Thursday, 3 November 2016

LONDON VEGFEST 2016 RECAP [VIDEOS + PICTURES]

Saturday: Cookery Demos, Collaborations and the Search for Food

Crazy to think that a whole year has gone by since the last London VegFest and my first stint at delivering a live cookery demo. VegFest was back again at Olympia on October 22nd and 23rd, though this time in a different and, in my opinion, far better area of the building. It was more spacious, the demo area seemed better equipped...just a general upgrade from the congested atmosphere of last year. As a result, I stuck around long enough to enjoy various aspects of the two-day event - sampling most of the food on offer (this worked out much better on Sunday when the queues were not as insane), taking in a couple of other cookery demos, attending a handful of informative talks, watching an eccentric live band perform, and discovering what's new on the vegan market. I met up with friends I hadn't seen in a while, encountered new faces, and bumped into familiar ones from the virtual world of food blogging and instagram.

Following my demo (filmed by my brother, see video below), I put my director's hat on and filmed a promotional video for the vegan patisserie company Organic Livity (video also below). This was another first for me and I am thankful for the opportunity to collaborate on something so fun and creative.





Towards the end of the day, I also filmed my friend Elisabeth (@nutrinformed) as she showcased three delicious vegan buckwheat recipes (video below).



Sunday: Talks, Overeating and Pro-Intersectionality

Sunday was more laid back. A day of stress-free and guilt-free cake guzzling, pizza eating and vegan cheese tasting (to name a few things), all sandwiched between talks at the pro-intersectional vegan conference. One particularly brilliant talk was delivered by journalist and media coach Katrina Fox (via Skype) on the topic of Intersectionality & Business. I've included a clip of that in the video below, and you can find out more about her work via katrinafox.com.
I have to give a big shout-out to VegFest for shining a spotlight on intersectionality this year. Veganism ought to be a nuanced movement, and there is so much that we can all learn when it comes to pursuing the vegan lifestyle in a more ethical, people-focused (alongside animal-focused) manner.










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