I would like to take this time out to reflect and thank everyone who has supported Vegan Festivals UK in the past 7 years, without all of the amazing stall holders, speakers, volunteers, visitors and family members who have helped this would not have been possible. Vegan Festivals UK is ran single handedly by Louise who is a young mum to two little boys, Mason 4 and Theodore who has just turned 3 months old both thriving little vegan boys. As a small business I know myself how much of a struggle it is in this time of crisis, the past few weeks I have been thinking about how I can help these small businesses who have previously helped the events become as great as they are and help many people become aware of the benefits of becoming vegan for the animals,health,environment and our planet.
Our first event does not start till August this year so I am very grateful for this and heres hoping that all of this will be over and done by then. What I would like to offer are as follows:
When you book one or more event you always get 10% off total, however for people who have already been booked into vegan events this year which have been cancelled, 30% will be deducted from the total bringing the total to 40% off bookings, charities will receive 40% off bookings bringing charity rate down to 50%.
We are also going to offer payment plans and low deposit bookings to secure your place.
Additionally anyone who books we will be offering FREE sponsor packages to promote all businesses and charities across all of our social media platforms with a reach over 200k+ followers.
In the mean time if there is any other suggestions on how we can help or if people have any questions about bookings please do get in touch
This coming Sunday 10th November we land in Edinburgh for a 6th time, and will be our final festival of 2019. If you have not attended one of our events before you will have the chance to watch amazing vegan speakers, demo’s and workshops, taste some fantastic vegan cuisine from around the world, and ultimately maybe learn how easy it is to live a more ethical, healthier and a more environmentally friendly lifestyle. If you have attended before you may see some familiar cruelty free business’s and a good selection of new start-ups.
1. Multi Award Winning Festival
Although Vegan Festival UK has been nominated for many awards over the years, we always got beat to the post by larger business, but last year we were asked to attend the prestigious national P.E.A Awards in London. It was huge honour to be a finalist among some of the UK’s leading sustainable companies, but hearing “The Winner Is Vegan Festival UK” was a little surreal. For more details on this amazing evening (P.E.A Awards), also this July 2nd 2018 we were chosen from a long list of festivals and events, to become the winner of Festival Of The Year 2018. That fact that we have been even nominated for these awards is fanatic, but becoming a finalist and then winning is awesome.
2. Amazing Vegan Businesses
Edinburgh will welcome a large 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. Speakers & Guests
At all our festivals we have a selection of interesting talks from our speakers and guests, Edinburgh Vegan Festival 2019 talks include :-
Go Vegan Scotland : Are a grassroots not for profit volunteer vegan advocacy group who will be giving the following talk at 2pm Animal Rights and Veganism: A brief history, some highlights and recommendations. Go Vegan Scotland will look back to the roots of the animal rights movement, highlight some of the key voices and fundamental principles, consider the negative impact of animal welfare on the progress of animal rights and veganism and review where things stand now and how these considerations influence our advocacy.(FB Event Page)
Syd Barnes – AKA Psycho Syd Talk : Imagine being diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and given just 6 months to live. You are a bag of bones writhing in agony. You cannot eat so you must feed yourself through a tube in your stomach to keep yourself alive to the fact that you are dying. Even worse, you are all alone with two young children aged 14 and 4 who have no one else in the world but you. What would you do? Get ready to rage, cry, scream and laugh when you join Syd on his mind-blowing trip as he takes you right there. Taste the madness hurt and despair. Raw and edgy with shed-loads of eye-popping humour. And finally, stare in gobsmacked awe as he finally gets the all-clear inspiring you to believe that the impossible is always possible. You will never forget this true-life tale for as long as you live. You have been warned!(FB Event Page)
VGN Live Podcast with Go Vegan Scotland : The VGN vegan news team are visiting Edinburgh for a live podcast. Go Vegan Scotland will be joining VGN on this panel, reflecting on recent developments or news stories concerning veganism and animal rights. If you’d like to be part of the live recording and meet the VGN team, please come along. The panel will include Christopher Sebastian, co-founder of VGN, who teaches the course Power, Oppression and Privilege at Columbia University. His work focuses on the interconnections between speciesism, racism and classism. For example see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VrlVQiSNNSs (FB Event Page)
SEA SHEPHERD : Sea Shepherd UK is a registered marine conservation charity whose primary mission is to end the destruction of habitats and illegal killing of wildlife around the UK’s coastline and across the world’s oceans in order to conserve and protect marine ecosystems and species. We use innovative direct-action tactics to investigate, document and take action when necessary to expose and confront illegal activities committed against marine wildlife. Sea Shepherd also engaging in campaigns to help defend and restore coastal and marine areas. By safeguarding the biodiversity of our delicately balanced oceanic ecosystems, Sea Shepherd works to ensure their survival for future generations.
Come along to Newcastle Vegan Festival on Sunday 27th October 2019 and watch Running For Good : The Fiona Oakes Documentary, and then Chat/Q&A with the lady herself.
From Executive Producer James Cromwell and award-winning director Keegan Kuhn (Cowspiracy, What The Health) comes RUNNING FOR GOOD, the feature-length sports documentary narrated by Rich Roll (Finding Ultra), following world record marathon runner Fiona Oakes in her attempt not only to set a new global record in endurance racing, but to compete in the “toughest footrace on earth,” the Marathon Des Sables, a 250km race through the Sahara Desert.
Fiona Oakes has made a name for herself as a unique endurance runner. She is the fastest woman in the world to run a marathon on all seven continents, and the north pole, in both cumulative and elapsed time. Fiona’s achievements are made even more astounding due to the fact that she was told at age 14 that she would never walk properly, let alone ever run. She would undergo more than 17 radical knee surgeries which ultimately led to having her entire right kneecap removed. The process was agonizing, the rehab worse, the records she’s gone on to set even more astounding.
With overcoming her own adversity, Fiona’s true drive to achieve incredible feats of speed and human endurance are motivated by a deep desire to raise awareness for the plight of animals. Her achievements help fund a 450+ animal sanctuary that she takes care of every day.