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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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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.

Cookery Demonstrations

In the Civic Bar (ground floor, rear of the Civic Hall)

Saturday Demos

11.30am - Vegan Cheese Making
With Mel Rogers, from Mel's Kindness Kitchen
Come and learn how to make delicious, cruelty-free cheese - much tastier & cheaper than shop bought!

 
12.45pm - Kale: Who says something can't be healthy and delicious?
With Diane Smith, School Speaker Training Officer at Animal Aid
Diane will show you how to bring out the best in the 'Queen of Greens'. She will prepare Kale Crisps and a Creamy Peanut and Kale Rice Bowl.

 
2pm - Simple, quick and tasty vegan milk alternatives
With Mimi, Raw Food Chef, Educator & Motivator at Wolverhampton based Raw Me
How to make vegan milk alternatives quickly and easily. With basic equipment you can save time and money and always have your favourite milk ready to use, whenever you need it.

 
3.15pm - Seitan Making Demo
With Mel Rogers, from Mel's Kindness Kitchen
Come and learn how to make seitan, a delicious cruelty-free alternative to meat! Seitan is versatile, high in protein, low in fat & very yummy!

 
4.30pm - Tofu Pad Thai
With Jim, from Meat Free Meals

 
 

Sunday Demos

11.30am - Tasty Tofu Recipes
With Lizzy Hughes of Our Lizzy Cooking
Tofu (or bean curd) is a rich source of protein and extremely versatile, as Lizzy will show you.

 
12.45pm - Daily Clean and Healthy Living
With Rachel Leigh-Janney, from Herb-a-licious
Learn how to make (and taste) everyday favourites including Coconut Milk, Coleslaw & Hummus from clean plant based ingredients.

 
2pm - Vegan Cheese Making
With Mel Rogers, from Mel's Kindness Kitchen
Come and learn how to make delicious, cruelty-free cheese - much tastier & cheaper than shop bought!

 
3.15pm - Quick and Easy Vegan Meals
With Lizzy Hughes of Our Lizzy Cooking
Using VBites products which are widely available in independent health food shops and Holland & Barrett

 
4.30pm - Get Ready for the Party Season!
With Rachel Leigh-Janney, from Herb-a-licious
Come and nibble some Canapés & Dips including Sour Cream & Chive and Sun-dried Tomato Pesto that you can make at home in 15 minutes




Talks and Workshops

Saturday

Balcony Bar 1 (on 2nd floor, lift available)

10.30am - Vegan Wine Tasting Workshop
With Alan Clement, owner of Cool Grapes specialists in organic & biodynamic vegan wines
Wine is Wine, right? It's all fermented grape juice and nothing else, isn't it? WRONG!
Many wines contain traces of animal products and these are used on purpose to make the product 'more attractive' to consumers. In some cases they can be used to alter the flavour of wine and worse still, there is no law in place that makes the wine makers state the ingredients, other than the allergen (Sulphites) on the bottle! And it is not just confined to wine! If you would like to understand more, visit the Cool Grapes stall in the Civic Hall & sign up to take part in 1 of 4 free wine tasting workshops they'll be holding over the weekend. Spaces are limited to 24 each session, so be sure to visit their stand to book early.

 
11am - Practical Vegan
With Dean Bracher, who has given over 600 talks about veganism in the last 10 years.
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.

 
12 noon - Fiona Oakes - A Life for the Animals
Fiona is vegan, a world record holding elite marathon runner, retained firefighter and founder of Towerhill Stables Animal Sanctuary
How a small child's dream of safe haven and security for all animals became the reality that now is Towerhill Stables Animal Sanctuary. A forever home to over 400 residents - both domestic and farmed animals - living side by side in the natural peace and harmony that all creatures deserve but so few are ever afforded.

 
1pm - 10 reasons why plant foods are great for your health
With Heather Russell, Dietician for The Vegan Society
Exploring how plant foods can benefit our health. Whether you're a seasoned vegan or just curious about plant-based living, this session will help you to understand the nutritional potential of vegan diets.

 
2pm - 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.

 
3pm - 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.

 
4pm - Fiona Oakes - From Child to Champion
Fiona is vegan, a world record holding elite marathon runner, retained firefighter and founder of Towerhill Stables Animal Sanctuary
How a life has encompassed all aspects and beliefs of an ethical vegan. Combining a young child's desire to not harm others, to running a Sanctuary or running a Marathon. Fiona has done it all and is still as enthusiastic, energetic, passionate and hungry to do more for our friends, the animals.

 
5pm - Vegan Wine Tasting Workshop
With Alan Clement, owner of Cool Grapes specialists in organic & biodynamic vegan wines
Wine is Wine, right? It's all fermented grape juice and nothing else, isn't it? WRONG!
Many wines contain traces of animal products and these are used on purpose to make the product 'more attractive' to consumers. In some cases they can be used to alter the flavour of wine and worse still, there is no law in place that makes the wine makers state the ingredients, other than the allergen (Sulphites) on the bottle! And it is not just confined to wine! If you would like to understand more, visit the Cool Grapes stall in the Civic Hall & sign up to take part in 1 of 4 free wine tasting workshops they'll be holding over the weekend. Spaces are limited to 24 each session, so be sure to visit their stand to book early.

 

Balcony Bar 2 (on 2nd floor, lift available)

11am - 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.


12 noon - 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.

 
1pm - 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 Fest Poet in Residence & WINNER of 2017 Saboteur 'Best Spoken Word Artist'. He performed his poetry for children on national TV on BBC Rhyme Rocket.

 
2pm - 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.

 
3pm - Going Vegan
With Elizabeth King, volunteer for The Vegan Approach
Are you thinking about going vegan? Have you tried being vegan before but come across some challenges? Are you a new vegan? If the answer is yes to any of these questions, then please join us at our Vegan Approach workshop. During the workshop we outline our 10 simple steps to start you on your vegan journey including what to buy, where to eat, and how to deal with family and friends. We will also answer any questions you have about going vegan.

 
4pm - Plant-based Health Revolution
John Jezewski is a motivational speaker and the founder of the College of Living Nutrition which is based in the West Midlands. He runs courses and retreats and has been in practice running a clinic since the early 1990s.
Stay healthy and raise consciousness with an upgraded plant-based diet. Find out where and how less than optimum health strikes and how rapid reversal of health is achievable with a plant-based diet. Have you ever thought that modern medicine is barking up the wrong tree? Check out the evidence and start to bio-hack your way to exalted states of well-being.

 
5pm - Running as a Form of Vegan Activism
With Anthony Chesher, West Midlands Regional Rep for Vegan Runners UK
How can the simple act of going for a run serve to promote veganism? Anthony discusses how & why being a vegan runner can break down some of the barriers that often exist between vegans & non-vegans. Also learn more about Vegan Runners UK, one of the biggest & fastest-growing running clubs in the country.

 

Mezz Lounge (on 1st floor, lift available)

11am - Ashtanga Yoga Workshop
With Lenka Pagan, a certified Yoga Teacher, Nutritional Therapist and Health Coach
Warm-up movements, poses, relaxation and breathing techniques are all practiced in standing or on chairs, so yoga mats or sport's clothes are NOT necessary!

Lenka helps women to lose weight and re-balance their lives by creating healthy habits through positive thinking, plant-based nutrition and yoga. You can find out more on her website: www.lenkapagan.com

 
12 noon - Partner Yoga Workshop
With Lenka Pagan, a certified Yoga Teacher, Nutritional Therapist and Health Coach
This is a practice in which two people support each other in poses in a way that enhances the postures and builds trust and communication.

Lenka helps women to lose weight and re-balance their lives by creating healthy habits through positive thinking, plant-based nutrition and yoga. You can find out more on her website: www.lenkapagan.com

 
1pm - 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!

 
2pm - There is no such thing as a Vegan Vaccine
John Jezewski is a motivational speaker and the founder of the College of Living Nutrition which is based in the West Midlands. He runs courses and retreats and has been in practice running a clinic since the early 1990s.
Childhood, travel and flu vaccines are big business. Find out what is in the vaccines. Do they work? Do they cause problems? What alternatives are there?

 
3pm - How Pure Nutrition Melts Away the Pounds
With Lenka Pagan, a certified Yoga Teacher, Nutritional Therapist and Health Coach
This workshop is for those who desire to lose their excess weight or improve and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Lenka helps women to lose weight and re-balance their lives by creating healthy habits through positive thinking, plant-based nutrition and yoga. You can find out more on her website: www.lenkapagan.com

 
4pm - Why Should You Support the Green Party?!
With Andrea Cantrill from the local Wolverhampton Green Party The Greens have by far the best policies for animal rights/welfare and are light years ahead of other parties in terms of protecting the environment and wildlife. Learn more about the party and how you can support them.
 
5pm - doTERRA Essential Oils
With Louise Wade, Wellness Advocate for doTERRA Essential Oils
Learn how these most tested and trusted essential oils in the world are providing plant based medicine for the medical professionals as well as empowering families with natural health solutions in the home.

 


Sunday

Balcony Bar 1 (on 2nd floor, lift available)

11am - Vegan Wine Tasting Workshop
With Alan Clement, owner of Cool Grapes specialists in organic & biodynamic vegan wines
Wine is Wine, right? It's all fermented grape juice and nothing else, isn't it? WRONG!
Many wines contain traces of animal products and these are used on purpose to make the product 'more attractive' to consumers. In some cases they can be used to alter the flavour of wine and worse still, there is no law in place that makes the wine makers state the ingredients, other than the allergen (Sulphites) on the bottle! And it is not just confined to wine! If you would like to understand more, visit the Cool Grapes stall in the Civic Hall & sign up to take part in 1 of 4 free wine tasting workshops they'll be holding over the weekend. Spaces are limited to 24 each session, so be sure to visit their stand to book early.

 
12 noon - 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 Fest Poet in Residence & WINNER of 2017 Saboteur 'Best Spoken Word Artist'. He performed his poetry for children on national TV on BBC Rhyme Rocket.

 
1pm - 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!

 
2pm - Fiona Oakes - An Extra Mile for the Animals
Fiona is vegan, a world record holding elite marathon runner, retained firefighter and founder of Towerhill Stables Animal Sanctuary
How a lifelong passion and belief has driven Fiona to every corner of the earth - from North Pole to Antarctica - striving to illustrate through elite sports performance how veganism is not prohibitive to excellence. How it can - and does - enhance athletic performance both mentally and physically.

 
3pm - 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.

 
4pm - 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.

 
5pm - Vegan Wine Tasting Workshop
With Alan Clement, owner of Cool Grapes specialists in organic & biodynamic vegan wines
Wine is Wine, right? It's all fermented grape juice and nothing else, isn't it? WRONG!
Many wines contain traces of animal products and these are used on purpose to make the product 'more attractive' to consumers. In some cases they can be used to alter the flavour of wine and worse still, there is no law in place that makes the wine makers state the ingredients, other than the allergen (Sulphites) on the bottle! And it is not just confined to wine! If you would like to understand more, visit the Cool Grapes stall in the Civic Hall & sign up to take part in 1 of 4 free wine tasting workshops they'll be holding over the weekend. Spaces are limited to 24 each session, so be sure to visit their stand to book early.

 

Balcony Bar 2 (on 2nd floor, lift available)

11am - 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.


12 noon - Going Vegan
With Rob Masterson, volunteer for The Vegan Approach
Are you thinking about going vegan? Have you tried being vegan before but come across some challenges? Are you a new vegan? If the answer is yes to any of these questions, then please join us at our Vegan Approach workshop. During the workshop we outline our 10 simple steps to start you on your vegan journey including what to buy, where to eat, and how to deal with family and friends. We will also answer any questions you have about going vegan.

 
1pm - 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.


2pm - Practical Vegan
With Dean Bracher, who has given over 600 talks about veganism in the last 10 years.
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.

 
3pm - "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.

 
4pm - Energy, Brain Boost and Sex Tonics
John Jezewski is a motivational speaker and the founder of the College of Living Nutrition which is based in the West Midlands. He runs courses and retreats and has been in practice running a clinic since the early 1990s.
This is an exploration of the best plant-based tonic herbs and supplements to boost brain performance and enhance every aspect of energy. Find out about the potential to reach exalted states without resorting to cigarettes, alcohol and caffeine. There is no downside. Learn about sex tonics and dietary changes for mental well-being tailored differently for men and women.

 
5pm - 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.

 

Mezz Lounge (on 1st floor, lift available)

11am - Ashtanga Yoga Workshop
With Lenka Pagan, a certified Yoga Teacher, Nutritional Therapist and Health Coach
Warm-up movements, poses, relaxation and breathing techniques are all practiced in standing or on chairs, so yoga mats or sport's clothes are NOT necessary!

Lenka helps women to lose weight and re-balance their lives by creating healthy habits through positive thinking, plant-based nutrition and yoga. You can find out more on her website: www.lenkapagan.com

 
12 noon - Partner Yoga Workshop
With Lenka Pagan, a certified Yoga Teacher, Nutritional Therapist and Health Coach
This is a practice in which two people support each other in poses in a way that enhances the postures and builds trust and communication.

Lenka helps women to lose weight and re-balance their lives by creating healthy habits through positive thinking, plant-based nutrition and yoga. You can find out more on her website: www.lenkapagan.com

 
1pm - How Pure Nutrition Melts Away the Pounds
With Lenka Pagan, a certified Yoga Teacher, Nutritional Therapist and Health Coach
This workshop is for those who desire to lose their excess weight or improve and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Lenka helps women to lose weight and re-balance their lives by creating healthy habits through positive thinking, plant-based nutrition and yoga. You can find out more on her website: www.lenkapagan.com

 
2pm - Nutrient Density & Wholefoods
With Zoe Harrison, Food Technologist and founder of Butterbelle
A talk about nutrient density and the role of whole foods, nuts and seeds in the vegan diet. The talk will include a practical nut milk making demo.

 
3pm - 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.

 
4pm - Defending Hunted Wildlife
With Dave, member of West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs
Learn how you can help to expose and stop wildlife cruelty.

 

   
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