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USEFUL LINKS

Swansea Vegans 
on Facebook

Eat Out Vegan Wales 
Listings of places to eat out in Swansea and elsewhere

History of Swansea Vegans 
by George Barwick 
(the group's founder)

Environment Centre
Local events list


Other vegan groups in South Wales (Facebook pages)


NOTMAD (Carmarthen area)
Cardiff Vegans 
Pembrokeshire Vegans

National groups (UK)

Vegan Society
Vegan Village

Local vegans are active in the groups below
Vegan Organic Network
Vegfam
Vegan Views magazine
MCL Movement for Compassionate Living






SWANSEA VEGANS

A social, educational and campaigning group formed in 2002

We're also on Facebook, with over 250 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. If you'd like to go on our EMAIL LIST to receive news of future events please email us at  

Events, News, Notices

Swansea Veggie MiniFest 2014  Saturday 17th May 11am-4pm at the Environment Centre, Pier Street, Swansea SA1 1RY. "A celebration of choice for vegans, vegetarians, businesses, supporters, friends and all veg-friendly people ... there will be other events and promotions too in May 2014." Facebook event page here.
The Clock Tower Vegan Café in Carmarthen is a new venture, offering "delicious coffee of a unique blend and various teas, as well as milk free, egg free cakes, pies, snacks and various other quality foods and goods. It is a haven for those who are lactose intolerant. We also stock many organic and gluten free products. "It's at the Clock Tower, Market Way, St Catherine's Walk, Carmarthen SA31 1QZ and currently open Mon-Sat 10am-4pm. "Run by vegans, excellent food, cakes to die for!" See their Facebook page.
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 further down this page (an event organised by Eat Out Vegan Wales in Mumbles in 2012).
Saving the World with your Knife and Fork  About 35 people attended the talk and cookery demonstration at the Environment Centre in Swansea on 6th March 2013. Tony Wardle from Viva! gave the talk, and Helen Rossiter and Jane Easton the cookery demonstration. Many people commented on how much they enjoyed the evening! Photos by Dave Martin.
Tony, Helen & Jane

Viva! meeting
Helen and Jane

Lots of Nice Things is Helen Rossiter's blog, packed with new vegan recipes. In 2012 Helen moved to Swansea from Bristol (where she worked for Viva!).

Mr Nice Pie (previously Fruits de la Terre) have stalls at various markets in Swansea and South Wales, selling vegan pies, burgers, etc. They are proving very popular! See their Facebook page, and also Helen Rossiter's review on her blog.    

Cakes

Naturally Kind Food is a new small business in Swansea selling delicious vegan cakes and treats. Also very highly praised! See their website or Facebook page or contact Andrew Norton 01639 699185. The photo (by Robyn Godfrey) shows some of their cakes at the 'Saving the World with your Knife and Fork' meeting in March.

Vegan Views  The Spring 2013 issue of Vegan Views is available free online. It includes an interview with vegan dietitians Jack Norris & Ginny Messina (authors of Vegan for Life), articles by Teresa Bergen on her visit to see the amazing animals in the Galapagos islands, and Zion Lights on gardening the vegan way ... and more

The photos below were taken at the Vegan Café 4 the Day event in Mumbles on Saturday 14th July 2012, organised by Eat Out Vegan Wales, where 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. 

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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 film Making the Connection at the Environment Centre, and visited a forest garden at Ystradgynlais.

At the moment we're arranging fewer meetings, but if anyone has suggestions about future events (or anything else), or would like to organise something, then please do get in touch.

SWANSEA VEGANS CONTACTS
Malcolm 01792-792442  or  Christina 01639-844992 (mobile 07939-684817)
Email:  

Information

Some local vegans are also active in national groups, including the Vegan Organic Network (growing food the vegan way), and Vegan Views magazine. Vegfam ("feeds the hungry without exploiting animals") is a charity based near Llandovery, and MCL (Movement for Compassionate Living) - promoting environmental veganism - is based in Ystalyfera.   

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 ever 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 of vegans talking about their diets and lifestyles (a chef, MP, dietitian, athlete, young mother, and several others). It's also on YouTube, 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).

Veganism 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.