Thursday May 26th
Talks and Films 1pm – 5pm
At The Polish Club 50 St Paul's Rd Clifton, Bristol, Avon BS8 1LP - 0117 973 6244
Hosted by Mike Abrahams from Wild Oats, Bristol’s premier health store
Admission Free – donations welcome
Todays theme is Food Production
1.00pm MIke Abrahams (Wild Oats) - Conscious Food Products
2.00pm Film - Food Inc
3.00pm Film - Food Inc, plus a short discussion after the film
4.00pm Kerry McCarthy (MP for Bristol East) - Global Food Politics
The quality of our food directly affects our health, welfare and the environment. Unless we fully understand how food is produced, we cannot understand how important it is and therefore cannot choose the best food for our health and that of our family. Here we look at a number of methods of food production and consider the consequences of each. We will quickly see that the continual striving for food at the lowest possible cost is costing us far more than we might first think. When we take into consideration the effects on our health and that of the environment we may decide that "Cheap Food" comes at too high a cost. I invite you to consider the way in which our food is produced and by choosing quality we can all influence the producers, who will always adapt to the demands of the consumer.
Film - Food Inc.
In Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on the food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that's been hidden from the consumer with the consent of government’s regulatory agencies. Food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of farmers, the safety of workers and our own environment. We have bigger-breasted chickens, the perfect pork chop, insecticide-resistant soybean seeds, even tomatoes that won't go bad, but we also have new strains of e coli--the harmful bacteria that, in the USA, cause illness for an estimated 73,000 people annually. We are riddled with widespread obesity, particularly among children, and an epidemic level of diabetes among adults.
Duration:: 94 mins
Director:: Robert Kenner
Kerry McCarthy is MP for Bristol East and is very active, knowledgeable and up to date in a number of fields including Global Food Politics. Kerry is vegan and a very interesting and dynamic talker and here talk will provide a fascinating insight into the world of global food politics, something which dominates our whole food outlook
Allergy and Food Intolerance Tester
Free consultations at The Polish Club Monday 23rd – Thursday 26th 2pm – 5pm
With Shymie Bennett, Dip, B.E.R., E.F.M.A., I.T.E.C.Drop in for a free consultation about possible allergies and food intolerances you may have, with our expert Shymie Bennett
Contact Shymie on 0117 9092071, or 07855470101
Cookery Demos 2pm – 5pm
At Café Kino 108 Stokes Croft Bristol BS1 3RU
Admission FREE – Donations welcome
2.00pm Jane Easton (Viva!) - Let Them Eat Cake!
3.00pm Films - Kinder Eggs & Where does my Milk come from?
4.00pm Jane - Curry in a Hurry
Let Them Eat Cake – yummy vegan cakeage!
Banana, Date & Walnut Loaf
Luscious Lemon Slices
Chocolate Berry Cake
Kinder Cakes – why vegans don’t consume eggs and dairy
Animal Aid’s Where Does My Milk Come From AND Viva!’s Happy Egg footage
Animal Aid’s From Farm to Fork
Curry in a Hurry
Aubergine & Tomato Curry
Speedy Lentil Dahl
Cauliflower & Potato Curry
Stalls 10am – 4pm
Featuring free vegan samples, information and VegfestUK info
Outside Wild Oats 9-11 Lower Redland Road Bristol BS6 6TB
Plus Today’s Special – NAKD bars and PROVAMEL soya range – a double tasting session including the super scrummy NAKD raw snack bars (check out the Cashew Cookie – unbeatable) and the massive range of soya products from PROVAMEL. Lots of free tasters – paradise.
In the Evening
Performance Night, hosted by Viva!, featuring a new play, theatre and drama
At The Polish Club Clifton 7pm - 11pm Admission £6 (in advance and on the door)
including a performance of 'Beef' - a new play dealing with vegan issues in a light hearted and entertaining fashion. Plus cabaret and theatre.
Vegfest Schedule May 26th. Polish Club Fringe Event.
7pm: Scrod Vile (Comedian)
7.15: Jonathan Brown (Large Print Trash excerpt)
7.35: Michael Loader (Storytelling)
8pm: Jonathan Brown (Comedy) / Claire Coleman (Poem)
8.20: Touch and Go. (Improvised theatre)
9.20: Beef (Reading)
10.05 T&G Theatre. (Improvised theatre)
Touch and Go Theatre:Create spontaneous theatre, moving from energetic, playful action to the most delicate, intimate exchange. Using movement, joyful physicality, lyrical sensitivity, improvised live music, song and speech. T&G enjoy relating with the audience, asking them to risk journeying with them along the edge between the known and unknown. More: http://www.touchandgotheatre.co.uk/
Beef:“Beef” is the latest play from writer/actor Jonathan Brown, nominated Best Male Performer Brighton Fringe 2007 and former Bristol resident. This rehearsed reading will give you a flavour of the play, and a chance to offer feedback. It's Sunday lunch, and where the roast should be, there's a tofu wiener casserole instead. Albert, a butcher, is mortified and questions his wife Jean who put it on the table. The whole family is coming, including vegan son Mark, opinionated vegan girlfriend Julie, twin Maddy, teenage daughter Hannah, beef-farmer Pete, Hannah's dreamy boyfriend Andy, abattoir worker Dave, and the spirits of some of animals that Dave, Pete and Albert have, between them, been instrumental in dispatching. All is set for a monumental clash of beliefs, values, knives, and hearts. More at http://www.jonathan-brown.co.uk/page34.htm
Scrod Vile:Has had twenty years working in film & television & twenty years as a guitarist in punk bands touring UK & Europe. Lead artist with Pariah circus. Stiltwalker at festivals and events across the UK. Apart from comedy, he’s also a fire performer and twisted cabaret artist. Michael Loader: The fabulous Michael Loader has been telling stories to adults and children for nearly 2 decades. He has been working as a facilitator, storyteller, performer and qualified teacher at home and abroad since 1984, independently, with theatre companies, creative projects and large business corporations. Founder of the 'Romanian Children's Play Project,' co-founder of the Festival of Fools and the 'Communication Lab' in Transylvania.
Large Print Trash:
Jonathan Brown plays Jenny, the transgendered librarian dealing with many issues, including how to keep her “new body” in the best of conditions. A convert to high-nutrient vegan-living, Jenny recounts the surprising effects of eating Raw. This 15min excerpt is from Large Print Trash, the play for which Jonathan was nominated Best Male Performer in 2007’s Brighton Fringe. More at http://www.jonathan-brown.co.uk/page4.htm