Cornwall Vegan Festival 2018 Vegan Spring Festival

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Last Spring we hosted Cornwall Vegan Festival Earth Day Celebration 2017 at Mount Pleasant Eco Park for the first time. The day was a huge success, and we are building on that success to bring you ~

Vegan Spring, Cornwall Vegan Festival 2018.

Make This Your Vegan Spring!
We are dog and family friendly: in fact there will be lots for families to get involved with, including an all day nature adventure and children’s workshops from ILoveNature; and, if the weather is fine, please bring a blanket or something else to sit on..there’s a lot of lovely grassy area…
I Love Nature Tipi
I Love Nature
Family fun!
Animal Aid are once again sponsoring the Cornwall Vegan Festival
Please keep up to date with the latest news and information on our Facebook pages: Cornwall Vegan Festival 2018 and Vegan Spring Event page.
This year’s festival is lovingly sponsored by Pura Pressed, The Cornish Vegan, Natures Treats and Animal Aid, and supported by Cornwall Animal Action.
The excitement is once again mounting as preparations are made for this year’s festival on April 7th 2018; with stalls, talks, demonstrations, workshops, and the return of our Special Feature ‘Veganers Question Time’ ..come and ask our panel of experts all the questions you have been itching to ask!
The Geodome was a cosy spot, but next year we are moving into the Barn so even more of you can join us around the Veganers Question time table!
The Barn will have room for seated and some standing for the talks and demonstrations. In addition we will have information, charity and trade stalls in the Barn area, as well as the Bar, hosted by Atlantic Brewery.
The Barn Area looking towards the stage

We are also featuring an acoustic ‘open mike’ and invite any and all instrumentalists and vocalists to come and perform acoustic, open air and as you come.

(Please: no collecting any money)

Meet by the Totem Pole!
The landscape can take your breath away!
Our venue is once again the stunning area of Cornwall along the north coast nr. Porthtowan at the Mount Pleasant Eco Park. Such is the beauty of this area that you will want to stay and look around, head down to the beach, just minutes away, or take a bracing walk across the Park, (it can get quite blowy!).
The walk to the beach is just minutes away..

Cornwall Vegan Festival Presents: Vegan Spring

on 7th April 2018

at Mount Pleasant Ecopark, Porthtowan.

Camping may also be available by contacting the venue to find out availability. Please book early!
We were awash with visitors

Of course, if you have any specific questions while we continually update these pages, please email cornwallveganfestival@gmail.com

The Amphitheatre featured in the picture below is an area that next year we will be expanding into! Weather-and participant-permitting, we will be hosting some more outdoorsy activities, including yoga! There may be more workshops, interactive nature sessions, and children activities who knows? Keep up too date by visiting this page! Time to get creative!
Stunning scenery at the Eco Park
Last year’s Festival was a resounding success!  Watch Bertie’s video to see just some of the things that went on! Be amazed!

 

If you have any questions, need help with the booking form or want to get in touch with us our address is: cornwallveganfestival@gmail.com
Although we are now almost fully booked, you can still request to join us. To apply for a space via the online booking form, please  go here.

Thank you!

Look out for me in the Lemon Quay
Car park!

Cornwall Vegan Festival Vegan Spring 2018

is generously sponsored by:- 

Pura Pressed, The Cornish Vegan, Nature’s Treats, and Animal Aid,  and supported by Cornwall Animal Action.

Find your purr-fect paw-tner Veggie/Vegan Speed-Dating comes to Truro!

Paws not claws! Get cuddly, kittens!

Veggie/vegan speed-dating comes to Vertigo, Truro on November 11th 2017. Join us at 8pm for a super fun evening with vegan cocktails on sale downstairs at the bar!

Courtesy of Vertigo..

We want you to have a great time, so leave your worries at the door , and join us for some fruity fun!

Cheeky vegetable artwork created by Maia Walczac

 

 

Upstairs, join in the speed-dating event and for only £5.00 on the door, treat yourself to a vegan buffet that is included in your ticket! Register at EventBrite to secure your place!

 

We think you will be a-maized!

We think you are really amazing,  lets find some more amazing people in your area, make friends, network, chat and perhaps, who knows? You may meet your ‘soil-mate’!

Wild West Heroes – the Cornwall Vegans Charity Calendar

 The Wild West Heroes story

The Cornwall Vegans Charity Calendar came about after some rather jolly commenting on a spoof ad for dairy-free yogurt..two members independently suggested we do our own calendar, complete with our own menfolk to grace it, and to donate the profits we made to wildlife charities in Cornwall. Twelve wonderful vegan men told us their stories and let us photograph them in their ‘natural habitat’.
We launched the calendar on 11th November and we hope that by its’ sale, we can raise some cash for badgers and hedgehogs as well as awareness of what it means to be a regular vegan guy!
Help us to help these little critters by buying the first ever Cornwall Vegans Charity Calendar. Not only do you get to feast your eyes on the gorgeous vegan men of Cornwall and Devon, but you also know some of your money goes straight to two Cornwall based wildlife charities: Cornwall Badger Rescue & Brock and Prickles & Paws Hedgehog Rescue
Aww, so cute!

Sale now on!

All the gorgeous ness of vegan men and saving wildlife too!

See more here:

Etsy Sale at Wild West Heroes!

Cornwall Vegans launched Wild West Heroes, the Cornwall vegans Charity calendar on the 11th November at our first veggie/vegan speed dating event. The calendar features the vegan men of Cornwall and Devon, their stories, their secrets and sometimes a recipe! The sale of this calendar will raise vital funds for two wildlife charities in Cornwall, and will no doubt help the lives of those animals sometimes persecuted or pushed aside by modern living and policies.

Cornwall Badger Rescue and Brock and Prickles and Paws Hedgehog Rescue  will benefit from the these proceeds, and you can buy one now by visiting our online Esty shop!

Cornwall’s wildlife will benefit !

Find out more about our story by visiting our dedicated Facebook page!

Buying Wild West Heroes

If you live in Cornwall or Devon, you will find the calendar for sale in many of your favourites shops and cafes! Below is a list of stockists. If you own or work somewhere and would like to stock our calendar, please get in touch with us by emailing cornwallvegan@gmail.com.

Colours Cafe Truro
Bleujennow Penzance
Ethica Plymouth
The Cornish Vegan Truro
Pura Pressed Truro
House of Vestress Hayle
Cornwall Badger Rescue & Brock St. Ives
Little Green Vegan Bakery St Agnes
Pea Souk Vegetarian Cafe Falmouth

Vegan Power Plant  with your favourite takeaway!
Michael House, a Vegan Guest House in Cornwall Tintagel
Vood Bar Events in Cornwall
The Beached Lamb Cafe Newquay
The Naturally Vegan Plot Events in Plymouth

Preenification
Redruth
Cornish Vegan Pasty company St.Agnes

https://www.facebook.com/charlotte.ricketts.90/videos/10156012668836289/

The youngest vegan in the calendar!

 

Cornwall Badger Rescue and Brock and Prickles and Paws Hedgehog Rescue are our two local chosen charities.

We have an abundance of wildlife in Cornwall, but due to many factors the animals that live with us in this county are under threat. By the sale of this calendar, we will hopefully raise some much needed cash for two Cornwall based wildlife charities, and break down some stereotypes of what it means to be a vegan male! As you will be visually and other wise informed, nothing is lost and everything is gained by being vegan. I really hope that everyone who supports us will enjoy using this calendar as much as we have making it!
And of course, all the pleasure is for such great causes ..

Badgers need our hel

Cornwall on the main stage for summer!

Being vegan in Cornwall is getting easier and easier to achieve as cafes, restaurants and destinations respond to the rise in veganism across the county.

If you are coming here on holiday this year, be sure to order or read online the updated vegancornwall.org.uk guide to eating vegan, check out the cornwallvegans.uk website and ask to join one of the groups on face book covering the area.
Front page news: The Cornish Vegan

Check out the recent stunning article by Abby Driver now available to read online. Seen this one before? This well written and comprehensive piece was published  in June’s edition of Cornwall Life magazine.

We’ve had coverage UK wide just this week, lively, informative and sure to bring the visitors flocking, read about the new-look Newquay from Chantal Da Silva in The Independent.

Chantal writes, “The first time I planned a trip to Newquay, friends and coworkers were quick to warn me: “It’s a party town.” Like many Britons, they conjured images of streets packed with stag- and hen-dos and beaches bestrewn with hungover students recovering from a night out.

“Perhaps that’s why I was so surprised to discover a tranquil town so different from the one described when I arrived in Newquay. Clean beaches awaited me, dotted with a handful of surfers; I spotted more independent restaurants and bars than dance clubs and the frequency of the town seemed far more in tune with the ebb and flow of the waves of Fistral Beach than the booming soundscape of a busy nightclub.”  read more

Newquay beaches are north coast stunners!

Chantal’s writing takes us on a surf lovers journey around Newquay’s changing sands, from the Tom Thumb and Jam Jar to the Green Heart Cafe, a favourite amongst vegan travellers and surfers alike!

Sprout Health foods and cafe for the whole experience

Sprout not only offers the best of whole and healthy food, but a relaxing, cosy cafe off the main street and instore events for health, wellbeing and healing, nutrition and lifestyle.

Seen any vegan gems in your travels?

Please let us know by emailing us at cornwallvegan@gmail.com

thank you!

Veganism: on the crest of a wave!

Inspiring testimony, why more people are going vegan and an overwhelming response to this year’s Cornwall Vegan Festival

 

Abby Driver writes for Cornwall Life magazine June edition on the tastier aspects of veganism in Cornwall!  See her article in print now.

Cornwall Life Magazine – June
Cornish Vegan, featuring viennese whirls from Little Green Vegan Bakery
Begin V in Bodmin; outside garden at Cornish Vegan

Sid Willet tells his story to Caroline Chick of the West Briton

Continue reading Veganism: on the crest of a wave!

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.

 

FireDance Pizza: the Full Vegan!

FireDance Pizza, full vegan, no compromises.

At FireDance Pizza we have always taken our responsibility to run our business with as little impact on the environment very seriously. We are taking these ideals to the next level and have created a full vegan menu. We have both preferred a plant based diet for thirty years and became vegan two years ago.
We pride ourselves on our ability to prepare a wide variety of toppings and having made the decision to create a full vegan menu, we are keen to offer the same range of choice to those who have made the decision to consume more responsibly.

As vegans ourselves we are ideally qualified to offer tasty vegan treats to our customers and have been careful to ensure that our vegan recipes are as tasty (if not tastier) than our regular pizzas.


In order to create our delicious vegan cheese topping we use a blend of vegan cheese, nutritional yeast flakes and olive oil. We have never used dairy or eggs in our breads and have processes in place, and a five-star hygiene rating from Cornwall Council, ensuring that no vegan pizza is ever contaminated with meat or dairy products.


You will be able to order from our full vegan menu, which is nearly finalised and included here to get your taste buds working, from Wednesday 1st February 2017. Until then you can still grab one of our currently available vegan pizzas; the Vegan Vegetali, the Vegan Supreme (all the vegetables) and our Margherita, plus we are now able to make Vegan Garlic Breads, with or without cheese… they are delicious. Our new menu will include vegan alternatives to many of our most popular pizza toppings. Using vegan Quorn ™ and tofu we are able to create vegan pizzas that surpass the tastes and textures of other meaty offerings.

See the full menu here!

All of the information regarding our pitches, pricing and menu are available from our website.  We hope to see you soon, Nick and Dru x

Want to try a little Vood do for your event?

We caught up with Danielle in darkest Pool, near Camborne and she told us the secrets of Vood Food..

“I would like to introduce to you my vendor business: Vood Bar. We are a brand new venture and all of our products are 100% vegan friendly. We are a mobile catering outlet and you’ll find us at local events, festivals and weddings. We pride ourselves on our cooking; all of our scrumptious food is homemade from scratch and we believe this shines through in the quality and taste of our products.”

During test events and tasting evenings, we found that our vegan outlook is just as popular with non-vegans as it is with our ‘fundamentalists’. Our delicious meals are bursting with flavours and there really is something for everyone!
Customers can also purchase hot and cold beverages with their food including fabulous cocktails as we are fully licenced! We always aim to showcase around 5 different cocktails in order to maximise choice. They of course are 100% vegan-friendly too and are freshly made to order.
We are very excited about our journey and look forward to sharing this venture with our fellow ‘Voodies’..

Contact Danielle on the Vood Bar Facebook page for more information and to book!

Earthlings all are we

the Earthlings Experience brings to the public the realities of modern day farming practices and industry standard and commonplace everyday activities that enable the meat, dairy and egg industries, as well as those that produce goods such as leather and fur to take living creatures and turn them into money.

Some of the footage is very upsetting, most of it is hidden from the view of those that participate in the suffering of billions of animals unaware of what happens before they exchange their pounds for flesh, largely because if they were to see, could they carry on buying with that knowing?

It’s an old saying that knowledge is power. We give you that knowledge in order that you empower yourself with the facts and make the decision your heart and your head would agree on.

Chris Hines delivers a video made in Plymouth, but you can find your local earthlings experience here!

For all things vegan in Cornwall!