Animal Aid : 30 years of campaigning for cruelty-free living

Special events

Want to organise an event in your area? Contact Fiona

‘I can’t believe it’s vegan’ nights

In association with several of the best vegetarian-friendly restaurants in the country, we are planning a series of ‘I Can’t Believe it’s Vegan’ restaurant evenings throughout the year. The promotion of an animal-free diet has always been at the forefront of Animal Aid’s agenda and these events are an opportunity to celebrate the massive increase in availability of good vegetarian food. Thirty years ago, vegetarians – let alone vegans – were hardly catered for by most retail outlets. The best they could hope for was an omelette and unimaginative salad. Nowadays, there is a wonderful range of food, drawing on culinary traditions from around the world.

As well as offering supporters the chance to celebrate our anniversary while enjoying a great night out,‘I Can’t Believe It’s Vegan’events will be open to the ‘ordinary’ public, thereby helping to promote more widely the message that vegan food is delicious, varied and healthy. The restaurants involved so far are proving the point by choosing food themes from around the world, ranging from Middle Eastern to Japanese and French. Almost all will be making a donation to Animal Aid from the evening’s profits.

The programme starts at the Pogo Café in East London in March and continues with two April evenings of fantastic Middle Eastern food at the Riverbank Hotel in Tiverton, Devon. We’ll be adding to the list of events throughout the year and keeping you updated via our website and future editions of Outrage.

If there is nothing listed in your area, why not approach your favourite restaurant and ask them to organise a vegan evening? Contact Fiona at the Animal Aid office for more details. Alternatively, you could put on your own ‘I Can’t Believe It’s Vegan’ dinner or buffet party. It’s a great way to spread the message - and be part of our anniversary celebrations.

Unless stated otherwise, price and food theme are still to be confirmed. Please note that bookings should be made in advance via the contact number printed below and NOT through Animal Aid.




Monday 19 March Pogo Café, Hackney, East London(Event in association with London Vegans. Bookings via Brian Jacobs (Tel: 020 8446 3480 by March 9)
Friday 21/ Saturday 22 April Riverbank Hotel, Tiverton, Devon.Two evenings of delicious Middle-Eastern food. Price £13. Also special dishes on lunch menu 17-22 April inclusive. Contact: 01884 254911
Saturday 28 April. Woodruffe’s Café, Stroud (Glos)Three-course meal featuring delicious ethnic vegan dishes from around the world. Bring your own alcohol (£2 corkage charge). Woodruffe’s hope to organise music, too. Cost £24.95. Tel: 01453 759195
Tuesday 5 JuneHerbies Restaurant, Exeter.Gourmet vegan evening at Exeter’s favourite veggie venue. Tel: 01392 258473
Tuesday 5 JuneHitchcock’s Restaurant, HullCypriot evening. Three course vegan extravaganza, plus coffee. £15. Bookings: Tel 01482 320233
Saturday 16 JuneThe Garrett Café, Brixham.French vegan cooking. Mais oui! Bookings: 01803 882610
Sunday 17 June Phoenix Arts Cinema: Go Cruelty Free Week, Phoenix Arts Cinema, Newarke Street, Leicester, Leicestershire Showing Fast Food Nation on 13 June, 14 June and 15 June. The Witness along with Jill's Film will be shown on Sunday 17 June. There will also be talks on vegetarianism and live exports, with a vegan menu in the cafe and information stalls available. Films will cost £5.20, or £4.30 concessions.
Tuesday 3 JulyGovindas Vegetarian Restaurant, Swansea.Three-course vegan meal combining the best of Eastern and Western cuisine. £12.50. Bookings: 01792 468469
Wednesday 25 July, 6pm - 10pm Southampton Mini Chocfest, The Soul Cellar, 78 West Marlands Rd, Southampton, SO14 7FW An evening of FREE food sampling with a difference: all the cakes, chocolate, icecream and other goodies will be 100% vegan, and as organic and fair trade aspossible.

FREE Chocolate fountain

Live music with Duckfeet and entertainment by The Hubbub.

Entry is free - but any donations go to charity.

For more details contact: Solent Vegetarians and Vegans email:
Saturday 4 August The Old Police Station, Liverpool Free Vegan Food Fair. Sample vegan food for FREE. All Welcome. Come along and find out how tasty, varied and nutritious vegan food is, whilst finding out more information about a cruelty-free diet.
Sunday 9 September Susie’s Wholefood Diner, EdinburghVegan celebration featuring dishes from around the world. Details tbc. Tel: 0131 667 8729
Wednesday 19 September Dandelion and Burdock. 16 Town Hall Street, Sowerby Bridge. W Yorkshire Delicious five course tasting menu for £16.00. Tel: 01422 316 000
Thursday 27 SeptemberPlymouth Arts Centre RestaurantDetails still to be confirmed at this long-established vegetarian restaurant, situated close to the historic Barbican. Tel: 01752 202616
Friday 5 OctoberWessex Tales, Boscombe, BournemouthMenu of Japanese vegan food at one of the country’s exclusively vegan restaurants. Three courses plus one non-alcoholic drink. £18. Tel: 01202 309869
Saturday 20 OctoberEighth Day Café, ManchesterVegan oriental buffet evening for our friends in the north. Tel: 0161 273 1850
Saturday 29 September Compassionate Living Fair, The Friends Meeting House, Hill Street, Coventry, CV1 4AN A fair for everyone!Including: information stalls, free food samples, veggie cafe, cookery demos, free nutritional advice, animal-friendly, organic and fairtrade goods for sale, childrens area and much more. FREE admission
Thursday 1 NovemberThe Warehouse Café, Digbeth, Birmingham.Celebrate Animal Aid’s anniversary and World Vegan Day in style. Details tbc. Tel: 0121 633 0261

Christmas Without Cruelty

As always, the year will end with our cruelty-free event of the year – the Christmas Without Cruelty Fayre at Kensington Town Hall. This year we are planning to make this much-loved event bigger and better than ever. We hope to include a fuller version of the online photographic display marking Animal Aid’s 30-year history and other special features - as well as all the usual elements that have proved so popular over the years. The date is Sunday 2 December.

We will also be organising our first South-West Christmas Without Cruelty Fayre in 2007, to be held in Exeter on Saturday 8 December. Although this will be a smaller event than our London extravaganza, it will follow a similar format, offering good food, lectures and a fantastic opportunity to support good causes and purchase cruelty-free seasonal gifts from a wide range of ethical organisations.

Sunday 2 December - Christmas Without Cruelty Fayre, Kensington Town Hall, London W8

Saturday 8 December – South-West Christmas Without Cruelty Fayre, St Georges Hall, Exeter