Vegan Celebration


More people are vegan in the UK than ever before and since the Gallery Cafe opened our doors in 2006 we’ve celebrated the benefits of a vegetarian and vegan lifestyle. At the end of 2017, we switched out our dairy milks for plant-based ones, which was the final step in us becoming a fully vegan cafe.

We did this as we know veganism is an important part of building a more sustainable future. Rearing livestock for animal-based products requires far more land, water and energy than producing grain and, according to a 2016 Oxford study, the adoption of a vegan diet globally would cut food-related emissions by 70%. 

We wanted to celebrate turning 100% vegan in style! So on Wednesday 31st January, we organised a night to celebrate the best about being vegan!

Our vegan celebration included a free gourmet buffet (from plant-based burgers to mini banana cakes!), arrival drinks, and special guest speakers, who were:

Fiona Oakes

Fiona is a world record marathon runner, vegan activist, manager of Tower Hill Stables Animal Sanctuary, and all round super-woman! 

She is also the centre of a new documentary by Keegan Kuhn, who made COWSPIRACY, The Sustainability Secret, What The Health and Turlock.

Dave Chawner

Dave is a hilarious and award-winning comedian, as seen on BBC, ITV and Channel 4. He took his show C'est La Vegan to the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe, selling out all his nights to rave reviews. 

Dave's act is all about the origins of food, ideas and views. He uses comedy to tackle misconceptions about veganism, benefits of a vegan lifestyle and the importance of looking at where things come from, and it was wonderful having him take to the stage for our Vegan Celebration. 

Fenomeno show

Fenomeno show provided the music for the night! He has played alongside Mad Professor, African Head Charge, Zion Train, Trojan Sound, Aba Shanti, Channel One, OneLove HP, Mungos Hi-Fi, DreadZone, Sud Sound System & Sentinel to name a few.

In 2010 Fenomeno show set up his cultural organisation ‘Open the Gate’ and opened a venue in the vibrant area of Dalston, with the aim to encourage and promote Arts, Design, Music & Culture related to the African continent and cultures.

This event was open to vegans and non-vegan alike, with the wonderful cafe team showing everyone just how great being vegan can really be.

Tickets to our eclectic Vegan Celebration were £10 and we are so pleased to say it completely sold out! And we've been enjoying being a part of the vegan community ever since.