One Love Veggie Foodival

Valentine's cupcake

Valentine's cupcakes

Calling all Cardiff veggies! Don’t miss out on Milgi Lounge’s One Love Veggie Foodival this week, which will be celebrating all things vegetarian, vegan and organic.

The shenanigans will be kicking off tonight with a Valentine’s Day French bistro (ohh la la!) followed by a 100% vegan and raw food evening tomorrow. Then on Thursday, we can look forward to a special “feast from the east” supper club, ahead of Friday’s spicy Reggaetarian Jamaican Thali.

And don’t forget to leave some room for Saturday’s seasonal pizzas and Sunday dinner, which will be accompanied by acoustic sessions in the yurt. We can’t wait!

Milgi Lounge is located on City Road in Cathays, Cardiff. For more information, visit the Milgi website.

Photo: smittenkitten

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Live music at Riverside Market

Riverside Market

Riverside Market

Thegreenveggie has always been a big fan of the Riverside Market and thought that enjoying some tasty food on the banks of the Taff already made for a pretty good Sunday morning. But things are about to get even better..!

Starting from this weekend, joining the abundance of stalls, will be Buskers’ Corner. Adding to the already buzzing atmosphere, Buskers’ Corner will give local musicians the chance show off their talent and entertain the crowds.

Gareth Simpson, Enterprise Development Manager for the Riverside Community Market Association, said: “Musicians, entertainers and choirs can have a free platform to perform  in exchange for entertaining the market crowd. I always want the markets to be an “event” and to help any local talent have a chance to perform.”

This weekend, Cardiff-based folk band Tylwyth Teg will be playing an acoustic set. The eight-piece band have an eclectic sound, with influences ranging from traditional Welsh folk songs to heavy metal!

We can’t wait to get our dancing shoes on…! Find out more.

Veggie fairs and festivals 2012

It’s shaping up to be a great year for veggie fairs and festivals. With exciting stalls, fantastic demonstrations and a whole range of freebies on offer, don’t miss out! Here’s thegreenveggie’s pick of the best…

February

Kicking off on February 4, we start with The Viva! Incredible Veggie Show in Cambridge. Whether you’re thinking of turning veggie or have been vegan your whole life, this show will have something for you. Be inspired by cookery demonstrations, sample some tasty morsels and discover a myriad of stalls. What’s more, it won’t cost you a penny.

Then prepare to get loved up in Croydon for the Veggie Valentine Fair on February 11. Offering a wide range of vegan and Fairtrade beauty, health and wellbeing gifts, this will be the perfect place to find a thoughtful gift for your valentine. Plus, all profits will go to Animal Aid and Macmillan Cancer Care.

March

Why not head to sunny Brighton in March for the two-day extravaganza that is Brighton VegFest. Taking place from March 17 – 18, this festival is a celebration of all things vegan. Stalls, campaign groups, info, demonstrations, performances, passion and positive energy – find it all here (with some freebies to boot!) We’re particularly intrigued by the Great Sausage Tasting Competition…

Food fair

Food fair

May

Make tracks to Lancaster for the West Lancashire Vegan Fair on May 12. The event promises to be bigger and better than ever, with plenty of stalls, talks, films, free samples and live music.

Then get ready for National Vegetarian Week – the biggest veggie event of the year. The event will kick off with Meat Free in Manchester and will run from May 21 – 27. National Vegetarian Week is the UK’s annual awareness-raising campaign, promoting yummy vegetarian cooking and the benefits of a meat-free lifestyle.

Vegetarian Week will reach Cardiff on May 21, with the Cardiff Vegetarian Festival. This festival is returning for its third year and promises an enticing line-up of caterers and entertainment. They’re recruiting volunteers now, so if you’re a musician or photographer, or just want to be part of things on the day, get in touch pronto.

And then, prepare for The Return of the VegFest, with Bristol VegFest, which runs from May 25 – 27. So for all those herbivores who missed out in Brighton, make a beeline for Bristol and get in on the action! We can’t wait for the Ready Steady Cook competition. That and the crazy golf…!

So that’s it for now, but events are being announced all the time, so watch this space!

If you’re holding a veggie event that you would like to see featured on the site, please email: thegreenveggie@gmail.com or tweet: @thegreenveggie.

video: viva! Incredible veggie roadshow, photo: Lee McCoy

Preview: Wasted Food

Four million people in the UK can’t afford a healthy diet, but supermarkets are throwing away huge amounts of food every day.

Waste

According to a report by the Sustainable Development Commission, supermarkets throw away 1.6 million tonnes of food every year, although campaigners believe the actual figure is nearer 2 million tonnes. The worst part is that much of this food is perfectly edible, but supermarkets don’t want to give it away because of liability concerns.

Environmental Impact

Food waste also has a significant impact on the environment. As the food rots, it produces greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide and methane. In fact, the UK’s total annual food waste is responsible for 20 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions.

Freegans and skip diving

I’ve been looking into food waste and some potential solutions. I’ll be looking at how much supermarkets in the area throw away, as well as meeting some freegans and skip divers in and around Cardiff. Look out for the blog post in the next couple of weeks.

With photos by: Mile End Residents, lauramtportugal, Dominic Alves, Gordon Joly, , Mark Loveridge, abrinsky, weegebored, Bahi P, mugley, Niecieden, alex_lee2001, United Nations Photo, Jay Gooby, leraism via Flickr.

Welcome to thegreenveggie

So, this is the first post on thegreenveggie. (Not theveggieblog, veggiegirl, vegout, or even veggiepanda – yes, apparently all those were already taken.) I feel I should say something profound. Inspiring. Insightful. But that would be asking an awful lot after a long, hard day, so instead I thought I’d start with a bit about the blog, where the idea came from and what I’ll be talking about.

Firstly, a bit about me. I turned veggie at the tender age of 13 after a traumatic incident at a French market finally persuaded me I wasn’t really a fan of killing and eating animals! I’d always questioned where meat came from, and was uneasy about the idea of rearing animals for food. Today, I’m veggie, not only due to animal rights issues, but also on environmental grounds.

I decided to start this blog because I love veggie cooking and am really interested in the environment, sustainable living and animal welfare. I know there are plenty of veggie blogs out there, but although I’ve been spoilt for choice when looking for recipe blogs, not many seem to address topical news and debate.

So if you’re looking for current veggie news and comment, as well as interviews, restaurant and product reviews and the odd recipe, you’re in the right place!

Veg out! Liz x