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#1 Old 07-30-2013, 12:37 AM
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Anyone else going?

 

http://london.vegfest.co.uk/

 

Currently doing an offer on tickets of 'buy one get one free' ~ either two tickets for the same day so you can take a friend, or buy Saturday and get Sunday free.  Tickets £10 per day (£6 concessions).

 

It looks really good and has performances by comedians etc. as well as the stalls.  All food stalls are vegan drool.gif

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#2 Old 07-30-2013, 01:14 AM
 
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Me and the wife are. Really looking forward to it but a little concerned about how much she may spend as it's her birthday weekend!
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Well it looks like it's going to be a great place to treat her :)

 

Birthday weekend at Vegfest - excellent!  Are you going both days?

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Ooh, I want to come. Will try and get the boy to accompany me, otherwise I'll be on my tod. Any lonely veg*ns want to meet up?! I've never been to this sort of thing before and live out in the sticks, help to cope with London madness would be greatly appreciated dunce.gif


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heheh!

 

I used to live in London many years ago but it still bewilders me dizzy2.gif

 

I got tickets for both days in the BOGOF offer so I can choose which day to go as October is a long way off.  I'm not great at advance planning, also it gives me some wiggle room if my boys have something on they 'forgot' to tell me about *sigh*

 

If you do end up going by yourself, let me know and if we go on the same day maybe we can meet up :-D

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We only have tickets for the Saturday but if its a blast and/or there are things on on the Sunday we will just buy tickets on the day.

Hoping to see either Book of Mormon or Charlie and the chocolate factory in the west end as well.
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Book of Mormon would be my choice, but then I like the puerile and offensive humour of South Park :)

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Eh, not this year, i am not in the UK anymore, but it was always fun, free samplers ( cheese ! ), cheap food ( buy your food in the last hours of the last day ), nice t shirts ( buy quick or you won't find your size ) and friends plenty.

 

Veggie burgeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeers !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



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All of my yes!!!! grin.gif

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free samplers

drool.gif I haven't been to a veg fayre in a while but the free samples were great. I always ended up buying a vegan trifle too.smiley.gif

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Also, stickers to put on your laptop or car.



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I'd better take a big bag for all the freebies!  carrot.gif

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Also, stickers to put on your laptop or car.

I'm going to put wheels on my laptop, so it can be my car. Then cover it in veg*n stickers. smiley.gif

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I already have secret society of vegan stickers on my laptop!
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Booked on both days hamster.gif Cant wait! I love going somewhere where I don't have to constantly ask if its vegetarian!

 

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p.s not been before so cant wait for all these freebies, I'm taking a larrrrrge bag

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We are hoping to go on the Sunday... want to see Macka b!

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We are hoping to go on the Sunday... want to see Macka b!

 

Did you go?  Did you see him?  He was brilliant, and his little grandson ('Tiny Dancer' lol) was awesome. 

 

What did everyone else think of Vegfest?  It was my first veg*n fair and I think I was expecting more to be honest.  

 

Don't get me wrong, I had a lovely time but it just didn't live up to my expectations.  The venue was too noisy for most of the talks and performances, way too much intrusion from the general crowd and other stuff going on.  I had to leave the venue to buy a bottle of water and there was no coffee on sale in the hall when I was there (whaaaaaat!).  The food stall I tried (pad thai) was very average and overpriced.  I was expecting a more diverse range of food stalls ~ no offence but I can make noodles, curry or falafel at home any day of the week.  I tried my first vegan cupcake :) didn't like it and threw half away :( Must admit I haven't missed cake over the last 6 months so it was no great loss, other than financially.

 

On the plus side I loved the performances I saw (Dave Straitjacket, Andrew O'Neil and MackaB).  It was really good to try lots of samples of food even if the Fry's 'beefburger' made me retch.  I honestly didn't think it would taste soooo much like a cheap burger ... and I always hated beefburgers.  Not entirely sure why I tried it ....  I bought some kale chips, jerk popcorn, nut roasts, southern fried chickny things and cinder toffee.  Another huge plus was the Comic-Con thing going on ~ some fab costumes!  I was stood in the queue for the cashpoint behind two knights,, a princess and an avatar.  

 

Overall I had a good time, I just wish I'd bought more of that jerk popcorn.

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QV I was there and thoroughly enjoyed it! I ate terribly all weekend because of the amazing food choices!

Did you try some of the vegan cakes and pastries on the big bakery stall?
Which talks did you listen to?

I agree that the acoustics weren't great for the speakers as well. Kim Stallwood was going to complain about it I believe. Patrick Baboumiam (sp?) and Fiona Oakes talks were particularly inspiring.

And I agree Macka B's performance was insanely good! He really seemed proud to be a vegan! My favourite bit was when he said....

'Give a hand to the children dancing, they be vegan children which be why they have so much energy!'

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Also it was just nice to be surrounded by like minded people!
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Yes, it was lovely to be around mainly veg*ns and to not have to ask "is this vegan" about anything!

 

I had the pad thai from a stall on the ground floor ~ £6 for a relatively small plate.  I had a vegan cupcake from Trinas (?) and it just wasn't my thing, but I've never been a mad cake fan even as an omni.

 

I didn't really go to any talks as most of them coincided with stuff in the performance area.  I dipped in and out of a raw food one but spent most of my time in between performances checking out the stalls.  And sampling stuff :-D  I loved the roast wheat stuff but forgot to get some.

 

Due to a late start (stuff to do) and my train breaking down en route I didn't even get there until 3pm so had already missed half the day.

 

Macka B was excellent; I cried when he played Spiritual Vibration, it was so beautiful.  His grandson reminded me of my boys when they were younger ~ their Dad used to run a sound system and they'd always be dancing :)

 

What food stalls did you eat from?  Because I got there so late I only ate one meal plus half the cupcake (bleurgh) and a rather scrummy mango sorbet.

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I wasn't there but my friends told me it was awesome and that they have gone to the comic con as well which was there.



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Just found out that the website for London Vegfest 2014 is live now at www.london.vegfest.co.uk

 

And guess what? They've got Brendan Brazier, Victoria Moran, Vegan Smythe, Patrik Baboumian, Kate Magic among the special guests! Gotta meet Brendan in person!

 

Also found that the floor plans would be different from those last year, with most stalls downstairs and most talks/performances upstairs, so hopefully the soundclash problem from last year would improve.

 

And they've increased the number of catering pitches too.

 

Can't wait for another big vegan fest at Olympia myself :o

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