Winners of this year’s VegfestUK awards have just been announced at one of Europe’s prime vegan lifestyle shows at Olympia West on Saturday September 27th. Starting life back in 2007, the VegfestUK 2014 awards consist of 14 different categories with 10 nominees for each category. The awards celebrate the very best of the vegan lifestyle, from food, bodycare, publications, to celebrities, accommodation and bloggers.
Thanks to active promotion from all nominees and participants, this year’s awards have attracted over 12,000 people cast their votes, along with and tens of thousands of Facebook posts and Tweets, showing the huge level of interest currently in all things vegan.
The 14 different awards were presented by comedian Andrew O’Neill during a glittering ceremony at VegfestUK London, which is one of Europe’s most popular vegan event with amazing vegan products aplenty and is expected to attract altogether 10,000 visitors over the weekend.
Below is a short summary of this year’s award winners:
BEST VEGAN SHOP – UTOP-ISH
Opened in 2013 in Liverpool, this organic wholefood shop has Whole foods, health foods, organic fruit and veg, supplements, sweets, treats and more! 100% vegan!
BEST VEGAN BODYCARE – LUSH COSMETICS
Almost needing no introduction, Lush make cosmetic products from fresh organic fruit and vegetables, the finest essential oils and safe synthetics. All ingredients 100% vegan and free from animal testing.
BEST VEGAN FASHION AND FOOTWEAR – VEGETARIAN SHOES
Animal Friendly footwear made in England and Europe using high tech breathable micro-fibre – so much better than leather!!
BEST VEGAN SNACK BARS AND CHOCOLATES – MOO FREE CHOCOLATES
World leading manufacturer of delicious dairy free, gluten free, vegan & organic chocolates that taste like milk chocolate!
BEST VEGAN CAKES, SWEETS AND DESSERTS – MS CUPCAKE
Based in Brixton in London, Ms Cupcake provides decadent cupcakes and baked goods to those who love a little indulgence in life. Shhhhh… they’re vegan too!
BEST VEGAN DRINKS – EQUINOX KOMBUCHA
Equinox Kombucha aspires for more than only creating an amazingly healthy Raw and Organic tasty drink. They also want EVERYONE to awaken to the endless benefits of drinking Kombucha Tea regularly.
BEST VEGAN MEAT – FRY’S TRADITIONAL BURGER
Fry’s Traditional Burger patties are chunky and delicious with an authentic flavour, texture and chargrilled pattern.
BEST PUBLICATION – VEGAN LIFE MAGAZINE
The UK’s first ever high-street magazine dedicated to vegan lifestyles, Vegan Life magazine encourages the adoption of a plant-based diet by ‘Bringing Vegan into Vogue’.
BEST COCONUT PRODUCT – BOOJA BOOJA HULLABALOO ICE CREAM
Booja Booja’s amazing, gluten free, Alternative to Dairy Ice Cream is made using a unique process which combines cashews, agave syrup, and pure water from reverse osmosis. Much more delicious than dairy ice-cream!
BEST VEGGIE ACCOMMODATION – LANCRIGG
3 Star Vegetarian Country House Hotel in the tranquil Easedale Valley – only half a mile from Grasmere, right in the middle of the English Lake District.
BEST CATERERS SERVING VEGAN FOOD – VEGGIES
Vegan campaigning group based in Nottingham that has been running for thirty years. The aim has always been to promote ethical alternatives to mainstream fast food and encourage people to adopt a compassionate lifestyle.
BEST VEGAN CELEBRITY – FIONA OAKES
Queen of the Extreme – Vegan Marathon Runner – Three World Records, Patron of the Captive Animal Protection Society, Honorary Patron of the Vegan Society. Combining marathon running with running her own Tower Hill Stables Animal Sanctuary and being a firefighter. Legend.
BEST VEGAN RESTAURANT – MONO CAFE
An exciting bar, restaurant and music venue proudly serving drinks and home cooked dishes, all free of meat, fish and dairy products. Renowned for it’s relaxing atmosphere and much loved inbuilt record store, Monorail Music.
BEST VEGAN BLOGGER – TEENVGN
Set-up as a place for young vegetarians and vegans to speak their minds and interact with like-minded compassionate people. Encouraging teens to be proud to be vegetarian or vegan and to spread the word about a compassionate lifestyle for the animals, environment and our future generations.