Preliminary program. Changes may happen.

11:00: Tromsø VegFest (Nord-Norges Vegetarfestival) with all its stalls opens.

11:15 – 12:00: Vegan diet through lens of evidence based medicine by Eliska Selinger
Can you survive being vegan? Or even more – Can veganism be the healthiest option? Or is it just another alternative “fashion wave”? And do we know the correct answer?
About the knows and the unknowns of the plant-based diet research with Eliska Selinger – medical doctor working on vegan diet research at Charles University in Prague and one of the founding member of newly established European research network focused on the vegan diet research: VESNA.
The talk will be held in English.

12:15 – 13:00 Tromsø VegFest Special: Books you should know about! by Vanessa Brall
Plant-based food is delicious! But how to find a cookbook which doesn’t use 100 ingredients which you need to buy in a special shop? Veggie food is also connected to a positive impact on the environment, as well as health advantages and spares animal lives – isn’t it? And are there any children’s books you should check out? 
In this talk librarian Vanessa Brall will present her favourite books for you who want to learn more about veggie food, the environment, health aspects, animal welfare or on how to become a better advocate for social justice. Vanessa is working at Tromsø bibliotek og byarkiv (Tromsø Public Library) and will gladly assist you in finding out how you can borrow the perfect book for you. Take your library card with you!
The talk will be in Norwegian and is a collaboration between Tromsø VegFest and Tromsø bibliotek and byarkiv.

13:15 – 13:25: Raffle
We are announcing the first winners of the Tromsø VegFest raffle. Buy some lots before and win some awesome prices. All raffle prices are donated and the raffle proceeds go towards financing Tromsø VegFest 2019.

14:00 – 14:45: Easy Everyday Vegan Food by Mari Hult (Vegetarbloggen)
Does making vegan food have to be time consuming and do I need to go to a hundred different shops to find the ingredients? Mari Hult’s reply to this is a resounding NO and, in this course, she provides the evidence to back up her claim.
In the space of 45 minutes, Mari will explain how you can easily incorporate vegan food into a hectic workday while she delivers a practical cooking demo. A stopwatch will run while she prepares the food. How many dishes will she be able to to make? How can you manage a vegan diet when there just aren’t enough hours in the day?
Come to the course to see (and taste!) how it’s done. Afterwards you’ll have the chance to buy a signed copy of one of Mari’s books. Mari runs Norway’s biggest and most widely read vegan food blog,, and is behind the cookbooks “Sykt godt” (2016, translated “Insanely Good”) and “Sykt enkelt” (2018, translated “Insanely Simple”). “Plantebasert kosthold” (Plant-based Nutrition) comes out this autumn.
The cookery class will be held in Norwegian.

15:15 – 16:00: Environmental psychology and food: Are we eating up the world? by Per Espen Stoknes
When we know that climate change is our biggest threat, why are we not doing more to prevent it? Is humanity as a species simply incapable of eating, thinking and acting for the long term on a day-to-day basis?
This question is the starting point for a thought-provoking talk by climate psychologist Per Espen Stoknes. Through the lens of psychology, he will reveal why rational facts are not enough to create lasting engagement and describe the kind of psychological barriers that hinder climate action and communication. How can we talk about climate, food and environment in a way that yields engagement and action? If you come to Per’s talk, you’ll hear the answer. 
Per Espen Stoknes is a TED Global Speaker and a qualified psychologist with a PhD in green economics. He is the director of the Centre for Green Growth at the Norwegian Business School (BI), where he also works as a researcher. He is the co-founder of several environmental technology companies and has a long track record in public speaking. His most recent book, “What We Think About When We Try Not to Think About Global Warming” (2017), formed the basis for his TED talk which has received over 2.5 million views.
The talk will be in Norwegian.

16:15 – 16:25: Raffle
We are announcing the last winners of the Tromsø VegFest raffle. Buy some lots before and win some awesome prices. All raffle prices are donated and the raffle proceeds go towards financing Tromsø VegFest 2019.

17:00: Tromsø VegFest (Nord-Norges Vegetarfestival) with all its stalls closes.