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Veggies of Nottingham

Veggies of Nottingham, also known as Veggies Catering Campaign, is a campaigning group based in locally sourced ingredients.[5]


Veggies was set up in 1984 by seven animal rights activists who were frustrated at the lack of vegetarian fast food available at the time.[6] They began by selling veggieburgers to the public from a mobile stall, later also providing locally baked pasties and cakes, and other foods and drinks. The co-op has since gone on to provide both snacks and full cooked meals for many thousands of people at peace movement marches, animal rights demonstrations, festivals, protest camps and reclaim the streets events.[7]

From 1985, Veggies ("probably the best vegan catering outfit on the planet")[8][9] were based at (and later took on the co-ordinating of) the Rainbow Resource Centre in Nottingham City Centre. In 2001 this relocated in to the Forest Fields area of the city and was renamed the Sumac Centre, part of the emerging UK Social Centre Network.


There have been many other campaigns and projects set up or supported by past and present Veggies members and volunteers, including Samosas for Social Change[10] (supporting, amongst others, the charity Vegfam[11] and Food Not Bombs' Hurricane Katrina appeal), the Vegan Business Connection,[12] the all-vegan bakery, Screaming Carrot,[13] and vegan catering projects in other towns.

Veggies has been reported to have a "vast and extensive internet capability",[14] used for networking on issues affecting human rights, McLibel Campaign and London Greenpeace,[16][17] continuing to help with the co-ordination of Days of Action[18] and the distribution of campaign resources.

The publications of the Movement for Compassionate Living, promoting simple living, are printed and distributed by Veggies, who also act as local contacts for Animal Aid, the Vegan Society, the Vegetarian Society and Viva!.


  1. ^ East Midlands Vegan Festival
  2. ^ Tash Photography Report, 10 December 2005
  3. ^ Online Directory, Veggies.
  4. ^ Events, Veggies.
  5. ^ Food Initiatives Group Newsletter Summer, Ground Work Greater Nottingham, 2004.
  6. ^ Nottingham Trader, 12 December 1984
  7. ^ My Anti War, 17 October 2005
  8. ^ Direct Action Against Apathy website, February 2004
  9. ^ Vegan Society Awards: Best Vegan Catering, Vegan Society, 2006.
  10. ^ Food Not Bombs Hurricane Appeal, UK Indymedia, 13 September 2005.
  11. ^ Vegfam, Vegan Village.
  12. ^ Arthur Ling. Vegan Views 100: The Vegan Concept, Plamil Foods, Spring 2004.
  13. ^ Screaming Carrot, Homepage
  14. ^ Article by Kevin Toolis in The Guardian Society section
  15. ^ Vegetarian invasion, Management Today, 1 March 1999.
  16. ^ McLibel Two's city back-up, McSpotlight, 23 May 1996.
  17. ^ Steel and Morris vs The United Kingdom, The European Court of Human Rights, 15 February 2005.
  18. ^ McLibel Days of Action, Veggies.

External links

  • Veggies Catering Campaign
  • Veggies Directory aka the Animal Contacts Directory
  • Animal Rights Calendar
  • Ethical Junction Listing
  • Sumac Centre
  • Vegan Business Connection
  • Site about vegetables nutrition and recipes

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