Category Archives: Outreach

So…what DO vegans eat?

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…

Vanessa Lackford
Edwina Chignell

Tintagel Vegan Friends

Talks to get you thinking!

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.