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Vitality, Ireland’s largest festival of natural health and wellbeing, returns to the RDS Dublin this month.

• WHEN September 28 & 29 • WHERE RDS Dublin • OPEN 10am – 5pm

Ireland’s health food showcase, Vitality, is where the industry meets its customers with a host of exhibitors and retailers – and the prestigious Health Stores Ireland/Better Retailing Magazine Awards.

There’s also a jam-packed schedule across four stages over two days, with headline presenters including:

Holly White, vegan food blogger, cookbook author and fashion stylist; who will be speaking on the Cookery Stage

Alison Canavan, wellbeing coach, author and motivational speaker, headlining the Vitality stage, and delivering coaching clinics on mindfulness and meditation

Horticultural therapist and author Fiann Ó'Nualláin, speaking on the Sustainability Stage, and

Paul Byrne, fitness expert, charity activist and founder of BodyByrne, who will be leading the charge at the Fitness Stage where there will be a range of classes taking place over the weekend from family-friendly yoga to strength and mobility.

Also participating in Vitality 2019 will be natural health champions Patrick Holford, author and nutritional therapy pioneer; chef and cookbook author Oliver McCabe; and leading nutritionist specialising in women’s health, Dr. Marilyn Glenville.

Alan McGrath of Health Stores Ireland, the driving force behind Vitality, says: “From energising yoga, mindfulness and mobility classes, to practical advice on how to nourish your body with natural, organic, plant-based foods, we’ll have it all at Vitality 2019.

“We understand how hard it can be to adapt to a healthier diet or begin a new fitness regime, especially for busy parents juggling work and family life. At Vitality, we’ll have practical talks and introductory classes for people who have never set foot in a yoga studio before, to in-depth discussions on the latest in nutritional therapy and strength and conditioning.

“We’ll also have health stores from all over Ireland sharing their wealth of knowledge.”

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The best independent retailers in Ireland

The Saturday evening of Vitality will see the winners announced in the Health Stores Ireland/Better Retailing Magazine retailer awards. The awards will be presented in five categories with a strong line-up of 15 stores, all of which put forward compelling cases for inclusion. Awaiting the judges’ decision on the night will be the following shortlisted stores:

Innovation & Business Development
Food For Life, Kilkenny; Here’s Health, Cork; Health Matters, Dublin and Wicklow

Community Engagement
Blásta Wholefoods, Dungarvan; Only Natural, Wexford; Fruit ‘N Nut Place, Portlaoise

Training & Education
Solero Viva, Tipperary; Simple Simon’s, Donegal; Evergreen, Galway

Environmental Initiatives
Healing Harvest, Kinvara; The Aloe Tree, Ennistymon; Loop de Loop, Castletownbere

Digital Marketing
Horan’s, Tralee; Organico, Bantry; Evergreen, Galway

There will also be several industry awards which have been voted for by retailers, including best food, best supplement and best bodycare, and a special recognition award for an industry champion. Venue details will be available at the Health Stores Ireland and Better Retailing Magazine stands at the show.

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