September 2004

The Vegetarian Society celebrates Manchester Food and Drink Festival & World Vegetarian Day with a Fungus Foray


On October the 1st The Vegetarian Society, based in Altrincham, will be enjoying a double celebration as the launch of the Manchester Food and Drink Festival coincides with World Vegetarian Day.


As an official ‘Friend’ of the festival, and the only organisation in the world with privileged permission to harvest wild mushrooms in the National Trust’s beautiful Dunham Park, The Vegetarian Society is uniquely placed to choose October 1st for a fungus foray. Mushroom hunters will learn how to find nature’s finest food under the expert eye of Dr Patrick Harding, the vegetarian author of best seller ‘How to Identify Edible Mushrooms’. Foragers will spend the rest of the weekend learning to turn their finds into a fabulous vegetarian feast in recognition of World Vegetarian Day.


The Society’s Cordon Vert School will also be holding a Creative Gourmet Weekend as part of the Festival. The weekend workshop takes place from the 8th-10th October and covers advanced pastry techniques and gourmet dinner party dishes. The workshop costs £270 or £320 if accommodation is required. For more information about courses at Cordon Vert please call 0161 925 2014 or visit


Notes for editors


·         For more information about The Vegetarian Society please contact Kerry Bennett T. 0161 925 2012 E.



·         Outside office hours The Vegetarian Society Press Office can be contacted on 07973 108 165 / 7. Alternatively visit the website for lots more information at



·         The Vegetarian Society, an educational charity is an independent voice promoting understanding and respect for vegetarian lifestyles.


·         For more information about Manchester Food and Drink Festival please contact the festival office on 0161 228 0006, or email





The Vegetarian Society of the United Kingdom Limited

Parkdale  Dunham Road  Altrincham  Cheshire  WA14 4QG

Tel: 0161 925 2000  Fax: 0161 926 9182

Registered Charity No.259358  Registered Company No 959115

Patrons: Rose Elliot MBE, Jerome Flynn, Sir Paul McCartney and Stella McCartney

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