The Vegan Society Awards were presented at the West Midlands Vegan Festival on Saturday 29 October 2011.
We were overwhelmed by thousands of nominations - it just goes to show that leaps and bounds being made by vegan companies, services and products. Read on to find out the winners:
Best Vegan Society Trademarked Food Product
Gelati Giuseppe ice cream
Best Vegan Society Trademarked Drink
Provamel Soya Milk
Best Trademarked Non-food Product (including cosmetics, toiletries, shoes, clothing, household products, services)
Vegan Achievement Award (for an outstanding contribution to veganism by an individual or organisation)
Tim Barford of Yaoh for Vegfest
Best Non-trademarked Vegan Product
Linda McCartney Vegetarian sausages from Hain Celestial Ltd
Best Vegan-friendly Commercial Caterer (including restaurants, pubs, cafes, hotels, contract or event caterers)
Aloka raw and vegan restaurant and wellbeing centre
Best Retailer of Vegan Products
The Buddha Beauty Company
Best Vegan Catering in Education (including schools, universities, colleges and youth clubs)
King Solomon Academy
Graeme Wakelin, the Catering Manager, cooks a vegan meal for everyone at the school at least once a week. The rest of the time there is always a vegan option available such as pizza, shepherd's pie, yoghurt, sorbet and banoffee pie.
Best Vegan Catering in the Care Sector
(including hospitals, care homes, meals on wheels providers and lunch clubs)
The Pilgrim Hospital in Boston, Lincolnshire
Options on their menu of clearly marked vegan choices include curries, crumbles, pastries and cutlets.
Simon Jones won the £100 hamper of vegan goodies in The Vegan Society Awards 2011 prize draw for nominators.