We returned to Newcastle upon Tyne on Saturday 10th June 2017 for the 4th time. Despite the horrendous weather, huge numbers made there way to the Assembly Rooms, this year we had an amazing lineup of speakers including : Elizabeth King who talked about the 10 steps to going vegan, best selling author Hanna Sillitoe who shared her knowledge on skincare, world record marathon runner Fiona Oakes, who continues to inspire us with her athletic ability and unparalleled empathy and animal rights activist, Paralympic skier, 5 times world record holder, business woman, motivational and inspirational speaker Heather Mills.
To see what the visitors and stall holders had to say about this event (CLICK HERE).
Despite the weather was not being the best (in fact it was bloody awful), the Newcastle Vegan Festival 2017 was a overwhelming success. Only a few short years ago, the expected turn out at a vegan festival would be nothing to write home about, but now (2017) these type of events can bring crowds from far and wide even in the most challenging of conditions.
We would like to thank everyone who was involved in this years festival, including all the speakers who have travelled considerable distances to share their stories and knowledge with the people of Newcastle. Thanks to Elizabeth King who shared her knowledge and tips on how to go and stay vegan, thanks to best selling author Hanna Sillitoe who shared her knowledge on skincare, thanks to Fiona Oakes for continuing to inspire us with her athletic ability and unparalleled empathy, and we would also like the thank Heather Mills for taking time out of her insanely busy schedule to fly into the north east and talk at our festival, we have already had considerable feedback (less than 24hrs after the fest) on how inspirational this talk was.
Thanks to all the stall holders that have prepared some of the most scrumptious foods that any human could experience, thanks to all you guys who produce cruelty free products and thanks to everyone who had a hand in helping this movement grow, this includes everyone who has attended the festival including all non-vegans / veg-curious and everyone who has liked, followed or shared us on social media. Finally I personally would like to thank all the staff at the Assembly Rooms (our venue) that went above and beyond the call of duty to iron out technical issues we had.
One last thing.. Festival’s such as this one are more than a collection of stalls and talks at a venue, but a place to meet old friend, make new friends and in some cases (like one of our previous festivals) meet your new spouse.
We try and make our annual events bigger and better than the previous year, and this year is no exception. The Newcastle Vegan Festival 2017 has more stalls, speakers and has had more media coverage than any event before it, all this alongside our special guest Heather Mills, has gave the Newcastle Vegan Festival 2017 the makings of one amazing day out for the family. As I have said before, you don’t need 5 reasons to visit a vegan festival, the fact that we are supporting the largest movement in the world is reason enough, but all the same here are 5 big reasons…
1. Award Nominated Vegan Festival
Vegan Festival UK has been recently nominated for BEST LIVE EXPERIENCE at the Tyne & Wear Lifestyle Awards 2016, this is obviously a huge honour not only because of the public nominating us, but being a chosen as a finalist from hundreds of other amazing events throughout the region.
Our last event in Aberdeen Vegan Festival only last week was an spectacular event, the footfall was amazing (several thousand), ticket sales show that Newcastle upon Tyne Vegan Festival 2017 is on course for record attendance.
2. Amazing Vegan Businesses
This year we have a huge selection of vegan business’s coming from across the UK. If you have ever been to one of our festivals before you may recognize some of our business’s, but this year we have many new companies you may have never heard of. If you are not vegan or vegetarian you will soon realise that removing animal products from our lives, is easier than you think. Come and talk to these amazing companies, maybe taste / try some of there fabulous products and support the vegan movement.
This is what stall holders had to say about our previous event.
3. Awesome Vegan Speakers
Hanna Sillitoe (1.15pm – 2pm), author of best selling book Radiant explains how this 100% natural approach to healing skin cured her psoriasis, eczema and acne for life.
Elizabeth King (11am – 12pm) has been vegan for 12 years and is an active campaigner, helping to run local and national vegan outreach events and workshops for the Vegan Approach. She also delivers talks about vegan nutrition and her aim is to help people to become happy and healthy vegans.
We are very very excited to have animal rights activist, paralympic skier, 5 times world record holder, business woman,motivational and inspirational speaker Heather Mills (2:30pm onwards) to our vegan festival in Newcastle upon Tyne this summer.
In 2003, the Open University awarded her an honorary doctorate for her philanthropic work on behalf of amputees. She continues to campaign, in addition to promoting the distribution of prostheses around the world and has been involved with the development of the Heather Mills McCartney Cosmesis, which gives amputees in America the chance to wear a Dorset Orthopaedic cosmesis, without having to travel to the UK. Heather Mills is also vice-president of the Limbless Association. In 2004, she received a “Children in Need” award from the annual International Charity Gala in Düsseldorf and in the same year, the University of California, Irvine, gave her their 2004 Human Security Award and created the Heather Mills McCartney Fellowship in Human Security to support graduate students conducting research on pressing human security issues. She is a former Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Association Adopt-A-Minefield programme.
After her superb talk at Aberdeen Vegan Festival last month, we have just added guest speaker Fiona Oakes to our line up, Fiona is a British marathon runner, who holds three world records for marathon running.
In 2013, she won both the Antarctic Ice Marathon and the North Pole Marathon. She runs despite losing a knee cap from an illness when she was 17. Fiona has been vegan since 6 years old. She runs Tower Hill Stables Animal Sanctuary and is a patron of the Captive Animals Protection Society. Fiona works long hours on a sanctuary that she runs almost single-handedly, on which she cares for 400 animals including horses, pigs, sheep and dogs. She also fundraise’s for the sanctuary, for which the food bill is over £5000 per month, and for other animal issues. Typical working days start before dawn and end around 8pm on her sanctuary in Essex, UK.
4. Some Free Vegan Stuff
As with our previous festivals the stall holders encourage you to try their wares, this normally comes in the form of food tasting or drinks. This year we will be handing some vegan goodies and vouchers to vegan restaurants in the area. As with most things that are free – first come first served.
5. Newcastle Is One Amazing City
If your travelling from outside the area and find yourself at a loose end after the festival, why not pop along to one of the regions best vegan restaurants. The Super Natural Cafe has an amazing selection of vegan options, or the Bohemian restaurant both of these fabulous places are only minutes away from our venue. Our venue is located in the heart of the city and is also 2 minutes walk from the central station.