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We skipped last year, but I'm looking forward to going again this time. Anyone else planning to attend? It's *free* this year too! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I wanted to, but I'm stuck up north (which is why I went to its Brighton counterpart in March). I loved it last year... the Brighton one was awesome, though <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Im not going this year =(<br>
I wanted to but its not feasible. I no longer talk to the person I used to stay with to go, so would have to pay for a hotel. Im also working til 3pm on the Saturday. I knew I might not be able to so thats why I went to the Brighton one. Will go to the London one if I can too.
 

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My bf and I are definitely going. We were going to Bristol that weekend anyway to visit friends, so it's a great coincidence. Looking forward to it!
 

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I wanted to, but I'm stuck up north (which is why I went to its Brighton counterpart in March). I loved it last year... the Brighton one was awesome, though <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"></div>
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But....Brighton is in the south too? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">
 

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But....Brighton is in the south too? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"></div>
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Yeah, I wasn't stuck up north for that one :p<br><br>
By stuck, I mean I have northern commitments on the 26th, 27th, 28th and 30th (and maybe the 29th too), so it's a bit difficult for me to go. With the Brighton one, I was able to go and stay down there for a few days <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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mazikeen, if you and the man are there, keep an eye out for us. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"> We haven't really decided what day we're going, but I'm thinking probably Saturday.
 

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When is there going to be one of these veg fairs in the North? I'd love to go but can't afford that kind of journey/ accommodation.
 

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They have them in Manchester occasionally I think. Nottingham (which isn't very far north, I realize) has a really active veg community...they might know about some things in your neck of the woods. This is the vegan page, but I think there's a vegetarian one somewhere too:<br><a href="http://www.vegan-nottingham.co.uk/" target="_blank">http://www.vegan-nottingham.co.uk/</a>
 

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Lol well I'm in Glasgow so I was thinking a bit more like, Scotland-north <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> but thanks.
 

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Oh, I've seen some things in Edinburgh before. I sorta dismiss them because it's like a 7 hour train ride (each way) for us, but I will try and keep my eyes open. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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mazikeen, if you and the man are there, keep an eye out for us. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"> We haven't really decided what day we're going, but I'm thinking probably Saturday.</div>
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Will do. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> Do you still have the same mobile number? We'll be going Saturday probably, we're still working out details as the bf also wants to meet up with people (who might not want to come along to VegFest).<br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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They have them in Manchester occasionally I think. [/url]</div>
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I don't think there's been one in Manchester in at least 2 years (or more?). Hey, I had even seen isowish in the last one, and I haven't seen her in ages!
 

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I will have to figure out how feasible it is.. First I need to double-check when my last exam is (I think it's the 26th) then figure out if I can afford the train and somewhere to stay..<br><br>
I doubt I will though <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">
 

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We're there now! If there are any other VBers here, Feel free to pm me if you want to say hello!
 

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This is our stash from the fest:<br><br>
bought:<br>
some shampoo/conditioner for £3, buy one get one free<br>
almond butter for £1.99 (cheaper than Holland/Barrett)<br>
recycled razor blades<br>
book about feeding vegan children<br>
2 tubs of shea butter blusher<br>
3 Hurraw lipbalms, which are superfantastic, including a root beer flavored one!<br>
goody bag (supports the festival) with Jason lotion, book, sweet freedom carob, rice dream, bear fruits and granola, vouchers, nakd raisins, moisturizer sample muesli and maybe other stuff<br><br>
freebies/samples:<br>
two nakd bars<br>
panda licorice<br>
Wot no dairy? Black Cherry yogurt<br>
Alpro vanilla dessert (eaten on the train)<br>
Essential snack mix<br>
tomato seeds<br>
tea<br>
nine bar (seeds)<br>
cucumber facial<br>
some "magical herbal balm" (not really sure what this is yet)<br>
algae sample<br>
Moo Free chocolate<br>
chocolate heart<br>
and of course all sorts of vouchers/pamphlets, etc.<br><br>
We got to try some of the other flavors of Vegusto, which were quite good, and found out that they are opening a warehouse in the UK in July, so it will be easy to order direct (and hfs' will be able to stock it as well!)<br><br>
Mostly rainy, but heard a smidge of music and had some vegan lunch/dessert so all in all a good day.<br><a href="http://cdn.veggieboards.com/0/00/000dbc6a_vbattach15536.jpeg"><img alt="LL" src="http://cdn.veggieboards.com/0/00/525x525px-LL-000dbc6a_vbattach15536.jpeg" style="width:525px;height:396px;"></a>
 

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wow that all sounds great iamjen <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> Yumyumyum, I usually go to this and christmas without cruelty each year, but I haven't for gone to either for about a year now and it's very sad ! I love stocking up on freebies, trying new foods, and just basically eating all day <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/blush.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:"><br><br>
Sounds like you had a fab time! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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I had a big pancake (well, a crepe) with chocolate and banana that was really good. Also had a baguette sort of sandwich with baba ganoush, hummus, lettuce etc, but was a bit disappointed with that one. They also had (obviously mock) fish and chips, but decided against it as I'm trying to eat less junk. There was also some very delicious-looking and -smelling Indian food.<br><br>
Lots of interesting stalls as usual. The Vegan Society was well represented with 5 or so people at their stall, selling Veg1, books etc, and giving out free pamphlets and some older books.<br><br>
The music wasn't really my thing, and I was trying to escape from what I thought was going to be another hippy poetry session (ugh!!!) when all of a sudden they started playing a funny instrument. (Err not sure what it's called.) So I stayed and listened to that for a bit.<br><br>
Also watched brief parts of The Witness while eating my sandwich. Was sorta interesting, the main guy seemed like the vegan version of Joe The Plumber <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">
 

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Sounds like you guys had a cool beans time!<br>
I was going to go to <a href="http://www.foodiesfestival.com/hampton-court/" target="_blank">Hampton Court foodies festival</a> (since I can walk there in about 30mins and I discovered that <a href="http://www.mscupcake.co.uk/" target="_blank">Ms Cupcake</a> was going to be there). But it was £15 a ticket - £15! Ripoff! Since it was the same weekend as the Bristol thing, I figured thered be nothing else for me to eat.
 

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Ooh. Have you been to her shop in Brixton? Haven't ventured there yet.
 

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Ooh. Have you been to her shop in Brixton? Haven't ventured there yet.</div>
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I've been, and it's great. There are several flavours of cupcakes to choose from, and she also sells other stuff, including marshmallows and fudge. Very good service and atmosphere, too.<br><br>
I went to VegFest on Saturday and Sunday, both in the morning/afternoon, not staying for the evening and the bands. Pity we didn't manage to bump into each other, Jen and Karl. I enjoyed it, there were plenty of stalls and lots of free samples. I got to try the Vegusto cheeses, and I'll probably end up ordering a couple of their flavours. I'm afraid my bf wasn't as excited by the Vegusto cheese, but at least we found other interesting things.<br><br>
I went to a few talks and films, too, and I'm glad I did. It was a good opportunity to watch films like Behind the Mask, that I've heard a lot about, but never got around to watching. I admit that it was somewhat comforting to be surrounded by vegans and AR campaigners, it gave me a sense that progress is being made on these issues.
 
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