social, educational and campaigning group formed in 2002
also on Facebook,
with over 900 members at present, and much lively discussion. Vegans,
vegetarians, or anyone interested in the vegan way of life, are all
very welcome at any meetings or events, or in our Facebook group. If
you'd like to go on our EMAIL LIST to receive occasional news of future
events please email us at
Events, News & Notices
Swansea Vegan Festival 2016 will
be held at the Brangwyn Hall on Saturday 16th July. This is Swansea Vegfest (held in 2014/2015) under a slightly
different name, and at a larger venue - see also the Swansea Vegfest
section further below (for stall enquiries please email firstname.lastname@example.org).
FILM NIGHT FRIDAY 13th MAY
Ghosts In Our Machine' ("illuminates the lives of individual animals
living within and rescued from the machine of our modern world"). At
Swansea YMCA, tickets £6 in advance. Film 7:30pm preceded by vegan
potluck buffet at 6:30pm. More details on the Swansea Vegfest website
Welsh Vegan Festival in Cardiff New event, Sunday 25th September 2016. Details here.
Vegan Christmas Market
(Swansea's first, organised
by the Swansea Vegfest team) took place in December 2015 and was a
great success, with around 1,800 people attending - see photos opposite. The second photo shows Deby McCloy
with Shirley & George Barwick (George founded Swansea Vegans in
2002). More photos from the event on our Facebook group here.
New vegan café in Swansea! Opened
October 2015. Urban Zen yoga studio and café, 2 Little Gam Street
(short walk from the bus station). Usually open every day mid morning to mid afternoon (but times can vary). Tel: 07734 105301. Menu, details and photos here.
Teen VGN Summer Camp 14-19 August 2016 at Margam Discovery Centre, near Swansea. Social network for young vegetarians and vegans. Details here. [Also the Vegan Camp, for all ages, is scheduled for Abercrave, north of Swansea, in summer 2017.]
After two successful events in May 2014 and June 2015 Swansea
Vegfest are planning for 2016 (Sat July 16th at the Brangwyn Hall), and thinking about putting on other
events too. Photo right shows some of the crowd in 2015 (larger than
expected!) at the Environment Centre venue. Below that, the team of
helpers. Deby & Karen McCloy (in the centre of that photo) were featured in the
July 2015 issue of Vegan Life magazine, see below.
The Swansea Vegfest website has more photos (in the Gallery section) - and there's a Facebook page too. The Vegfest photos on the right are by Tom Fairchild.
Carmarthen Vegans hold regular meetings.
They put on 'Meet & Greet' events with food and entertainment,
currently three times a year.
Also lunchtime meals at the Waverley
restaurant on the first Saturday of every month - and regular
walks/picnics in the warmer months (usually on Sundays). Contact 07539 356791 (text only) or see their Facebook group.
Photo is from the Summer 2015 'Meet & Greet' event in July 2015, which over 40 people attended.
Vegetarian for Life are a UK-based
charity whose mission is to help older vegans and vegetarians with
advice and support (and sometimes small grants), whether living in a
care home or in their own home. More details on their website.
Eating out in Swansea Eat
Out Vegan Wales list
many places for vegans to eat out in the Swansea area and elsewhere in Wales -
please email them if you can help by updating or adding to any of the
information they give. They have also published a free Vegan South Wales
guides, as well as a very detailed guide to organising free vegan food
fayres which is based on their experience over the past ten years. See also Vegan Café 4 the Day at the bottom of this page (an event organised by Eat Out Vegan Wales in Mumbles in 2012).
Naturally Kind Food is a small business in Swansea selling delicious vegan cakes and treats. See their website or Facebook page or contact Andrew Norton 01639 699185. The
photo shows Black Forest cheesecake.
|Fancy That Bakery is another small local 100% vegan business, run by Karen McCloy. See website or Facebook page
or contact her on 07891 040393. Karen is also one of the Swansea
VegFest organisers. Photo shows her at Swansea's Green Fayre in 2015.|
Mr Nice Pie (previously Fruits de la Terre)
have stalls at various markets in Swansea and South Wales, selling
very popular vegan pies, burgers, etc. See their website.
Events in general In
the recent past Swansea Vegans have
put on a variety of events - the usual social meetings with pot luck meals, occasional discussions/talks,
picnics/walks in the summer, and so on. And now and again we've tagged
along with other existing environmental-type events, or connected
with other local groups. In 2011 we also showed the new Vegan Society
at the Environment Centre, and visited Tony Martin's forest garden in
the moment we're arranging fewer meetings, but if anyone has
about future events (or anything else), or would like to organise
something, then please do get in touch.
Check our Facebook group
regularly for occasional small get-togethers or other events/meetings
that may be of interest. For example, some Swansea Vegans Facebook
members met up at Coffee Punks in Swansea in January 2016 (more
meetings are planned), and there have been occasional small meet ups in
Llanelli, while others
arranged a Christmas meal at Govinda's in 2014.
The UK Vegan Society
is the place to go for basic and more detailed information on veganism - see for example their publications & video page (which includes a useful catering guide for hospitals should you
find yourself in one, see downloads section).
The Vegan Society's film Making the
Connection can be seen
online at the
Environment Films website. It's 30 minutes long,
and features a variety
vegans talking about their diets and lifestyles (a chef, MP,
dietitian, athlete, young mother, and several others). It's also on
where it's split into eight chapters. If you're interested in
showing the film to a group of people you can get a free DVD from
Environment Films (or from the Vegan Society).
Vegan Life Magazine
(the first vegan magazine available on the high street) launched in
2014, and is available in WH Smith and some supermarkets. Food and
recipe oriented but with features on other vegan related topics too.
local vegans are also active in national groups, including the Vegan Organic Network (growing food the vegan way), Vegfam
(a charity based near
Llandovery, feeding the hungry without exploiting animals) and MCL
(Movement for Compassionate Living, based in Ystalyfera and promoting environmental veganism).
Swansea Vegans summer picnics
20 people came to our 'potluck' picnics in Clyne Gardens in both 2013
and 2014. Photo (by Robyn Godfrey) is from the 2013 picnic.
Saving the World with your Knife and Fork
About 35 people attended the talk and cookery demonstration at
the Environment Centre in Swansea in March 2013.
Tony Wardle from Viva! gave the talk, and Helen Rossiter and Jane
Easton the cookery
demonstration. Photos below by Dave Martin.
The photos below were taken at the Vegan Café 4 the Day event in Mumbles in July 2012, organised by Eat Out Vegan Wales, at which Swansea Vegans had a literature stall run by George & Shirley
Barwick (photo on right). Around ten volunteers from the Eat Out
Vegan Wales group worked hard all day, serving an estimated 200-300
people (mostly non vegans) with free food and drinks. This was their
fourth Vegan Café 4 the Day event, following on from successful days in Bangor, Aberystwyth and Llangollen in 2011/12.
is a philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude - as far as
is possible and practical - 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.