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Eat Out Vegan Wales 
Listings of places to eat out in Swansea and elsewhere

Environment Centre
Local events list


Other vegan groups in South Wales (Facebook groups)


Cardiff Vegans
 
Carmarthen Vegans
Vegans of Bridgend
Pembrokeshire Vegans
Rhondda & Pontypridd Vegans
Newport Vegans
Vegans of Aberystwyth

National groups (UK)

Vegan Society
Vegan Life Magazine
Plant Based News

Local vegans are active in the groups below
Vegan Organic Network
Vegetarian for Life







SWANSEA VEGANS

Swansea Vegfest                             Vegfest logo
Swansea Vegfest organise a variety of local events - a summer Vegan Festival and a winter Vegan Christmas Market, plus several other smaller events to promote and celebrate veganism. This short video shows everything they did in 2017.
    Swansea Vegfest began in May 2014 with a small vegan festival at the Environment Centre, but they have since gone from strength to strength with their major events now attracting a few thousand visitors. Founded by sisters Deby & Karen McCloy, but run now by a team of dedicated volunteers (look here if you're interested in becoming a volunteer).

    More info on the group's Facebook page, and they can also be found on Twitter and Instagram. And there's a little more about Swansea Vegfest on our history page.
    Any enquiries to hello@swanseavegfest.co.uk

Eating out in Swansea
Canteen 18 (see our home page) is the only all-vegan cafe in Swansea, although there is talk of another vegan cafe opening soon. Govinda's Vegetarian & Vegan Cafe has been running for many years, and is always popular with vegans. Crumbs Kitchen in Uplands is a pescatarian cafe with several vegan options.   
    There are an increasing number of other local establishments that cater for vegans, some more than others, and this is a very frequent topic on our Swansea Vegans Facebook group, with members reporting on both successes and failures.
Particularly recommended are:
Bluebell Coffee & Kitchen, with options for all three meals plus cake. Their Sunday lunch is very popular.
Mosaic, a tapas restaurant with numerous dishes that can be veganised and/or made gluten free.
The Westbourne, a pub with a vegan menu featuring cheesy pizzas and nachos.
The Optimist Bar & Kitchen in Uplands, which serves up a breakfast featuring gluten free vegan sausages and tofu scramble.
Zinco Lounge in town and Croeso Lounge in Mumbles - there is a separate vegan menu.
1825 Coffee Shop at the Dylan Thomas Centre have been serving vegan options for a while and now offer breakfasts too.
The Swigg in the Marina offer small plates and a six course vegan tasting evening on the last Thursday of the month.
    Also Eat Out Vegan Wales list many places for vegans to eat out in the Swansea area and elsewhere in Wales. Please email them if you can help by updating or adding to any of the information they give.
Local vegan friendly businesses
Brontosaurus Vegan Lifestyle Store (see our home page) stock everyday food items and treats that are harder to find - and have a fridge with food you can grab on the go.
Root in Fulton House on the Singleton campus usually have a good selection of vegan meals and snacks.
Cool Beans Food & Nutrition offer vegan cookery classes which can be booked in advance. Individual nutritional consultations can also be arranged.
NaturAlly FED offer consultations and advice on a range of health and wellbeing matters, from nutrition to reflexology. They also make kombucha, which is stocked in Brontosaurus and some other local shops.
Vegangela Rose Cakes  Contact Angela for a vegan celebration cake made to order, or alternatively Sophia at Bluebell.
Naturally Kind Food supply delicious vegan cakes and treats to local retail outlets, eg Brontosaurus and Waterstones cafe.
Lincoln's Lunchbox offer tasty vegan treats "for your beloved pooch".
Heavenly Organics Skincare  All products are vegan, organic and natural.

Cake

LEFT  Vegangela Rose cake

BELOW  Black Forest cheese
cake
by Naturally Kind

Cake

Getting vegan food in local hospitals
This can be quite a problem! Several discussions about getting vegan food have already taken place on our Facebook group, for example here and here from late 2017 (but those posts will only be visible to members). There is also a UK-based Vegan Hospital Food Network Facebook group, "made up of ordinary people who volunteer to take food to vegans who are in hospitals that fail to provide adequate nutrition". Also there's lots of advice and information about hospital catering on the Vegan Society's website, see here.

Vegan Society     Vegan Life Magazine     Plant Based News  

Vegan Organic Network    Vegetarian for Life    Books on veganism  

The Vegan Society is the place to go for both basic and more detailed information on veganism. Their 30-minute video Making the Connection (made in 2010) is on YouTube - it features a variety of vegans talking about their diets and lifestyles (a chef, MP, dietitian, athlete, young mother, and several others).

Vegan Life Magazine (the first vegan magazine available on the high street) launched in 2014, and is available in WH Smith and some supermarkets. Food and recipe oriented but with features on other vegan related topics too.

Plant Based News is a top resource for the latest up-to-the-minute plant-based content. News, blogs and reviews from the vegan world.

Vegan Organic Network researches and promotes vegan organic methods of agriculture and horticulture, and their magazine is edited by local vegan Tony Martin. 

Vegetarian for Life is a UK-based charity whose mission is to help older vegans and vegetarians with advice and support (and sometimes small grants), whether living in a care home or in their own home.

BOOKS 

Here is a  selection of the best vegan cookery books. At a more local level, there's a new cookery book Vegan 100 by
'Avant Garde Vegan' Gaz Oakley, and also The Occasional Vegan by Sarah Philpott.
    Two other recommended books are:
Vegan for Life: Everything You Need to Know to be Healthy and Fit on a Plant-based Diet
(2011) by US dietitians Jack Norris & Virginia Messina (see an interview with them here).
How to Create a Vegan World: A Pragmatic Approach
(2017) by Tobias Leenaert (also see his Vegan Strategist blog).




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