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World Vegan Day celebrations start early again this year! Don't miss the 10th West Midlands Vegan Festival on Sat 28th & Sun 29th October! World Vegan Day
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2 Venues
The Wolves Civic
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Wolverhampton Art Gallery (2-3 mins walk from Civic)
Click here for map etc. Wolverhampton Civic Hall
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Cookery Demos, Talks and Workshops

In 4 separate rooms, there will be a full programme of cookery demos, talks and workshops throughout the weekend. Talks will focus on a diverse range of issues including going vegan, speciesism, the environmental impact of livestock, vegan nutrition, saving wildlife through direct action, living foods, vegan bodybuilding and lots more. More talks will be listed below as soon as possible. If you're interested in presenting a talk, please contact us

The Story of Spark the Goblin Wizard, performed by Dommy B.
Spark's magic rhymes can turn anything into anything. He'll turn the bogeys up his nose into some pink ribbons and bows. He'll make a gorgeous high heeled shoe out of a pile of donkey poo...
However, something terrible begins to happen in the deep, dark forest. Maybe not even Spark's spells will be enough to stop a strange new power threatening the woods...
With lyrics, laughs and lots of joining in, vegan performance poet Dommy B needs your help to save the day! For children 5+ and their families.

Dommy B was the 2017 Glastonbury Festival Poet in Residence and WINNER of 2017 Saboteur 'Best Spoken Word Artist'. He has won New York's famous Nuyorican Poetry Cafe Slam and UK Superheroes of Slam and he's performed his poetry for children on national TV on BBC Rhyme Rocket.

 
Aaaaaaaaaaaaagh! Dinosaurs, performed by Dommy B.
An exciting, hilarious adventure show for children
A young troll must defend the town from a gang of destructive, deadly dinosaurs!
With lyrics, laughs and lots of joining in, vegan performance poet Dommy B needs your help to save the day! For children 5+ and their families.

Dommy B was the 2017 Glastonbury Festival Poet in Residence and WINNER of 2017 Saboteur 'Best Spoken Word Artist'. He has won New York's famous Nuyorican Poetry Cafe Slam and UK Superheroes of Slam and he's performed his poetry for children on national TV on BBC Rhyme Rocket.

 
Living Foods and Raw Power for Strength and Recovery
With Pat Reeves, Practitioner of Nutritional & Functional Medicine, World Champion Powerlifter and author of A Living Miracle www.foodalive.org
Being on a plant based diet for forty-seven years - the last twenty of those mainly consuming living foods, has totally transformed Pat's health, radically changing orthodox predicted outcome, enabling her to defeat an intractable cancer situation. This will be an interactive talk, where Pat can explore what is important to you when considering adding more raw energy to your life. Personalising a most empowering nutritional practice to overcome health challenges, keep your strength improving in the gym/sports and for life in general as a weapon in your arsenal for healing injuries faster. Nothing is better at anti-aging than applied nutrition! Raw and living foods offer high amounts of nutrients which are vitalising, energising, enhancing oxygen and vibrancy, enabling one to become more intuitive and knowledgeable in accessing our inner healing system.

 
Vegan Nutrition
With Heather Russell, Dietician for The Vegan Society
Veganism is not only great for animals and the planet - a well balanced vegan diet is the healthiest there is - for children as well as for adults. Vegans live longer and suffer less from diseases such as hypertension, obesity, coronary artery disease, certain kinds of cancer and diabetes. But as with all diets, nutritional balance is important. Whether you're already vegan, an aspiring vegan or just vegan curious, this talk will tell you how to avoid the pitfalls and obtain an optimum healthy diet.

 
Practical Vegan
With Dean Bracher, member of staff at The Vegan Society
A talk about the reality and practicality of going vegan and staying vegan. Where to buy, what to buy and why! Be inspired by veganism and have a say on what you need from this talk.

 
Veganism is WIN, WIN, WIN - for Animals, the Planet & our Health
With Mick Walker, a biology teacher and vegan cyclist www.vegancyclist.co.uk
To many of us, it is all too clear that raising billions of animals to provide us with food and other products makes little sense at any level. The cruel exploitation of the animals is entirely unacceptable, animal agriculture is the No 1 cause of environmental degradation and the human population is wracked with chronic diseases caused by the consumption of animal products. In recent years, several documentaries have detailed the issues associated with animal agriculture and the consumption of animal products. EARTHLINGS - our domination of other species of animals is shocking, unnecessarily exploitative and cruel.
COWSPIRACY - a huge amount of environmental degradation is down to animal agriculture.
FORKS OVER KNIVES - in America and many other parts of the world, humans are experiencing burgeoning levels of chronic conditions - coronary heart disease, cancers, obesity, diabetes etc. There is increasing evidence that all of these can be avoided and even reversed by a plant based diet.
More recently WHAT THE HEALTH has highlighted the incredible disregard for the link between what we eat and our health.
In other words, the future of mankind and our planet is in jeopardy if we continue to support animal agriculture by consuming meat, dairy and eggs and by using other animal products, such as leather. The prospects would be much brighter if everyone was to adopt a VEGAN lifestyle. In this talk, Mick will outline some of the evidence for this and explain why there can be no argument whatsoever against the urgent need for widespread veganism.


Health Benefits of a Whole Food Plant Based Diet
With Mick Walker, a biology teacher and vegan cyclist www.vegancyclist.co.uk
It is entirely unacceptable for humans to exploit animals in any way whatsoever - whether for food, other products, such as leather, or for entertainment. The idea of not eating meat is nothing new - Pythagoras was an early advocate of a plant-based diet - but so many of us were brought up to believe that the maintenance of health and fitness can only be achieved on a diet based around animal protein. We now have incontrovertible evidence that this is entirely incorrect - indeed it is becoming clear that the healthiest of diets is a Whole Food Plant Based Diet. This means a diet based 100% on plants - and they should be consumed in a form that is as close as possible to how they were grown and harvested. It should include little, if any processed or refined products - for example, no added sugar or oil. In this talk, Mick will outline some of the evidence for this and look at some top athletes who live on a plant based diet. He will also explain exactly what should be included in such a diet on a daily basis.


Plant based dogs, a beginners guide
With Ruth Dredge, a former vet nurse, animal behaviourist and co-presenter of The Species Barrier (vegan radio show)
Ruth talks about what we feed our companion dogs and why vegans are obligated to feed plant based. She also discusses the practical side of this.


Is human population an animal rights issue?
With Marcus and Ruth Dredge, presenters of The Species Barrier (vegan radio show)
Marcus and Ruth provide a rare focus on how human numbers greatly impact animal rights. Be it habitat loss, species extinction or increased demand for farmed animal exploitation, they argue that this important issue is largely ignored in the movement.

 
Exotics Revealed - The Truth Behind The Trade
With Clare Barnard BSc.(Hons), Owner-Operator of Grace's Rest, Midlands Exotic Animal Advice, Education and Rescue Service www.gracesrest.co.uk
Covering Clare's personal experiences of the trade, highlighting the plight of thousands of wild animals kept in pet homes across the country and the work of her rescue service to affect positive change. Hear the rescue stories of some of the resident snakes, lizards, creepy crawlies and exotic mammals and learn how you can help Grace's Rest fight to save more animals from this fate!

 
"But where do you get your protein?!": How to build Strength and Muscle on a Vegan Diet
With Stephen Coote (@veganbodybuilding on Instagram), bodybuilder, powerlifter and founder of www.RiseOfTheVegan.com
Stephen will deliver an engaging and inspiring talk on becoming a strong, fit, healthy vegan. As well as sharing his own experience he'll showcase other notable vegan athletes and dispel common dietary myths about veganism. Audience members will be given practical advice on how they can improve their health and fitness and shown the benefits a plant-based diet brings.

 
Deep Ecology - the radical changes needed to properly respect nature
With Dr Karen Parham, philosopher and independent scholar.
A thought-provoking talk and presentation exploring the radical changes needed to properly respect nature and the inherent worth of other beings. Deep ecology is a contemporary ecological and environmental philosophy characterized by its advocacy of the inherent worth of living beings regardless of their instrumental utility to human needs, and advocacy for a radical restructuring of modern human societies in accordance with such ideas. Deep ecology's core principle is the belief that the living environment as a whole should be respected and regarded as having certain inalienable legal rights to live and flourish, independent of its utilitarian instrumental benefits for human use. This philosophy provides a foundation for the environmental, ecology and green movements and has fostered a new system of environmental ethics advocating wilderness preservation, human population control and simple living.

 
Vegan outreach - How to do it! Practical tips and ideas for spreading the vegan message
With Ronnie Lee of Worcestershire Vegans & Veggies
Ronnie has been actively campaigning for animal liberation/rights in excess of 40 years. He has been active in many fields, and was the founder and editor of the great late animal liberation magazine 'Arkangel''. He has also been involved in a regular, legal campaign targeting Greyhound Racing Stadiums. Ronnie is currently involved in Greens For Animal Protection and Worcestershire Vegans & Veggies, among many other things. He has many years of experience, so if you would like to get active in animal rights campaigning through vegan outreach, then this is the workshop for you!

 
Vegan Advocacy Workshop
With Thom Quinoa - activist, Youtuber and the leader of Birmingham Vegans Facebook group
Interested in vegan advocacy? This will be a great opportunity to meet other activists, learn from each other, share tactics and success stories and discover ways to become more effective at spreading this important message.

 
Vegan Anonymous
With Thom Quinoa - activist, Youtuber and the leader of Birmingham Vegans Facebook group
Interested in meeting and making friends with other vegans? Come along to take part in a friendly social meet up with interesting discussions and activities. An excellent networking opportunity. Thom has hosted over 75 vegan social events in Birmingham over the last 3 years.

 
The Power of Vegan Community
With Thom Quinoa - activist, Youtuber and the leader of Birmingham Vegans Facebook group
In this talk Thom discusses the history of Birmingham Vegans, the benefits of having active vegan social network, his experience and thoughts on how to create successful vegan events and why he thinks vegan community is an highly effective form of vegan activism. Thom has hosted over 75 vegan social events over the last 3 years. The Birmingham Vegans Facebook group now has over 5000 members and is growing a rate of over 250 members per month.

 
The Secret life of Tea - Health and Self-development
With Anne Sheekey from Attic Teas
Discover the hidden wonders of drinking Chinese tea as a powerful health tonic. We will look at the fundamentals for good health, sample different teas and learn about how they can also support you emotionally. We will experience a practical way to access the vital wisdom of the tea plant through a guided meditation with our amazing tea remedies.

 
Why Being Vegetarian is Not Enough & the Realities of the Egg & Dairy Industry
With Dina Aherne, an animal rights advocate & member of Leicester Animal Rights, Leicester Vegan Outreach and organiser of Leicestershire Animal Save
Dina's current campaign focuses on raising awareness about the realities of the dairy industry. She'll be debunking common myths associated with the consumption of dairy.

 
 
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Why Vegan?
People choose the vegan lifestyle for various reasons, including: Why Vegan? - animals, health, hunger and the planet!
Ethical Treats!
A unique, online and mobile confectionery shop, which sells all your favourite vegan goodies! It's run by volunteers, with all profits ploughed into grassroots vegan outreach, including this festival!! Lakeside Ethical Treats - sweets, chocolate & snacks in aid of vegan outreach
Event Organisers
The festival is organised by Midlands Vegan Campaigns, a small group of dedicated volunteers. About Midlands Vegan Campaigns
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