It’s only a short time away to the 7th Newcastle Vegan Festival. 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.
The annual Newcastle Vegan Festival is upon us once again. VFUK is returning home to Newcastle for the 6th consecutive year and are hoping to be bigger and better than ever before.
We will be returning to the beautiful Assembly Rooms for the final time as sadly this venue is closing. So this could be the final time this venue will be open to the public.
We are sure to make Newcastle Vegan Festival 2019 an amazing, memorable and obviously a cruelty free day out for the whole family. Along with the fact that VFUK is the UK’s only family run Vegan Festival, our venue boasts great transport links, parking and the fact that you are supporting the largest growing movement in the world is reason enough to attend, but here are 5 big reasons to visit Newcastle vegan festival this year.
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, Newcastle Vegan Festival 2019 talks include :-
Pacari : How to Choose An Ethical Chocolate? This is a dark chocolate tasting workshop with Pacari. Find out in this interactive workshop and learn about the truth behind chocolate, origin and history of cacao while getting the chance to taste a couple of different award winning Pacari organic dark chocolate bars (60% and above).(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.(FB Event Page)
The Vegan Night School presents: Going Vegan, Staying Vegan. What the science tells us about how people change their lifestyles, and sometimes don’t, and what you can do to help others and yourself live aligned with your values. Come hear Dr Alex Lockwood (vegan academic and author of The Pig in Thin Air), Leigh Venus (vegan activist and Minimalists, Newcastle) and Ben Thorne (Anonymous for the Voiceless, The Vegan Night School) share what they’ve learnt from psychology, arts and practice in a fun, non-judgemental interactive session. (FB Event Page)
ALAN TREVETHAN : There is plenty debate, particularly on social media, about Plant Based diets and Veganism. Is this a black and white issue or is there more to consider? This talk looks at the broader picture of how and why people make their choices, what it means for them and how they then interact with other people. (FB Event Page)
Running For Good Screening : Come along and watch Running For Good : The Fiona Oakes Documentary, and then Chat/Q&A with the lady herself. ( Click Here )
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. we have teamed up with plant based valley for our Newcastle Vegan Festival on this coming Sunday 27th October where you can bag some free Vbites Turkey Chunks on entry to the event. ( Click Here)
5. Newcastle is an amazing city.
When visiting the north east, you’re guaranteed to have a reet canny time and we promise you’ll receive a warm Geordie welcome when travelling our home town. We will be returning to one of our favorite Newcastle building, the Assembly rooms on Fenkle street, for the final time. The Assembly rooms is a beautiful venue steeped in history as far back as 1774.
We hope to make this event the largest vegan event Scotland has ever seen, but we can’t do this with out your support, so please take an hour out of your day on Sunday October 27th and support our cause.