Veggies Catering Campaign was set up in Autumn 1984 by four friends who were frustrated about the lack of vegetarian fast food available in Nottingham. Their intention was both to provide an ethical fast food stall in the city, and to take the veggie message to a wider audience by participating in demonstrations and gatherings. One of the first things the founders did was to take a giant veggieburger along to a Vegetarian Society protest outside the infamous Royal Smithfield show!
Veggies has grown and evolved quite a lot over the last 20 years, but the ethical message has remained the same. All food served has been vegan from the start, and as minimally packaged and locally-sourced as possible and practical.
In addition to producing the famous frozen burgers and sosages which are widely popular in Nottingham, compiling the Animal Rights calendar and Contacts Directory, helping run the Sumac Resource Centre, and fundraising for a range of good causes, Veggies has a tightly-packed events diary. The co-op provides food in all sorts of situations, from carrying boxes of samosas and cakes on protest marches, to cooking up a posh spread for a weddings and other parties. New volunteers are always welcome