Inspiring vegan talks at Stroud Vegan Fair

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What’s happening?

2019 has been hailed as the year of the vegan by Forbes, and The Economist says it will be the year veganism goes mainstream. So we want to welcome newbie vegans, long-time old-hat vegans, veggies, as well as the veg-curious to learn all about veganism – from what it means to be vegan to how you can look after animals, the environment and your own health.

Here at Vegan Fairs, we understand that we’re all on a journey to do the best we can for the world we live in – whether that’s following a vegan diet, operating a zero-waste lifestyle, advocating for animals, or a combination – there’s space for everyone at our events.

That’s why we’ve teamed up with our friends over at Vegan Punks (rad vegan food bloggers from little old Stroud) to bring you an inspiring line up of vegan talks and Q & As at Stroud Vegan Fair on Saturday 26 January. Here’s what we have in store...

10.30 - 11.00: From omnivores to teaching the world how to cook vegan with Lazy Cat Kitchen

Duncan and and Ania from the very popular vegan blog ‘Lazy Cat Kitchen’ are set to host a talk and live Q & A at Stroud Vegan Fair on Saturday 26 January 2019.

The Bristol based couple will talk about how they went ‘From omnivores to teaching the world how to cook vegan’. They’ll tell the story of how they ditched the 9-5 grind, moved to a stunning Greek island, before returning to the vegan capital of the world and running their blog full time.

11:10-11:40: Raw Chocolate with Jacques Cöp from Cococaravan

Never thought there was such a thing as 'healthy' chocolate? Think again! Cococravan raw chocolate is not only good for our planet but good for you too. Come along to the talk to find out what makes it so special.

11:50-12:20: Kickers energy balls with Forest Green Rovers’ Head Chef

Jade Crawford, Head Chef at Forest Green Rovers Football Club is changing perceptions of a vegan diet one football fan at a time. In this live demo, Jade will show us how to create healthy snickers bar energy balls, with a vegan twist!

12:30-13:20: Positive Activism and how to advocate for the vegan movement

Vegan activism comes in all shapes and sizes. It’s not just standing out in the cold with a placard anymore. We’re here to show that anyone can get involved, whether you’re shy or outgoing, a writer, speaker or none of the above – there’s something for everyone.

This discussion will talk about all vegan activism – from what a local vegan energy company is doing, to the world of blogging, vegan fairs and how to make a positive impact when you’re advocating for the cause on the streets.

Your panel will be made up of four activists of varying degrees – Daisy Botha founder of Cotswold Vegan Events, Paul Sands, director of Growth at Ecotricity and long term vegan, one half of Vegan Punks will talk about how you can make a difference without leaving your own home, and Toby Brown will talk about positive vegan activism when you’re out on the streets, and how to bring about change.

Come armed with questions because we’re looking forward to answering them.

13:30-14:00 How to eat a healthy plant-based diet with Caspar from Trained Personally

Join personal trainer Caspar Chamberlain for a crash course in how to follow a healthy plant-based diet for best results. Caspar is a Triathlon athlete, registered nutrition advisor and looks to create bespoke personal health and fitness plans for those he works with.

Come to this talk to find out the secrets behind leading a healthy whole foods plant-based lifestyle, coupled with achieving those vegan fitness gains you might be looking for.

14.10 - 14.40: Growing a tree of life for all with Clara Nowak from charity TOLFA

How do you create a caring oasis in the desert? This talk describes the inspiring story of the TOLFA animal hospital in Rajasthan, India, and how we can all use conscious living to improve the lives of others and in turn, ourselves too.

Clara Nowak has been part of the TOLFA family for 10 years, starting off as a volunteer and living in India for a year. She is passionate about animal welfare and the joy that caring for them can bring to our lives.

Join us from 10am at the Subscription Rooms in Stroud. It’s £2 to enter the fair and this includes access to all vegan talks. Remember to arrive early to make sure you get to see the talk you’re interested in, we expect them to be busy!

Jessica Saunders