Us Gloucestershire folk were fortunate enough to have Viva’s Incredible Vegan Roadshow spring-up in Gloucester Guildhall last Saturday 26th April 2014. This all-vegan event had a fayre-like atmosphere, with a huge array of stalls, informative talks and cookery demonstrations.
The event was buzzing. With doors opening at 10.30am, it was immediately busy and was constantly so until late in the afternoon.
It was a good platform for local campaigns. Many were there including Gloucestershire Against Badger Shooting who were raising funds to help them continue their work against the badger cull in Gloucestershire, and Dean Farm Trust; a charity founded in 2008 who provide sanctuary for and raise awareness about farmed and ill-treated animals.
Viva had some great information on vegan and animal-rights issues, as well as free food samples and a heaving merchandise stall selling all sorts of stuff, from cookbooks to lip-balm.
There were some fantastic food stalls. A beautiful stall from Simply V, a pop-up vegan catering company from Cardiff, caught my eye with their iced dougnuts. Also from Cardiff, was Vegetarian Food Studio with mountains of incredible indian snacks; stuffed chillies; bhajis and samosas. Another independent vegan food business Tall Poppy Foods had some decadant looking cupcakes and other tempting goodies. Stalls such as these, and many more, demonstrating the versatilty and deliciousness of a plant-based diet couldn’t fail to give a positive impression about vegan cuisine to anyone who visited.
For Gloucestershire Vegan Group, having a stall at Viva’s Incredible Vegan Roadshow was a great opportunity to publicise our group and the vegan social events we put on in Gloucestershire.
We also always like to combine our stalls with a spot of fundraising. To make the most of this event, we filled our stall with a selection of yummy lovingly-baked goodies, created by Glos Vegan Group members, which we offered in exchange for a small donation to Evesham Farm Animal Sanctuary. Amazingly we managed to raise £234, what a result!
• Strengthening the vegan community by providing pop-up all-vegan inclusive spaces and a chance to meet like-minded people.
•Educating by providing information on animal rights, vegan nutrition & cookery, not only to vegans, but to anyone who happens to visit them.
•Promoting positive alternatives to animal cruelty through veganism.
• Raising the profile of Veganism in the local area.
We’d like to thank Viva for putting on this event.