I just received an email from P.E.A (People Environment Achievement) that has confirmed that Vegan Festival UK are finalists for their 2017 awards. This is huge honour for us (to say the least).
This is taken from P.E.A Awards About Page
Now in its seventh year, the P.E.A. (People. Environment. Achievement.) Awards is the UK’s leading sustainability awards, honouring the individuals and teams behind the products, services and businesses that are changing the face of our planet. Previous winners include Juliet Davenport OBE, Cat Fletcher, Polly Higgins and many other amazing ambassadors who are committed to revolutionising old models and systems. Across sectors ranging from finance and energy to music and art, the P.E.A. Awards identifies and celebrates the green heroes who are taking matters into their own hands and providing inspiring alternatives to business as usual. These sustainability pioneers are recognised and rewarded at our glamorous green carpet event, with music, entertainment and plenty of great food and drink!
As a longtime vegan I wanted to spread the word of veganism, I wanted share my knowledge on the subject with the world, so I asked myself how can this be achieved by one person, so along side studying for a business degree, I sat down and devised a plan (not easy I can tell you), I thought that the best way to educate and inform the good people of the U.K would be through an event. After I visited many ethical festivals around the country I soon realised there was nothing like that in my home town of Newcastle upon Tyne, so this was my queue, after a few months of planning the first north east vegan festival was born.
Today VFUK is continuing grow in to many other UK locations and bring vegan love to as many people as possible.
I was a finalist for an award last year for a more local ceremony Made in Tyne and Wear’s (Lifestyle Awards – Best Live Event) which was amazing to be part of, but being nominated for a national award never mind a finalist is for us is (AMAZING). Please keep your fingers crossed for us when we attend the P.E.A Awards in London on 13th October. Finally I would like to thank every single person who supports these festivals whether being a visitor, stallholder or volunteer, you are all part of making the festivals the success they are and making the world a better place.
How to go Vegan UK. Although many would disagree, the UK must be one the most vegan friendly places in the world. Near every restaurant has a vegan option, most supermarkets such as Tesco and Asda have a growing selection of vegan friendly products. Cruelty free businesses are springing up all across the UK, businesses such as Tyne Chease, a family run vegan friendly cheese company located in Tyne and Wear, also Hendersons Edinburgh which is one of the best vegan restaurants in the UK. One of the toughest things about becoming vegan, must be traveling abroad, we are presented with thousands of beautiful restaurants, but nothing really edible (or at least from a Vegan point of view). The UK is a different animal (pardon the pun), most would agree the cruelty free industry in the UK has grown exponentially in the last few years, today near every UK city has a vegan fair or a vegetarian food festival, such as Birmingham Vegan Festival and Leeds Vegan Festival A recent article I read pointed out the vegan movement in the UK has increased 350% in the last 10 years.
Becoming Vegan UK
Google trends (above) clearly show the increase in interest in the veganism ( LINK ).
Some would say eating vegan can be a bit of a minefield, this is due to some ingredients/products look fairly harmless, but the reality is a little different. For example chewy sweets such as wine gums, jelly babies, cola bottles, even soft mints, have got their delicious bite from gelatine, a protein derived from collagen, which is derived from the tendons, ligaments and tissues of mammals.
It may look on the surface that most products will contain some kind of animal derivative, but once you get the hand of reading the labels on foods, you probably will be surprised what food are actually are vegan, for example – Starburst Millions Haribo – Sour Rainbow Strips, Sour Rainbow Twists Flying Saucers Love Hearts Polo Mints Original Jelly Tots Sherbet Fountain Skittles ( Read on).
If your intention is to go cruelty free,or if you want more information on becoming vegan in the UK, why not pop along to one of our vegan festival, you will find information, food stalls, talks and demonstrations, plus get the chance to run shoulder with like minded people.