Yes, at least 2-3 years ago, at Sachas hotel on Tib street. I was wondering if another one was ever going to happen.
Yes and no. The event at the Sachas Hotel in January 2008 was the North West Vegan Festival. I helped work on that event, though I didn't have any decision-making powers and I didn't like the venue. This event should be thought of as entirely new, though many of the stallholders will be the same.
We weren't happy with that website, either. It is being re-vamped and will be much nicer. Please bear with us and give us feedback in the meantime.Man alive! Why do so many vegan websites have to be so ugly and difficult to navigate?
That's because we only recently started organising it! We've invited over 50 stallholders so far, with more to follow. We have an international women's rugby player and a musician from The Smiths involved, plus DJ's, musicians and a host of speakers. Many stallholders have responded to confirm already, so we'll definitely have a good range of vegan cakes and chocolate, animal rescues and campaign groups.Originally Posted by IamJen
Yeah, the website is lame. Hopefully the festival will get fleshed out some, it's pretty sketchy looking so far.
That sounds promising, Badger. I wouldn't worry too much about the website, as long as people can easily find the information they need, then that's sufficient. Anyway, the design looks pretty spiffy now, well done. Like Jen I'm not in the area, so I'm afraid armchair criticism is all I have to offer!Originally Posted by Boris Badger
That's because we only recently started organising it! We've invited over 50 stallholders so far, with more to follow. We have an international women's rugby player and a musician from The Smiths involved, plus DJ's, musicians and a host of speakers. Many stallholders have responded to confirm already, so we'll definitely have a good range of vegan cakes and chocolate, animal rescues and campaign groups.
Please bear in mind that we are paying for everything out of our own pockets at this stage and will make no money from this event. We'd love a really slick website, but can't justify forking out £600-£1,00 for it. If you'd like the event to be as good as possible, please volunteer, as it is more useful to us than armchair criticism. Cheers.
It's looking MUCH better than it wasOriginally Posted by Boris Badger
We weren't happy with that website, either. It is being re-vamped and will be much nicer. Please bear with us and give us feedback in the meantime.
Hi Jen, I'm the main organiser of the festival and saw your comments on a search. New website is up and running as has been for a while now, don't know if you have checked back at all? Organising an event of this kind takes a lot of time and effort, and money with the lack of a sponsor so far. Luckily I have Boris Badger on board but as yet the whole thing is being driven by two people only, with some help from a third. Boris wasn't offended, just stating facts and making the point! As you then say you are not near Manchester, so it's probably not your thing anyway. The more people support this event the better it will be, and we intend to make it annual. Any volunteers feel free to come say hi via the site.Originally Posted by IamJen
Don't be offended. I think all of us here would be happy to see a successful festival. I'm not really near Manchester, so it's probably not my thing. If you're looking for a website designer, there are some computer geeks here that would probably be happy to lend their time (on Vegan Forum as well).
Hi, yes there is a statement out on the website. We also have a few sponsors on board now as well, hence the decision to move the event. Due to what happened with a recent festival in that area we were being asked to downsize it. This did not sit well as we were looking to link in to other local venues and upsize it to accommodate everyone! It would have been completely unfair to have to pick and choose between stallholders we had already said yes to, and unfair to NW Vegans and Veggies to dilute the event to the size of a village fete.Originally Posted by mazikeen
That's what's implied on their website and in the emails I received. I'm also quite excited with the prospect of a bigger festival!