International Vegetarian Union (IVU)
IVU logo 35th World Vegetarian Congress
'Food for all our futures'

Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland
July 8-14, 2002
Hosted by

The Vegetarian Society
of the United Kingdom

Why Edinburgh for the World Vegetarian Congress 2002?

Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland, has it all! The international airport is only 8 miles (12 kilometres) from the conference venue and Edinburgh is also easily reached by road and rail. The city is an amazing and vibrant place, full of history, culture and life. Around every corner is a museum, art gallery or theatre and it is very veggie friendly with a number of vegetarian restaurants. It is a city of the new as well as the old and is the venue for the first Scottish Parliament in 300 years. Situated in the Lothian region, Edinburgh has the advantage of being placed in one of the most beautiful and dramatic
environments in the world.

It is easy to reach from any part of the world and has rapidly become one of the top conference venues in the UK. It is also perfectly placed for a relaxing, enjoyable pre or post congress holiday.

Edinburgh is undoubtedly the most aware Vegetarian city in the UK outside of London. To begin with it boasts Scotland's first Vegetarian Restaurant: Henderson's Salad Table. Founded in 1963 by Janet Henderson, a lady well ahead of her time, it continues to be a success, hugely popular with locals and tourists alike to the extent where it has become an Edinburgh Institution.

Having proved Vegetarianism to be so popular, Henderson's encouraged other restaurateurs, many who had worked at Henderson's, to carry on opening restaurants throughout the 70's, 80's and 90's. Black Bo's, Helios Fountain, La Kalpna, Natures Gates, Engine Shed, Bann's, Susie's Diner to name a few, carry on the Vegetarian legacy begun at Henderson's.

As more and more people turn to healthy eating and vegetarianism, Edinburgh will continue to make room for more Vegetarian establishments to meet the demand. In addition, a visit to any non-vegetarian restaurant in Edinburgh will find you faced with a vegetarian option of quality and taste.

Quite simply, vegetarians in Edinburgh no longer settle for the poor options offered some years ago. Add to this the availability of Vegetarian produce over the counter from exclusively vegetarian shops, such as the amazing Real Foods and Henderson's Farm Shop, to every corner-shop deli, Edinburgh will continue to be at the forefront of vegetarianism in the UK. With the rich tradition and growth in vegetarianism in Edinburgh, we are confident delegates to the Vegetarian World Congress will have an exciting conference and visit.

In the Scottish tradition of hospitality we look forward to welcoming you to Scotland and Edinburgh in 2002.

Ceud Mile Failte!
'A hundred thousand welcomes'


Edinburgh Castle

View from Calton Hill

Jonh Knox House

Scott Monument