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Roll up, roll up - Vegucated to be shown at Brighton 2012!

In the last few days, we've been exchanging interesting emails with a very nice man named Demetrius and are very pleased to announce that Brighton VegfestUK will now be hosting a showing of Vegucated – a film telling the story of 3 people who adopt the vegan diet for 6 weeks and a whole new way of thinking. It has lived up to the film maker's intentions and has swayed people from vegetarian to vegan, omnivore to herbivore and careless eater to conscious eater. Vegucated world premièred at Toronto Indie Film Festival barely 4 months ago, busting through attendance records and winning Best Documentary. They've won a Chris Award and are part of three other film festivals in 2012. Demetrius says “we're very excited to be showing Vegucated at VegfestUK. It's long been on our wishlist to attend.” Vegucated will be shown on Saturday 17th March at 12pm. You can find out more about the film by clicking here.


Brighton 2012 welcomes the best ever talks and cookery demonstrations

We believe that in 2012 we've got even better talks and cookery demos than ever before. Here are a few to wet your appetite...



  • Pat Reeves Keynote speech; “Recovery from Cancer & Surgery with Living Foods”
    Pat Reeves is a champion powerlifter and cancer survivor, with diet playing a massive part in her success with both challenges. Pat is a truly remarkable and inspirational individual and rightly named a 'Living Miracle'. In her speech, she shares some of the secrets to her success in overcoming major illness and setbacks to become a UK champion powerlifter. www.foodalive.org 
  • Tony Wardle's talk; “Saving the World with your Knife and Fork”
    Tony Wardle is a journalist and writer and associate director of animal campaign group Viva!. In this talk he will be discussing the environmental impact of livestock farming and how adopting a vegan diet can seriously reduce your carbon footprint. www.tonywardle.co.uk 
  • Gina Shaw's talk on vegan health and nutrition
    Gina Shaw is a renowned American nutritionist, specialising in a vegan diet, fasting and herbal healing. www.vibrancyuk.com
  • Product presentations from the likes of Raw Skin Food, Dogs Mountain, Nakd, CAPs, Yaoh, Topas and Dee's.
  • Cookery demos from talented Bristol-based cook Shane Jordan, celebrity vegan cookbook author Tony Bishop-Weston and some extremely tasty dishes from Jane at Viva!'s demonstration. Plus kids cookery sessions with our resident pirate Captain James Tea Cook!
  • PLUS there's an opportunity to learn more about hemp nutrition and sample some delicious hemp smoothies with Tim from Yaoh.


Bristol now sponsored by Redwood, Goodlife, The Vegan Society and more...

We're very happy to say that Bristol VegfestUK 2012 is now home to lots of fantastic sponsors. These include Goodlife, Yaoh, The Vegan Society, Nakd Wholefoods, Out of Hand and Excellart. And at the end of last year we were thrilled to announce that Redwood had come on board as Show Sponsors. It's safe to say that as a free, not-for-profit event, we couldn't function without the support of these amazing organisations and we would like to extend our hugest thanks to everyone who is supporting us this year for both shows, as well as in previous years. All of these sponsors will have stalls at Bristol VegfestUK 2012 – look out for them!


Talisman to headline Sunday night at Bristol!

One of the UK's top Roots Reggae bands, who have in the past supported acts such as The Clash and The Rolling Stones will be headlining Bristol VegfestUK 2012 on Sunday night. Originally formed in 1977, Talisman toured the UK building up a loyal following and leaving memories of gigs that are still discussed to this day. They have reformed with their original line up after 30 years apart and will be playing the Sunday headline slot at Bristol VegfestUK 2012. This year, entry to see the evening headliners is 100% FREE – for the first time the festival is completely ticketless all weekend! Talisman will be playing at 6.30pm on Sunday 27th May 2012. Check out their website by clicking here.


VegfestUK Awards 2012 – time to nominate your favourites!

Voting for the 2012 awards will start in March but you can nominate your favourite people, products, projects and publications for the awards right now. Just email your choice(s) to info@vegfest.co.uk before March 1st. We are particularly keen to hear about small businesses, charities, products and unsung heroes that we might not have heard about before, or who are very new. For previous awards results, see here for 2011 and here for results from 2007 – 2010.

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