Pre-amble to the Congress
Since 1908, World
Vegetarian Congresses, promoted by the International Vegetarian Union,
have taken place every two years except during wartime.
In 2002 the first congress was held in Scotland, hosted by the Vegetarian
Society UK which was established in 1847 and boasts its own cookery
We invited you to join us in a celebration and learning experience of
a diet which can answer many of the problems of the planet and its people
whether they are concerned with health, the environment or the way to
harmony between all the species of the world.
At every World Vegetarian Congress you are invited to join our vegetarian
family for six days and not only will you enjoy the company of like minded
individuals but you will learn all there is to know about our fascinating
diet, explore new ideas, share views from different cultures and even
OF THE WEEK
(as planned for Edinburgh - similar for all Congresses)
Each day will start with some early morning exercise (optional!) and after
a fortifying breakfast there will be a choice of sessions (workshops,
cookery demonstrations or lectures/presentations) before lunch and the
same in the afternoon. Morning and afternoon coffee breaks will give an
opportunity to network with other participants and compare views and there
will be a plenary session on subjects such as health, environment and
ethics at around 4.30pm. This is scheduled to finish in good time for
an early evening meal allowing you time to dance, sing, relax and be entertained
each evening. On Wednesday the day will be free for full day excursions
or just time to explore Edinburgh and on Friday after lunch there will
be further free time for half day excursions. The week will end on a high
on Saturday night with our gala dinner and ceilidh (Scottish dance) and
Sunday morning will be time for sad good-byes or to join our optional
post congress tour of Scotland.
FOR THE BODY,
FOOD FOR THE MIND
All meals from Monday lunch to Sunday breakfast (excluding lunch on Wednesday
due to excursions) are included in the full congress fee and all meals
are vegan with raw food options. Morning and afternoon coffee breaks are
also included in the price so delegates only need to bring themselves!
The menus will be under the supervision and guidance of the Societys
Cordon Vert cookery school and staff from the School will be on site all
week to give cookery demonstrations and ensure that all runs smoothly.
The event will be
non smoking throughout (but smoking is permitted in the extensive grounds),
the university has a fitness centre, shops, banking and other facilities
on site and a creche may be available if required at extra cost. Registration
will take place on Monday morning until lunch and beyond if required,
additional accommodation can be organised at Heriot Watt for Sunday night
for anyone needing to travel earlier.
We regret no pets
are allowed and we are unable to give refunds for any missed meals or
accommodation not used during the conference. We would advise all participants
to ensure they have travel insurance which covers cancellation if needed.