VegfestUK Criteria

1) Visitors

Everyone is welcome to attend VegfestUK events as a visitor, regardless of their current dietary, lifestyle, political or philosophical status. VegfestUK events welcome people who are vegan, transitioning, curious or completely new to the whole concept. People who currently choose to use animal products will be very welcome to attend and will be pleasantly surprised by the array of vegan options available. Many people go vegan after visiting our events, which is awesome. We request that visitors to VegfestUK events do not consume any animal products when visiting the show, and try not to wear any clothing with animal products either. If a visitor believes someone is in breach of our criteria, they should approach VegfestUK staff, not the visitor. Harassment of a visitor is a breach of our criteria and can result in immediate expulsion from the event.

2) Stalls

All stalls must have 100% vegan products only on the day, and all marketing must be 100% vegan on the day. We do not accept bookings from businesses that promote the use of animal products outside of VegfestUK events unless they have a strong vegan policy that caters for vegans, or they already have a wide range of vegan products, or they are moving towards an increased vegan range. It is a grey area here – in some ways we would of course prefer 100% vegan companies only, and this may be the case in the future. For now we also want to help and encourage those businesses genuinely shifting toward vegan. Each application is examined on an individual basis. We accept that there may be some inconsistencies here and are open to questions from visitors concerned with any stallholders’ presence.

3) Stallholders and Contractors

We do not ask that all our stallholders (as individuals) or workers are vegan, only that they are vegan-friendly, respectful to vegans and that they are vegan on the days of the show. This also applies to contractors, venue staff, volunteers and anyone else working at the event.

4) Sponsors and promotion of products and businesses through VegfestUK  

We are only accepting adverts and sponsorship for vegan products. By ‘vegan’ we mean in terms of products and marketing for the brand, not the individuals who own or work within the business. We give our sponsors extensive marketing and only wish to promote vegan options rather than anything less.

5) Speakers

We request that all our speakers are vegan themselves and we are only accepting talks on vegan education and related topics, rather than ‘other issues’. We particularly wish to avoid any talks about campaigns that could be seen to help fuel xenophobia, or campaigns that include sexism, ableism, homophobia, body shaming or racism to promote their cause.

VegfestUK has a policy of encouraging creative vegan education and our talks, demos, workshops discussion and suchlike will reflect this. 

We also cannot accept speakers at VegfestUK events who are regularly disrespectful to other activists in public. We support polite, constructive, respectful critique, but not personal attacks, disrespectful comments, or rude and discourteous language towards other activists. VegfestUK reserves the right to deplatform a speaker if deemed to be in breach of our criteria at any time

6) Performers & Musicians

We are actively seeking more vegan performers and musicians at our events and encourage vegan performers to apply. Please note musical acts should be acoustic and instrumental to suit the surrounds

7) Campaign Groups

For 2019 and beyond, we request that all campaign groups that exhibit at VegfestUK include vegan education as part of their outreach work, on their stall and on their website. 

Please note that we cannot accept bookings from campaign groups with campaigns that may fuel xenophobia, or campaigns that include sexism, ableism, homophobia, body shaming or racism to promote their cause.

8) In general

VegfestUK has a clear “go vegan, live vegan, stay vegan and teach vegan” policy. We want to see an end to the use of animals, and helping people go vegan, stay vegan and teach vegan is the best way to achieve this. We look to the works of Prof. Tom Regan for inspiration, guidance and authority.

Prof. Tom Regan quotes

Our definition of veganism

We recognise that the 1979 Vegan Society definition is our definition of veganism:

“A philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude—as far as is possible and practicable—all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose; and by extension, promotes the development and use of animal-free alternatives for the benefit of humans, animals and the environment. In dietary terms it denotes the practice of dispensing with all products derived wholly or partly from animals.”