Tintagel Vegan Friends tell you more!
This was the title of our first free vegan food tasting event in Tintagel, held in the Old School. And this question raised a great deal of interest, we were busy all day. Many people came, tried foods and talked with us about what we had on offer, sourcing products, the recipes, as well as aspects of seeking to live a more compassionate lifestyle.
We offered a variety of foods, some home-made, some ready made. We shared samples of cous-cous, roasted vegetables, houmous, sushi, sausage rolls, nut roast, curry, pasties, scones and a wide range of dairy-free cheeses. There were a number of tempting desserts on offer, so often lacking or unimaginative when we eat out. We offered truffles, cheesecakes, chocolate pecan tart, meringues, chocolate cake with coconut cream. We shared a variety of milks, accompaniments, breakfast cereals, etc.
We aimed to show that vegan food is exciting, flavoursome and no more expensive than any other way of eating.
Several companies were very generous in supporting the event, for example, Holland and Barrett, Tesco, and Pengenna Pasties, who gave us a big range of their products to share. We owe all these companies enormous thanks for their support.
We made up a small booklet of the recipes of the foods we shared, which sold out on the day! We had leaflets on different vegan related topics supplied by Animal Aid. Also, we made some of our favourite cook books available for people to peruse.
Most food was gone by the mid afternoon. We had many fruitful discussions, on recipes, on where to source products, on nutrition, how to remove gluten from some products, on the ethics of living vegan and the issues that surround it aside from diet. Since the event, people have shared pictures of food they have made from the recipe booklet, and given positive feedback about the things they tasted with new intentions to source items we shared they had not known about before.
Everybody was made to feel welcome and the event proved to be very popular. We are now planning a future event in Tintagel, and intend to do the same in other towns in North Cornwall.
In addition, Edwina is planning to create a vegan night, starting around Easter, every Friday night at Anniden in Tintagel, profits going to various animal charities. Look out for details of both…
Talks and workshop sessions at Cornwall Vegan Festival Earth Day Celebration
The Geodome Area for Mind Body Spirit
11.30 till 12.25 Mindfulness with Vanessa Lackford, vegan guest house proprietor and mindfulness teacher
‘How can mindfulness support me and my vegan advocacy?’
If you are curious about what mindfulness is, or have previous experience of it, do come along and find out a little about it or revisit what you have learned. The workshop will be around an hour long, experiential, invitational and friendly.
Mindfulness is about being present in our lives and bringing awareness and compassion to our experience. I will supply mats and blankets, just turn up!
12.35 till 1.35 (approx) ‘Veganers Question Time’
A chance for the public to ask our panel of experts all the questions about veganism, the environment and sustainability they have been ‘burning’ to ask! All welcome to come along and join in! No previous experience necessary!
1.35 till 2.20 Vita Sleigh “Vegan Feminism: why animal abuse hurts us all”
Vita is a lifelong vegan and is in her final year at Falmouth University. Her interest in thinking critically about feminism and peacefulness to animals met when she read “The Sexual Politics of Meat” by Carol J Adams. Her talk will explore the idea that true feminism should include the struggle for animals’ rights, and similarly that patriarchal (sexist) thinking undermines and limits effective vegan advocacy. It will also explore the practical ways that these -isms manifest themselves in the other’s movement – speciesism within the feminist movement, and sexism within the animal rights movement. It will explore and discuss the alternative – intersectionality.
2.20 till 3.05 Jack Common “Crossing the Barrier: Evolutionary Biology and Animal Rights”
Jack is a PhD student studying evolutionary biology at the University of Exeter. His transition to veganism was instigated by an understanding that our scientific knowledge regarding other animals can be intimately connected to our emotional responses to them. In his talk, Jack will explore common misunderstandings about other animals, and show how modern evolutionary thinking lends firm support to non-human sentience, animal rights, and veganism.
3.05 till 3.50 Bethany Chester “Eating the World Alive”
Bethany is a writer, blogger and activist with a passion for animal rights and the environment. Her talk will explore how our food choices can help or hurt the environment, and how you can empower yourselves for the helpful choices.
4.15 till 5.00 Amanda Forster-Searle “How to thrive and be a healthy vegan“
Amanda is a Nutritionist, Meta Health Stress & Wellbeing Coach & Reiki Practitioner at Nourish Healing in Cornwall.
Her talk will guide you through how to ensure you eat healthily following a vegan plant-based diet, looking at key nutritional needs alongside plenty of delicious ideas to help you thrive.
The New Year is traditionally a time of new beginnings, changing habits, doing something new, and having no money. What better time to eat fruits and veggies, get a head start with health and find a more compassionate and just outlook on life! Vegetable, fruits, nuts, beans, seeds and grains can be vastly cheaper whilst you recover from the excesses of Christmas, and you will find that eating ‘like you give a damn’ will help your heart in more ways than one! Team up with Veganuary this January and get help, tips, support and lots of information and check out the Nutritionfacts .org website for all things nutritional and health related. You can also buy Dr Greger’s book “How not to Die” on the same site..and live to see the next new year in too!
We ‘re so cheerful!
Seriously though, you still may want to eat out and about and theres a great guide to help you do this that covers the majority of Cornwall’s eateries, take aways, bars and cafes. Its called VeganCornwall and it is an amazing collection of experienced reviews. Please though, if theres anything you notice that has changed, drop them a line, they will be happy and grateful that you took the time to let them know of any updates and changes!
Where to shop for food and what to replace certain foods with is another question we all get asked regularly when starting out vegan. Many foods that you already buy will be suitable, read the labels and especially the allergen advice as this will highlight or bold many common allergens which you can then avoid. If you are severely allergic, however, you may already know not to to consume certain processed foods as the ‘may contain’ means that it has been made in an area or factory where allergens are present. Milk and egg are easy to spot in these sections. Many supermarkets are now producing their own lists of products SFV-suitable for vegans- and are often quite good at labelling their own brand products, (these lists from VeganWomble are excellent). In addition, you can find some up to date info on the Veganuary site too!
More and more the shift towards vegan food and drink is mainstreaming into the supermarkets. A recent photograph taken in Tesco shows the wealth and extent of plant milks there are available .. and when you’ve found one you like, you can always give making it yourself a go too! (should the desire arise..).
When you have taken a few steps around getting ingredients, it may be time for your first dinner party. One of the most accessible sites for this is Buddhist Chef, I guarantee your mouth will start to water just looking at the pictures!
On facebook? the Great GloVegan Hang Out group page has just the right mix of helpful advice, delicious recipes and informative chat! Ask to join today and you will receive all the support you need to start your vegan journey..we were all pre-vegans once, not many of us grew up vegetarian let alone vegan, we remember what what is was like and we want to share all our experiences ..you can benefit from the sharing of the wealth of knowledge..go on, you know you want to!