I was recently chatting to Paul Kerton better known to his YouTube fans as the Hench Herbivore about veganism. This is a short extract :- Veganism is unequivocally THE BEST thing that ever happened to me. It’s not without it’s potential for downsides, once we become fully aware of how humanity at large still treats farmed animals, etc. and perhaps we are treated unkindly by people that don’t like to be forced by our healthful example, to consider they are causing unnecessary suffering at breakfast, lunch and dinner every day.
Events like this can be a real breath of fresh air! It is like we are catapulted forwards to a time (which believe me IS coming) where most of us are conscious of not wanting to do harm in the world. Although many of the attendees may be strangers to us, they feel more like friends.”
VFUK landed in Sheffield’s Cuttler’s Hall for the second time on the 10th September 2017. The turn out was amazing, thousands of visitors came from across the UK to enjoy a great family day of cruelty free food,drinks and clothes. We were also very lucky to have some amazing speakers join us including Emmerdale’s Roxy Shahidi, Elizabeth King and Pendal Spring Song. To see what visitors and stall holders said about this years event ( Click Here ).
After over a year of marketing, phone calls, emails, interviews and social media, the Sheffield 2nd annual Vegan Festival was finally here. We had a fair idea the event was going to be a success from online ticket sales and general interest, but no one could expected the huge turn out on the day. Cuttler’s Hall in Sheffield is not a small venue but the door staff needed to stop entry for a while as the venue was at maximum occupancy, this in turn caused a queue to form until some people left the building, not great for anyone at the wrong side of the queue, but great for veganism, as it shows the growth of the movement in the UK.
These type of events are a testament to the growing vegan movement here in the UK and abroad. Although we regularly see social media groups and forum with a massive followings, until the large numbers are observed first hand it sometimes can be unbelievable that there are that many like minded people around.
The feedback from the public and stall holders has been overwhelmingly positive and in fact some stall holders sold out before midday. The feedback from the public also was amazing, many took the time to talk to myself and my family about how much of a great experience they had.
I would like to thank everyone who was involved in Sheffield Vegan Festival, including all the stall holders that have traveled considerable distances to show their amazing product, services and causes. Huge thanks to the speakers that have spent many hours practicing their presentation to share with us, many in fact also traveled huge distances to do so. I would like to thank the staff and security Cuttler’s Hall for helping stall holders unload their vans and cars.
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Finally I would like to thank every single person that attended this event, everyone makes the effort to attend these events do their bit to help make the veganism movement stronger. We will no doubt be returning to Sheffield in 2018 bigger and better, meanwhile wish us luck for Edinburgh Vegan Festival to be held on the 19th November 2017.
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