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.”
Bradford’s 1st Vegan Festival landed on the 24th June 2017. Vegans, Vegetarians and Veg-Curious made their way from across the UK to Brandford City Football Club. We had some incredible speakers along with some fabulous stalls 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 and Jane Antcliff Wilson who read from her book (Barefoot Bitless & Whipless).
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After over a year of marketing, phone calls, emails, interviews and social media, Bradford’s 1st Vegan Festival was finally here. Although we spent over 12 months promoting this event we were unsure how it would be received, but our worries were soon dissolved as the turn out was better than expected.
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. 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 Bradford 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 of Bradford FC for going above and beyond what was asked.
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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 Bradford in 2018 bigger and better, meanwhile wish us luck for Sheffield Vegan Festival to be held on the 10th September 2017.
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