Today, for the first time we went along to the Animal Aid Christmas Fayre 2013 at Kensington Town Hall in London, which we’ve been looking forward to, well, all year…
Animal Aid is the UK’s largest animal rights group and one of the longest established in the world, having been founded in 1977. It campaigns peacefully against all forms of animal abuse and promotes a cruelty-free lifestyle, and has also successfully investigated and exposed animal rights abuses.
I wasn’t sure what to expect as I had been told by my friend Hayley from Greek Animal Rescue that it can get completely packed with visitors. Whilst this is a fantastic sign for animal welfare awareness, it does make filming a little complicated. Hayley wasn’t wrong:
So we decided to enjoy the day ourselves, instead of concentrating on filming and interviewing everyone. Below are some of the fabulous, dedicated, fun and friendly fellow animal-lovers and vegans we met today. They have built charities or successful businesses and have all proven that the vegan economy is both important and expanding. The huge crowds packed over three floors showed this more than ever. The photos are a little dark, but my cameraman had the flu… forgive us!
Wills from Wills-Vegan-Shoes.com told us he had his best trading day yet – ‘it surpassed anything I could have expected!’ he said. Just like Vegfest London, clearly this fayre is also pivotal in the animal welfare calendar.
Vegfest London in October was all about the current and emerging vegan products, but Animal Aid is about animal welfare — the charities, the community, and of course, giving generously in the spirit of Christmas.
There were more animal charities than I have ever seen in one place before — see the full list here. And everywhere I looked there were people chatting in groups, mingling whilst munching on tasty mince pies. Again, just like Brecknock Road festival, it had a village fete atmosphere. The great thing about events like The Animal Aid Christmas Fayre for me is that it is like being at a party with a room full of people that share your ideals, your love of good food, and in my experience, a good sense of humour and fun.
Nothing highlights this more than the new friends I made today:
For example, this is Robb Masters, as well as volunteering for The Vegan Society, he arranges London MeetUp events every month, usually held at Kensington Wholefoods in London. I really like Robb, so if you are in the area, come and join him for a drink on the last Thursday of every month. The next drinks event is on 19th December.
Here are some of the stalls we liked best:
Thanks to Animal Aid for hosting such a fantastic event, for the animals, and for the people who love them.