2018 will be the 10th year running for VegfestUK Brighton, and 4th year in which VegfestUK has hosted its Brighton event at the iconic Brighton Centre.
Vegan superfest VegfestUK drew a massive crowd of around 9,400 visitors over the weekend March 11th 12th 2017 at Brighton Centre
VegfestUK Brighton returns on March 24th 25th 2018 at the same venue; VegfestUK Bristol, Trade and London to follow in 2017...
The programme consists of our full list of stalls, caterers, speakers, performers, comedians, entertainers and others involved in the making of this great event
Tickets available on BOGOF and BOGOHP for limited period only
Space available for 230 stalls and 18 caterers; flexible rates available for both traders and charities
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Located on the Syndicate Wing - see floor plan here
V... for Life begins at 50! The Mature Zone is the go-to place for all aspects of veganism in later life.
With pay-as-you-feel vegan refreshments and drinks on top of seating.
Proudly curated and hosted by
Feeling the effects of overcrowding? Why not sit back and enjoy a cuppa in our Mature Zone? Nab a free copy of VfL's new magazine, enjoy an attractive array of vegan bakes, and listen in to presentations on topics such as creative simple meals, optimal ageing - and even whether past life experiences affect your dietary choices!
Refreshments here are offered on a 'pay as you feel' basis, and any profits will be used to support the charity's work.
There'll also be plenty of free information to hand about:
· Veg-friendly travel
· VfL's vegan and vegetarian grants
· Vegan dinners to your door
· Care homes that care
· Volunteering opportunities: How to be a friend to your elders.
Talks and workshops will run from 12pm on Saturday and 11am on Sunday.
12.00 - 12.45 - Mike Ashbridge - Find out how humanism and veganism fit naturally together and provide a compelling way to lead to a good, compassionate and positive life!
1.00 - 1.45 - Judy Barber - Making the most of your whole life (
2.00 - 2.45 - Oliver Bragg - Creative simple meals part 1: Delicious seasonal raw soup
3.00 - 3.45 - Brian Jacobs - Motivational strategies for going vegan or staying vegan in later life
4.00 - 4.45 - David Pye - The truth about reincarnation: Do past life experiences affect your dietary choices?
5.00 - 5.45 - Lucy Levens - Open yoga session
11.00 - 11.45 - Working with meat and dairy alternatives (Vegetarian for Life webinar)
12.00 - 12.45 - Amanda Woodvine - Positively vegan for life: Empower yourself and support the wider vegan community
1.00 - 1.45 - Oliver Bragg - Creative simple meals part 2: Raw vegan desserts
2.00 - 2.45 - Dementia Friends - If I get dementia, will they serve me meat?
3.00 - 3.45 - Mike Ashbridge -‘Older' vegans: A rare and endangered species?
4.00 - 4.45 - Siobhan Champion - Open yoga session: Funky feel-good flow
People often hear the term ‘humanism' and are unsure what it means and what humanists do. In this talk we'll look at the key tenets of humanism and how these frame the way in which people live their lives. This provides the basis of then looking at the extent to which these principles support and encourage veganism. If you're curious about humanism, interested in promoting veganism in this way or just want some more answers to the frequent ‘Why are you vegan?' question at meal times, come along to this talk!
Vegetarian for Life Director for Wales
Appearing Saturday at 12pm and Sunday 3pm in the Mature Zone
Mike worked for many years as a fund manager in London and developed a wide range of financial and marketing skills in his role as a director of an investment bank. After leaving the City, he was able to concentrate on causes and work that were close to his heart. He worked as a volunteer in a hospice and then a fundraising coordinator for Wales Air Ambulance. In early 2015, he joined Vegetarian for Life as their Director for Wales and he also works as a Humanist Celebrant
Your sixties and beyond can be wonderful life phases for sharing experiences and taking on new challenges - if your body and brain are in optimum health! Judy describes how plant-based nutrition can support you to be and give your best, an approach stretching back to the origins of humanity, and more relevant now than ever before - whatever your age.
Judy will also be doing a book signing after her talk
Author, Good Raw Food Recipes
Appearing on Saturday 1pm in the Mature Zone
Judy Barber is a Hippocrates Health Educator who has been living a high raw vegan life for 8 years. She is the author of Good Raw Food Recipes, with a wellness focus and plenty of recipes for delicious raw dishes using the best of ingredients. Judy leads workshops at home in the Cotswolds, consults, presents and leads retreats with Max Tuck, The Raw Food Scientist. At 67 she's earned her slot in the Mature Zone and considers it an honour to speak out to support all who want ageing to be an enjoyable and lively phase of life.
Chilled cucumber & yogurt soup with dill & dill oil
Using ingredients that are cheap and abundant to us in the UK, Ollie shows you how to make your own raw, simple and nutritious soup and infused oil.
Roving Chef, Vegetarian for Life
Appearing on Saturday 2pm and Sunday 1pm in the Mature Zone
With an interest in nutritional health, Oliver aims to create healthy, beautiful dishes that reflect his passion for seasonality and sustainability. He enjoys redefining contemporary non-meat cuisine by experimenting with original flavour combinations and modern techniques, as well as considering optimum nutritional needs.
This presentation is aimed at those who are considering going vegan or those who are newbie vegans, particularly the over 50s, for whom health issues may be of concern. Brian will provide tips and strategies to help motivate you and keep you on the vegan path
DipHyp, SQHP, HA, MNCH, BCH CI NGH
Appearing on Saturday 3pm in the Mature Zone
Brian Jacobs is a registered clinical hypnotherapist and hypnotherapy trainer. He is based in London, and helps people who wish to break habits and addictions (such as smoking, alcohol, over-eating) as well as helping people with emotional issues (such as fears, phobias, anxiety, or lack of confidence or motivation).
In ‘The truth about reincarnation', David Pye relates the amazing work of Dr Helen Wambach who in the 1970s regressed groups of people to past lives and enabled them to record their experiences. She then correlated the data against historical facts to produce the nearest thing to scientific proof of reincarnation. David couples this with the ground breaking work of Dr Michael Newton who hypnotically regressed thousands of individuals to the period before they were born to build a fascinating kaleidoscope of the life between lives. The results are incredible and effects each and every one of us, changing our whole view on life and giving insight into the reasons why we incarnated here on planet earth.
Appearing Saturday at 4pm in the Mature Zone
David has been vegetarian for over 40 years and has worked as both a research scientist and an IT consultant. He also holds a Masters degree in digital media production. Over the last 15 years David has set up several UK companies and taken two of them forward to become successful local charities with over 30 employees. These charities specialise in energy efficiency and organic gardening. David is a member of the council of the International Vegetarian Union where he serves as treasurer. He is also a fellow of the UK Vegetarian Society and served as their Chair for several years. His particular area of interest is the environmental aspect of vegetarianism and he has spoken at several international congresses on this topic.
Lucy's class will include a mixture of dynamic and static postures (asanas), along with some restorative poses. These will help bring us back into our centre, so we can feel more absorption and connection to ourselves. The focus will always be on the breath as a guide to the relationship to our practice, which is of surrender.
Brighton Yoga Classes
Appearing on Saturday 5pm in the Mature Zone
Lucy is a yoga teacher based in Brighton and runs Brighton Yoga Classes. She is certified to teach Hatha, Vajrasati, and Yin inspired yoga.
Lucy first discovered yoga in 2003, and has had a regular self practice since then. She has enjoyed exploring a number of different styles and approaches to yoga, which include Ashtanga Vinyasa, Scaravelli, Hatha, Yin, Vajrasati, Sivananda, and trauma-informed yoga.
Lucy has been teaching since 2012 in a variety of settings, including public drop-ins, private one-to-ones and corporate classes. She also runs a regular trauma-informed class for women who have experienced domestic and sexual violence.
A range of alternatives to meat and dairy can be bought online, wholesale, or in high street supermarkets. VfL's pre-recorded webinar, followed by a live Q&A session, will explain how to easily source, prepare and cook them – saving yourself money, and perhaps adding interest, nutrients, and variety to your meals. You'll also discover how simple it can be to make your own 'fake steaks'!
12.00 - Amanda Woodvine - Positively vegan for life: Empower yourself and support the wider vegan community
Veganism is part of a considered and compassionate lifestyle. This talk will empower you to speak about veganism positively to friends and family, answering even the most awkward of questions with ease. Find out what you can do to support the wider vegan community, especially those in vulnerable positions, such as care settings. Delivered by charity VfL's Chief Executive.
Chief Executive, Vegetarian for Life
Appearing on Sunday 11am in the Mature Zone
Amanda is a qualified nutritionist, who joined Vegetarian for Life's board as a trustee in 2009. Her early career was spent working in Wills and Probate law, mostly advising an older client base. After spells working for Viva! Health and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence - and voluntary roles, including citizen advocacy - she was able to combine multiple interests in her role as Chief Executive of Vegetarian for Life.
Amanda is also the founding director of Eat Green (UK), an award-winning NGO based in Manchester.
Mini raw seasonal sweet pies and other raw vegan desserts
Want to stay away from refined sugars and flours, and instead go raw and local? Ollie shows how seasonal fruit and foraged ingredients can be turned into sweet healthy treats.
"If I get dementia, will they serve me meat?" Dementia is on the rise, because people are living longer. It is estimated that by 2021, the number of people with dementia in the UK will have increased to 1 million.
Our Dementia Friends information session will give people from all walks of life an understanding about dementia - and how you can protect your future veganism, today. The session is interactive, exploring facts and perceptions around dementia. Our aim is to raise awareness and reduce the stigma that is still evident today.
Appearing on Sunday 2pm in the Mature Zone
Alzheimer's Society's Dementia Friends programme is the biggest ever initiative to change people's perceptions of dementia. It aims to transform the way the nation thinks, acts and talks about the condition.
Whether you attend a face-to-face Information Session or watch the online video, Dementia Friends is about learning more about dementia and the small ways you can help. From telling friends about the Dementia Friends programme to visiting someone you know living with dementia, every action counts.
Veganism is most popular and is growing at its greatest rate among younger people. But history shows that they often move away from this lifestyle in the following years. In this talk we'll look at the causes of this and also at what inhibits people in their forties, fifties and later years from becoming vegans. We'll look at whether this can be countered to ensure that veganism is more broadly and more permanently represented in society. And we'll also consider the question that no one likes to ask - when you can no longer care for yourself, who is going to ensure that your veganism is respected?
This dynamic moving meditation will guide you through a creative sequence, awakening your inner warrior and feel-good endorphins. This is a strong, fluid and strengthening sequence, countered with gentle forward folds, twists and hip openers. Expect a few surprises throughout to keep you in the present, learning to not take things too seriously. You will be ready to let go, quiet the mind and be filled with a new-found confidence, in and off the mat.
Appearing on Sunday 4pm in the Mature Zone
After completing her training with The Yoga People, Siobhan is a fully qualified yoga teacher, teaching Rocket Yoga, Ashtanga and Vinyasa Flow classes. She has taught in multiple studios across London, and you can join in her classes at Fitness on Fire and London Fields Fitness. Siobhan has a strong dynamic and playful practice and loves encouraging students to try new things, discovering the possibilities and reconnecting with their bodies.