social, educational and campaigning group formed in 2002
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.
of Nice Things is
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.
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
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.
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 a forest garden at
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.
SWANSEA VEGANS CONTACTS
Malcolm 01792-792442 or
01639-844992 (mobile 07939-684817)
local vegans are also active in national groups, including the Vegan Organic Network (growing food the vegan way), and Vegan Views
("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
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).
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.