Since the annoucement of Vegfest’s debut event in Scotland back in March, we have garnered huge support from Scottish mainstream media such as the BBC, STV, Herald Scotland amongst other outlets, in our bid to get veganism and healthy living into the mainstream in Scotland. (for full list of media stories, click here)
Taking place on Scottish soil for the very first time on December 5th 6th in Hall 3 of the prestigious SECC in Glasgow, the event has received generous support from a number of ethical companies. They include native vegan 'Sheese' pioneers Bute Island Foods, Glasgow-based wholesalers GreenCity Wholefoods and vegan restaurant Mono Cafe Bar, coconut milk maestros Koko Dairy Free, fairtrade organic distributors Suma Wholefoods, vegan-run PR firms Excellart and VeggieVision, the UK's first hemp company Yaoh and eco-design/print team Out of Hand.
With over half our floor plan filled for stalls and nearly half our speaking slots filled, tens of thousands of event flyers and posters printed and distributed in Scotland, plus around 1,300 people ‘going’ to our Facebook event page, Vegfest Scotland is set to get off to a flyer – expect plenty more good news in the coming months!
No festival is complete without stacks of good food and Vegfest Scotland is no exception with space for 14 caterers bringing home a wide range of global vegan cuisines, as well as a series of cookery demos and living raw food demos showing you how to get the best out of plant-based ingredients in your everyday dishes. Shopholics will find plenty of goodies, free samples and special discounts from altogether 140 stalls.
Health afficionados will find no ends of tips at the Health Summit on the Saturday with renowned dieticians, healthcare professionals and health researchers shedding light on plant-based nutrition. Confirmed speakers include renowned nutritionists Gareth Zeal, Sandra Hood and Yvonne Bishop-Weston, health counsellors Bill Tara and Marlene Watson-Tara, dietitian Matt Ruscigno and Dr. Doug Graham, pioneer of the 80-10-10 diet (TBC). Visitors can also get face-to-face to many highly achieving vegan professional sportspeople including vegan strongman Patrik Baboumian, cyclist Christine Vardaros, ultramarathon runner William Robertson plus others TBC.
Committed vegans looking to influence those around them to follow a vegan lifestyle have the chance to network with a number of like-minded souls at the Activists Summit on the Sunday. The Summit consists of small bite-sized and interactive workshops alongside short films and longer speeches from prominent activists, giving you an ocean of ideas on effective vegan outreach. Amongst the illustrious speakers are the internationally renowned scholar Dr. Melanie Joy, author of the widely acclaimed "Why we Love Dogs, Eat Pigs and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism", and animal rights scholar Kim Stallwood, author of “Growl: Life Lessons, Hard Truths, and Bold Strategies from an Animal Advocate”.
On top of eating, shopping and education, there's still time for some light-hearted entertainment from comedians, musicians, poets and kids entertainers, plus socialising in the Teen VGN Zone for teenage veggies/vegans and a Mature Zone with vegan health information and refreshments for those in advanced years.
With a number of celebrities speaking at the event, including vegan punk rocker John Robb, TV presenter Anneka Svenska, model Victoria Eisermann, pop singer Pola Pospieszalska and vegan comedian Jake Yapp, Vegfest Scotland is a remarkable colosseum of culinary delights, a marketplace of vegan gems and a hub of vegan education sprinkled with plenty of stardust, humour, new friends and good vibe.
Advance tickets for the event are priced at £5 for one day and £8 for the whole weekend - these go on sale from September at the show website www.vegfestscotland.com You can also buy tickets on the gate at £8 for adults / £4 for concessions (subject to availability). Kids under 16 get free entry.
from Vegfest UK