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  • VegfestUK returns to Bristol at the sleek and spacious Ashton Gate Stadium on Bank Holiday Weekend May 26th & 27th 2018

    After months of conjecture and uncertainty since the end of May’s VegfestUK Bristol 2017, when it was announced that the event would no longer continue at the outdoor Amphitheatre venue, followers of some of Europe’s biggest vegan festivals need wait no longer for news on what will happen to this historic event.


    The organisers are jubilant to announce the newly renovated Ashton Gate, home of Bristol City Football and Rugby Clubs, as the new venue for its long-running Bristol event in May 2018. With the new prestigious and high-profile events space that is Ashton Gate, boasting top-class conference and VIP facilities, VegfestUK Bristol is set to experience a significant makeover from its previous outdoor guise. A set of new features are planned to go alongside the traditional VegfestUK mix of stalls, food, talks, cookery demos, family activities and music to create an unrivalled experience for anyone interested in a vegan way of life.


    Elated by the prospect of taking VegfestUK Bristol to a new level, organisers added: “We’re clearly thrilled to have the opportunity to work at a venue like Ashton Gate. The facilities there are second to none and this will bring a whole new experience for our visitors of vegan events in the UK.


    “VegfestUK Bristol is the UK’s original vegan festival and it’s now in its 16th continuous year, many thousands of visitors are in for a very pleasant surprise with a visitor experience unlike any other in the UK.”


    Ashton Gate’s managing director Mark Kelly added: “It is fantastic that we have been able to support VegFest 2018 to continue its history here in Bristol.


    “Our executive head chef George Opondo is looking forward to working with organisers to make this one of the best vegan festivals in Europe. We’ve worked incredibly hard to establish Ashton Gate as a venue for high-quality food and catering and I think this will be an excellent addition to the international events that we are able to hold here.”


    Running from 11am - 11pm on Saturday and from 11am - 9pm on Sunday, VegfestUK welcomes a whole new set of features as well as retaining its traditional flavours in the form of more than 200 stalls, spread over three main concourses. The flagship Lansdown Restaurant, which can hold up to a thousand theatre-style, will play host to a variety of educational talks and cookery demos, all of which will run until 6pm each day. Meanwhile, ten outdoor catering stalls will line Marina Dolman Way along the Lansdown Stand recreating a matchday “fan village” with local DJ’s and acoustic acts adding to the outdoor atmosphere. Comedians, live acts, magicians and a club night staged indoors during the evenings will all contribute to the carnival feel of the festival.


    VegfestUK will also be working closely with Bristol City Football and Bristol Rugby to promote the event to sports fans, as well as their local engagement schemes within the Bristol community.


    The show website will be live for stall bookings in November 2017 at (currently displaying info from VegfestUK Bristol 2017).

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  • Show Guide for the UK's first vegan Trade show is now available to view online

    The Show Guide for this year’s VegfestUK Trade event at Olympia London on Friday October 20th 2017 is now available to view online below or at 


    VegfestUK Trade is the UK’s first vegan Trade and Media show and its full list of exhibitors, speakers, panels, talks and floor plan are showcased in the 56-page Trade Show Guide.


    VegfestUK Trade welcomes over 100 stallholders showcasing cutting-edge vegan products, and 6 featured areas of panel discussions tailored to independent vegan business owners, health professionals and those from the catering, retailing, natural health, media, bodycare and beauty sectors. Featured areas include Vegan Business Support, Vegan Health Clinic, Plant-Based Chef Corner, Vegan Celebrity Zone, Independent Retailers Lounge and Vegan Bodycare Pavilion.


    Trade and Media professionals, and small vegan business owners, can register to attend for free at: 


    Want more vegan options in your local area? Get active and invite your local cafes, restaurants, shops, hotels, hospitals, schools and universities to this inaugural event, where they can source some of the hottest vegan products on the market and learn about accessing the growing vegan market effectively.


    VegfestUK Trade is followed by VegfestUK's 5th annual London Vegan Consumer show at Olympia London on October 21st 22nd 2017 - advance tickets now available at 


  • Screen4paws- The Purrfect Film Festival For Animal Lovers Is Coming To London!

    Screen4Paws, the first film festival to focus exclusively on animals is coming to London's Chelsea Old Town Hall on the 23rd September!


    Under one roof, visitors will be able to engage with eminent animal charities, expert animal documentary filmmakers, and specialist vegan traders from the UK- and all for a good cause too. 100% of the box office return will be donated to Screen4Paws’ chosen beneficiaries: Animal Free Research UK and The Farm Animal Sanctuary. 


    Screen4Paws will open its doors to all animal lovers, adults and kids, vegans and non-vegans. With films and documentaries such as The Secret life of Pets and Earthlings, the festival will stimulate joy and laughter as much as a serious consideration for our animal friends.  


    Topics discussed will include animal testing, veganism and animal cruelty with talks by Emily James from Animal Free Research UK and Isobel Hutchinson from Animal Aid. Green World TV presenter Anneka Svenska will also have a significant presence at Screen4Paws as she will not only be hosting the talks but also will also be advising on how to become a campaign filmmaker alongside actress and filmmaker Carla Fraser. 


    The festival's mission is to improve the lives of all animals by not only raising funds for animal charities but also by raising awareness about the odds that many animals face on a daily basis. All in all, Screen4Paws is a well-meaning piece of entertainment in disguise.


    * If you are interested in booking a stall with us, please email us at *


    Tickets: £5 Entrance Fee (access to stalls and talks) an extra £3.50 to watch a film! The Programme and the tickets can be found on


  • VegfestUK vegan awards celebrate their 10th anniversary in 2017 - voting now live

    The organisers of some of Europe’s biggest vegan festivals VegfestUK are delighted to be bringing back the prestigious and well-established vegan awards in 2017, a decade after the awards’ first inception back in 2007 to celebrate the crème de la crème of all things vegan.


    Befitting the spirit of the awards in bringing to the fore the best of the best in the vegan community, this year’s awards span altogether 17 categories with 10 quality nominees each.


    You can cast your vote for your favourites at the link here: 


    Voting ends at midnight sharp on Sunday October 1st 2017. The results will be announced at the VegfestUK Awards Ceremony, which will take place on the afternoon of Saturday October 21st 2017 (time TBA soon) in the Auditorium at Olympia London Conference Centre (located on Level 3 of Olympia London). The awards trophies will also be handed out at the ceremony.


  • Advance tickets now on sale for one of UK’s biggest vegan Consumer shows VegfestUK London

    One of the key dates in many’s vegan diaries has finally arrived, with advance tickets to the 5th edition of VegfestUK London vegan Consumer show now on sale at: 


    Advance day tickets are priced at £12 for adults and £8 for concessions (which include students, OAP’s, job seekers, those on benefits), plus a small booking fee. Watch out for the limited amounts of tickets that are available on BUY ONE GET ONE FREE and BUY ONE GET ONE HALF PRICE, which will help you save up and are therefore handy especially if you are travelling to the event in groups. 


    Meanwhile, a limited number of tickets will be sold on the gate at £15 for adults and £10 for concessions. Due to a limit on capacity at the venue, and the high uptake on advance tickets from previous years, tickets on the gate are limited in quantity and are likely to run out during the event. The organisers would, therefore, strongly advise anyone travelling from outside London specifically for this event to buy their tickets in advance to avoid missing out on one of the most unmissable vegan events of the year.


    Kids under 16 can get free entry to the event as long as they are accompanied by adults.


  • UK’s first dedicated vegan Trade show now open for registration

    VegfestUK Trade, the UK’s first vegan event dedicated to Trade and Media professionals, is now open for registration for free at:


    This inaugural event has seen some media coverage in the likes of VegNews Magazine, Food & Drink International, Cost Sector Catering, Hotel F&B Magazine, Better Retailing Magazine and The Caterer magazine. The Trade show consists of up to 160 stalls, alongside 6 featured areas with different focus on running vegan businesses, namely the Vegan Business Support lounge, the Plant-Based Chefs Corner, the Vegan Health Clinic, the Vegan Celebrity Zone, the Independent Retailers Lounge and the Vegan Bodycare Pavilion, on top of press packs, a media room for live interviews and a studio for internet connection for Press and Media.  


    Brands that have confirmed to be attending include independent vegan businesses such as Tyne Chease, Buddha Beauty, Badgers Dairy Free, The Raw Fix, and Watts Kork, alongside established brands like The Health Store, Suma Wholefoods, Bute Island Foods, JASON Natural Care, So Free Chocolate and Moo Free Chocolates, giving rise to a unique variety of brands for potential buyers at a Trade event.  


    Industry experts who will be present include representatives from Essential Trading and Veganuary, chef and radio host Aldo Zilli, head chef Ben Asamani of 222 Veggie Vegan, physician Dr. Milton Mills, nutritionist Gareth Zeal, chef and author Christine Bailey, MP Kerry McCarthy plus many more.


    VegfestUK Trade is ideal for:

    - those working in the catering and hospitality sectors looking for tips on catering for vegans, 

    - health professionals seeking health and nutritional advice from world-leading doctors and nutritionists, 

    - independent retailers sourcing new vegan products, 

    - beauty and bodycare professionals looking to discover vegan beauty and bodycare brands, 

    - bloggers and vloggers covering the latest news stories and celebrities from the vegan scene. 


    Small business owners are especially encouraged to attend the show where they can network with like-minded entrepreneurs, attend workshops on all aspects of managing and growing a business whilst tapping into the expanding vegan market.

    Moreover, if you register with your social profile at the link below, you'll be able to see who else you know is attending too: 


    The show organisers extend huge thanks to the show sponsors Bute Island Foods, So Free Chocolate and Yaoh.


  • Huge annual vegan festival drew to glorious close on Bristol Harbourside in its 15th year

    Bristol Harbourside witnessed a marvellous celebration of veganism and music at its iconic Amphitheatre site on the weekend May 20-21, with over 20 red-hot caterers and bars, and 180 other stallholders joining a series of captivating headliners creating a memorable couple of days for not only passionate vegans and party-goers, but also loads of vegan curious looking to embark on a change of lifestyle.


    Read full summary of the event here:



    The next edition of VegfestUK's events is the UK’s first ever vegan Trade show VegfestUK Trade on Friday October 20th 2017 at Olympia London. VegfestUK will remain at Olympia for the weekend October 21st 22nd 2017 immediately afterwards for the 5th year of its highly successful vegan Consumer show. After that, VegfestUK will be returning to the Brighton Centre on March 24th 25th 2018. 


    To find out more about the future of VegfestUK Bristol currently, please refer to this article here.

  • UK’s first dedicated vegan Trade show now open for stall bookings

    The website for VegfestUK Trade - the UK’s first-ever dedicated vegan Trade show - is now live for stall bookings at, with registration for Trade and Media set to open shortly afterwards. 



    VegfestUK Trade 2017 will see around 160 stallholders with all the cutting edge vegan products coming onto the market, and the organisers anticipate an attendance of around 2,000 trade buyers and media representatives.


    VegfestUK Trade is open from 10am - 6pm on Friday October 20th 2017 at Olympia London Central Hall on Level 1. To book a stall, or find out more about the different featured areas as well as expert lineup of speakers, go to the show website


    The organisers extend big thanks to the first sponsors of VegfestUK Trade: Plamil Foods, Bute Island Foods and Yaoh Ltd, with more sponsors to be announced. 


    VegfestUK also organises their usual vegan Consumer show VegfestUK London on October 21st 22nd 2017 at Olympia London West and Central Halls on Level 1 and the Conference Centre on Level 3. The website for VegfestUK London is also live for stall bookings now at, with advance tickets to go on sale from August 1st 2017 on the show website.

  • VegfestUK Brighton 2018 dates confirmed - March 24th 25th 2018

    After a successful event at the Brighton Centre on March 11th 12th 2017 with around 9,400 visitors overall, VegfestUK Brighton returns to the same venue on March 24th 25th 2018 with website live from September 2017 for stall bookings.


    2018 will be the 10th year running for VegfestUK Brighton, and the event’s 4th year at the iconic Brighton Centre. There will be space for around 200 stalls and 20 caterers, plus over 100 speakers and performers – full featured areas will be announced once the website is live in September 2017.


    Join the Facebook event for VegfestUK Brighton 2018 here, invite your friends and share this event widely:



    Meanwhile, read this blog here for a full summary of VegfestUK Brighton 2017. 

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