About us

Kent Vegan Festival Aims and Values:

Kent Vegan Festival believes that there needs to be a pro-intersectional approach towards veganism and that this is, in fact, at the heart of the movement. Systems of oppression are interconnected not isolated. We believe that veganism can transform society by challenging and disrupting systems of oppression and reducing violence and injustice towards all living beings.

We do not support oppression, domination or discrimination of any type towards anyone. This includes racism, sexism, classism, ableism, biphobia, homophobia, transphobia, belief-based bigotry and speciesism.

In other words, together, we are aiming towards a ‘Justice for All’ approach, which involves working towards a movement that promotes all aspects of social, environmental and animal justice.

We aim to promote other justice movements such as the anti-slavery movement, anti-poverty and fairer trade. We seek to avoid companies that promote exploitation of human animals as well as non-human animals and we avoid companies and practices that exploit and harm Mother Earth.

Festival Criteria and Guidelines:

1/ Visitors:

The festival is aimed at people who are, or are thinking about becoming vegan, those already moving towards the lifestyle; or who are just interested in finding out more about what veganism really means.

Our approach is to be supportive, educational, encouraging and positive: we believe in non-violence to all living beings and in peaceful, friendly, non-discriminatory means of campaigning and communicating our message. We believe that this is the most effective way to teach people about all aspects of veganism and to increase the number of vegans in the world.

The festival will include engaging and interactive information and activities (including stalls, talks, workshops, films, music and a children’s area) and will be accessible for people of all backgrounds, abilities and ages.

2/ Stalls:

This is a 100% vegan festival. Please do not display, use or sell any animal products on your stall/workshop, including meat, fish, live animals, dairy products, eggs, honey, leather, wool or silk.

All marketing must be 100% vegan.

We also ask that all stallholders display a sign showing which of their products is fairly-traded (where appropriate – i.e. necessary if they are from regions of the world which are exploited by the rich countries), organic, uses locally-sourced ingredients and only contain palm oil from one of the Greenpeace-accredited producers (contact us for more details) as well as other global and social justice credentials.

We do not accept applications from businesses that promote the exploitation of animals or the use of animal products outside of Kent Vegan Festival.

We do not accept applications from pyramid-sales (or multi-level marketing) representatives.

3/ Stallholders and Contractors:

We ask that all our stallholders (as individuals) or workers/volunteers are vegan. This is so that clear messages about veganism are given out to visitors to the festival.

4/ Volunteers/Stewards:

We ask that all our volunteers and stewards are vegan themselves and that all talks/workshops are consistent with our aims and values as outlined above.

5/ Sponsors:

We only accept sponsorship from 100% vegan businesses.

By ‘100%’ we mean in terms of products and marketing within the business and preferably the individuals who own or work within the business.

6/ Speakers:

We ask that all our speakers and workshop facilitators are vegan themselves and that all talks/workshops are consistent with our aims and values as outlined above.

7/ Performers:

We ask that our performers are vegan.

Veganism:

Veganism is a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing, sport, entertainment or any other purpose.

Veganism is not only about diet; it embraces all aspects of life and promotes peace and non-violence towards all living beings.

Furthermore, veganism is an environmentally-friendly lifestyle. The way that we breed animals for food is a threat to the planet. It pollutes our environment while consuming huge amounts of water, grain, petroleum, pesticides and drugs.

Abbot’s Mill Project is the founding organisation of the Kent Vegan Festival

For more information about veganism see:

Animal Aid

The Vegan Society

Vegans local to Canterbury

Vegan Organic Network