Preparing for Irish Vegan Festival 2017

It almost feels like yesterday when I went to Dublin Veg Fest last year, so it’s weird for me to think that I’m going to my second ever vegan festival tomorrow – Irish Vegan Festival!

Cork Veg Fest is on at the same time (the same people who ran Dublin Veg Fest) and they kindly offered me tickets to go, but I’d already bought tickets to Irish Vegan Festival and made plans with friends to go so I had to refuse. If only I could be in two places at once!

I’m really excited to check out all the latest vegan food and products, though my wallet isn’t as thrilled. It’s a good thing I got paid this week, because I can see myself going a little crazy! Being in a big room filled with other like minded folk browsing tables and stalls filled with vegan stuff and NOT having to check the ingredients on anything? I mean, it’s kind of like vegan heaven right? πŸ˜€

I’m hoping to get some vegan merch (perhapsΒ from the organisers, Farplace Animal Rescue, who help cats with FIV+) and try some delicious food with good friends. I’m going up with two vegans, Katie and Jamie, and possibly another friend called Casey (though she’s not sure if she’ll be able to make it yet – fingers crossed she can!) We’re going to get the bus up at 9.30am and back down at 5.30pm (so I can put money I would’ve spent on a hotel roomΒ towards vegan yummies instead!)

I’ll be vlogging my trip so I’ll be sure to get lots of shots of the food and atmosphere for anyone who wanted to go but couldn’t.Β Stay tuned for the video, which I’ll post on my YouTube channel a few days after the fest πŸ™‚

I know there’ll be loads of vegan food there, but I’m just in the habit now of always taking a little bag of snacks with me – inside will be a Cashew Cookie bar from Nakd, some Lotus biscuits and a little packet of raisins – just in case! I’ll also pack a few pears and some water for the bus journey up! I imagine we’ll have to queue for a while, so I don’t want to go hungry while I’m waiting!

The sunny weather has basically disappeared now so although I want to be comfy, I also don’t want to risk wearing something light and then being cold! I’ll see how the temperature is tomorrow, but I’ll probably end up wearing a coat!

Here’s the programme for anyone interested:

Music
10:15am – 11:00am Didgeridoo Belfast with Terry McDonald and Shakti Tribe Belly Dancers
11:00am – 12:15pm Mellow Strings Guitar Duo Jonathan
12:15pm – 1:00pm Didgeridoo Belfast with Terry McDonald and Shakti Tribe Belly Dancers
1:00pm – 2:15pm Mellow Strings Guitar Duo Jonathan
2:15pm – 3:00pm Didgeridoo Belfast with Terry McDonald and Shakti Tribe Belly Dancers

Talks and DemosΒ 
11:00am – 12:00pm Introduction to veganism Stephen Walsh
12:00pm – 1:00pm β€˜Why vegan’ Ethical, Environmental and Health by Cliff Grant Focusing on ethics, nutrition and health and the harm caused by the meat and dairy industry and common misconceptions with regards to a healthy diet and nutritional requirements.
1:00pm – 2:30pm Go Vegan Campaign Sandra Higgins
2:30pm – 3:15pm DxE DxE Northern Ireland Direct Action Everywhere community and I will be presenting the evidence that supports why non-violent direct action is effective as well as discussing DxE’s 3 pronged approach; protest, open rescue and community building.
3:15pm – 4:15pm Heres to you, you and you Richard Deboo Living poetry and prose in performance, a celebration of being vegan
4:15pm – 4:55pm – Bangor Community Kitchen Laura Mashal Talk on vegan food waste