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Viva! Incredible Vegan Roadshow does Gloucester!

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A brilliant day in a packed town centre venue:
Gloucester Guildhall turned into vegan central with talks by Juliet Gellately and Viva! health campaigner Veronika Powell, plus cookery demonstrations and tastings by Viva!’s cookery expert Jane Easton.
The tables were almost bowing under the weight of delicious free food samples, kindly supplied by¬†VBites, Bute Island Sheese Company, Organico, Good Hemp, Wicken Fen Sausages, Fry’s Vegusto, Food Heaven Cheesecakes, Ombars, Leafu, Cariad Cakes and Goodie Good Stuff…
(VBites Pepperjack Cheezly was a new one for me, yum!)
There were some fabulous hot dishes on offer too by Viva!. We sampled a delicious¬†Vegetable and Tofu dish and a sun-dried tomato and asparagus pasta with pesto.¬†The boys discovered¬†a¬†whole table with dairy-free milk options, including a very tasty chocolate milk! Chocolatey smiles all round ūüėČ

Vegetarian for Life’s wonderful Amanda Woodvine (Editor of the Didsbury Dinners Cookbook) was there with her stall as well as many other campaigning groups and organisations such as Sea Shepherd, the Velvet Monkey Foundation, Dean Farm Trust‚Ķ
It was a lovely day out for the whole family browsing the packed¬†hall¬†full of vegan information, guides, tasty foods, clothes, Moo free chocolates and Yaoh’s goodies;¬†perfectly rounded off¬†by cake from Tall Poppy Foods and The Gloucester Vegan Group.
My experienced taste testers came away with big smiles, bags of goodies and two thumbs up.

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Viva!’s founder and director Juliet Gellately

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Cookery Writer Jane Easton preparing meals from the new Viva! Cookbook (which I believe is out in May!).

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Tall Poppy Foods from Selly Oak, Birmingham. Stunning cakes served with a happy smile!

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Fiona and the team from the Gloucester Vegan Group. The members have been very busy baking all these tasty treats to raise funds for the Evesham Farm Animal Sanctuary.

If you’ve never been to a vegan event like this I would really, really recommend that you¬†go¬†along to¬†one near you. The Vegfest website has a list of events around the country and I’m delighted to be sponsoring the website of the Bournemouth Vegan Fair.
The atmosphere at these events is so warm and welcoming and even after 14 years as a vegan I’ve picked up lots of information¬†about nutrition. Best of all, I got to catch up with many familiar faces and colleagues as well as¬†meeting some¬†lovely¬†new people. Thank you Viva! for a great day out ūüôā

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