Tickets are on sale now for Bristol veggie group Viva!'s annual Christmas Fundraising Dinner.
This year, ending the factory farming of pigs will be the campaign benefiting from the event, which will be held on Saturday, December 13 at Circomedia in Bristol. Monies raised will specifically fund new undercover investigations.
There will be a spell-binding corde lisse performance (an aerial act using a vertically hanging rope) at 7pm by artist Rebecca Mayfield before the dinner, which guests can enjoy over a glass of wine. Then at 7.10pm, a short presentation on our pig campaign will be given by Viva!'s Deputy Director Justin Kerswell, followed by a delicious three-course vegan meal and then after-dinner speakers, auction and raffle. Tickets for the dinner, which takes place between 6.30pm and 11pm are priced at "65.
Deputy director, Justin Kerswell, says: "Through local media coverage, our shocking findings have alerted thousands to the suffering of pigs raised in concrete hovels, often without any bedding or comfort. Pig meat sales are falling, but we want to roll our investigations out across the country to ensure this downward trend continues. We desperately need funds to do this. Help us make a difference " and have a great time doing so!'
The auction takes place at 10pm including the chance to bid for:
' two night stay for two people at the Lancrigg Vegetarian County House Hotel & Vegetarian Restaurant, Grasmere, in the Lake District
' Sennheiser DAB CD radio and headphones
' stoneware harvest jug, crafted by potter Mike Dodd
' Matt & Nat 'Japanese Paper Grandmaster' vegan handbag
' one night stay, including dinner, for two people at Trericket Mill Vegetarian Guesthouse in Builth Wells, Powys
' Lush gift box
' Vegan Christmas Cake from Blue Lotus
' Luxury Garden Collection gift box by Figs & Rouge
Each guest on the evening will receive a Viva! goody bag containing the following:
Lush Bath Bomb/Bubble Bar, Martha Hill Mimosa Hydrating Day Cream, Plamil Organic Orange & Cranberry Chocolate bar, Rainbow Apothecary soap, Skin Blossom Care & Protect Hand Cream, Southern Alps Slow Fruit, Sweetbird 100% Real Fruit Smoothie, Venture Foods Fruit & Nut Couverture chocolate bar and Zuma 100% Fair Trade Hot Chocolate, in Enviropack cotton bag
Chestnut-Fennel Soup with Fennel Greens and Crispy Leeks
Tartines of Slow Roast Tomatoes with Basil Houmous, Rocket & Sherry Vinegar Dressing
Jerusalem Artichoke Tart with Kale, Salsify and Capers
Spinach, Asparagus and Leek Strudel with Roast Butternut Squash & Oyster Mushroom and Chive Sauce
Bowls of Organic New Potatoes with Mint & Parsley; Baskets of Gourmet Petit Pain with Soya Spread
Chocolate and Walnut Torte with Rum & Raisin Syrup and Caramelised Oranges
Spiced Plum Tart with Vanilla Ice Cream
Tea and Coffee Served with Soya Milk
Thanks go to the following who are supporting the event through product donation:
Beyond The Bean, Beauty Naturals, Blue Lotus Products, Debbie Tyler, Enviropack, Festival Wines, Figs & Rouge, Lancrigg Vegetarian Country House Hotel, Lush, Matt & Nat, Mike Dodd, Plamil Foods, Rainbow Apothecary, Skin Blossom, Southern Alps,
Trericket Mill Vegetarian Guesthouse and Venture Foods.