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Talks/Cookery Demos

There will be several separate venues and rooms for talks, films and other activities so please check times and locations carefully. 



Viva! Cookery Demos 

Viva! Talks





Manchester Central

11:30am: 30 Day Vegan by Sophie Delarny, Viva!

A fun, inspiring and informative talk about why and how go vegan. With free materials to help you on your way.

12:10pm: Dairy, Beef and Bullshit by Tony Wardle, Associate Director, Viva!; author of Diet of Disaster & editor of Viva!Life magazine

Eating meat and milk is a main cause of the 15 degenerative diseases that kill most of us. It also destroys the global environment. And yet politicians, media, royalty and gentry all encourage us to keep on consuming because they do nicely out of it

1pm: Veganism On The Map, How Do We Best Represent It? by Martin Menehan aka Vegan Geezer

Exploring how veganism has become established within the mainstream, how it is viewed by others, and the different forms of advocacy/activism we are choosing to use and what can be strategically more effective

2pm: 30 Day Vegan Favourites – easy recipes from our updated classic website
By Jane Easton, Food & Cookery
Manager, Viva! 

  • Easy Spring Tart with Asparagus & White Bean Pate plus alternative options
  • Spicy Sweet Potato Salad with Lime
  • Quick & Easy Black Bean, Courgette & Olive Chilli Wraps
  • Plus, Q&A

3:15pm: Why You Don’t Need Dairy by Tony Wardle, Associate Director, Viva!; editor of Viva!Life magazine

Is it natural to consume milk after weaning? Indeed, is it safe to consume cow’s milk at all? Tony explores the many health issues and new research showing why dairy is linked to cancers; how natural growth hormones in milk affect us and what are the dangers of milk protein and saturated fats? Also, if we don’t consume dairy where should we get calcium? With free materials to help you go dairy-free for this talk only.

4:15pm: Budget Vegan Gourmet – eat well without breaking the bank!
by Jane Easton, Food and Cookery Manager, Viva!

  • Praise Seitan! Protein-rich, low-fat savoury Wheat Balls and Sausages
  • Chickpea Savvy – magic mayo, posh hummus and other ideas – from just one Value tin 
  • Plus Q&A about cooking and shopping budget vegan


The Friends Meeting House - Room F11

12pm: Incredible Edible Wrecsam project and its use of Veganic Permaculture by Katie Creuynni

1pm: 10 Steps to Going Vegan by The Vegan Approach

2pm: Make your own plant milk: Hemp milk; hazelnut milk; almond milk; banana milk by Katie Creuynni

3pm: Story Time with a children's workshop - Maddie Doyle and the Mystery of Heather Bank Farm

4pm: Health Workshop  by Katie Creuynni


The Friends Meeting House - Room F12

12pm: Creating a Chemical Free Safe Haven by Julie Stanhope from Norwex

This will be a lively presentation about why it is important to reduce the chemicals we use in the home for personal and home care; the environmental and health effects chemicals can have and an interactive demonstration of the core Norwex products, which save time and money enabling you to radically reduce the dangerous chemicals commonly found in the home.

1pm: Health Benefits of a Whole Food Plant Based Diet by Vegan Cyclist Mick Walker

It is entirely unacceptable for humans to exploit animals in any way whatsoever – whether for food, other products, such as leather, or for entertainment.

The idea of not eating meat is nothing new – Pythagoras was an early advocate of a plant-based diet – but so many of us were brought up to believe that the maintenance of health and fitness can only be achieved on a diet based around animal protein.

We now have incontrovertible evidence that this is entirely incorrect – indeed it is becoming clear that the healthiest of diets is a Whole Food Plant Based Diet.

This means a diet based 100% on plants – and they should be consumed in a form that is as close as possible to how they were grown and harvested. It should include little, if any processed or refined products - for example, no added sugar or oil.

In this talk, I will outline some of the evidence for this and look at some top athletes who live on a plant based diet.

I will also explain exactly what should be included in such a diet on a daily basis.

2pm: Veganism in the media: how the tide turned by Jimmy Pierson, UK Director of ProVeg

Veganism is now a hot topic in the mainstream media, full of positive pieces on an almost daily basis. Yet just two years ago the scene was very different. How have we seen such a significant shift so quickly? Why? Who's responsible? What can you do? With first-hand experience, Jimmy explains.

Jimmy Pierson is the UK Director of ProVeg, a new international food awareness organisation launching in four different countries this year. A former lawyer and journalist, Jimmy knows the inner workings of the media, and achieved a 400% increase in coverage in two years at The Vegan Society. Jimmy regularly speaks to the national press, appears on TV (ITV News, Channel 5's The Wright Stuff), radio (LBC, BBC Radio 5Live) and writes for leading publications like The Guardian, The Independent, the BBC and Huffington Post.

3pm: Dairy’s dark secrets: undercover investigations on British dairy farms by Toni Shephard, Executive Director of Animal Equality

Many people easily understand why killing an animal for meat is cruel, but often struggle to see what is cruel about dairy farming. Animal Equality has conducted two investigations on British dairy farms in the past six months and revealed the hidden suffering of cows and their calves. Come along and find out what the dairy industry is hiding from you!

4pm: Speed Dating – Come and join our informal speed dating session to meet great like minded vegans!


The Friends Meeting House - Room F13

2pm: Yoga & A Vegan Lifestyle by Summer Phillips at Studio Earth

As I work with values such as acceptance and empowerment, I know all of us are on a journey. Yet I still struggle with what appears to be conflict in environments I move within, which is an eye-opening window to the world as a whole. When I meet yoga teachers and students who eat meat and consume dairy, for example, (thus contributing to suffering), I wonder what happens when the concept of ‘Ahimsa’ or ‘non-harm’ crops us, or what is envisaged when we talk about peace in a session.

I am not a traditional or purist yogi and have always jumped out of any box anyone has ever tried to put me in, yet I work with values, ideas, creations and truth and at the forefront: LOVE.

Please join me to explore why and how a compassionate vegan lifestyle will not just enhance your yoga practice but your whole life and the lives of others.

There will be some physicality to this session so please wear suitable clothing to move in. A mat may be useful but not essential. Numbers may need to be limited, thus pre-registration can be done by emailing summer@studioearth.co.uk or find Studio Earth on Facebook and message me there. Spaces on the door as available. Entrance to this workshop is free.

3pm: Yoga of the Heart – join us for some ‘Loving Kindness’ with Lemon Tree Yoga

A Hatha yoga session for the heart chakra to cultivate a nurturing of ourselves and all living beings.

Through a series of backbends, twists and chest opening postures, the physical heart becomes less constricted making it easier to send and receive love, compassion and kindness to everyone and everything.


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