Cork Vegfest is a celebration of vegan food, vegan friendly businesses and vegan culture. Lifestyle talks, music, demo’s, cruelty free products, exhibitors, info stalls, non-profits, film & lots more! You don’t have to be vegan to enjoy Cork Vegfest; you can just hang out eating great food, try natural ethical products, learn about plant based health benefits or enjoy a talk among a super friendly gathering…
Are you curious about adopting a vegan diet, a vegan lifestyle?
Going vegan is something we can do to improve personal health, stop animal suffering and Climate Change. Making a positive difference. With vegan alternatives to every animal based foods, vegan clothes, cosmetics and household products we have the power to choose a kinder, more ethical lifestyle. Make sure to get along to our events; Cork Vegfest and Dublin Vegfest where you can meet many vegans, ask questions, get advice from experts in nutrition and vegan education, get inspired and of course enjoy a huge variety of vegan foods and products.
For more on veganism including helpful resources on being vegan in Ireland, shopping and a starter kit go to Vegan.ie.
|Art Of Zen Foods|
|Shine Mixes Ireland|
|My Goodness Food|
|Bend in the Barrow|
|College of Naturopathic Medicine|
|PAWS Animal Rescue|
|Clotilde's Fruit Compote Ltd|
|Bliss Bites Bakery|
|Lubdub Foods Limited|
|Fiona Oakes / Tower Hill Stables|
|Ailis Brosnan / Your Heathy Living Coach|
|Banana Melon Kitchen + Botanica + co|
|Vegan Information Project|
|Back into Daylight Animal Sanctuary|
|Cork Vegans and Veggies|
|Little green leaf|
|Helen Costelloes Healthy Choices|
|Roaring Water Sea Vegetable|
|Natasha's Living Food|
|The Green Kiwi Coffee|
|The Nut Case|
|Schull and Crossbones|
|The Cinnamon Fiend|
Saturday 12 May 2018 - 10am - 7pm
Terms & Conditions for Cork Vegfest are subject to change. Please check them regularly to take notice of any changes.
Vegan ultra-athlete and world record holder
Fiona Oakes has made a name for herself as an endurance runner apart from the rest. She is the fastest woman in the world to run a marathon on all seven continents and the North Pole in both cumulative and elapsed time. She has competed internationally in more than 50 marathons and set 4 marathon course records around the globe, including The Antarctic Ice Marathon. In 2015 Fiona ran 6 marathons in 6 days on 6 continents.
Fiona’s achievements are made even more astounding due to the fact she was told at age 14 that she would never walk properly, let alone ever run, after undergoing radical knee surgery to remove a massive tumor and her entire right kneecap. Fiona operates almost single handedly, an animal sanctuary, caring for nearly 400 formerly abused and neglected animals, all while training more than 100 miles a week in running.
Fiona won the Vegan Society’s (UK) Vegan Achievement in its Diamond Jubilee year, IFAW Animal Advocacy Award in 2012, was voted VegFest best Vegan Athlete in 2012 and best Vegan Celebrity in 2014 and was a nominee for the inspirational woman of the year award hosted by the Daily Mail in 2012. She has also given many radio and television interviews being featured on the BBC news. Fiona will be the subject of a new feature documentary Running For Good due for release in 2018 by Keegan Kuhn, the maker of Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret.
Your Healthy Living Coach
Dr. Ailis Brosnan is an advocate of plant based nutrient dense diets. Vegan for over 20 years Ailis is the director of ‘Your Healthy Living Coach’. She has a first class honours degree in ‘Exercise Science’ from DeMontfort University in the UK and a Master’s degree in ‘Health Promotion and Wellness Management’. Her third degree is a Professional Doctorate degree in Health Sciences (Psychology). Ailis has many other certifications including Lifestyle and Weight Management, Nutrition, Living Foods Instructor along with certifications in a range of holistic therapies. Her work experience spans over 20 years working in health and fitness in the UK, USA and Ireland. She is a member of national steering groups of a number of organisations involved in the promotion of physical activity.
The world's strongest vegan
Since going vegan more than five years ago Patrik Baboumian has become one of the most vocal advocates for a plant based nutrition in the athletic field. As a strength athlete he has gathered numerous titles and international records proving again and again that a balanced vegan diet is the best nutritional base for a healthy life and athletic performance. After 12 years competing as a meat eater, 6 years as a vegetarian and now over five years as a vegan, he states that he has never been stronger and felt better than after going vegan. Patrik has studied psychology and sociology and has his own media consulting firm wile he spends the bulk of his time traveling the world advocating animal rights and the vegan lifestyle.
In his talk Patrik Baboumian who is also known as the "world's strongest vegan" will give some insight into the experiences he has gathered in 23 years being an athlete and working with vegan, vegetarian and mixed diets always with maximal athletic performance in mind. He will also touch and dispel some of the most common myths regarding vegan nutrition and athletic performance.
Photo courtesy of Deftigman Obscura.
All About Vegan Food
Glauce Lucas became vegan in Brazil back in 1997. She knew how important her decision was for the animals. She couldn't imagine what it would mean to her life in the future. In 2012, her son Enrico was born. Glauce realised that although her decision to raise him vegan was very obvious, many families have doubts and questions about raising their children vegan. Glauce decided to create a Vegan Families page dedicated to parents raising vegan children on her website All About Vegan Food where she shares recipes, tips, advice and, most importantly giving support.
Glauce has spoken at several international vegan gatherings on the subject of raising a vegan family, has been featured in the Irish Independent in 2016 in an article about raising vegan children as well as on TV and radio in Ireland. In her talk “Raising Vegan Children: We're Doing It Right” Glauce will share her journey as a vegan parent; the challenges, joys and her wisdom at Cork VegFest 2018.
More info: allaboutveganfood.com
Photo: Caroline Quinn, Independent.ie
Cork Vegfest is delighted to welcome Vegan Mammy aka Ciara Norton who will be demonstrating some quick and easy recipes for the family at our show. Ciara will also be on hand to chat about vegan parenting. She shares her life as mother in beautiful pic’s each day on Instagram and through regular articles on the Vegan Mammy blog! Quick, nutritious and tasty recipes for kids, tips and inspiration are all presented in unassuming honest accounts of navigating the ups and downs of vegan parenting. Ciara’s documentation proves children can be vegan, healthy and happy. The Vegan Mammy blog was shortlisted in the Health & Lifestyle category in her.ie and listed in the 10 best vegan Instagram accounts of the world 2016 by metro.co.uk We are really glad Ciara will be sharing her story, recipe ideas and tips with us at our Cork show.
'My Goodness, It's Ferment to Be!'
Come celebrate all things sauer in this fermentation demo. Learn how to make a simple sauerkraut at home, and get your hands into a vegan version of the Korean classic kimchi. Sample some Cork rainwater kefir and raw vegan crackers made from fermented krauts. This demo will show how easy it is to make your own probiotic rich foods at home, and why it's so important to have fermented foods in our daily diet.
Virginia O'Gara is founder and co-owner of My Goodness. Her vegan culinary history began 20 years ago in Dallas, U.S with Food Not Bombs, an organization that uses 'waste' food as a tool for social change. Virginia has a particular interest in using fermentation as a method of promoting health, utilizing local goods, and decreasing food waste through sustainable preservation. Virginia is excited to present this workshop at Cork Vegfest which could change the way Irish folk feel about cabbage!
My Goodness creates a wide range of delicious raw living food products that are vegan, gluten and refined sugar free. These include probiotic rich Water Kefir made from fermented rainwater, Sauerkrauts, Sprouts, Raw Cakes, Salads, Fermented Salsas, Paté, Vinegars, and Vinaigrette.
Singer / Songwriter
Siân Brown is a singer/songwriter studying music in Cork city. She has, to date, released two solo albums and is currently writing a third. She is set to release an electro-punk album with her alternative band Lambdancer, which consists of her and her electro producer husband Darqhorse, by the end of the summer with a single release in the next few weeks. She is also studying for the Masters in Music Therapy in the University of Limerick. Siân has been vegan for four years and vegetarian for ten years before that and is very happy to be playing at Cork Vegfest. As well as creating music she has also produced a number of YouTube videos on being vegan and has completed a successful series of vegan food demonstrations in Natural Choice health shop in Cork city.
The Queen of Creole Soul
Ines 'Bwabwa Lika Wabap The Amazon' Khai. Her language is Creole despite living in exile, her skin vibrates to the Caribbean chords and her heart beats to the rhythm of the ka drums from Guadeloupe.
Ines managed to take her Creole all over France and further afield (Belgium, Netherlands, Italy, Senegal, Brazil ...). She discovered the Negro Spiritual in the choir Gospel Dream and with the contemporary gospel that we know better today as R&B. Her repertoire while absorbing influences of 'Nu Soul' was still sung in Creole. In Paris she met DJ Phonie and Exxos who introduced her to their 'Kako Mizik' a sub-genre of hip hop made in Guadeloupe, where ka drums are sampled to mingle with American classics. Her first album 'Bwabwa' (2008) was performed on many stages including The French Caribbean. Ines was nicknamed 'The Queen of Creole Soul'. She left an indelible mark on the Afro-Caribbean musical landscape and was invited to make guest appearances on albums by Dominik Coco and Damogueez.Ines
In the second disc, Nu Soul influences were less important and 'Ka' became the sole basis of rhythm in Ines Khai’s new music. The singer felt the call of the drum at the depths of her being, it seemed that the masters of gwoka music, the soul of Guadeloupe, contacted her and gave her a mission to allow the music to be discovered by a larger audience. A key influence of the traditional 'Léwoz' song appeared in her singing and choirs will just be cleaned. The traditional artists Konket Guy, Franck Nicolas, Jacques Schwarz-Bart and Fanswa Ladrezeau were listened to religiously and had a great influence on the material for the new album's composition. Just like the songs that will always remain in Creole, this is now the music that Ines Khai regards as more deeply rooted in the culture of her country.
Living in Cork for a few years, she worked with the promoter FeileAfrica and toured all over Ireland with the Band PITAK. Ines Khai's amazing vocal range was accompanied by a fabulous line-up of seasoned and diverse musicians; including one of Ireland's top bassists, Jerome Rimson (from Detroit), two Congolese musicians from Ireland's best traveled African Band (The Lace) Daniel Muyombo & Troca on electric guitar & Drum Kit respectively and Ireland's Patrick Naughton playing Djembe, percussion & shakers making up the quintet. It is testament to the quality of Ines performance that she has been able to gather such a high quality line-up as her backing band.
After leaving Cork, Ines continued working on new songs to create a new solo repertoire with only guitar and voice, singing a more intimist story about crossing oceans with beautiful creole words and melodies. Come join this journey!
Photo courtesy of Wallace Pixmaker.
Calm State represents a genre of world music - it's a project of Sebastian Kerrbay-Florek that over the years has developed and shaped into different ensembles of his musician friends who together record and perform his music. It's a mellow and playfully rhythmical collection of Seb's acoustic music. An enchanting combination of melody, lyricism and guitar chords' madness!
'... highly enjoyable ambient songs...' / Jason Coulter, PureM
Calm State is alive since the early 2000s and it has gone from being a band to a duet, to a solo act. In the mid 2015 Seb met up with Alex who is a very talented and diverse bass player and who soon became an integral part of the act. A few months later Hugo joined them on drums for a couple of shows and straight away completed a dynamic rhythm section making Calm State into a trio.
'Frolicsome' (released in Jun 2015) is the 3rd EP released in Ireland since 2011 and Calm State's music is becoming more 'calm' yet more intense and intimate. Calm State's previous release 'La Naturaleza' (Jan 2014) features 'Lullaby for the Dead' single which was shortlisted in the top 10 of the finals of the 10th International Acoustic Music Awards in the US.
Yogandha Yoga Class
Sinead Duffy is a wellbeing expert and founder of Yogandha Oils. She has taught yoga for 12 years and is a practicing aromatherapist. Sinead was making wellness oils for her students and they asked her to make a full range. She immersed herself in a three-year meditative journey with the richest most mindful herbs used in mind-body care for millennia. She emerged with a range of oils she called Yogandha (Gandha is sanskrit for fragrance for wellbeing). They nourish mind, body and spirit and are now in 13 countries in Europe.
Sinead now travels internationally teaching the link between fragrance and mind-body wellness and how scent can be used both for deep wellness and to easily bring mindfulness and contentment into the everyday. She is passionate about helping others to feel more well more of the time.
Learn about how to deepen your yoga with Gandha - fragrant yogic ritual for deeper mind-body wellness, followed by a gentle flow and deep relaxation infused with a full sensory relaxation.
*BYOM (*bring your own mat)
Addicted to dates
Christina began sharing recipes on Instagram towards in 2016. She quickly realised the potential for spreading the vegan message. The @addictedtodates community has grown to over 80,000 followers. Christina's vision is use 'addictedtodates' to connect vegan and non vegan communities through delicious, healthier, ethical recipes . Bringing veganism to the mainstream. In 2017 Christina started a recipe blog addictedtodates.com, a YouTube channel and released her first E-Book 'Unbaked'. In Christina’s demonstration she will show you how to create easy to make treats that are healthier than traditional versions and are of course vegan!
Healthy Living Coach
Dr. Brosnan is a vegan wellness expert who has over 25 years experience helping people create healthier lifestyles so they feel healthy, energised and engage more fully in life.
Ailis is a vegan for over 20 years and a passionate advocate of plant based nutrient dense diets. She has a first class honours degree in ‘Exercise Science’ from DeMontfort University in the UK and a Master’s degree in ‘Health Promotion and Wellness Management’ which included nutrition. Her third degree is a Professional Doctorate degree in Health Sciences (Psychology). Ailis has many other certifications including Lifestyle and Weight Management, Plant-based Nutrition, Living Foods Instructor along with certifications in a range of holistic therapies.
In her spare time she loves being active outdoors and setting challenges for herself. Last year she completed an Ironman Triathlon (3.8km swim, 180km bike and a marathon) and she is planning on completing an ultramarathon event later this year.
Meet Ailis at her talk on adopting a vegan diet and our Vegan Athletes & Health Panel.
Vegan ultra runner
Heather Gordon is a Vegan ultra runner. Last year Heather competed in the 4 Deserts Atacama (Chile) Crossing 2017. That was a 250km self-supported desert race. Runners must carry all their own equipment and food and are only provided with drinking water and a place in a tent each night to rest! Heather Finished 2nd in the U30 age category. This year Heather is training for Ultra Africa; a 220km self-supported endurance race in Mozambique. Meet Heather at our Vegan Athletes & Health Panel.
Photo credit: Instagram @the_plantpowered_adventure
I’m a little vegan
You may recognise Louise Kelly, I’m a little vegan, from her cooking slot on TV3 Ireland am. Louise runs the blog ‘I’m A little vegan and is a champion of local vegan food and producers. Her objective with I'm a little vegan is to spread vegan love through delicious eats. Whether they come from the I’m a little vegan kitchen or from a vegan friendly establishment around Ireland. I’m a little vegan’ regularly posts recipes and local vegan food finds on their Facebook and Instagram accounts. “Cooking has always been my safe space. Conjuring up vegan dishes for others to eat or recreate themselves at home is what I love I most and if those dishes open up dialogue on veganism all the better.” Louise will demonstrate a tasty dish and answer questions about preparing food.
Bodybuilder & Fitness Model
Jessica Gresty is a fitness coach, bodybuilder and fitness model. Jessica grew up in a very sporty family, competing in athletics until her late teens. She fell out of sport in college while studying business, going on to work in finance. Eventually finding her my way back to sport; bodybuilding! And has never looked back. “From a very young age I had a connection with animals taking in injured birds until they were healed and bringing home every stray animal I found. We ended up with 7 dogs! At the age of 6 I no longer wanted to eat animals. I loved them and couldn’t understand why we were eating them. In my late teens due to being misinformed, peer pressure and selfishness I was not a vegetarian for a few years. One of my life’s biggest regrets! Today, I am on a mission to show the world that being vegan is not a compromise! Its fulfilling, compassionate, healthier & will help save our planet.” Jessica often shares aspects of working out and a vegan diet through her Instagram.
Meet Jessica at our Vegan Athletes & Health Panel.
Vegan Athlete & Youtuber
Leonardo Venass is an intern doctor studying at the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland. He’s got a special interest in nutrition and lifestyle medicine and has followed a whole-foods plant based diet for 5 years.
You may recognise Leonardo from his YouTube Channel Leo Venus where he vlogs about life as a vegan following a 100% plant based diet, working out and following your dreams “ I do want to show people that’s it’s possible to be fit, healthy and happy...without contributing to animal suffering and the furthering of this unhealthy culture that is todays western diet.” Leonardo describes himself as an athlete in his free time! Meet Leo at our Vegan Athletes & Health Panel.
Acrobatic Fitness Coach
Michael Donohoe is a professional Acrobatic Fitness Coach from Dublin. He co-own’s Fierce Fitness with Terri Walsh, in Maynooth Co.Kildare. Michael has a number of local and international winning titles in Pole Sports\Dance and Fitness. Michael represented Ireland at the World Championships in China and Romania over the last 3 years. He spends most of his time teaching Circus Arts including Hand balance, Trapeze, Corde Lisse and Pole Acrobatics around the world and at his studio. Michael has worked within the fitness industry for 13 years and has a lot of knowledge and experience of fitness programmes and nutrition. Michael has been Vegan for 4 years and finds it brings health benefits to him in his field as an acrobat. “Veganism is a lifestyle for me and has really become a central part of my life. It really is not as difficult as it is made out to be. Anyone can do it”. Meet Michael at our Vegan Athletes & Health Panel.