Criteria

1) Visitors

Everyone is welcome to attend VegfestUK events as a visitor, regardless of their current dietary, lifestyle, political or philosophical status. VegfestUK events welcome people who are vegan, transitioning, curious or completely new to the whole concept. People who currently choose to use animal products will be very welcome to attend to experience the array of vegan options available. Many people go vegan after visiting our events, or make significant lifestyle changes. Visitors to VegfestUK events are requested not to consume any animal products when visiting the show, and try not to wear any clothing with animal products either. If a visitor believes someone is in breach of our criteria, they should approach VegfestUK staff, not the visitor. Harassment of a visitor is a breach of our criteria and can result in immediate expulsion from the event.

2) Stalls

All stalls must have 100% vegan products only on the day, and all marketing must be 100% vegan on the day. We accept bookings from businesses that are not 100% vegan  if they have a strong vegan policy that caters for vegans, or they already have a wide range of vegan products, or they are moving towards an increased vegan range. Each application is examined on an individual basis. 

3) Stallholders and Contractors

We do not ask that all our stallholders (as individuals) or workers are vegan, only that they are vegan-friendly, respectful to vegans and that they are vegan on the days of the show. This also applies to contractors, venue staff, volunteers and anyone else working at the event.

4) Sponsors, Marketing & Advertising

We welcome advertising, marketing and sponsorship for vegan products. 

5) Speakers

We request that all our speakers are vegan, and that the talks subjects are vegan focused or vegan related.  We avoid any talks that help fuel xenophobia, or that include sexism, ableism, homophobia, body shaming or racism to promote their cause.

VegfestUK has a policy of encouraging creative vegan education and our talks, demos, workshops discussion and suchlike will reflect this. 

We do not accept speakers at VegfestUK events who are regularly disrespectful to other activists in public. We support polite, constructive, respectful critique, but not personal attacks, disrespectful comments, or rude and discourteous language towards other activists. VegfestUK reserves the right to deplatform a speaker if deemed to be in breach of our criteria at any time

6) Performers & Musicians

We have some limited slots for vegan performers and musicians – please contact the office to apply. Please note musical acts should be acoustic and instrumental to suit the surrounds.

7) Campaign Groups

Campaign groups that wish to exhibit at VegfestUK must include vegan education as part of their outreach work, on their stall or on their website. 

 We do not accept bookings from campaign groups with campaigns that may fuel xenophobia, or campaigns that include sexism, ableism, homophobia, body shaming or racism to promote their cause.

8) In general

VegfestUK has a clear “go vegan, live vegan, stay vegan and teach vegan” policy. We want to see an end to the use of animals, and helping people go vegan, stay vegan and teach vegan is the best way to achieve this. 

Our definition of veganism

We recognise that the 1979 Vegan Society definition is our definition of veganism:

“A philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude—as far as is possible and practicable—all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose; and by extension, promotes the development and use of animal-free alternatives for the benefit of humans, animals and the environment. In dietary terms it denotes the practice of dispensing with all products derived wholly or partly from animals.”