Approx 10,700 visitors altogether; event returns to Brighton Centre on March 11th 12th 2017
Marshall Jefferson, Adamski (Killer) and Alison Limerick (Where Love Lives), join Macka B & Andy Compton at weekend vegan fest
Help Pig Freud raise Ł5,000 to create a really dynamic vegan billboard, bus stop and radio campaign in Bristol during May 2016
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Enjoyable weekend of action at the SECC focused on why & how to go vegan, live vegan and stay vegan
- Fun video showing a puppet's experience at VegfestUK Brighton 2017 - enjoy! t.co/Q6eN077H6H... t.co/FIQ28mgodM
- RT @Perkierfoods: @GFVFoodPervert Looking through our pics of the amazing @VegfestUK Brighton show! Soo much fun! #pottyforpeanuts !! httpsâ€¦
- Going live for bookings next week Thursday March 30th - the UK's first dedicated vegan Trade and Media show... t.co/Apn4NtDvMV
VegfestUK London is organised by Tim Barford from Yaoh. Tim has been organising vegan events in the UK for a decade now, and his first show was back in 2003 (The Bristol Vegan Fayre, which he founded) attracting around 1,500 visitors. Tim organises VegfestUK Brighton in March, VegfestUK Bristol in May, and VegfestUK London in October, whilst running his hemp company Yaoh.
Tim & his team were also 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 further details.
Tim also won the Best Vegan Advocate award by Europe's leading pressure group Viva! as Viva! celebrates their 20th anniversary in 2014.
Tim is available for further comment and interview. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Tim is supported by a fantastic team of people including:
- Fred, taking care of the accounts in the office
- Chris, responsible for sales and website updates
- Alan - taking care of our special guests and volunteers, as well as our social media, event programmes, marketing
- Mike from Brighton Web Design Company Subzerostudio, our dedicated webman
- Out Of Hand, taking care of all our print and design requirements (www.outofhand.co.uk )
- Excellart, our ethical PR team (www.excellart.co.uk )
- Mad Promotions, our veggie pr team (www.mad-promotions.co.uk )
- Yaoh hemp products for all round support (www.yaoh.co.uk )
- Foods for Life for consultancy and advice (www.foodsforlife.co.uk )
- Delta Security (Brighton and Bristol)
- Dime Events and Event Solutions (Bristol & London)
- Muir Walker Medics
- Our main sponsors over the years, including Fry's, Nakd Wholefoods, Bute Island, The Vegan Society, VBites Foods Ltd and many many more....
- + big help from the UK's leading vegan campaigners including Viva!, Animal Aid, Sea Shepherd and many many more
- + a wide network of individuals, groups, charities, businesses and people accross the UK and beyond, who all work together to help organise, promote and produce VegfestUK Brighton - one of Europe's biggest veggie events. Big thanks to all those helping out - appreciated
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
VegfestUK organiser Tim Barford wins Best Vegan Advocate Award in Viva! 20th anniversary celebrations
Tim was presented with the Best Vegan Advocate award by Europe's leading pressure group Viva! at their recent glitzy awards ceremony in London on Saturday September 20th.
“I'm completely thrilled to receive this award,“ says Tim. “It came out of the blue and my jaw hit the floor when my name was read out as the winner of the best vegan advocate in the UK right now. I can't tell you how much this means to me and my team. But to be honoured in such esteemed company as the likes of Michael Mansfield, Wendy Turner-Webster and Jenny Seagrove, not to mention the whole Viva team and numerous dedicated supporters for their outstanding work in helping protect animals, and to be recognised for our own individual efforts, is an incredible testiment to the amount of hard work that the whole Vegfest team undertakes. We're truly grateful for this award.”
Viva! – Europe's biggest vegan pressure group – are currently celebrating their 20th anniversary, and have enjoyed a number of high-profile successful campaigns, including a recent Guardian report into chicken farming in the UK along with successful campaigns to get Gordon Ramsey to remove foie-gras from his Christmas menus. Viva! have achieved quite a remarkable result over the last 20 years and have led the field in helping people go vegan, veggie and reduce their meat and dairy in the UK right now. To find out more about their outstanding work, please visit www.viva.org.uk
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 9071881 or email email@example.com