Bristol Viva! Vegan Festival - Sat 7 December 2019 | Viva! - The Vegan Charity

Bristol Viva! Vegan Festival

The venue
Richmond Building, 105 Queens Rd, Bristol BS8 1LN
The Time & Price
Sat 7 December 2019 | 10:30 to 17:00 | Only £3 UNDER 16s FREE
2019-12-07 10:30 2019-12-07 17:00 Europe/London Bristol Viva! Vegan Festival Come and enjoy one of our many vegan festivals in cities across the UK! - Richmond Building, 105 Queens Rd, Bristol BS8 1LN Viva!


Since 1994, Viva! has been campaigning to end the suffering of farmed animals.

Viva! is positively vegan and helps people reduce their meat, fish, dairy and egg intake and move towards a kind, compassionate, healthy diet. We believe that every step towards being vegan is a positive one.

Viva! Vegan Festivals were born out of the wish to equip people with all the info they need to change themselves or to bring about change in others.  Our shows provide all the information anyone could ever want about going, being and staying vegan – or moving in that direction.  We show people first-hand how animals are suffering in and how healthy and delicious a vegan diet actually is!

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What's On


11:15 - 12:00 Dina Aherne

Activism and the Law In this talk, Dina Aherne (non-practicing solicitor) will give a broad overview of the rights of activists; the laws surrounding protest and non-violent direct action; and also the penalties that some protesters are encountering through protest. There will also be time for Q&A's at the end of the talk.


12:15 - 13:00 John Awen

Why We all Need to go Vegan John Awen has raised animals for food, killed many himself and has been inside a slaughterhouse, so he knows the horrors that go on. Talking poignantly and from the heart, John explains the cruelty stats from around the world, how going vegan can help the animals, the planet and our health. This is one talk you do not want to miss.


13:15 - 14:00 Juliet Gellatley

Vegan Today to Save Tomorrow! Time is running out. One million species are at risk of extinction. Why is diet so crucial in saving wildlife? What does loss of biodiversity mean for the human race? And how do we make change happen?


14:15 - 15:00 Alice Brough BVM&S MRCVS

Pig Tales 4 years of working as a livestock vet in the pig industry turned Alice vegan - why? Herriot-style tales of woe and interesting things you didn't know; pick apart the carefully constructed lies from animal agriculture and find out what really goes on behind closed doors!


15:15 - 16:00 Tony Wardle

Dairy, Beef and Bullshit Eating meat and milk is a main cause of the degenerative diseases that kill most of us. It also destroys the global environment. And yet we're encouraged to keep on consuming - why?


Cookery Demos

11:00 - 12:00 Maryanne Hall

Viva!'s Food and Cookery Manager Maryanne is showcasing the best of vegan cooking - and how easy it is! Producer of some amazing recipes featured in Viva!'s recipe guides and found on Viva!'s Vegan Recipe Club app, she will show you step by step how to make delicious and festive vegan meals for everyone. Come along and see how to make fantastic and cruelty-free food this Christmas and taste some fantastic samples along the way!


12:30 - 13:30 Richard Buckley

Acorn Restaurant, Bath Richard Buckley is Owner of Acorn Restaurant in Bath and author of the vegan cookbook Plants Taste Better. Acorn is the country's only vegan restaurant listed in the Michelin Guide 2019. Richard was winner of the Olive magazine Veggie Pioneer 2018 and Acorn won the prestigious Trenchermans award for creativity and innovation 2018. Richard will be demoing recipes from his cookbook and showing how sophisticated cooking doesn't need to be complicated.


14:00 - 14:45 Gem Wellingham

Little Gem's Cakes, Bristol Gem from Little Gem's Cakes is a local Bristol vegan cake maker. Visit her stall for delicious cupcakes, traybakes, brownies and more before heading to her fantastic cookery demo to discover how she does it! She will show you how to make adorable unicorn cupcakes, from making the horn and ears out of fondant icing, to piping the buttercream 'mane' and applying them all to the cupcake. Wow family and friends by adding a sprinkle of unicorn magic to celebrations this Christmas! Don't miss the yummy cake samples to try afterwards!



11:30 - 13:00 and 14:30 - 16:00 DIY Activism Workshop

Tayana Simons, Viva! Campaigner Come and learn how to get active with this DIY activism workshop. Get ready for some vegan outreach by making your own placards and outreach materials to take home! Tayana will be on hand to help with your creative outreach masterpiece, offering advice on the best slogans and creating the most impactful designs. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions about hosting your own street actions, attending protests and getting involved. Whether your are a brand new activist or a dab-hand at demos, this workshop is not one to be missed! All materials are provided and are suitable for vegan activists of all ages. Donations welcome.


Live music

15:30 - 16:00 Peace On Your Plate

Giles Bryant from the hopeful Vegan Christmas No.1 chasing band, Peace On Your Plate, will be coming to Bristol to play a solo set of beautiful songs. Peace On Your Plate has been recorded at Abbey Road Studios and all profits from the track will go to Viva! and Tower Hill Animal Stables. Giles has been a vegan musician for 20 years and is also a yoga teacher and founder of World Healing Project. Find out more at and Check out Peace On Your Plate's incredible merch at


We need a team of volunteers to help Viva! staff at the show so if you can spare a morning, afternoon or even the whole day, we'd love to hear from you. Tasks include welcoming (and counting) visitors, assisting with food tastings, washing up, leafleting, getting dressed up in an animal costume and getting visitors to complete our questionnaire.

So if you want to get involved please contact the festival team at


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The Venue

Richmond Building, 105 Queens Rd, Bristol BS8 1LN

On the Day

Standard entry £3, under 16s free, VIP £12 (includes goody bag and no queue entry)

100 amazing vegan stalls serving a great selection of hot and cold food

Ethical gifts, clothing and cosmetics

Free nutritional advice 

Kids Zone

Talks and cookery demonstrations happening all day!

So whether you're vegan, veggie or just v-curious
come along and indulge in delicious food and experience
what the vegan lifestyle is all about

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