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Organiser of VegfestUK shows, and founder of Yaoh
Appearing both days, including a hemp smoothie demo on Saturday at 5pm in the Cookery Classes Room
Tim has been vegan for 30 years, and is a big fan of hemp foods. He founded the UK's 1st hemp company Yaoh back in 2002. Through managing Yaoh and doing hemp smoothie demos at vegan events across the country, has been advocating the benefits of hemp for years.
A boyhood fan of Everton FC, Tim has performed highly engaging smoothie demos with ex-Everton player Neil Robinson (who's the world's first vegan top-flight footballer) at various vegan shows, including VegfestUK Bristol and London 2013. If you'd like to know more about hemp, don't miss his hemp smoothie demo on Saturday at 5pm!
Meanwhile, Tim has also been organising vegan events in the UK for a decade now. His first show was back in 2003 (The Bristol Vegan Fayre, which he founded), attracting around 1500 visitors. Ever since 2011, Tim has been organising VegfestUK Brighton in March, VegfestUK Bristol in May, and VegfestUK London in October, whilst running Yaoh. These shows have inspired countless amount of people to change their diets and choose more plant-based food options. Tim has appeared on numerous radio interviews, both promoting VegfestUK shows and the advantages of a plant-strong diet to the UK public.
Check out this extended interview which he did with Be Vegan Make Peace in August 2013 - www.beveganmakepeace.com/blog/vegfestuk
Tim & his team were honoured by the Vegan Society in their 2011 awards, where he has won the 'Best Vegan Achievement' award, for an outstanding contribution to veganism. Most recently, in May 2013, Tim was awarded the highly prestigious Lloyds TSB People and Environment Achievement Business Awards, in the 'Work in the Community' category. See below for a list of events that Tim and his team have organised, and further details on his awards. Tim was also nominated for "Best Individual Achievement of the Decade" at the 2013 VegfestUK awards.
Tim is available for further comment and interview. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
events that Tim and his team have organised
2013 VegfestUK London
2012 VegfestUK Bristol
2011 VegfestUK Bristol
VegfestUK Bristol Fringe
2010 Bristol Eco Veggie Fayre
Brighton Eco Veggie Fayre
2009 Reading Eco Veggie Fayre
Croydon Eco Veggie Fayre
Bristol Vegan Fayre
Brighton Vegan Fayre
2008 Bristol Vegan Fayre
2007 Bristol Vegan Fayre
2006 Bristol Vegan Fayre
2005 Bristol Vegan Fayre
2004 Bristol Vegan Fayre
2003 Bristol Vegan Fayre
VEGAN FESTIVAL PIONEER AWARDED PRESTIGIOUS GREEN AWARD
Tim Barford wins the Vegan Achievment Award 2011 for VegfestUK
VegfestUK Bristol & Brighton Organiser honoured in Awards Ceremony
The organiser of the world’s biggest veggie events, held annually in Bristol and Brighton, has been honoured for his work by The Vegan Society in their recent awards ceremony. Tim Barford, founder of VegfestUK, won the ‘Best Vegan Achievement’ award in the 2011 ceremony for his outstanding work in creating what has become the biggest vegan events anywhere in the world.
Thousands of visitors flocked to the two free VegfestUK events during 2011 and many more read about the shows in the media, and over 100 stalls exhibited at both events alongside a full programme of talks, cookery demos, workshops, films and presentations about a wide variety of aspects of the vegan lifestyle.
Tim started his first vegan event back in 2003 and is already planning his events for 2012. ‘Interest in the vegan lifestyle is growing at quite a rate’ says Tim ‘and that is reflected in the growth of the shows. What started back in 2003 with 40 stallholders and 1500 visitors has grown to see over 16,000 visitors to Brighton and Bristol in 2011, with even more expected in 2012 as both show grow an extra day to cope with demand. It’s become a full time occupation and I am very honoured to be recognised by The Vegan Society for the contribution made towards helping people adopt a veggie/vegan lifestyle. It’s never been more important to encourage people to go down this route, what with the significant advantages a plant based diet has to health, animal welfare, global food production and the environment.’
Tim is quick to point out though that this achievement is not about just himself, but a whole team of supporters, sponsors, stallholders, volunteers and contractors. ‘The thing about VegfestUK is that it really is a team game’, says Tim. ‘It would be unthinkable to be able to achieve so much without the help of so many, and this award is really an award to be shared with hundreds if not thousands of others. It’s a fantastic feeling when people come together to achieve so much as a team, and to be at the helm of such a ship is a real honour in itself, and now an even bigger honour since the announcement of this award.’
Tim – who manages his own hemp company Yaoh (www.yaoh.co.uk) – runs VegfestUK as a full time volunteer and doesn’t take a wage or expenses for his efforts, and his events for 2012 remain completely free to the public. VegfestUK Brighton is on March 17th and 18th 2012 and Bristol is on 25th – 27th May 2012 – for more information about these two events see the website www.vegfest.co.uk
To view the results on the Vegan Society website please visit http://www.vegansociety.com/about/vegan-awards/award-results.aspx
For more information about VegfestUK events or interviews with Tim, contact 0117 3079872 or email email@example.com