I was really happy when one of the vegan groups I belong to was offering free tickets to this event for its members- I was very pleased as I had wanted to attend but tickets were £55 per person, which I couldn’t afford and was quite a ridiculous price really!
There were some organisation problems during the day and some bad choices overall but I put this down to the fact that the vegetarian society have never held an event like this before. There were three main things that left a sour taste in my mouth; firstly meat advocate Tom Heap from Countryfile being the opening speaker, discussing eating insects, deer and horse, to help the environment. Secondly, the fact that there were no stewards at the metrolink, as advertised, to direct people to the venue and finally the ridiculously overpriced food e.g. £3.95 for an Alpro yoghurt and £7.00 for a wrap.
Now on to the positives, the first talk that we attended was delivered by Jonathan Balcombe and was very interesting and well presented. It was all about the minds and emotions of animals. The cookery workshops were also great; we attended ‘Tofu’ and ‘Vitality’. Sadly, due to the tight schedule, Alex from the Vegetarian Society Cookery School ran out of time on the Tofu Workshop. However, both were informative and I got some nice ideas for sprucing up both summer salads and stir fries. The watermelon and green bean salad was delicious.
It was a great day; catching up with friends and chatting to new ‘veggies’. I hope that the feedback forms will help the Vegetarian Society to iron out niggles to make the next event even better. I would have loved the Goody bags to be more vgn friendly instead of being all butter shortcake and sea-brooks cheese and onion crisps.
I will continue to support the charity, which was founded here in Manchester, with all their great work informing people on vegetarianism and making the UK more vegetarian friendly.
Thanks for reading,