Vegfest organise a variety of local events - a summer Vegan Festival
and a winter Vegan Christmas Market, plus several other smaller events
to promote and celebrate veganism. This short video shows everything they did in 2017.
Swansea Vegfest began in May 2014 with a small vegan
festival at the Environment Centre, but they have since gone from
strength with their major events now attracting a few thousand
visitors. Founded by sisters Deby & Karen McCloy, but run now by a
of dedicated volunteers (look here if you're interested in becoming a volunteer).
More info on the group's Facebook page, and they can also be found on Twitter and Instagram. And there's a little more about Swansea Vegfest on our history page.
Any enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org
18 (see our home page) is the only all-vegan cafe in Swansea, although
there is talk of another vegan cafe opening soon. Govinda's
Vegetarian & Vegan Cafe has been running for many years, and is
always popular with vegans. Crumbs Kitchen in Uplands is a pescatarian
cafe with several vegan options.
Eating out in Swansea
There are an increasing number of other local establishments that
cater for vegans, some more than others, and this is a very frequent
topic on our Swansea Vegans Facebook group, with members reporting on
both successes and failures.
Particularly recommended are:
Bluebell Coffee & Kitchen, with options for all three meals plus cake. Their Sunday lunch is very popular.
Mosaic, a tapas restaurant with numerous dishes that can be veganised and/or made gluten free.
The Westbourne, a pub with a vegan menu featuring cheesy pizzas and nachos.
The Optimist Bar & Kitchen in Uplands, which serves up a breakfast featuring gluten free vegan sausages and tofu scramble.
Zinco Lounge in town and Croeso Lounge in Mumbles - there is a separate vegan menu.
1825 Coffee Shop at the Dylan Thomas Centre have been serving vegan options for a while and now offer breakfasts too.
The Swigg in the Marina offer small plates and a six course vegan tasting evening on the last Thursday of the month.
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.
Local vegan friendly businesses
Brontosaurus Vegan Lifestyle Store
(see our home page) stock everyday food items and treats that are
harder to find - and have a fridge with food you can grab on the go.
Root in Fulton House on the Singleton campus usually have a good selection of vegan meals and snacks.
Cool Beans Food & Nutrition offer vegan cookery classes which can be booked in advance. Individual nutritional consultations can also be arranged.
offer consultations and advice on a range of health and wellbeing
matters, from nutrition to reflexology. They also make kombucha, which
is stocked in Brontosaurus and some other local shops.
Vegangela Rose Cakes Contact Angela for a vegan celebration cake made to order, or alternatively Sophia at Bluebell.
Naturally Kind Food supply delicious vegan cakes and treats to local retail outlets, eg Brontosaurus and Waterstones cafe.
Lincoln's Lunchbox offer tasty vegan treats "for your beloved pooch".
Vegan Lettings Mike
runs a 'conventional' business that also employs some vegan
tradespeople and assists with property investment / management /
creative property sales, and purchase / rent-to-buy and rent-to-sell
Heavenly Organics Skincare All products are vegan, organic and natural.
LEFT Vegangela Rose cake
BELOW Black Forest cheesecake
by Naturally Kind
Getting vegan food in local hospitals
can be difficult! Several discussions about getting vegan
food have already taken place on our Facebook group, for example here and here from late 2017 (but those posts will only be visible to members). There is also a UK-based Vegan Hospital Food Network
Facebook group, "made up of ordinary people who volunteer to take food
to vegans who are in hospitals that fail to provide adequate
nutrition". Also there's lots of advice and information about hospital
catering here on the Vegan Society's website, and see too this 2018 article from Plant Based News: Vegan Hospital Food: the good, the bad and the ugly. If you have problems or need support, contact us or post on the Swansea Vegans Facebook group.
Vegan Society Vegan Life Magazine Plant Based News
Vegan Organic Network Vegetarian for Life Books on veganism
The Vegan Society
is the place to go for both basic and more detailed information on veganism. Their 30-minute video Making the
Connection (made in 2010) is
on YouTube - it features a variety
vegans talking about their diets and lifestyles (a chef, MP,
dietitian, athlete, young mother, and several others).
(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
Plant Based News is a top resource for the latest up-to-the-minute plant-based content. News, blogs and reviews from the vegan world.
researches and promotes vegan organic methods of agriculture and
horticulture, and their magazine is edited by local vegan Tony Martin.
for Life is a UK-based
charity whose mission is to help older vegans and
advice and support (and sometimes small grants), whether living in a
care home or in their own home.
Here is a selection of the best vegan cookery books. At a more local level, there's a new cookery book Vegan 100 by 'Avant Garde Vegan' Gaz Oakley, and also The Occasional Vegan by Sarah Philpott.
Two other recommended books are:
Vegan for Life: Everything You Need to Know to be Healthy and Fit on a Plant-based Diet (2011) by US dietitians Jack Norris & Virginia Messina (see an interview with them here).
How to Create a Vegan World: A Pragmatic Approach (2017) by Tobias Leenaert (also see his Vegan Strategist blog).
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