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At VegFest you will learn that we don't need to eat animals
VegFestUK, a brand new concept show promoting a vegetarian lifestyle, will be coming to London's Olympia for the first time in October. If you're not completely convinced that you can exist without eating meat, you will be able to visit the stallholders for advice, to buy, and possibly to sample, their wares: we are promised more than 150 stalls selling both vegetarian and vegan foods. So far exhibitors from Animal Aid to Yaoh have signed up, so it's only A-Y at this point.


Experts will be on hand to advise on nutrition and lifestyle, offer cookery demonstrations and run two workshops. There will even be a Living Raw Prep Zone for those who don't have a huge amount of time for actual cooking.

Naughty But Nice - and Vegetarian Too

The cookery classes will also include ones specially geared for children and hosted by Captain James Tea Cook, the Pirate of the Carob Bean. If your little ones are too restless for cookery demonstrations, there will also be a dedicated Kids Activities area where they will be able to do their own supervised thing while you get on with finding out more about a vegetarian lifestyle.

Captain James Tea Cook

If you feel the need to put your feet up, there will also be two cinemas, where you can find out more whilst relaxing. And if you're worried that the entire event might be a little bit too intense, there will also be a performance stage featuring comedians, celebrities, musicians and magicians.

Whilst you are making nutritional changes, you might also consider some lifestyle changes to get your mind and body into harmony. Caroline Carr will be introducing a Laughter Yoga workshop and Roxy Shahidi will demonstrate Roxy's Bitesize Yoga. A vegetarian or vegan lifestyle doesn't necessarily have to encompass merely food, so there will also be stalls such as Animal Aid, who stock practically everything you could need for a vegetarian life, and Yaoh, selling hemp based goods for those who wouldn't consider wearing any part of a dead animal. As a non-vegetarian I can guarantee that Animal Aid stocks a delicious range of chocolates, to prove that you can still enjoy naughty treats without harming any of our four legged friends.

Roxy's Bitesize Yoga Workshop

Tickets are available from the website, with special deals and concessions available if you want to pencil those dates into your diary now.

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Why? To learn more about a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle
When: 5-6 October between 11am and 7pm
Where: Kensington Olympia
Cost: 10 but concessions and special offers are available
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