nottinghamshire): March 2008

I’ve been here a few times now. The food is excellent, Morrocan inspired as others have mentioned but there’s not just Tagines, there are cutlets, stew, roast reg and a nut roast. Of the starters, I’d recommend the garlic mushrooms, they’re astonishingly good. I’m working my way through the main courses, so far I’ve had the tagine, cutlets and Goulash and they’ve all been excellent. They even have a vegan dessert, almost unheard of even in veggie restaurants, and if you tell them you’re vegan they can veganise some of the main courses and starters.

In summary, the food is excellent (and great value for money also) and varied and vegan. I recommend it without reservation (not literally – as it’s quite small, you’d be best off ringing beforehand rather than just turning up.)

Angie W: May 2007

Excellent food and good value . Most of the choices are vegan (so vegans actually get a choice!!!).I have been about 4 times and have enjoyed the different meals each time. I don’t think there was much choice if any for the sweet course but I was too full to care. One of the reasons why I am sorry to be leaving Nottingham. Lovely friendly staff too.

Ronny W: November 2006

A friendly place with approachable staff who’ll strive to veganise non-vegan options. Gets very busy on Sundays, so booking advised.

Sharon E (Nottinghamshire): November 2006

Lovely little restaurant serving proper veggie food. Really friendly ambience. Decor is Moroccan-inspired, as is the delicious tagine with couscous on the menu. The strawberry syllabub with brandy is absolutely gorgeous. Very reasonably priced (we had a 3 course meal for 5 for £55)and you can bring your own wine, no corkage. Only small though, so best to book. The only downside is the outside loos.

Date of visit: November 2006

Cafe Nomad is more restaurant than cafe as evidenced by the delicious sounding food – ricotta fritters with avocado salsa, mushroom strogonof with smoked tofu and wild rice and asparagus roulade. The chef/proprietor Malcolm organises special evenings once every six weeks or so when a “belladi” comes to entertain diners. The next such event is 16 December. Booking only. Cafe Nomad will also be open at Christmas – set menu – again booking essential. The website is under construction – please do phone (outside peak dining times please) for more information.

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Cafe Nomad, and other Nottingham eateries are listed in Vegetarian Britain North, from Vegetarian Guides.

Also at Happy Cow and Vegetarian Visitor

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