Add Feeds
Publisher Windows
Streaming Headlines
Streaming Windows

Log out

Social Connect

OR Log into your Account below
Want One? Create New Account
VegfestUK - further clarification on criteria for 2016 events

VegfestUK - further clarification on criteria for 2016 events

| by Editor

Following the publication of our criteria for 2016, we have had considerable feedback, much of which have been very supportive of our stance and position.

However, there has been some misunderstanding on a couple of key areas which we want to clarify for the benefit of our stallholders, speakers, supporters and visitors.


Regarding campaign groups

All campaign groups are welcome to attend in 2016. We are asking that all our campaign groups develop some kind of vegan outreach and vegan position that would include things like:

  • official statements on their websites, 
  • supporting the vegan ethos, 
  • links to vegan options, 
  • how to go vegan, live vegan and stay vegan, 
  • promotion of vegan grassroots events, 
  • leaflets distributed through the stalls that help educate people on the benefits of going vegan. 


VegfestUK is offering to help our campaign groups to develop this, and we're open to suggestions on other ways. We want to be clear – we do not want to exclude any of our campaigners. Instead, it is the opposite. We want to help them develop basic vegan education as a matter of priority. For 2017, we will be reviewing our applications to see how much progress we've made in this area.

’We've already been in touch with several groups who have potentially felt excluded by our new criteria to make sure that this is not the case, and they will remain welcome at VegfestUK groups in the future. Some groups are already developing further vegan outreach and we hope their example will be followed by all other campaigners over the next 12 months.


Regarding single issue campaigns 

Currently we are not inviting speakers to speak on single issue campaigns unless it's about the vegan outreach that exists or is being developed within that campaign group. Many single issue campaigns are, in our view, problematic and counterproductive, although we do realise that there's a vast appetite for single issue campaigns in the UK currently. 

Our aim is not to exclude, but to educate, and engage in sensible, practical debates, and enhance our effectiveness as advocates for animals. We realise that this is a controversial area, but we would also ask people to consider that there are many other shows that welcome speakers on single issue campaigns and that welcome people who are not vegan to talk about these issues. 

We have re-drawn our criteria to ensure that our educators, i.e. speakers, are all vegan, and all our talks are focusing in some way on vegan education. We are doing this because we consider that this is the most effective way to bring about the end to exploitation of animals worldwide.


On the subject of visitors wearing leather shoes etc

We are emphasising our requests to visitors not to wear animal products when visiting VegfestUK events. However, this is a request only, and we will not be excluding people if they wear leather shoes or other animal-based items or clothing. Our shows remain very much welcoming to people who are yet to go vegan and will remain so. However, we are taking the step of making clear that going vegan includes not just what you eat, but also what you wear and how you treat animals generally. 

VegfestUK remains a warm, hospitable, welcoming event that is open to all newcomers and will continue to do so. However, it is true that we are tightening our criteria as we go, and we hope you will appreciate our new criteria and position even if you don't agree 100% with our policies.


If you have any direct concerns, please email 

Get Involved! If you have a great Vegan news feed, blog, podcast or video channel that you’d like us to include in The Vegfest Express, or if you have any ideas of new Vegan topics that you’d like us to focus on in the site, then please just contact us at with details!

Post Comment
Join the conversation!Log in to leave a comment.

Subscribe to our newsletter

Latest News

from Vegfest UK


VegfestUK Brighton 2018 dates confirmed - March 24th 25th 2018

2018 will be the 10th year running for VegfestUK Brighton, and 4th

Vegan superfest VegfestUK drew a massive crowd of around 9,400

VegfestUK Brighton returns on March 24th 25th 2018 at the same

VegfestUK Brighton 2017 Event Programme now available to view online

The programme consists of full list of stalls, caterers, speakers,

Robin S, Danny Rampling, Rozalla and Dub Pistols headline 15th annual vegan festival on Bristol Harbourside

Extra dollops of (vegan) formaggio as VegfestUK hosts "Show Me

UK Vegan Festivals Guide 2017 - available to view now online

This guide consists of comprehensive information on all UK vegan

Advance tickets for VegfestUK Brighton 2017 now on sale

Tickets available on BOGOF and BOGOHP for limited period only

Vegfest Scotland 2016 EVENT PROGRAMME now available to view online

Programme contains all info on talks, cookery demos, performances,

Glorious weekend at Olympia London with VegfestUK showcasing the best of veganism to around 13,500 visitors

Just under 15,000 people (13,500 visitors and 1,400 people working


The AQUAPAX team are hydrating visitors at VegfestUK London again

VegfestUK London 2016 EVENT PROGRAMME now available to view online

80 page programme with floor plan, stalls list, caterers, info on

Advance tickets for Vegfest Scotland 2016 now on sale

BOGOF and BOGOHP offers on advance tickets running for limited

Huge celebration of the best of veganism in VegfestUK Awards 2016

Altogether 16 categories with 10 nominees vying for top gong -

Advance tickets for VegfestUK London 2016 now on sale


Health and Fitness Education are proudly supporting at Vegfest is pumping iron naturally.

VegfestUK Bristol 2016 attracted 13,000 people despite rainfall

House, reggae and EDM mixes plus good food and company draw massive

Vegfest Scotland 2016 now open for stall bookings

Space available for 160 stalls & 13 caterers at 2nd year show at

EVENT PROGRAMME for VegfestUK Bristol 2016 available to view online

Tickets on BUY ONE GET ONE HALF PRICE till the end of April - get

Northern Vegan Festival is back on April 23rd 2016

Event spread across 5 different venues in Manchester

VegfestUK London 2016 website now live for bookings

4th year show at Olympia London on Oct 22nd 23rd; stalls, marketing

Vegfest Scotland returns to the SECC on Dec 3rd 4th 2016

Website live for bookings later in 2016; 160 stalls available on

About The Vegfest Express
Brought to you by Vegfest UK
Get the latest Vegan Recipes, Videos, Podcasts and News on Animals, Environment and Vegan Products, all curated by experts in the field. Want your blog or site featured on The Vegfest Express? Contact Us!
Contact Us
Follow Us