social, educational and campaigning group formed in 2002
also on Facebook,
with around 500 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 VegFest takes
place on Saturday 6th June 2015 (11am-3pm) at the Environment Centre in
Pier Street. A free event celebrating all things vegetarian and vegan,
open to anyone interested in exploring alternatives to meat and
dairy. Free samples, information and advice, talks and a wide variety
of stalls. More details here.
Prior to this, on Wednesday 27th May (6:30pm), they are putting on a screening of Cowspiracy: the Sustainability Secret at the same venue. Details here.
Bristol VegFest 23/24 May 2015 - details here. One of the UK's biggest vegan events.
Vegan permaculture course in South Wales Tony Martin and his friend Aranya (both long term vegans) are running a permaculture design course
on Tony's forest garden in Ystradgynlais from 30th May 2015 until 13th
June. See the other links on that page for more permaculture
Snowdon Vegan Party 2015 31st July - 2nd August, a Vegan Organic Network event. Sponsored walk up Snowdon is on Saturday 1st. Details here.
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. |
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 Facebook page.
of Nice Things is
packed with new vegan recipes. Helen (who worked for Viva! before moving to Swansea) is involved with The Parsnipship, based near Bridgend, which sells vegan and vegetarian food at various events and also runs cookery courses.
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, a few Swansea Vegans Facebook
members have been meeting up in Llanelli now and again, while others
arranged a small Christmas meal at Govinda's last December, and others arranged transport to go to the World Day for Animals in Laboratories protest day in Cambridge in April 2015.
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.