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VIP feature at “Vegans at The Feast” Event in Conwy, North Wales

October 26th and 27th 2013 saw the second “Vegans at The Feast” event in Conwy, North Wales.

The Conwy Feast is an annual attraction and the vegan activists in the area have run a vegan cafe there for the last two years.

This time, about 850 free vegan meals were given away during the weekend. People also came to get vegan snacks, visit the tables and stalls, and hear the live music being played all day. The films, Making the Connection (especially made with Welsh sub-titles) and The Cove where also shown.

The Dublin-based Vegan Information Project to their “Vegan Information Day” gazebo stall to the event, and communications officer, Dr. Roger Yates, gave three talks about the basics of veganism.



VIP stall, 9th Oct 2013 – more pigeon drama!


Just another day for the Vegan Information Project’s “Vegan Information Day” stall (13th week stall, 9-10-13). A few weeks ago, we helped to free the legs of pigeons who had become entangled in string. A further pigeon was taken to the Back Into Daylight Animal Sanctuary for “fattening up.” He was released back into Temple Bar Square today.


Apart from that, all the other VIP activities took place on the day.


At one time a group of teenagers came to the stall asking for vegan recipes they can use in their home economics class. Maps of the vegan-friendly cafes and restaurants were popular as ever.


VIP Community Spirit (Vegan Information stall 2-10-13)


It rained – it rained a lot – on the day of the 12th Vegan Information Day stall in Temple Bar Square, Dublin, which ran from 11-7.15 on the 2nd October, 2013.


It was an interesting day, for one thing, there was an unusually large gardai (police) presence in Temple Bar Square on the day – they were offered tea from the VIP stall! A person came up to the stall and said, in effect, “thanks for being here, doing what you do,” something that has happened before, while a vegetarian woman declared that she will be vegan from that moment on after talking to some of the stall “staff.”


During the day, a total of 9 “staff” members ran the stall, so a big thanks to all yet again for this brilliant commitment. Another three vegan activists also attended – at times, the Vegan Information Day stall was “Vegan HQ!”


We tend to be aware in the 21st century, that the “problem” of veganism is not health, and not nutrition, it is the social aspects of living vegan. In this sense, then the VIP stall has provided a great focal point for vegans to gather, do vital public vegan outreach, and support one another. There is a strong feeling that this particular type of vegan information is particularly valuable. It is not based on moral shocks (there are no graphic pictures on the stall); it is not about single-issues; and it is not about hiding the fact that veganism is the basis of our claims: it is about being honest and open that we feel the solution is the abolition of animal use and the adoption of veganism.


In another blog entry, we noted that stall staff members became involved in freeing the feet of pigeons who had their feet entangled by string and other items casually discarded by humans. We tried to capture another such pigeon this time but without luck – we’ll be back with our expert “pigeon catcher” to sort her out!






Vegan Information Day, 25-9-13

Today’s Vegan Information Day stall was one of the best ever. First of all, many thanks to all the volunteers who helped in all the ways that they did – the Vegan Information Project is an all-volunteer group.


As ever, 4.30-6.30 was the busiest time for us. Lots of interest – especially in the free vegan food sample. At least nine full larger plates of samples were given out. This may seem like less that revolutionary stuff and yet, vegan baking is breaking many of the conventional “rules”  – can you make cakes and biscuits without eggs and cow milk?


Some of the people are wary of the samples when they realise that they are vegan samples – but no-one has ever said they weren’t less than lovely. Some express open surprise that vegan food can be so nice, revealing some prejudice from who knows where.


We’ll use the takings from today’s vegan education stall to fund the buying of a second “pump pot” (large flask) because the “tea station” cafe area of the VIP seems to be a unique feature – members of the public can sit over a free cup of tea and discuss all issues vegan with the stall “staff.”


Another great day of vegan education in Ireland!






When the VIP Information Day stall turned into Animal Hospital

Cities can be dangerous places for pigeons. Pigeons with missing toes – or even missing feet – are seen frequently. VIP stall volunteers have had their share of pigeon encounters, which usually involve helping the individuals who have become entangled in string or some type of thread.


Vegan Information Project (VIP) on Wild Time Radio

The very first Vegan Information Project’s media interview was with Thomas Janak’s Wild Time Radio show.

WILD TIME’s Thomas Janak welcomes back sociologist Roger Yates who has been on the show numerous times. Today we talked about the Vegan Information Project (VIP), a project dedicated to run and organise vegan-based educational events in Temple Bar, Dublin / Republic of Ireland.

Vegan Information Project – in conversation with sociologist Roger Yates by Wildtimeradio on Mixcloud


We’ve moved the Vegan Information Day stall back to the centre of Temple Bar Square. One of the burger bars had complained that the stall was putting their customers of “their meat,” despite the fact that we do not show graphic pictures, for example of animal slaughter.


Help was on the way, however, in the shape of McDonald’s who have opened up a store in Temple Bar (they fit into TB in the same way that a brick floats). Apparently the burger bar is now complaining about McDeath rather than the vegan stall!!