The VegfestUK awards began life back in 2007, with the aim of raising the profile of vegan products, organisations and individuals, and hence making the vegan lifestyle more accessible to the public. As such lifestyle has become ever popular with the increasingly health- and environment-conscious UK population, so have the number of nominees, categories and votes for the awards. There were altogether 15 categories with 10 nominees and on average 4,000 votes each for this year’s awards, and the winners were:
Best Place to Eat – Mono Cafe Bar (Glasgow), an exciting bar, restaurant and music venue proudly serving drinks and home cooked dishes, all free of meat, fish and dairy products. http://www.monocafebar.com
Best Beauty Product – Fresh Therapies Nail Varnish remover, the UK’s first natural nail polish remover (no chemicals added) which is much healthier for our nails, more gentle and has a nice hint of lime to its aroma. http://www.freshtherapies.com
Best Veggie Meat Product – Fry’s Pepper Steak Pie. Fry’s is an ethically minded, vegan business run by father and daughter team, Patrick and Lisa Drummy. Their steak pie is the stuff of legends for those craving a hearty meat-free meal. http://www.frysvegetarian.co.uk
Best Dairy Free Product – Booja Booja Stuff in a Tub. Booja Booja’s gloriously tasty, organic and dairy-free ice cream has its own unique production method, developed and refined over many years to ensure the perfect tastes and textures for our enjoyment. http://www.boojabooja.com
Best Raw Product – Nakd Snack Bar. Almost requiring no introduction nowadays, Nakd bars tick all the boxes for busy, healthy individuals – tasty, healthy, functional, simple, natural, high-raw. http://www.naturalbalancefoods.co.uk
Best Sweets and Cakes – Moo Free Dairy Free chocolate easter egg. Made from Moo Free’s award-winning organic rice milk chocolate, each organic and dairy free Easter egg is packed into cute and unique Easter egg boxes featuring Mikey Bunny. http://www.moofreechocolates.com
Best Publication – Vegetarian Living, a magazine for people who want to be inspired by a vegetarian lifestyle, whether you are vegetarian, vegan or simply want to cut down your meat intake and eat more healthily. http://www.vegetarianliving.co.uk
Best Blogger of the Year – Fat Gay Vegan, who’s always working hard to bring us the latest cruelty-free news, products and restaurant reviews from across the UK. If you can eat it or drink it and nobody was harmed creating it, FGV will consume it and write about it. http://fatgayvegan.com
Best Clothes and Fashion – Vegetarian Shoes. Their animal-friendly footwear is made in England and Europe using high-tech breathable micro-fibre – so much better than leather! http://www.vegetarian-shoes.co.uk
Best Caterer – Veg Out Sussex. A member of The Vegetarian Society’s Food and Drink Guild, Veg Out has a huge range of services that suit many vegetarian or vegan catering requirements. http://www.veg-out-sussex.com
Best Celebrity – Russell Brand. Hailed as the new vegan messiah, Russell has been veggie from his early teens, and tweeted about going vegan online to his 5 million followers after watching the film ‘Forks over Knives’. http://www.russellbrand.tv
Best City to Live in for Veggies and Vegans – London. The nation’s capital boasts a large variety of vegan bakery stores, restaurants, cafes, meet-up groups, societies, etc. and is truly the place to be for vegans.
Best Campaign Group – Sea Shepherd, a marine conservation charity whose mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species. http://www.seashepherd.org
Best Individual Achievement of the Decade – Sir Paul McCartney. This iconic giant in music has been pioneering his Meat Free Monday concept on Monday 15th June 2009 with his daughters Mary and Stella, which encourages people to help slow climate change by having one meat free day a week. http://www.paulmccartney.com
Most Influential Food Scandal – Horseburgers 2013, the scandal which rocked Europe for months, and led to many souls ditching their burgers and beef lasagne overnight and contemplating going veggie.