Join Us at 43rd World Vegfest in Australia

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IVU will be celebrating this year’s IVU World Vegfest in Australia, with our friends in Sydney and Melbourne who are organising two very impressive events in the second half of October and early November. Specifically, on 25 October, the Cruelty Free Festival will be held in Sydney ( and on 1 November, World Vegan Day celebrations will be conducted in Melbourne ( Members of the IVU International Council will be attending these events, and we urge all IVU member organisations to join us there. Additionally, to learn more about the many wonderful events in Australia around that same time, please have a look at (

Tours and other events have been organised to coincide with the events. Visit the 43rd IVU World Vegfest Facebook event for updates:

Schedule of Events:

In Sydney: full list of events go to

23rd Oct 6.30pm               Welcome Dinner at Bodhi - Hosted by V Stars

Enjoy a set menu in the tranquil parkland surrounds of Sydney’s Hyde Park. Bodhi Restaurant specialises in vegan yum cha and pan-Asian cuisine, using locally grown organic produce with everything prepared fresh daily.  Bodhi is Sydney’s premier vegan restaurant, celebrating 25 years of vegan.

24th Oct 9.45am                Sydney Vegan Bus Tour – Hosted by Veg Travel Guide

IVU delegates, friends, and Sydney locals are invited to participate in Sydney’s first all-vegan bus tour! This is an exciting full day bus tour of Sydney with a difference. Discover the rich history of the iconic Rocks, take in the beauty of the Sydney Harbour and Opera House, and find out why everyone loves Bondi Beach. A highlight of the tour will be a very special visit to a local wildlife rehabilitation centre, located within a unique bushland ecosystem.

This rehabilitation centre is not open to the public but they have kindly offered to let IVU visit on this special occasion and have arranged for several of their volunteers to come and give an educational talk for the IVU.

25th Oct 10 – 5pm            Cruelty Free Festival – Major Event with 5 IVU Delegates speaking

The Cruelty Free Festival is the event of the year for animal lovers. The festival is designed to encourage all animal lovers - from all walks of life - to celebrate and enjoy cruelty-free lifestyle options. This year's 10th anniversary event will showcase the groups giving a voice to animals, alongside the advocates, innovators and businesses creating inspiration and options for vegan and cruelty-free living!

26th Oct 4-5.30pm            Veg Leaders forum/workshop – Hosted by V Stars

A key aspect of the IVU is to provide a platform for veg society leaders to learn from each other. This forum will also give an opportunity all Veg society leaders to discuss challenges and how to overcome these. Dr Susianto will open the event and Bob will facilitate the forum & workshop

26th Oct 6 – 9pm               Health and Enterprise Forum - Hosted by V Stars

HEALTH FORUM - Many health professionals are now leading the change to plant based nutrition. Ancient techniques and modern are pointing the same direction. Find out from an international panel of experts the changes they are seeing. Dr Susianto (Nutritionist, Yoga Champion Yogaraj CP & more).This is facilitated by Bob Ratnarajah

ENTERPRISE FORUM – facilitated by Katrina Fox, award-winning journalist, media coach, content marketer and author of Vegan Ventures: Start and Grow an Ethical Business


When Microsoft founder Bill Gates invests in a startup that provides meat alternatives, a vegan cheese picks up a deal on popular US TV show Shark Tank, and pop star Beyonce launches a plant-based food delivery service, you know there’s been a shift in consciousness around how we live and consume.

What are the challenges vegan business owners face? How do they overcome them? What kinds of local and global collaborations and enterprise models can we forge in our mission for a more compassionate, healthy and sustainable world? Join local vegan entrepreneurs and international guests in an engaging and insightful facilitated discussion on these issues and more.

27th Oct 6.30pm              Farewell Sydney at Nourishing Quarter - Hosted by V Stars]

As we wrap up the Sydney leg of the World Veg Festival, what better place to do this than the very unique Nourishing Quarter.  Nourishing Quarter is a truly unique restaurant fusing Asian cuisine with ancient grains.


1st Nov 10– 8:30pm       World Vegan Day in Melbourne Showground 

Following this IVU Delegates go to Melbourne for the World Veg Day Celebration on the 1st of November – This is being hosted by Vegetarian Victoria. This will be the largest celebration in the city, with 10,000 people expected. We have eight  IVU Delegates speaking on the day. 

Best regards,
Bob Ratnarajah
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