Green And Gold: A Journey Into The Amazing Benefits Of Turmeric + Peas

Vevolution wouldn't be possible without the support of our amazing sponsors. In this guest blog one of our headline sponsors Tideford Organics talk about the amazing healing benefits of Turmeric and their new range of summer soups.


At Tideford Organics we’ve always been interested in producing great tasting food that’s also good for you. The incredible health benefits of a plant-based diet were one of the reasons we became the UK’s first dedicated organic vegan brand in September 2016, and haven’t looked back since! In our search for delicious recipes we often come across vegetables, fruits, herbs and spices that also just so happen to be jam-packed full of nutrients. 

In summer we still like to bring a little Tideford magic to the table, and this year launched two new limited edition summer soups, a traditional Gazpacho Andaluz and a completely new recipe for us: Summer Pea, Coconut + Turmeric Soup.  

Peas are an incredible resource in a vegan diet – low in calories (100g raw contains 81 calories), and like legumes a great source of both protein (around 5g per 100g) and fibre to support your digestive system. If you’re in need of an energy pick-me-up come lunch or dinner time, peas are a great choice, providing provide plenty of B Vitamins and Iron plus Vitamin C for a healthy immune system. Plus peas provide Calcium, Copper, Manganese, Zinc and Vitamin K – all important nutrients for your bones. These little green beauties are also a great choice for your heart, being rich in the phytosterol ß-sitosterol, known for its ability to help lower cholesterol levels.

Our Asian-inspired take on a pea soup was always intended to revitalise and refresh, but as we discovered, the bright golden-yellow of the turmeric we included could also be bringing some incredible properties to the party. Turmeric has been used in India and many other countries for thousands of years. Its distinctive yellow colour lends itself to curries, as well as to your hands if you’re preparing it fresh, but you’ll also have seen it popping up in cafes in turmeric lattes or tea, on deli menus and in increasing numbers of supplements. But why is this little root getting so much air time?

Recent research focuses on health benefits which appear be due to the various compounds within turmeric known as curcuminoids.  The most important of these compounds is curcumin, which is known for its powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Consuming more turmeric and particularly curcumin may therefore be helpful in reducing the risk of certain conditions – it’s been shown to be beneficial for the heart and brain, lowering inflammation and reducing joint pain. 

As curcumin is poorly absorbed into the bloodstream on its own, it’s best consumed with a little black pepper and some healthy fats which can enhance its absorption. Try it in a vegan Turmeric Latte, or Tideford’s Summer Pea, Coconut + Turmeric Soup. 

Find our more at, and with thanks to Nutritionist and Chef Christine Bailey MSc MBANT CNHC MIFM

Vevolution And Lush Life Host The UK Premiere Of What The Health

Pictured: Ali Tabrizi, Kip Anderson, Damien Clarkson and Judy Nadel 

Pictured: Ali Tabrizi, Kip Anderson, Damien Clarkson and Judy Nadel 

Yesterday along with our friends at Lush Life we were super privileged to co-host the UK premiere screening the new film by the makers of Cowspiracy called What The Health.

So far on our journey of creating the TED talks of veganism we have had some surreal days and yesterday was another one of those.

We are super fortunate that we get to collaborate and work with people who inspire us all the time. Yesterday early in the afternoon we had the privilege of interviewing our good friend Ali Tabrizi and What The Health Director Kip Anderson.

It was great to talk about the making of the film and how both Ali and Kip came to film-making.

Over the coming months sitting down and interviewing people in the vegan movement is something we're going to be doing much more of so watch out for that.

Ali Tabrizi and Kip Anderson in conversation with Damien Clarkson and Judy Nadel

Ali Tabrizi and Kip Anderson in conversation with Damien Clarkson and Judy Nadel

The event was hosted at the news Lush Media HQ. I have to say the venue is incredible and it is fantastic that Lush are willing to work with organisations with shared values to create inspiring events like this screening.

The evening saw some of the movers and shakers in UK veganism come together for an evening of networking, education and discussion.

Morgan, Alice and Jack enjoying the pre-screening reception

Morgan, Alice and Jack enjoying the pre-screening reception

The film screening itself didn't disappoint, it was informative and hard hitting and for anyone with a family history of cancer, diabetes or heart disease hard to watch at times.

The film highlighted how increasingly the science is telling us that eating animal based products is harmful to our health yet medical institutions are refusing to suggest a change in diet to treat curable illnesses. Instead they would rather medicate sick people with drugs than treat the cause of these illnesses. 

People looking on at the UK What The Health Premiere

People looking on at the UK What The Health Premiere

Watching this stuff it's hard not feel incensed especially when the film exposes how leading American heart, cancer and diabetes charities are funded by some of the biggest meat and dairy companies in the US. 

After the film screening there was a panel discussion hosted by Lush UK Director of Ethics Hilary Jones. On the panel was myself Damien Clarkson Co-Founder of Vevolution, Kip Anderson, Director of What The Health, Ali Tabrizi, film-maker and What The Health Assistant Editor and vegan chef Day Radley.

Kip Anderson on the mic during the What The Health Panel discussion

Kip Anderson on the mic during the What The Health Panel discussion

The panel discussion was super interesting. As a member of the panel I felt myself feeling incredibly proud of this community and movement. It has come so far and sitting on stage looking around the room I was able to see inspiring people everywhere. 

We're excited for more people to see this film it is going to literally save lives and help people live happier, healthier existences. 

Woj Gower from PlantCurious enjoying the lightbox

Woj Gower from PlantCurious enjoying the lightbox

Oatly Brings A Taste Of The London Coffee Festival To Boxpark

Attention all coffee lovers. Vevolution sponsors Oatly are bringing great coffee and baristas to Shoreditch Boxpark. They are holding a week-long residency, in partnership with Peckham favourite, Old Spike, Oatly are offering free coffees to anyone stopping by.

Lunchtimes will see ace baristas inviting you to learn new latte art skills, while the evenings will see baristas throwing down to show their finely honed rosettas.

At Vevolution we love their Post-Milk Generation t-shirts. If you pop along and get involved in the activities you could also leave with a free t-shirt. 


The residency is taking place between:
11 am - 7pm, Monday 3 - Saturday 8 April
11pm - 5pm, Sunday 9 April

The Vevolution team will be popping down on Monday the 3rd for a tasty Oatly coffee.  Come along and say hello.

New Speakers & Guests Added To The Stellar Vevolution Line-Up

We are super excited to announce the second wave of new speakers and panel guests for our vegan and conscious living festival Vevolution. 

The new speakers come from a wide variety of backgrounds, one thing they all have in common is that they have great ideas and experiences to share about how to live a happier and more fulfilled life.

There is a strong entrepreneurial flavour to our latest list of speakers. We will be joined by tech entrepreneurs Johnathan Petrides and Mike Hill, who are helping lead a vegan food revolution with AllPlants and One Planet Pizza. We will hear from Laura from Votch who are revolutionising the fashion industry with thier new range of vegan watches. 

We will also be joined by YouTube stars including Emy from the channel Anastesia and the inspiring Jez Kaur (Hipster Veggie), Judy Tett (Plant-Based Judy) and Esme Carr (London Afro Vegan) will be helping you get culinary inspired on our food panel.

We also will be joined by people with great athletic perigee including former professional tennis player Miles Kasiri who now helps people find health and happiness through nutrition. And we're joined by vegan endurance cyclist Laura Scott who will be sharing her experiences of taking part in the Trans Am cycle across America.

New Speakers & Guests Include: 

With just over 4 weeks to go tickets are selling fast. Don't be one of the people to miss out. Our previous festival Vegan Futures sold out two weeks in advance. 


Remember in addition to the amazing talks and workshops. All attendees will receive a free goodie bag packed full of products from our amazing sponsors and partners. Also on, arrival we will provide you with a free breakfast and coffee.

We can't wait to see you all in November.

Damien and Judy xxx