Press Release

World Vegan Day – Press Release 22.10.15

‘Turn on, Tune in, and Veg Out’World Vegan Day logo

Kabaret @ Karamel, recently voted Time Out’s “Most Loved Restaurant in London”, proudly presents:

A World Vegan Day ExtraVeganza on Sunday 1st November 2015 – a one-day fiesta of Food, Film, and Fundraising, featuring:

*  Extravagant Sunday Roast: with all the trimmings & dessertIMG_5897_2

*  Movie: the multi award-winning How to Change the World, a thrilling new documentary about the early days of Greenpeace

*  Talk: from Jasmijn De Boo, CEO of the Vegan Society

And, best of all:

*  An Audience with Fiona Oakes ‘Queen of the Extreme’, the real-life vegan wonder woman and world record-breaking runner fiona2

Fiona runs to raise funds for her animal sanctuary, presently home to 400 animals. When she’s not smashing records, or running the sanctuary, she’s fighting local fires (one of only 800 female fire-fighters in the UK).

World Vegan Day, celebrated globally every 1st Nov, was founded by Kabaret@Karamel’s Co-Director Louise Wallis. Louise comments:

“I couldn’t be happier to host this event. I’m completely star-struck by Fiona – a genuinely heroic person, and national treasure who deserves wider recognition. I mean how many runners do you know who’ve had their knee replaced, and go on to smash world records? And that’s just in her spare time. She’s phenomenal”

This is a feel-good event with £5 from every ticket sale going to Tower Hill Stables, Fiona’s sanctuary.

Also speaking at the event is Jasmijn De Boo, Chief Executive Officer of The Vegan Society, and columnist for The Huffington Post. Jasmijn will be talking about the rise of veganism: from the Vegan Society’s humble beginnings in 1944 to the present day with a vegan MP Kerry McCarthy recently appointed Shadow Minister for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs.

Tickets are £27.50 (+ booking fee), available here


CONTACT: For more info on this story please contact Louise Wallis, Co-Director of Kabaret@Karamel. Email:


Notes for Editors:

1) Veganism

Veganism – a cruelty-free lifestyle – is on the rise. VegFest, a 2-day vegan event held at Olympia earlier this month, had a record attendance of 12,000 visitors over the weekend, with the Saturday sold out.

It’s a trend that’s also exciting the business sector – see Guardian article


2) World Vegan Day – 1st November

 A global day of celebration established in 1994 by Louise Wallis, then President of the Vegan Society, to mark the Society’s 50th anniversary.


3) Fiona Oakes – aka ‘Queen of the Extreme’

Fiona lost her right kneecap as a teenager to a cancerous tumour.

In 2012: she was one of the Daily Mail’s Inspirational Women of the Year

Fiona’s animal sanctuary:

Running achievements include:

*  2012: Marathon des Sables, ‘The Toughest Race on Earth’, a 156 mile event across the Sahara Desert in extreme temperatures of 51 degrees.

*  2013: North Pole Marathon, in temperatures of -28 degrees. Fiona came third to two male competitors, won the women’s race, and broke the women’s course record by an amazing 45 minutes.

*  2013: Fiona became the fastest woman ever to complete a marathon on all continents plus the North Pole. She also set the Guinness world record for the shortest aggregate time for those runs, as well as setting the course record for the Antarctic Ice Marathon.

Fiona’s Guinness Book of Records entry