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Why I LOVED being at VegfestUK

Mixed emotions about booking a ticket to attend VegfestUK 2014

I hadn't been to a Vegfest event before and I wasn't too sure what to expect.

You see, a few months ago, I'd attended the Vdelicious (now called Just V Show) exhibition. I was there for two reasons. One reason was to, try out and buy, some new products, and the other, was to support the Good Health Box team.  

When I walked around as a customer, I was gutted! The stalls were placed on different coloured strips of carpet to show whether the goods were vegetarian, vegan or contained meat. Why was this a problem?

  1. I didn't expect there to be any meat items there at all.
  2. At each stall, I had to ask if the items were vegan before I tasted them.
  3. Some companies weren't happy about being placed near those that sold meat products because they exclusively made or sold vegan items. 
  4. It wasn't easy to find a way to manoeuvre so that I could avoid the meat section and visit all the vegan stalls. 
  5. Some vegan companies were placed in the free-from section, but others weren't.

All in all, I think quite a few people found it confusing. 

The biggest assumption I made was that, the 'V' in Vdelicious meant vegetarian and/or vegan but this wasn't the case! 

Vdelicious vs. VegfestUK

Being at Vegfest was such a treat!

At Vegfest the only things on display, available to taste, or, for sale, were vegan! 
It was great!
I could buy or taste anything I wanted without having to ask any questions! 

Some information about Vegfest.

How being at Vegfest resulted in creating or strengthening relationships

In the past, I have been lucky enough to feature interview posts with some of the companies who were part of this exhibition. So one of the positives of being there, was to meet these entrepreneurs and have a chat in person. These include:- 

Will's Shoes 

Heavenly Organics Skin Care 

Vegusto 

Moo Free Chocolates 

The Vegan Kind 

I also found out about new businesses and if there was time, we talked about what they were passionate about. It was great! 

Vegan businesses that I met at Vegfest and haven't featured on PlantShift before 

Teen VGN provides a social network for young vegetarians and vegans

Badger's Dairy and Egg free sell chilled products that are ready to eat 

Badger's Dairy and Egg Free

Cacao Crudo sell handmade chocolates 

COCO Face

Cocoafeliz sells a range of handmade chocolates 

Cocoafeliz
Conscious Food
Consider it...
Yaoh
Dr Hadwen Trust

Essential Vegan are makers of compassionate food

The Goody Good Stuff

Great food provides a range of baked food which is vegan and gluten free

Great Food

Harper's Bizarre sell hand-made candles 

Harper's Bizarre

Hopps and Woolf create machines to make fresh alternatives to dairy milk 

Hopps and Woolf

Jolly Yum make vegan ice cream

Ombar Chocolates
Vegan Hair Salon

Vegan Life aims to bring vegan into vogue 

Vegan Life

Raw Ecstasy creates raw foods with nuts 

Raw Ecstasy

Science Kitchen makes free from whole foods 

Science Kitchen

Sheese make a range of alternatives to dairy cheese

Sheese

Vegan Tuck Box delivers boxes of vegan treats and snacks

The Primal Kitchen makes grain-free (Paleo) energy bars

The Primal Kitchen

It's only been a day since I was at Vegfest and I'm already looking forward to the next one. A plus point is that, Vegfest are changing their logo to make it clear that it's a vegan event.

Is it really hard to find ethical, healthy, environmentally friendly vegan products? 

Most of the stock that was shown at Vegfest is available in health food shops, mainstream supermarkets and/or online. 

Also, you can influence where it's sourced by asking your local supermarket or health store if they would consider stocking it. Stranger things have happened! 

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"God gives every bird its food, but He does not throw it into its nest."
- J.G. Holland

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