Ireland’s much-loved health show is back this autumn, and we can’t wait! Vitality is returning to the RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin, on September 26th and 27th. Ahead of the event, we spoke to Vitality organisers and exhibitors to get a sense of what this year’s show will be all about. The feature below appeared in our Summer 2020 issue. Read and enjoy!
Regroup and Reinvigorate
A sneak peek at Vitality
by Aisling Cronin
Vitality is Ireland’s largest natural health and wellbeing show. It is owned by Eventhaus Ltd and run in association with Health Stores Ireland, a professional trade association which represents the majority of health food stores in Ireland. With a number of successful outings behind them, organisers are excited to return to the RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin, this autumn. Vitality is always a much-anticipated event, as its central goal is to bring together the best and brightest names in nutrition, lifestyle, fitness and healthy living.
In the era of social distancing, there is no doubt that this year’s show will be even more special than usual. It will offer the holistic health community a chance to come together, safely, in support of one another. Despite the challenges this year has brought our way, 2020 has also offered us a golden opportunity to reinvigorate our passion for healthy living and community resilience.
This great opportunity was embraced by Vitality’s organisers, who promised to support small businesses when lockdown measures kicked in. Potential exhibitors were offered the chance to secure their spot at the event by simply signing a free pledge.
Garret Buckley, Managing Director of EventHaus, explained: “(We) know that many of our loyal exhibitors rely on our shows to generate future business. Our unique pledge, based on goodwill, has been designed to galvanise industry support and to help us plan for the future. By pledging to support Vitality 2020, we will continue to work with our suppliers in creating an event like no other, that’s well positioned for our exhibitors to be front and centre in availing of the upturn.”
This emphasis on businesses collaborating and supporting one another through challenging times is key to enabling human communities – and our world as a whole – to flourish, now and well into the future.
Vitality is divided into four distinct areas: Food & Cookery, Fitness, Wellbeing and Sustainability, with Wiley’s Finest returning as sponsors of the Sustainable stage. The line-up of engaging expert speakers will cover all aspects of positive living.
An action-packed schedule of yoga classes and fitness demonstrations will also be on offer at Vitality. The Yoga Zone will be run by Yoga Therapy Ireland, hosted by a variety of experts in different disciplines, and the best part? All classes are free.
The show will also feature more than 130 top class exhibitors. A full list is available on Vitality’s website.
Each year, Vitality welcomes industry respected experts who inspire, educate, and motivate their visitors to reach for their personal and business goals, while also expanding their knowledge of fitness, food, wellness and sustainable living. The featured speakers are carefully selected, highly enthusiastic about their area of expertise, and have a strong desire to share their knowledge for the betterment of the community.
Vitality is particularly proud of its strong focus on encouraging Irish home-grown talent. Ahead of the event, we were excited to speak to three of the guest speakers, to find out exactly why they are looking forward to this event – now more than ever.
Oliver McCabe, chef
During these extraordinary times, it’s important to stay healthy and keep motivated, so when you’re visiting your local independent health food store, please support Irish made health food and Irish made health products. Not only are you shopping locally at your local independent stores, you are putting the heart back into the local community. On a grander scale, you are supporting the local Irish economy. If everyone spent a fiver a week it’s worth around a billion euro a year to the local Irish economy, which means real jobs, vibrancy and stronger communities. So in support of that, at Vitality, I will be focused on preparing Irish-made, healthy, easy recipes from Irish farms and producers. I hope to see as many people as possible, joining us to be part of this wonderful Irish health community event of the year!
Suzy Kell, decluttering coach
I’m delighted to be speaking at this year’s Vitality event, to show people how they can thrive at home. I’m here to help overwhelmed, determined people tackle two of our most pressing 21st century problems – too much stuff and too much waste. I’ve got sustainable tips for every stage of the decluttering process, and bags of enthusiasm to get you pumped to change your home for the better!
Leonie Cornelius, garden and interior designer
I am really looking forward to bringing my new lifestyle brand wa? (Wild Authentic Earth) to the amazing Vitality event. Wa?’s ethos is to connect people with wild nature, and to like-minded people who are interested in living more joyful, beautiful and connected everyday lives. My talks will be centred around the ethos of inviting the wild to inspire our everyday – from gardens to food and mindfulness. I’ve developed some exciting new courses to help people tap into the essential power of wild nature and bring it into their joyful everyday.
Vitality will take place on September 26th and 27th in the RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin. To learn more about the lineup for this year’s show, go to vitalityexpo.ie.