VEG FEST: a week long e-conference celebrating all things Veg!
VEG FEST 2020
We would love for you to join us, as we celebrate and explore all things veg in our week-long VEG FEST e-conference between 12-16 October 2020.
We – Peas Please, Veg Power, and Veg Cities – are bringing together our community of cities, organisations, and individuals to discuss what place vegetables have in food policy, our diets, and the post-Covid-19 food environment. We’ll be awarding the first ever Peas Please prizes, hearing about the results of 2020’s Eat Them To Defeat Them campaign, and discussing the future as part of our collective movement to help the UK eat more veg. With a programme of bitesize webinars planned for the week we hope there’ll be something for everyone so do register for the sessions in the Zoom links below.
Welcome to Veg Fest! The big picture view: how do we become a Veg Nation in the time of Covid-19?
Monday 12 October, 9.30-11am
Our keynote speaker and panel of policy experts will explore how Covid-19 has impacted on food system issues, and discuss how can local and national food policies can help to drive up both production and consumption of veg.
Host: Sheila Dillon, BBC Radio 4 Food Programme Presenter
- Keynote address: Tim Benton, Director – Energy, Environment and Resources Programme, Chatham House
- Professor Guy Poppy, Southampton University and Director UKRI
- Neil Parish MP, Chair EFRA Committee (tbc)
- Dr Tamsin Cooper, National Food Strategy
Celebrating all things Veg
Monday 12 October, 3.00-4.00pm
We would love you to join us as we celebrate all things vegtastic with our first ever ceremony awarding “Peas Please and Veg Power Prizes”
We are delighted that this will be hosted and presented virtually by Melissa Hemsley, food writer, cook & champion of sustainable, nourishing food.
Smashing the vegetable ceiling; can getting more portions on the plate improve profitability and business performance?
Tuesday 13 October, 9.30-11am
Join us as Peas Please proudly announce how many extra portions of veg our pledgers served and sold during 2019-20, followed by a panel of speakers on the challenges and opportunities for veg friendly businesses following Covid-19.
- Ali Capper, NFU
- Hannah Baugh, Interserve
- Stephanie Hockings and Jess Mehmet-Ali, Bird’s Eye
Changing behaviour and behaviour change; how should organisations engage with their customers on sustainable and healthy diets?
Tuesday 13 October, 11.30 – 12.30
What does the increased focus on health and corporate responsibility post Covid mean for businesses? What is the balance between consumer demand and businesses creating demand? And what are the future growth areas for veg?
Host: Rebecca Tobi, Peas Please Project Manager.
- Toby Park, The Behavioural Insights Team
- Hannah Pearse, IGD
This event is exclusive for Peas Please pledgers and invitation only.
Veg Power presents Eat Them to Defeat Them 2020 – the aftermath
Wednesday 14 October, 9.30-11AM
It was bigger, it was bolder, but was it better? Find out how Eat Them to Defeat Them performed this year. Was our first schools’ programme well received? Did the kids defeat the veg? We’ll share the research, as well as some of the fun and thrills of the campaign and ask you how we can do better next time!
- Dan Parker, Chief Executive of Veg Power
- Amanda Whatley, Business Development Manager, HC3S
Warning: contains graphic scenes of children eating vegetables
How we can work together locally to encourage communities to take action on veg?
Friday 16 October, 9.30-11AM
Six months on from the start of lockdown in the UK, how have communities responded to the new challenges and opportunities for getting us all eating more veg?
Hear how food initiatives in Cardiff, Edinburgh, Brighton and Oxford reacted to lockdown with new activities from vegetable growing projects to virtual vegetables!
Meet the brand new local champions for veg, our Vegetable Advocates as they reflect on their experiences of accessing veg during lockdown.
Hosts: Katie Palmer, Food Sense Wales and Dr Amber Wheeler, Peoples Engagement Manager, Food Foundation
- Brenda Black – CEO, Edinburgh Community Food
- Pearl Costello – Cardiff Sustainable Food City Co-ordinator, Food Cardiff
- Vic Borill – Brighton and Hove Food Partnership Director
- Bart Ashton – Good Food Oxford
- Peas Please Veg Advocates
Veg Fest Cookalong Lunch for World Food Day with Sustainable Kitchen
Friday 16 October, 12.30-1.30pm
Cookalong at home (or just enjoy watching) with Sustainable Kitchen’s founder and chef, Julie Cleijne in her kitchen studio with a Veg Fest inspired lunchtime dish! Menu and ingredients to follow…