Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Marks and Spencer's Vegan Salad Sandwich Goes Viral

Food manufacturing, food service hospitality and retailers should take note.

Apparently now all you have to do is bring out a salad sandwich and it's National News!

Finally after many years of badgering Marks and Spencers / M&S made a sandwich without a little bit of dairy in it, a habit which has been annoying vegans for a very long time.

Huff Post

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Vegan Call for Marmite Label to say 100% vegan


Vegans ask; Please change marmite label to read 100% vegan not 100% vegetarian. Please note exploding vegan trends and come out of the closet on marmite's vegan status.

Is Marmite Vegan ? Yes! Why doesn't it say 100% vegan?
Interest in veganism double in two years, then doubled in 12 months and at the beginning of 2017 during Veganuary doubled again. VegfestUK Vegan Festivals have seen record numbers of visitors despite many new vegan festivals springing up all over the UK, 

It's time Marmite took note and changed the label to 100% vegan.

Please sign petition via this link here  -

Rates of interest in veganism have seem phenomenal increase not just in the UK but Globally

It's time Marmite took note

Monday, July 18, 2016

A Mad Hatter peddles smoothie bike / blender bike at annual Beaulieu Village Fete 2016.

A very English, country garden affair in the New Forest the Beaulieu Village Fete raises money for local charities including Beaulieu Village School. Across the lawn 'Bill and Ben' the flower pot men made vegan pizzas.

The recycled Dutch bike, now a peddle powered blender / smoothie bike offered a chance to grab 2 of your 5 a day, made with banana, strawberries and coconut milk.

(Beaulieu Natural Health and Nutrition Clinic, Foods for Life)

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Interest in Veganism Treble Interest in Vegetarian as Vegan Trend Doubles in 12 months

No stopping the rise in vegan now

According to Google trends, interest in the search term 'vegan' has doubled in the last 12 months alone having already quadrupled in the previous 4 years.

Interest in Vegan quadrupled, then doubled again since April 2015
Record number of Vegans

 VegfestUK exhibitions and festivals are seeing record crowds even though many other vegan festivals and shows are popping up in cities all over the UK and Ireland. Interest in vegan food, clothing, cosmetics and fashion as well as vegan politics has never been so high.

Similar vegan trends are being seen all over the world, not just Europe and the USA.

Treble Top 

Interest in veganism is now running at nearly three times than of the search term 'vegetarian'  . All restaurants need to re think their menus as a vegetarian lasagne just doesn't cut it anymore. Just substituting the meat for a bit of Feta, Goats cheese or Haloumi is ..Yawn, just, Yawn, too lazy.

More than double the interest in vegan , often treble vs vegetarian

Eating Out Vegan 

Eating out has never been easier with a number of Restaurant chains introducing new vegan menus. Pizza Express has had a Vegan Pizza for some time but now Zizzis has launched a Vegan Pizza with Dairy Free Cheese which has left Domino's missing the boat on their chance to introduce the vegan pizza that they sell in Israel to UK high streets.

A string of household mainstream brands have announced their intention to bring out vegan versions of their most popular products, even Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream and Guinness.

Dietitians the new 'Extremists'

It's only a few years ago when local government and NHS health trusts were calling Meat Free Mondays a step too far. Now health professionals are saying it's not far enough. Respected dietitians, nutritionists and dietetic scientists have become overwhelmed with the scientific evidence that is bombarding them and reluctantly overturning years of post war indoctrination and revising guidelines. Leading Dietitians around the world and public health officials in Holland are now recommending meat only 2 times a week - That's five days less a week than Paul McCartney's Meat Free Mondays,  Meatless Monday and Meat Out Days

Science uncovering inevitable truth

Scientists have discovered and isolated the distinctive taste of red meat is from haem iron that they have replicated from iron rich plants. Soon you will be able to buy a veggie burger that not just tastes like but bleeds like a piece of an animal flesh. What excuses then for encouraging and sustaining the torture of animals with your shopping budget?

London Nutritionist Yvonne Bishop-Weston Says "anyone who says they 'need' meat are deluding themselves, unless they mean it in a ' I need a drink' kind of a way

It's never been so easy to be vegan and more and more people are running out of excuses to stop increasing the risk to their health and the health of the planet as well as the inexcusable cruelty and death to millions of animals.

What excuses are there left for not going vegan?

Friday, April 01, 2016

Starbucks to go 100% Vegan says Vegan Chef

Starbucks To Go Vegan By The End Of The Year

London, Friday April 1st 1am BST

Reacting to news that the UK Government is now considering extending the ban on smoking in cars with passengers under 18 (to include processed meat products for Stoptober 2016), Starbucks have revealed their intention to be 100% vegan by the end of the 2016. This also supports NHS efforts to encourage people to eat at least 5 a day portions of fruit and vegetables following revision of ‘The Eatwell Plate’ and Dietitians recommendations on cutting back on meat to no more than twice a week. 

Interest in 'Vegan' now double that of 'Vegetarian' reveals Google Trends
Crest of a Vegan Wave
UK Vegan guru and health food consultant chef Tony Bishop-Weston from Foods for Life Health and Nutrition Consultancy says “Starbucks are not alone. Ben & Jerrys Ice Cream, Guinness, Quorn, Zizzi Restaurants, Pizza Express, Linda McCartney, Tesco’s, Asda, Waitrose, Morrisons, Costa Coffee and Loving Hut had all added new vegan products recently. Tesco have a wide range of dairy free vegan cheeses. Grocery retailers were awash with vegan chocolate Easter eggs this Easter.” 

Fear of Litigation
Starbucks UK is apparently nervous that if the meat free Stoptober plans go ahead one of their customers could be prosecuted for consuming a Starbucks processed meat product in their car just because they like carcinogenic food and they have a child passenger. This would be a PR nightmare and these days with all the mobile phones and in-car videos it’s only a matter of time before someone is captured risking their life and a huge fine by eating a processed meat product with Starbucks branding. 

Bishop-Weston announced that “Starbucks UK vice president Jess Star called early Friday and said ‘We’ve taken the bold step to go completely vegan!’. Commercially and logistically it makes sense” said Bishop Weston “if Starbuck’s offer is suitable for vegans, then by default it’s suitable for vegetarians, those following the 5 a day diet, Jewish or Muslim patrons (who don’t eat pork) and vegetarian Hindus (who don’t eat egg) thus suitable for everyone, even Veggans sometimes called ‘Conveniegans but are actually vegetarians who eat eggs but not cheese” 

Starbucks New All Day Vegan Breakfast Muffin - 1st April 2016

New Starbucks Vegan All Day Breakfast Muffin
“We have struggled, not to find vegan alternatives, but to find vegan products at the very low prices that Starbucks need to make a profit in such a competitive market.” admits Bishop-Weston. “The solution was for Starbucks to make some of the new vegan products themselves using Aquafaba (a versatile bean juice froth discovered by Goose Wohlt in the USA) and 5 portions of fruit and vegetables. We have managed to make delicious egg free fried egg, soysages, dairy free cheese and meat free bacon all from Aquafaba and put them all together into an all-day vegan full English breakfast muffin which will be Starbucks UK new flagship vegan product”

Boaty McBoatface Vegan Iceberg Fruitcake
Other new products could include a dessert tribute to the ‘Boaty McBoatface’ National Environment Research Council (NERC) £200 million polar research vessel with a meringue iceberg made with Aquafaba and a berry fruit cake boat cracking through it. Also planned is a dark chocolate Dunkin Doughnuts style vegan chocolate mars bar fruitcake 

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Veganuary 2016 Media Storm For a Happy Vegan New Year

We doubt the people behind Veganuary, Matthew Glover and Jane Land, the 'start the year vegan' , go vegan, be vegan , stay vegan campaign,  could have dreamt of a better beginning to 2016. 

There has been unprecedented publicity for the vegan campaign that rides on a crest of a wave of New Years resolutions and fanatical January detoxing.

Veganism has always been the big white elephant in the room it offers so many solutions for those wanting to live more ethical lives and be kinder to health, the environment and of course animals, fellow earthlings. Something seems to have clicked this year though and it seems to have captured everyone's imagination and sense of reason and logic with a resounding 'Why not?'

Predictions so far, are, that at least 50,000 people will go vegan this January Veganuary. That's more than the total of all the visitors to the 100% vegan VegfestUK festivals in  Brighton, Bristol, London and Glasgow in 2015 which averaged about 10,000 people per show (London Vegfest at Olympia saw 12,000 through the doors)

Here's a round up of just some of the amazing Veganuary coverage so far.

In the Daily Mail

Hello Magazine

The Daily Telegraph

The Metro

The Times

The Sunday Times ( Out Daily Mailing the Daily Mail with a pathetic attempt at dismissal)

ABC News

The EastBourne Herald

There's even a Veganuary Soundtrack as have put together a collection of Vegan Veganuary Songs.

Google Trends now shows twice as much interest for vegan as vegetarian and not just in the UK but all over the planet. The features and PR for Veganuary have not been confined to the UK either. There have been Veganuary articles in The USA, Canada, India , Australia and New Zealand too. It seems the whole world is becoming more vegan friendly

Of course not all the PR has been favourable Harpers Bazaar managed to find a bizarre nutritionist to bizarrely agree to equate protein rich lentils with doughnuts, whilst Time Out magazine equally bizarrely equated Veganuary with eating vaginas....?

More sensibly lots of new Vegan Society registered products are hitting the shop shelves too for veganuary. Joining Ikea's new Vegan Meatballs, the Vegan Quorn Chicken-less Pieces and the Pizza Express vegan Pizza is the Costa Coffee fruit slice.

Costa Coffee's new Vegan Society registered fruit slice out for veganuary

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Vegan Overtakes Vegetarian as Doctors, Midwives, Dietitians and Nutritionists Urged to Seek Facts

Interest in vegan diets has finally overtaken vegetarian in the UK as a combined effort from public events such as VegfestUK, the work of the UK Vegan Society and documentaries such as Cowspiracy, Forks Over knives and Earthlings has swayed public opinion.

Vegan Overtakes Vegetarian in UK. Doctors & Dietitians Urged to Seek Facts
Despite the mounting evidence that a balanced vegan diet is much healthier than average a worrying stubborn hard-core of Doctors, midwives, dietitians and nutritionists continue to discourage patients from continuing on a vegan diet or even from breastfeeding.

This contravenes all health professional guidance on due diligence and best practice. Governing bodies of health professionals are urged to ensure that their members are aware of all the latest evidence based facts on vegan diets including the availability of nutritional tools such as vegan Vitamin D3 from Lichen and Omega 3 EPA and DHA from algae.

Presently only one professional body, The British Dietetic Association, has publicly undertaken to work with the UK Vegan Society to ensure it's members are fully up to date with the facts on vegan diets rather than the urban myths that abound.

Vegfest UK at London Olympia on 10th October and Glasgow SECC on 5th December will be hosting a health summit, bringing together leading dietetic and nutrition experts to help health professionals bring their knowledge up to date with the facts and evidence based research on vegan diets.

Details on the Health Summits can be found

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

News: Chef Searches for 1990s Fans After The Vegan Cookbook Nominated for Award

RushPRNews: Chef Searches for 1990s Fans After The Vegan Cookbook Nominated for Award

Vegan Chef searches for former guests of award winning boutique and idiosyncaratic Highland hotel Taigh Na Mara Vegan Guesthouse Nr Ullapool. He has apealled to newspapers such as The Herald and The Scotsman to try and track down thousands of guests from mainly Glasgow , Edinburgh and all over the USA from cities such as New Yoork and San Francisco

The chef , Tony Bishop-Weston (nee Weston) wants former guests to vote for his cookbook, The Vegan Cookbook, published by Hamlyn that has been nominated for 'The Best Vegan Cookbook Award' by VegfestUK to be presented at Vegfest London at Olympia on Saturday 10th October.

Former fans of Taigh Na Mara Guesthouse Lochbroom can vote here for the next few days only

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Vote for vegan cookbook nominated best vegan cookbook

Please please vote for The vegan Cookbook nominated  Best vegan cook book by Vegfest UK

Cookbook is available on kindle too for only a few £s

Please vote for the vegan cookbook

Friday, August 07, 2015

Half Price: Digital Copy of Cowspiracy The Movie that inspired thousands of people to go vegan

Today, The Movie that inspired 1,000s of people to go vegan all over the world is now available for half price. Only $4.95 if you go here and use the code VIP2015

Cowspiracy - the ultimate sustainability movie
Please share this movie with your friends and family

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Health Summit for Health Professionals at VegfestUK Vegan Festival London Olympia

As part of the continuing efforts to Vegducate as many people as possible about the vegan solutions to avoidable world problems that threaten our planet VegfestUK is now hosting a Health Summit for Health Professionals at London Olympia on Saturday 10th October.

Sadly there are still many health professionals that are unaware of the evidence based science that supports the solution of a healthier balanced plant based diet to common health problems and the vegan diets suitability for all age groups.

Harley Street nutritional therapist Yvonne Bishop-Weston reveals "I am frequently contacted by mothers at their wits end because of pressure put upon them by Doctors to start eating meat and cheese and feed animal products to their children, like there is some magical ingredient that can only be found in meat and dairy. It reveals a lack of understanding about basic nutrition and the nutrients found in food"

"Yes a person may fair better on a diet higher in protein, may have some health condition that requires extra omega 3 EPA and DHA, or vitamin B12 or vitamin D3 or probiotics but there are now excellent plant based versions of all of these nutritional tools."

Earlier this year The Vegan Society reached a historic agreement with The British Dietetic Association. The Vegan Society and The British Dietetic Association have agreed to collaborate to bring  reliable plant based nutrition information to every community in the UK.

Tony Bishop-Weston, executive consultant Vegan Chef and Author of The Vegan Cookbook,  has helped VegfestUK bring together some leading lights in Nutrition and Dietetics to provide a line up of distinguished speakers to provide evidence based science that backs up the argument for vegan solutions to the scourge of avoidable self inflicted health problems we face.

Chef says "For too long many health professionals, GP's, midwives, dietitians, nutritionists, health workers have written off plant based diets as unnatural and exclusionary. This may be partly because of the way vegan diets were better known for what wasn't vegan, what they didn't eat rather than what vegans do eat - messages were full of negative messages, not this, don't eat that, no no no rather than yes yes yes and motivational provocative messages focused on delicious and dynamic vegan solutions. That's all changed. Bookshops are awash with beautiful vegan cookbooks with deliciously inspiring vegan recipes. The supermarkets now sell edible melting vegan cheese, vegan sausages, dairy free ice cream in fact everything from plant based caviar to vegan haggis. Thanks to 70 years of UK veganism there's now plenty of people to prove that a vegan diet can be far healthier than the average UK diet"

Speakers at The VegfestUK Health Summit for Health Professionals include

Professor Thomas Sanders  Professor of Nutrition & Dietetics Kings College London who will be talking about his CRESSIDA study and it's relevance to those on vegan diets
Prof Tom Sanders Professor of Nutrition Kings College London
Dr Emma Derbyshire, PhD, is a registered public health nutritionist government adviser on nutrition and diet matters and award-winning nutrition and health writer. 
Dr Emma Derbyshire Nutritionist
Sandra Hood RD - A specialist dietician for the NHS Sandra runs education sessions on diabetes for patients and health professionals. Sandra is author of 'Feeding your Vegan Baby with Confidence' published by The Vegan Society and has had numerous articles published in magazines. She worked closely with Plamil Foods to produce Infant Case Histories to prove the efficacy and benefits of a plant food based diet for infants. Sandra is currently working on nutrition material for the Vegan Society and BDA collaboration. She will be joined by Nutritional Therapist Yvonne Bishop-Weston

Sandra Hood registered Dietitian
Dr Nina Bailey -BSc Hons, MSc, PhD, ANutr: Nutrition Scientist - Head of Clinical Nutrition Igennus Healthcare Nutrition - Dr Nina Bailey is a leading expert in marine fatty acids and their role in health and disease. Dr Bailey holds a master's degree in Clinical Nutrition and received her doctorate from Cambridge University and is a published scientist,  regularly featured in national health publications.

Dr Nina Bailey Nutrition Scientist
Mikkel Jungersen - Scientific Advisor in Scientific Affairs at Chr. Hansen’s Health & Nutrition Division where he is responsible for scientific issues for Chr. Hansen’s probiotics
Mikkel Jungeresen - Scientific Advisor
 Other speakers include Paul Appleby from the Oxford University/European EPIC Study, Dr Tushar Mehta from Toronto, motivational expert Brian Jacobs and yoga guru talking about and demonstrating yoga as a tool to alleviate some of the effects of stress.

SATURDAY Health Professionals Health Summit Talks Room

12:00 - Dr Emma Derbyshire - Protein and Calcium Solutions on a Vegan Diet
1:00 - Prof Tom Sanders - King's College London CRESSIDA Study
2:00 - Sandra Hood RD Yvonne Bishop-Weston BSc DipION mBANT - Safer Vegan Pregnancy & Childrens health
3:00 - Mikkel Jungersen, MSc - Probiotics and Women's health
4:00 - Dr Nina Bailey - Essential Fats and Vegan Diets
5:00 - Dr Tushar Mehta - Vegan is the Answer: What's The Question?

SATURDAY Health Professionals Health Summit Workshop Room

12:00 - Paul Appleby  - Oxford Uni EPIC Study and Vegan Findings
1:00 - Debate - Raw food vs Cooked food
2:00 - Dr Tushar Mehta & Peter Gleave - Can you reverse Diabetes?
4:00 - Brian Jacobs - Solutions for motivational strategies for encouraging healthy eating
5:00 - The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre – Stress Management

Free certificated CPD for Health Professionals will be on offer. Contact your professional body for more details.

Friday, February 06, 2015

Brighton MP Caroline Lucas to open Vegfest UK

Eco Woman, voted most Ethical Politician Caroline Lucas MP to open Brighton Vegfest

Caroline Lucas MP has been voted the UK's most ethical politician in 2007, 2009 and 2010 by readers of the Observer, in 2008 was judged one of the Guardian’s top “eco-heroes”, received Red magazine's Woman of the Year Award 2010 in the ethical/eco category and is in the Environment Agency's Top 100 Eco-Heroes of all time.

..... and she's opening Vegfest UK in Brighton !!

Caroline Lucas MP - to open Brighton Vegfest

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

10 Reasons why you should invite your friends to Vegfest

10 Reasons why you should invite your friends to vegfest

1) It's fun. There's something for everyone whether they
 are into food, music, politics, film, the environment,  human rights
or just meeting people

2) There's no pressure. They can just walk around tasting stuff,
It's no like a dinner party, if they don't like what they've
tasted they can just move on. Most visitors are not vegan.

3) Expert Advice. Vegfest is awash  with expert advisors so any questions
can be quickly answered

4) Bargains. Most exhibitors run show offers and special prices so its the
cheapest place to kick start a new vegan lifestyle

5) Affordable.  A day at Vegfest is only a fiver if you buy tickets
online and if you buy early enough there are BOGOF offers

6) Fairtrade. A vegan diet is fairer for animals, for people
for the planet and fair on your body too.

7) Sustainable.  A vegan diet needs less water, less land, less fuel,
less electricity and less destruction than a meat based diet.

8) Health. Vegan diets men decreased risk of heart disease
Stroke, diabetes, some cancers and food poisoning

9) Kids go free. Vegfest UK has always strived to help vegducate
the next generation to help them understand why they should
try to avoid making the same mistakes as the previous generation.

10) Feel Good Factor It feels good to shake off apathy and adopt
a philosophy that is making a difference, making things better
not worse

Sunday, November 16, 2014

New Lyrics for Feed The World - Do They Know It's Christmas at All

Over 6 Billion Farm Animals will Die This Christmas
Weapons of Mass Destruction
Whilst not wanting to diminish the fantastic efforts of the Band Aid musicians and pop stars for their efforts to reduce the suffering of people in West Africa suffering with Ebola ( Go buy the BandAid30 track if you haven't already), and I agree with Bob Geldof, a disease that prohibits you from comforting and touching loved ones is most abhorrant, meanwhile billions of other Earthlings' lives face torture and death unnecessarily, every Christmas, every year, every month, every week, every day, every hour, every minute, every second.

Every year it's estimated 56 billion farm animals (that's not even including all marine life e.g. smoked salmon  prawns, dolphins and whales) are tortured and killed just for fun. Just for our culinary entertainment, just to ammuse our tastebuds, just because we are too lazy and set in our ways to find vegan alternatives that taste just as good, are usually healthier , undoubtably have far less detrimental impact on the planet are fairer and just as nutritious.

Do the animals know it's Christmas ? No! So here are some new vegan / vegetarian lyrics to the Feed the World Christmas song to highlight that there are billions of lives of animals who don't know that it's Christmas time at all and it's business as usual for the people with the electric prods and stun guns and bolt guns and knives and saws sloshing about in a sea of blood.

Feed the World 

(more healthily and more sustainably and more ethically)

It’s Christmas time – if you're an animal you should be afraid
At Christmas time – 5 billion will die,  for the food that's made
Yet in our world of plenty – we could spread a smile of joy
If we ate, like herbivores
At Christmas time

So say a prayer – pray for 'the other ones'
At Christmas time – s' not that hard , you can still have fun

There’s a world outside your window – and it’s a world of dread and hate
If you're not a pet they'll kill you – and you could end up on a plate
And the Christmas bells that ring there – are the clanging chimes of doom
Well tonight 'thank God it's them instead of you' ( ?)

There's No peace and joy this Christmas time in Burger King
Nor MaccyD's or KFC or Pret..... woah
Where all Santa brings is fear
It's the same thing every year
How can they know it’s Christmas time at all?

What to do?
Change your diet everyone!
Save the world
And the children yet to come!
Let them know it’s Christmas after all

Feed the world - Change your plan for dinner time
Save the world - Change your plans for dinner time
Heal the world - Let them know it’s Christmas time again

Vegan Parody, Meme - Lyrics by Bob Geldof, Midge Ure BandAid30 and Tony Bishop-Weston
Free Video coming soon - watch this space

New law on parody by the European Copyright Directive October 1st 2014 allows parody for humour and / or mockery as long as it isn't offensive i.e. Racist