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Let's Cook Vegan - Winter Warmer

Saturday, 11th February 2017

End DateSaturday, 11th February, 2017

The event is open to all but may be of special interest to those who want to know more about a plant based diet or are just setting out to go vegan and are looking for a little guidance.

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Following on from a very successful first 'Let's Cook Vegan' event in October we are pleased to offer a second opportunity to cook your own supper!

Once again the event is open to all but may be of special interest to those who want to know more about a plant based diet or are just setting out to go vegan and are looking for a little guidance.

Richard Barnett and Juliet Lynn, who are experienced vegan cooks, will lead you through the preparation of a full three course vegan meal, answering questions, offering information and sharing the odd tip along the way. Then we will all settle down to enjoy the fruits (and veg and pulses etc!) of our labours. A major (though not exclusive) theme for the menu will be seasonality and preserving with dishes providing warmth and comfort against the chill of winter.....

It's a hands on event.....the prep and cooking will be shared by everyone and we hope this will make for a really enjoyable and social occasion.

You're welcome to bring a bottle of your favourite tipple if you wish....we'll provide water if you don't want to.

There is a maximum of 15 places so early booking is advisable.

The cost is £22 per person to include all ingredients.

Parking available on our yard.

NFV 4 Year Anniversary Pot Luck

Sunday, 22nd January 2017

End DateSunday, 22nd January, 2017

Join us for an informal celebration of our 4th Anniversary

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One of our original members, Richard Barnett, and his wife Sandra are generously opening their lovely home to New Forest Vegans to enable us to celebrate the 4 year anniversary since the group was formed. Richard says...

"When the New Forest Vegans group was created in 2013 we invited everyone round to a pot luck lunch at our house. It was great getting to know new people and realise that that we were part of a much bigger movement than we had imagined.

Four years on we'd like to do it again! So why not come along, bring your favourite party food/drink and let's celebrate the group's anniversary together.

Lots of things have changed since that first event especially the number of people in the group! So to make sure we can accommodate everyone please let us know if you are definitely coming. Please email rbarnett at (use the @ symbol of course....just trying to fool the bots!!)

Hope to see you......."

Please email Richard your intention to come along to rbarnett at

Bournemouth Vegan Fair

Saturday, 25th June 2016

End DateSunday, 26th June, 2016

Two days of vegan indulgence, inspiration and information!

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The Bournemouth Vegan Fair 2016 will be Dorset's biggest ever vegan event!

Come and indulge in vegan goodies from over 90 fantastic stalls, inspire yourself with talks, workshops and demos and pick up information on living a more compassionate plant-based lifestyle.

Omnivore, vegetarian or vegan, it'll be a brilliant day out for all the family and a chance to find out why so many people are turning to a vegan lifestyle as an easy, delicious and nutritious way to live. And did we mention it's fantastic for planet too?

​All advance ticket holders will be entered into a competition to win a Dorset Vegan hamper worth at least £50 RRP. We'll be giving away two - one on each day. Ticket holders will also receive a free programme and entry to all talks and workshops.

We'll also have goody bags for the first 75 ticket holders through the door on each day!

Children aged 14 and under get in for free and don't need a ticket.

Advance tickets can be ordered here:

Radical Roots Café at Vibrant Forest Brewery Summer Beer Festival 2016

Saturday, 25th June 2016

End DateSaturday, 25th June, 2016

22 unfined Vegan Beers plus vegan food from Radical Roots Café

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The Summer 2016 Beer Festival from local brewery Vibrant Forest ( is to be the launch event for start-up vegan catering company Radical Roots Café ( Vibrant Forest is a local, independently owned brewery that produces an amazing range of unfined and (almost entirely) vegan beers. All 22 beers at the festival will be vegan and Radical Roots will be providing the vegan options which are guaranteed to appeal to omnivores as well as vegans!

Mix and Match from the following:-

Option 1:
Spicy Jambalaya

Option 2:
Pastry crust pie with BBQ filling

Side Dishes:
Refried Beans
Cajun Slaw
Sweet Potato Fries

Sauces / Condiments:
Cajun Butter Sauce
Cooling Sauce (yoghurt, mint, mayo)
Lime juice, coriander, mint and parsley

Musical entertainment provided by Sound As Funk:

Tickets are just £5 in advance and are available from the brewery - more info here:

Tickets must be purchased in advance.

New Forest Vegans Summer Pot Luck

Sunday, 5th June 2016

End DateSunday, 5th June, 2016

Relaxed and informal event to show off your vegan cooking (or shopping!) skills!

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Our lovely Ali Alp has offered to open the doors to her New Forest Small School so that we can all come together for a Pot Luck event!

It's been a while since we had a Pot Luck - so bring along some food to eat and food to share and let's all show off our vegan cooking skills (or shopping skills if you prefer!).

The New Forest Small School is on the outskirts of Lyndhurst on the way to Ashurst and is surrounded by woodland, so if it's a fine day the children (and adults) can enjoy a run around outside in a safe environment - or a relaxing sit in the sun! And if it's wet or cold we can stay indoors.

Please do come along to this friendly, relaxed event. It'll be lovely to see familiar faces and to meet new members too.

The school has it's own car park.

New Forest Vegan Fair 2016

Saturday, 30th April 2016

End DateSaturday, 30th April, 2016

40 stalls packed with vegan goodies and our very own pop-up vegan cafe!

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Dorset Vegan and New Forest Vegans are so excited to bring the very first vegan fair to the New Forest!

We'll have 40 stalls packed with vegan goodies together with our very own pop-up vegan cafe with masses of delicious food. There'll also be plenty of information available too, so if you ever wondered what vegans really eat, (it's not just lettuce, we promise) come along and find out. Everyone is welcome!

Entry will be payable on the door and costs £3 per person. Children aged under 14 are welcome to come in for free as long as they're accompanied by an adult.

Please note animals will not be allowed in unless they are a registered assistance dog.

The gorgeous photo we've used is called 'Horses in the New Forest' and was taken by DavidGSteadman. It's used under the Creative Commons Licence.

Lyndhurst Community Centre has a large car park.

"I Can't Believe it's Vegan!" Live cookery theatre demo at Milford on Sea Food Week

Friday, 1st April 2016

End DateFriday, 1st April, 2016

Learn how to create jaw-droppingly delicious and healthier versions of the everyday foods we all love – and all 100% animal-free!

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Award winning author and vegan chef, Tony Bishop-Weston ( and New Forest Vegans are collaborating to host a two hour live cookery demonstration in the professional Milford-on-Sea Food Week Cookery Theatre! This is a fantastic set-up, complete with cameras, video screens and microphone headsets to ensure that everyone in audience can see and hear clearly what is taking place on the cooking stage.

Tony will be preparing a good range of dishes, demonstrating how everyday favourites can easily be made as tasty (if not tastier) by using the healthier option of plant ingredients to replace the traditional animal derived products.

Twice winner of The Vegetarian and Vegan Society Catering Awards, Tony is the author of a number of plant based cookbooks, a radio and cookery presenter, product developer and has worked for UK Vegetarian and Vegan Society.

Ethical Film Club Presents: Forks Over Knives at Milford Food Week

Thursday, 31st March 2016

End DateThursday, 31st March, 2016

A compelling documentary that examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting animal-based and processed foods.

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This film is being screened as part of the Milford-on-Sea Food Week.

Two out of every three of us are overweight. Cases of diabetes are exploding, especially amongst our younger population. About half of us are taking at least one prescription drug. Major medical operations have become routine, helping to drive health care costs to astronomical levels. Heart disease, cancer and stroke are the country’s three leading causes of death, even though billions are spent each year to “battle” these very conditions. Millions suffer from a host of other degenerative diseases.

Could it be there’s a single solution to all of these problems? A solution so comprehensive, but so straightforward, that it’s mind-boggling that more of us haven’t taken it seriously?

Forks Over Knives examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods. The major storyline in the film traces the personal journeys of a pair of pioneering yet under-appreciated researchers, Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn.

Dr. Campbell, a nutritional scientist at Cornell University, was concerned in the late 1960’s with producing “high quality” animal protein to bring to the poor and malnourished areas of the third world. While in the Philippines, he made a life-changing discovery: the country’s wealthier children, who were consuming relatively high amounts of animal-based foods, were much more likely to get liver cancer. Dr. Esselstyn, a top surgeon and head of the Breast Cancer Task Force at the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic, found that many of the diseases he routinely treated were virtually unknown in parts of the world where animal-based foods were rarely consumed.

These discoveries inspired Campbell and Esselstyn, who didn’t know each other yet, to conduct several groundbreaking studies. One of them took place in China and is still among the most comprehensive health-related investigations ever undertaken. Their research led them to a startling conclusion: degenerative diseases like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and even several forms of cancer, could almost always be prevented—and in many cases reversed—by adopting a whole-foods, plant-based diet. Despite the profound implications of their findings, their work has remained relatively unknown to the public.

The filmmakers travel with Drs. Campbell and Esselstyn on their separate but similar paths, from their childhood farms where they both produced “nature’s perfect food”; to China and Cleveland, where they explored ideas that challenged the established thinking and shook their own core beliefs.

The idea of food as medicine is put to the test. Throughout the film, cameras follow “reality patients” who have chronic conditions from heart disease to diabetes. Doctors teach these patients how to adopt a whole-food, plant-based diet as the primary approach to treat their ailments—while the challenges and triumphs of their journeys are revealed.

Vegetarian Feast Lunch (Vegan) at Milford on Sea Food Week

Wednesday, 30th March 2016

End DateWednesday, 30th March, 2016

Come and enjoy 'delicious and nutritious' food prepared by vegan chefs Tony & Yvonne Bishop-Weston

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Tony is an award winning chef and author of a range of plant-based cookery books. Yvonne is a renowned Harley Street/Beaulieu Nutritionist and will answer health questions.

Tony and Yvonne’s menu will demonstrate how to make tasty food, that is bursting with vital nutrients to help your body get all it needs for optimal health.

Tickets must be booked in advance - click on "Go to Event Website" below to book, or copy and paste this link in your brower:

Café/Bar open for drinks. | *Tony’s cookery books will also be available.

Tickets: £10 | Child: £5 (Must be accompanied by an adult) - Advance Tickets also available from the Community Centre Box Office.

*Please Note: Seating is on a first come, first served basis.

Sunday Roast at the Queen's Head, Burley

Sunday, 7th February 2016

End DateSunday, 7th February, 2016

Join us for a full Sunday Roast dinner!

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The Queen's Head in Burley has recently updated the vegan menu and we are getting amazing feedback from New Forest Vegans who have visited there recently. We are so excited by this that we have decided to hold our next meet up there.

For this occasion we will be having a Sunday Roast with a choice of either nut roast or sweet potato, sage & onion tart. The lunch will include traditional veg and, wait for it, VEGAN YORKSHIRE PUDDINGS!

PLEASE NOTE: Although the Queen's Head has an excellent vegan menu with plenty of options, on this occasion we will all be having the roast to keep things simple. Child portions will be available and for children who don't like the roast there will be a pasta option (please let us know in advance). Please arrive on time so that we can all order our meals together. There is no need to pay a deposit but it is vital that we have a good idea of numbers so please make sure that you email us to say you are going in plenty of time for the event so that we can pass this info on to the pub.

We hope lots of you can join us!

The pub has it's own car park.

Ethical Film Club Presents: PLANTPURE NATION plus Expert Speakers

Saturday, 23rd January 2016

End DateSaturday, 23rd January, 2016

Compelling documentary about the indisputable benefits of a wholefoods vegan diet

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This compelling film tells the story of three people on a mission to spread the truth of one of the most important health breakthroughs of all time. Their case is backed up by decades of scientific research and the most comprehensive study of nutrition ever conducted.

The film cuts through the current haze of misinformation about our health and diet and delivers an insightful message about how we can avoid, even reverse, degenerative illness such as heart disease, obesity, cancer and the effects of ageing.

In their efforts to conduct a ground-breaking pilot study that would document the health benefits of a wholefoods plant-based diet, renowned nutritional scientist T Colin Campbell, his son, Nelson, and State Representative Tom Riner must battle face-to-face with the corporate lobbies that have perpetuated the cover-up of this scientific data in order to support the financial interests of the dairy, meat and egg industries.

Undeterred and determined, Nelson begins his own pilot project and demonstrates the dramatic improvement to health it is possible to achieve in just 10 days. Participants achieve astounding results including huge drops in cholesterol, blood sugar and body weight with a significant number reducing or eliminating their dependence on the pharmaceutical drugs they were convinced they couldn’t live without.

This film is part of a grass-roots movement that is inspiring people globally to make healthier, scientifically based decisions about how they fuel their bodies. The film-makers provide a wealth of follow-up resources and a global support network for those that wish to become part of this positive, life-changing movement.

The film will be followed by audience discussion and Q&A with New Forest based author and nutritionist Yvonne Bishop-Weston and her husband Tony, author, food-writer and experienced plant-based chef – see their website and

Tickets will be available on the door:

Paid-up Members – £5
Non-members – £8 (option to join at the door)

Find out more about membership of the

Plenty of parking at the Hall.

Sunday Roast at the Thomas Tripp, Lymington

Sunday, 6th December 2015

End DateSunday, 6th December, 2015

Join us for a full Sunday Roast dinner!

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We have chosen The Thomas Tripp in Lymington (owned and run by vegetarian John) for our December Meet-up. We will be treated to a full Sunday Roast dinner including a range of vegetables and a cashew and mushroom rissole. For those who don't want the roast, the TT menu has a good range of vegan sides and a fantastic veggie burger.

The Thomas Tripp is a really great traditional and independently owned pub. All their wines are obtained through local wine merchants, The Solent Cellar, who know exactly which wines are vegan!

Plenty of parking in Lymington and the pub is about a 15 minute walk from the train station.

We hope lots of you can join us!