Spring 2011 Highlights
Hospitality Show, NEC 26 January
Society sponsored the Vegan Challenge category in Salon Culinaire at
Hospitality at the NEC on 26 January 2011. Six chefs competed in live theatre watched by
an audience from the catering and hospitality industry. Sandor Olah from the Crown Moran Hotel in
London won the Gold award with his menu of celeriac and parsnip polenta with Puy
lentils, pan roasted roots, soya beans and spiced plum chutney. Kevin Whitlock from Christ’s Hospital School,
Horsham, won Silver and Brendan Baxter, UK Skills, won Bronze. Ben Murphy, UK Skills, Andrew Blackman, The
NEC Group and Claire Willett from Bedford College also competed. Our Chief Executive, Nigel Winter, presented
the awards and the compere invited chefs to contact The Vegan Society for
advice on catering for vegans.
International Food Event, Excel, London
IFE is the
largest food and drink event in the UK. It is attended by exhibitors and visitors from
all over the world. We went with three
aims; to encourage manufacturers and caterers to extend their vegan range, to
persuade them to clearly label existing vegan items, and to promote our
trademark. Over the four days of the
event, our stand was staffed by our Chief Executive, Nigel Winter, our Head of
Business Development, George Gill and our Advocacy Officer, Rebecca Henderson. They spoke to a wide range of people working
within the food industry. George was
able to make a number of contacts regarding the trademark and Rebecca had the
opportunity to speak to care home and hospital caterers about vegan catering
and The Vegan Society’s Care Catering Award.
Hotel and Catering Show, Bournemouth
Society caused quite a stir at the Hotel and Catering Show 2011, with our two
sponsored classes in the Wessex Salon Culinaire Chefs competition. The Salon is billed as 'the UK's biggest
competition for young chefs'. Our Vegan
Cold Starter class attracted six competitors, and our Vegan Hot Main Course
class was very well supported, with eight entrants.
Vegan Cold Starter, "Red Pepper, Lentil and Soya Cheesecake with Alfalfa
and Pea-shoot Salad and Melba Toast" was by Nicole Hamilton of West Thames
College who was awarded Gold Medal for this dish.
O'Driscoll of the House of Commons won Best Vegan Hot Main, "Smoked Corn
& Polenta Pudding with a Watermelon Black Bean Curry Savoury Potato
Asparagus ‘Polonaise’ Edamame Creme, and Piquant Tomato Jam". Sharon’s main course also won Best Entry in Live
Competition and was awarded a Gold Medal for this dish.
Supporter Member Terry Woolcock took a lead role in judging both classes. Full Salon results are now on the organiser’s
website at: http://www.hotel-expo.co.uk/salonCulinaire
Society also had a stall at the associated show. Information Officer, Charley Roberts and PR/Media
Officer, Amanda Baker, spoke to dozens of chefs, small business owners,
hospitality lecturers and student caterers, and gave out over 200 copies of our
Vegan Catering for All booklet during
the two days.
UK Aware, Olympia, London 25-26 March
two days, UK Aware is the UKs largest exhibition on contemporary, sustainable
living. The show attracts visitors from
across the country, all with a shared interest in environmental issues, making
it the perfect venue to talk to people about the environmental benefits of a
vegan lifestyle. On the second day, our
Chief Executive, Nigel Winter, participated in a successful panel debate
entitled Beginners Guide to Greener Living. Attended by around 80 people, the debate
encouraged numerous members of the audience to visit our stall for more
information. We received a great
response from the visiting public, including non-vegans who wanted to find out
more about veganism, vegetarians who were keen to make the next step and fellow
vegans looking for literature to distribute to non-vegan friends.
Natural Organic Products Show, Olympia,
London 3-4 April
The Vegan Society
trademark logo is critical to funding the Society’s many activities as well as
an important sign-post to vegans and non-vegans catering to vegans. We work hard in the trademark department to
expand the number of products you see on the shelves with our trusted logo on. Most recently George Gill and Daniel
Therkelsen exhibited at the Natural and Organic Products Europe tradeshow in
London Olympia on the third and fourth of April – two long, tiring but very
rewarding days. It was a bustling show
with plenty of interest from companies not using our logo yet. It was also good to see so many companies
there who already use our trademark logo on their products, representing the
significant demand for vegan products. You can also help by e-mailing, writing or
phoning your favourite company that doesn’t use our logo yet and ask them to
start using it – this has led countless companies to apply for our trademark.
Chief Executive to Bond meeting
Our Chief Executive attended his
first BOND meeting recently. BOND are an
umbrella organisation for 370 organisations working in overseas development. They will keep us informed about UK and EU
consultations that we might want to have an input on and have a number of
working groups. The areas that could be
of interest to us are: promoting plant-based nutrition and stockfree farming. There were about 25 people at the meeting such
as International Development Enterprises UK and the Executive Director of The
Jane Goodall Institute UK who is one of our members.
Veganism in Prestigious Sociological Journal
In The Vegan Summer 2009, we featured an
article called ‘‘…a faddish, fanatical diet cult’: Anti-vegan bias in UK
newspapers’, by Dr Matthew Cole and Dr Karen Morgan. The article was a summary of a full academic paper
called 'vegaphobia' also written by Matthew and Karen which has now been
published in The British Journal of Sociology which is the most prestigious sociological
journal in the UK (and one of the top journals in the world), so it is really
quite impressive to get veganism and speciesism discussed in a 'mainstream' journal
M. & Morgan, K. (2011) ‘Vegaphobia: Derogatory discourses of veganism and
the reproduction of speciesism in UK national newspapers’, British Journal of
Sociology, 61 (1): 134-153.
Working Closely with the Vegan
Prisoner Support Group (VPSG)
Officer, Rebecca Henderson, has worked with VPSG to produce a joint prison
newsletter. Sent to prison caterers, the
newsletter gives them recipe suggestions, updates them on developments and
reminds them of the requirements of vegan catering and nutrition.
to Doodle for World Vegan Day
Will you tell
Google why you'd love a World Vegan Day Google Doodle?
Day celebrates and proclaims all that is great about veganism. It's an
ideal time to share the benefits of being vegan - for humans, for our health,
and to tackle global hunger; for the planet, and against global climate change;
and of course, for other animals.
everywhere are asking Google to recognize vegan history, and mark the First of
November with a Google Doodle.
famous 'Doodles' globally celebrate significant events such as New Year's Day
and Jules Verne's birthday, as well as local special days. You can see
examples of past Google Doodles here: http://www.google.com/logos/
Why not tell
Google why World Vegan Day is worth a Google Doodle? Email them on: email@example.com - and please copy to Amanda: firstname.lastname@example.org at The Vegan Society too.
Day has its own logo:
email@example.com to request copies for promoting
the word, and help make World Vegan Day, Tuesday 1 November 2011 (1.11.11) the
most talked-about World Vegan Day yet!
follow the World Vegan Day Google Doodle Ask on The Vegan Society Facebook