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Vegan Fair Success in Colchester

posted 1 Jul 2014, 14:51 by Jennifer Dunn   [ updated 14 Oct 2014, 13:59 by p.s it's vegan! ]

May 2014 marked the debut of Colchester's First Vegan fair, which I am very proud to have co-organisied with two other vegans from Colchester!

The idea wasn't just to make an event for vegans, but also for people interested in learning more about veganism, and to hopefully serve as a good outreach opportunity!


We wanted the fair to be a celebration of all things vegan!


 As it was our first fair it was a little tricky to convince some companies to travel to Colchester have a stall, especially since we couldn't tell them how successful or how popular it would be!   However we managed to get some great local businesses on board, including local curry stall "The Chickpea",  local health food shop "Natural Foods", a couple of raw food stalls, two breweries and of course myself selling cakes!


From further afield we had London based “Kizzy’s Cookies” and also Hodmedods beans who are from Norfolk.  We were also really thrilled to have elite vegan athlete and marathoner Fiona Oakes offer to come to the fair to speak to people about all she has achieved on a plant based diet.

 

We made a lot of effort  promoting the fair via social media, and also a leaflet drop.

 

The fair (which was free to visit) was held on 10th May at Colchester Arts Centre, and started at 11am.

We estimate that at least 600 people visited, which we were obviously thrilled with, as it was more than we could ever have hoped for!


My advice to anyone thinking of planning a vegan fair in their own town is to just go out and do it!

Aside from the hire costs of the venue and the leafleting costs there weren't really any other expenses.  The money from the stall holder’s pitches covered our costs, and what was left over we donated to the charity Vegfam.

(We also held a charity raffle in aid of Vegfam, with prizes of 3 hampers of vegan goodies donated by various companies, and over £400 was raised in total!)

 

It was a great sense of accomplishment to see all of our efforts being appreciated by people in the local community.  Everyone we spoke to was very complimentary and said they can’t wait for the next one!


More photo's from the day can be found on my facebook page here:https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?

set=a.856977370982951.1073741835.153401984673830&type=3

and on the website of photographer and designer Jack Burley, here: http://www.jackburley.co.uk/colchester-vegan-fair-2014/