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Getting the most out of VegfestUK London 2019

Planning on heading to VegfestUK in London this year? You should be! Running across two days on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th October, the festival has something for every vegan taste bud, and far more than just food.

 

Of course you should be visiting Kindred Traveller while you’re there (we’re running a competition across the weekend, with a whopping £200 off a holiday as the main prize), but there’s so much to see and do while you’re there that it’s useful to have a few recommendations. So here’s a guide to the Top Ten things to see and do on the weekend.

 

1. Relax

With an entire zone dedicated to Yoga on Level 2 of Olympia Central, you can find rejuvenating or relaxing sessions of yoga, tai chi, qi gong and meditation. Definitely the place to seek out when you need some headspace from the crowds.

 

2. Take time to visit the animal welfare stands

Head towards Stall CK1 and visit the Hunt Saboteurs Association. They’re offering a free gift to those that become a member at the show, and they’re an organisation we should all be supporting. They’re in the Central Hall on Level 1.

 

3. Feel the animal love

Skip the lunchtime queues on Sunday, and instead head to the ‘Foxes for Everyone’ talk by Trevor Williams. Trevor founded the Fox Project 30 years ago, which rescues injured foxes and orphaned cubs, and aims to resolve challenges by advising on humane methods to deter foxes.

 

Fox sitting by rock at edge of woods

4. Getting hungry?

Head to the Vegan Food Village on Level 1 of Olympia West. There’s so much to choose here that no one will struggle to find something that suits their palate, whether you love healthy or vegan junk food. We’re looking forward to trying something from the Greek Vegan Delhi on Stall CAT15 (if we’re not at our stall, you’ll know where to find us. Unless we’re on a toilet break. Don’t follow us there.)

 

5. Get your game on

Take a break from inhaling food, and visit the Geekstraveganza gaming area. They’ve a host of of board and card games available for every age and taste, and they welcome you coming along to play at any time over the weekend. Find them on Level 3 of Olympia Central

 

6. Single and ready to mingle?

Then there’s a speed dating session for you. Run by Karin Ridgers, the founder of VeggieVisionDating.com and VeggieVision TV. All social and speed dating sessions are held on Level 2 of Olympia Central, but you will need to reserve your space on the speed dating by emailing Karin at info@veggievision.tv with the heading ‘speed dating’, along with your phone number, email and a recent photo.

 

7. Take in a short film

Head to a film screening of ‘Planet Vegan’, which examines the world of veganism and takes a look at the key players behind the growth of the vegan movement. A fascinating watch for vegans, and a non-judgemental insight for the vegan-curious.

 

8. Grab a pie-to-go

from Mr Nice Pie, with their weekend offer of 3 pies for £10. I’ll be trying to grab some before the event opens and the mass influx begins, as I love them. I’d recommend their Swedey Todd or Drunken Mushroom pies. Find them at Stand WC3 in the West Hall on Level 1.

 

9. Not just food stalls

If you’re looking for ethical gifts, make sure you pop by Vegan My Style. Drawing together a variety of clothing, beauty, and lifestyle products from ethical suppliers. From baby boxes to picnic sets, lip balms to jogging bottoms; everything they offer is vegan and 100% cruelty free.

 

10. Bringing along the kids?

There’s an entire area dedicated to keeping them entertained, with cookery workshops, fun, magic and dancing. Hosted by Captain James Tea Cook (Pirate of the Carob Bean – I see what he did there) on Saturday, and by The Mad Hatter on Sunday. Sadly, I suspect I’m too old to participate in the Mr Potato Head Brain Surgery that they’ve got planned for Sunday afternoon. Find them on Level 3.

 

Mr Potato Head dressed up as Spiderman

 

And if all of that isn’t enough, then there’s a Vegan Bodybuilding Competition on Saturday afternoon on Level 1!

Find Kindred Traveller at stand CA5 in the Central Hall of Level 1, just up from Seating Area F. We’re at the opposite end of the hall from the Strength and Endurance section where the Bodybuilders are. Sadly.