VON at the West Midlands Vegan Festival in Wolverhampton, 27th October 2012 11am-6pm & Afterparty
· Save Animals
· Save the Planet
· Save Yourself
VON volunteers: Izaak, Simon, Nick, Nicki and Dan
We arrived about an hour before the event started to set up our stall, when we arrived at least fifty people were queuing to get in and by the start the queue had grown to at least 200.
The venue filled quickly, this was not a problem as the Civic Hall had three floors with activities going on throughout the day.
We were on the ground floor with all the other stalls and stands; consisting of animal rights campaigns, food companies giving away freebees and stands selling clothes, jewellery and cosmetics.
In the basement, there was a dedicated kid’s space, an entertainment stage and various cafes selling vegan food with plenty of room to sit down, relax and enjoy the entertainment while eating.
Workshops and talks were held on the first floor in a number of rooms. Nick and Nicki gave a talk on the vegan project they are involved with in India: The Sadhana Reforestation Project. Sadhana Forest started its ecological revival and sustainable living work on December 19th 2003; volunteers are welcome on the project for more information visit: sadhanaforest.org
Our stall attracted a lot of interest, new members and a number of current members came by and to say hello.
Izaak showed great salesmanship, at the tail end of the event he took the VON DVDs and magazines round and I think he managed to sell at least one to each person left. Also he won the rowing and push up competition for his age group (10 year olds).
The night was young and we were hungry after loading the van, so we went on to the after party at a venue round the corner. The venue had a full vegan menu and entertainment; we enjoyed our meals while being entertained by various musicians including Gareth Evans from the VON garden party, who rocked.
Thank you to the West Midlands Vegan crew for putting on a great event!