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WinterFest Vegan Christmas Market comes to Leeds Town Hall

Vegan Festival Leeds

The 2016 Leeds Vegan WinterFest Christmas Market, will take place in Leeds Town Hall on Sunday 27th November 2016 from 11am – 5pm.

There will be over 150 fantastic stalls offering a wide variety of vegan produce, including cakes and chocolate, hot takeaway food, make up, clothing, pet treats and vegan cheese. You will be able to enjoy free samples and discounts, all day children’s activities, talks, live cookery demonstrations, live music, bars, debates and much more! There will also be the chance to find out more about any of the animal charities listed on their website and about both local and national animal welfare/vegan groups that you could be a part of.

We’re giving away x4 competition tickets to one lucky person! Enter via our Facebook Page!


Click here to view the list of stall holders.

Noon-12.50pm: YouTube Your Passion!
Martin Menehan, Media Operations Manager of MTV & face of vegan YouTube channel ‘Vegan Geezer’.
Is your passion for veganism too strong to contain? Do you find your voice for veganism isn’t being heard? With YouTube you can be! See how to carry the voice of veganism on this important platform.

1pm-1.45pm: Dairy, Beef and Bullshit
Tony Wardle, Associate Director, Viva!; author of Diet of Disaster Eating meat and milk is a main cause of the 15 degenerative diseases that kill most of us. It also destroys the global environment. And yet politicians, media, royalty and gentry all encourage us to keep on consuming because they do nicely out of it.

2pm-2.50pm: SWINE!
Screening of SWINE the movie (18 minutes), an exciting thriller-documentary; followed by a short talk by Justin Kerswell, Deputy Director, Viva! – Are We Sleepwalking into a Superbug pandemic?

3pm-3.45pm: 30 Day Vegan
Justin Kerswell, Campaigns Manager, Viva!
A fun, inspiring and informative talk about why and how go vegan. With free materials to help you on your way.


12.30pm-1.15pm: A Very Merry Vegan Christmas! Savoury dinner and supper ideas
By Jane Easton, Food & Cookery Coordinator, Viva! author of the Viva! Cookbook
● Mediterranean Wild Mushroom Pie
● Red Wine & Porcini Mushroom Gravy plus quick cheatin’ alternative
● Individual Cashew Roasts with sundried tomatoes & fresh herbs
Plus show and tell about ready-made products and ingredients, how to make great roast potatoes, dessert ideas…

2pm-2.45pm: Christmas Party Food
By Jane Easton, Food & Cookery Coordinator, Viva! author of the Viva! Cookbook
● Christmas Cake with optional icing
● Cheatin’ home-made luxury sausage rolls (ready made pastry + bought stuffing mix and a few tasty extras)
● Christmas Cauliflower ‘Couscous’ with pomegranate seeds and fresh herbs
● Vegan Pigs in Sundried Tomato Blankets
Plus show and tell about ready-made products and ingredients.
3pm-3.40pm: Eggstraordinary! Vegan Alternative to the classic breakfast
By Tony Wardle, Associate Director, Viva!
● Vegan Omelette with a choice of delicious fillings. Light, tasty and easy. And Tofu-tastic!
● Vegan Chocolate Mousse using silken tofu

Other events include: Face painting, Yoga, Vegan Bodybuilding Talk, 10 Steps to Going Vegan and Vegan Bodybuilding Competition:
The contest will be a seated curl and press competition. Females will lift a 7Kg dumbbell and males will lift a 15Kg dumbbell. The event is to do as many continuous repetitions as possible. The contest is free to enter and their will be prizes for every entrant of the event.

Admission is just £3 (under 16’s free) payable at the door and this includes entry into all presentations/demo’s. 100% of any proceeds will go directly to animal welfare charities as the festival is fully volunteer ran. Stalls will be in several rooms and outdoors as well.

Get all the event details here.

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