Ribizli vegetarian/vegan café, Wallingford

I mentioned the new vegetarian/vegan and gluten-free café Ribizli at 53 St Mary’s Street, Wallingford (https://www.ribizli.co.uk/), in a post dated 30 April 2017. We visited Ribizli on a Sunday afternoon in early August. The café took some finding, even though it is very near to the Market Place in the centre of Wallingford, but it was worth the effort. The salads we had were delicious and filling, as were the cakes, and almost everything on the admittedly rather limited menu was suitable for vegans. The dining rooms are small but surprisingly spacious, especially one in which canine companions are welcome, and Timi and Malcolm were friendly and helpful hosts. Ribizli is open Thursday to Monday inclusive, 10am to 5pm (4pm on Sundays). Sadly, the health food store that used to be next door has recently closed down, but Just Trading, a workers’ co-operative located across the road at 17 St Mary’s Street (http://justtrading.co.uk/products.htm), sells a variety of organic and fair trade foods, as well as clothes, gifts, household consumables (including refills), toiletries, and paper products.

Paul Appleby

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OxVeg stall at Elder Stubbs Festival 2017

OxVeg will be running an information/publicity stall at the Elder Stubbs Festival 2017, Saturday 19 August, 12 noon to 6pm. This popular annual event is held at Elder Stubbs Allotments, Rymers Lane, Oxford OX4 3EQ. This year’s Festival is themed around Alice in Wonderland, with a children’s fancy dress parade, hands-on workshops, including yoga, mindfulness and Tai Chi, a children’s corner, music from Emily Maguire, Raw Sounds, Music in Mind and the deaf choir Handy Voices, and the usual mix of stalls and catering. An entrance fee is charged and there is limited parking in the area, so visitors are encouraged to walk, cycle or take public transport to the event, which is organised by the mental health charity Restore.  Brief details at https://www.restore.org.uk/event/elder-stubbs-festival-2017.

Factory farming map of the UK

Compassion in World Farming have produced a factory farm map of the UK, pointing out that 70% of farm animals in the UK are factory farmed, meaning that around 750 million animals are confined in intensive systems every year. The map shows that Oxfordshire has over 1,449,000 indoor-reared farm animals. Most of these are broiler chickens raised for their meat, but around 43,600 are pigs, giving the county the seventh highest number of indoor-reared pigs in the UK. You can explore the map and express your disapproval to your MP at: http://www.ciwf.org.uk/map.

OxVeg

Oxfordshire's local veggie group

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