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Welcome to our first ebulletin of the year - and it's a stormer, with news about our headliners for our Bristol event as well as an update on our new show in London. Plus there's the event programme for Brighton ready to download and a roundup of our special guests at Brighton, as VegfestUK prepares to hit the big time in 2013! As always, a very large and genuine shout out to all our supporters and especially those who have stood by us during the dark days of our ten year history of putting on some of the World's biggest vegan events - you are immaculate, and all this good news is because you carried on your support for us. Take a bow, you know who you are peeps…..this one's for you.


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Happy Mondays headline VegfestUK Bristol May 24th 25th 26th 2013

Our tenth birthday at Bristol is going to be huge - the original Happy Mondays are headlining on Saturday, along with support from The Farm, and 808State, with a DJ set from Peter Hook (ex New Order/Joy Division). And on Sunday, 60's reggae legends The Abyssinians take the stage with support from the much loved Macka B. Meanwhile Friday night sees the incomparable and hot to trot electro swing French outfit Caravan Palace storm the arena, with support from the ultra-cool Kitten and The Hip, and The Boxettes. Tickets are on sale from the event website now - you will need to buy a ticket in advance for Friday and Saturday evening performances if you want to come, as there are no tickets on the gate. Sunday it's pay on gate all day. Daytime admission to the event (11am - 6pm Saturday and Sunday) is only £2 pay on gate, for the evening headline acts it's more - for full details on admission and tickets see here http://bristol.vegfest.co.uk/admission

VegfestUK London October 5th and 6th 2013

At last it's official - VegfestUK is proud to announce our first show at London Kensington Olympia in the West Hall (Ground and Upper floors) on October 5th 6th 2013. The website for the event is going live on February 14th - Valentine's Day of course - a truly suitable day to hatch this beautiful baby of a show. Stalls will be available (and very reasonably priced) from mid Feb, as will tickets to the event. Admission is £10 each day (£6 claimants, £2 kids under 14), either pay on gate or buy in advance -and there's a Buy One Get One Free special offer on all tickets bought in advance - see event website for details www.london.vegfest.co.uk. The show will see around 150 stalls, numerous talks rooms, cinemas, workshops, cookery demos, performance areas, a living raw prep zone, specialist caterers and plenty of space to sit and eat - plus some very special guests both in the talks rooms and on stage, guaranteed to captivate the anticipated 8,000 visitors over two days. More new coming soon….!

VegfestUK Brighton - Janey Lee Grace opens the show

VegfestUK Brighton March 16th 17th is nearly sold out for stalls - and with the announcement that BBC Radio 2 presenter and author Janey Lee Grace will be opening the show on Saturday at 11am, it won't be long before the last few stalls are snapped up. Janey is joined by CBeebies presenter Sarah Jane Honeywell who is visiting the show on Sunday to help out in the kids activities area, with kids cookery demos, magic shows and lots more going on, and ex Emmerdale actress Roxy Shahidi is also with us on Sunday, hosting what is sure to be a very popular yoga workshop in the afternoon. Professional footballer Dean Howell, who trains on a 100% vegan diet, will also be visiting on Sunday, along with our headline comedians Andrew O'Neill (recently on Never Mind the Buzzcocks) & Sara Pascoe (Stand up for the Week) and a host of other top speakers, performers and entertainers throughout the weekend. See www.brighton.vegfest.co.uk for details and updates - admission is free to this event.

VegfestUK Brighton - Event programme now available

Catch up with all the info at this year's Brighton event with our free to download 48 page colour programme, which lists all that's going on, what time, where and who with. And for the first time we are making the programme available as a word document too so that you can print off any bits that you want to take with you to the show. Big thankyou to our sponsors and advertisers for helping keep this all free - do have a look at their products and services advertised in the programme. http://brighton.vegfest.co.uk/programme

SPEED DATING....VEGFESTUK STYLE....

When lots of people asked Karin about meeting likeminded fellow veg*ns she set up www.veggievisiondating.com and teamed up with the leaders in dating technology to offer a super dating site - run with love!. And we are sooo excited to now be running some events....This is a speed dating event with a difference. When we discussed the logistics and making sure we covered everyone's requirements we decided to hold a fun, informal, have a laugh, networking, friendship, keen to connect with other cool single veggies type event. So if this feels like your cup of tea then register now by emailing info@veggievision.tv and putting Count Me In for Brighton "Speed" Dating in the heading! Come along for the hour, have a glass of wine on us, have some fun, connect with some great people, enjoy some vegan nibbles, maybe win some fab prizes. Email now to confirm your place, have a laugh and connect with minded veg*ns for friendship.... And who knows perhaps even more.... 1pm Saturday March 16th at VegfestUK Brighton - entry FREE!!! info@veggievision.tv www.veggievisiondating.com

VegfestUK Awards 2013

Our awards will start in March when the categories and nominations are announced, and voting starts again - this time, voting will run through until September, when the lines will shut, and the winners will be announced at VegfestUK London on Saturday October 5th. This year there will be an awards ceremony and presentations for the winners by one of our celebrity guests - and the categories will include one or two special ones that span the last ten years, seeing as it's our tenth birthday this year. So a special awards for 2013. Meanwhile if you would like to suggest anyone/anything for a nomination (or a special category even) you are welcome to email info@veggievision.tv with your suggestions.

Welcome to our sponsors…

Our sponsors are a big part of the shows, and the continued support from both old friends and new businesses helps keep VegfestUK on the go. This year we say a big hello to our faves from the last ten years Redwood Foods, Fry's Distribution, Bute Island, Nakd Wholefoods, Yaoh, Out of Hand and The Vegan Society - these guys have in particular given immeasurable support to us over the last decade. Likewise, the likes of Kara Dairy Free, Good Hemp, Goodlife and Ecotricity….. And a big warm welcome to Eco Vegan Shoes, Sutra Kitchen, Sun Chlorella and Sunseed Organics as they step aboard for the first time as sponsors. And a huge shout out to our media partners Excellart, Veggie Vision and Foods for Life - as well as the likes this year of Resurgence magazine, and Vegetarian Living - big thanks to you all (and many others too many to mention here) for your support - its appreciated.

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Eco Vegan Shoes

SINCE LAUNCHING LATE 2012 ECO VEGAN SHOES ARE FAST BUILDING A REPUTATION AS THE FIRST CHOICE FOR CRUELTY FREE FOOTWEAR

Several shoes and boots in their range have become must have classics. Looking for the ultimate lightweight, very breathable and water resistant walking and driving shoe? That's the Easy Walker. Want something you can wear all day in comfort with a suit? Go for the London Walker. Want to go anywhere, do anything - go do it again? Put on a pair of All Terrain Pro boots. They are mail order only so visit www.eco-vegan-shoes.com to see and order from their growing range. Delivery and returns are free and easy with Royal Mail. Everything is sold with a 30 days "muddy shoes" money back guarantee. Try the shoes out how you like - if you are not happy for whatever reason send them back for a refund or exchange. To find out more, read their latest independent customer reviews by Feefovisit www.facebook.com/ecoveganshoes send them a tweet @ecoveganshoes say hello@eco-vegan-shoes.com or call 0207 1124900 !

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Vegusto

Vegusto is a range of 100% plant-based dairy free Swiss Award Winning palm oil free Cheeses ,as well as wide range of plant-based protein products including sausages, burgers, ham, minced meat, meat loaf or tasty roasts. We feel this is the perfect range of products that are suitable for customers with specific dietary needs including dairy intolerance, low cholesterol foods and vegans/vegetarian. Made to the highest standards using high quality ingredients free of artificial colors, preservatives, and flavorings Vegusto products are the perfect Vegan range. www.vegusto.co.uk


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FRY'S

FRY'S entire range of vegan products are now available from 3663 - the biggest food service supplier in the UK. The FRY'S range includes tons of fantastic products including Chicken Style Strips & Vegetarian Polony, and some completely awesome new pies too. If you have contact with any schools, hotels, colleges, universities, hospitals, cafes, leisure centres, etc, please ask the catering manager if they are supplied by 3663 and, if so, request that they order FRY'S products to add to their range. www.frysdistribution.com


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Redwood Foods

Redwood Foods have a large range of meat free products available, as well as vegan cheeses and a host of new products including desserts, chocolates and specialist oils. Always innovative and ground breaking, Redwood are one of the firms that makes going and staying vegan so simple. You can catch them at lots of shows with loads of free samples as well as the opportunity to tuck into their burgers and sausages for a delicious lunch. www.redwoodfoods.co.uk


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Sweet Mandarin

Sweet Mandarin Vegan Sauces - Barbecue, Sweet Chilli and Sweet & Sour are registered with the Vegan Society. They are made with love and have no MSG nor artificial colours. Perfect for cooking or as a dipping sauce. As seen on Dragon's Den and available in Sainsbury's Free From Aisle and SUMA. Try for free at Veg Fest. Made by Sweet Mandarin Restaurant which won Gordon Ramsay's Best Chinese Restaurant (F Word) beating 10,000 other restaurants www.sweetmandarin.net (Tweet us @sweetmandarins)


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Kara Dairy Free

Kara Dairy Free is one of the best vegan milk alternatives on the market. An exquisite blend of coconut makes this a very tasty drink it its own right, with considerable health properties too, such is the nature of pure coconut. The milk can be used on cereal and as a drink and in a variety of recipes that call for milk. Low in fat (only 2%) and rich in calcium, this is a fantastic healthy option for people of all dietary persuasions. www.karadairyfree.com


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Vegetarian Living

Vegetarian Living celebrates the food that's in season, with some of the best chefs and food writers in the UK today. We strongly believe that meat-free cooking can be delicious, easy and healthy, and provide our readers with an inspiring array of recipes and features every month. Vegetarian Living is the market-leading vegetarian magazine, not just because of our recipes, but because of the interesting and insightful features and columns in our magazine, written by and about inspirational people who all follow a vegetarian lifestyle. www.vegetarianliving.co.uk


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