Application Form 2018

Thank you for your interest in being involved with the Kent Vegan Festival 2018. We have a new, bigger venue this year, which we are very excited about!   The Canterbury College venue is big, modern, light and airy. There is a lovely grassed courtyard area for music, the children’s area and outside caterers; a seating area for festival visitors to eat any food they buy; a coffee bar providing quality coffee and twisted lattes with a choice of plant milks; a separate speakers’ hall and film room.  There is also parking on site for stallholders, and limited parking for visitors.

PLEASE NOTE – unfortunately we do not accept applications from  multi-level marketing businesses.

Charges for stallholders, per table space (8ft x 8ft):
  • £30 for local, not-for-private profit organisations (must be a registered charity, CIC or CIO).
  • £60 for small, independent, for-profit businesses.
  • £90 for national not-for-private profit organisations (must be a registered charity, CIC or CIO).
  • £150 for profit-making national organisations/chains.

Everything you wish to bring must fit into this area (including room at the side to get in and out) and there will be plenty of space behind your table.  Please note that we have limited tables available and these will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis, so be prepared to bring your own!

There is also outside catering space available, 3m x 3m:

  • £180/pitch (no diesel or petrol generators allowed)

Once your application has been approved, we will contact you with payment details.

Payments will need to be made by the 28th of February 2018.  After that date, we will be operating a waiting list and any stalls approved but not paid for will be opened to others again.

Set up on the day:

Set up will be from 7.30am. Stalls must be open by 10am. The Festival will close at 5pm.  More set up information will be provided nearer the event.

Please also let us know if you would like information about our sponsorship packages.

Guidelines and Criteria for Stallholders 2018

Kent Vegan Festival Aims:

The aim of the Kent Vegan Festival is to raise awareness about veganism as a compassionate, holistic, healthy and intrinsically non-violent way of life. The event will be inclusive and welcoming, with the aim of encouraging all people in their vegan journey.

For more information about the definition of veganism please visit The Abbots Mill Project vegan page or email us.

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 nonhuman animals and we avoid companies and practices that exploit and harm Mother Earth.

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 on the day.

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 do not contain palm oil plus other global and social justice credentials.

Each application will be decided on an individual basis.

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/ Carrier Bags and Plastic Waste:

We have a strict no plastic carrier bag policy.  Please minimise your use of any plastic/non-biodegradable packaging and do not sell or give away plastic carrier bags. If we have to remove a lot of landfill waste and plastic from your stall at the end of the festival we may charge you extra to cover our costs.

5/ Palm Oil: 

We will only accept products containing organic and RSPO-certified sustainable palm oil.

Environmentalists do not recommend boycotting of palm oil completely because it is an incredibly high-yielding vegetable oil, which means that anything replacing it will have to use more land, which does not solve the issue of deforestation and associated land use change.

We recommend that you read, at least, the following for more information about palm oil:

Ethical Consumer Palm Oil-free List and Ethical Palm Oil.

Greenpeace Palm Oil Producers’ Scorecard.

World Wildlife Fund Information on Palm Oil.

SPOTT (Sustainability Policy Transparency Toolkit) Information for retailers.

Please contact us for more information about our stance on palm oil.

We are keen to keep this discussion open and current, so any other information you have about palm oil and sustainable alternatives please do get in touch or start a discussion on our Facebook page.

Thank you 🙂

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