Veganism is a key food trend for 2018 and Plymouth’s second vegan festival is almost here with plenty of treats, stalls and activities lined up for people to enjoy.
The forthcoming Plymouth Vegan Festival hosted by Vegan Events UK will be held at Plymouth Guildhall on 21st July following the success of its debut in 2017.
Festival goers can expect a feast of mouth-wateringly delicious food, a wide range of fantastic stalls, world food caterers, exciting cookery demos, inspirational talks, interactive workshops, yoga and children’s activities.
Food on offer includes an exciting array of plant-based hot and cold dishes including Asian, Mediterranean, Indian, Greek, hotdogs, burgers, street food, raw food and gourmet food.
There will also be a huge range of pies, cakes, chocolates, cookies, doughnuts, sandwiches and salads to take away as well as alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks, juices, smoothies, tea and coffee. Plus there are lots of exciting foods and other products on show which aren’t available in the shops.
There will also be a great selection of stalls at the event selling footwear, jewellery, beauty and skincare products, candles, crafts, clothing and more.
As well as stalls to look round, there will be free food samples to try, live music, inspirational talks, live cookery demonstrations, workshops and children’s activities.
Festival organiser Victoria Bryceson said, “With the vegan lifestyle really starting to go mainstream, there’s a massive demand for vegan-friendly events.
“The Plymouth festival is set to be a fantastic day out whether you’re vegetarian, vegan or simply vegan-curious. The idea behind the festival is to educate and inform everyone about the vegan lifestyle and offer support to anybody who would like it.”
Going vegan transformed Victoria’s life. She started the festival with the aim of promoting animal welfare and how to live a more ethical and healthy lifestyle, and it’s run in partnership with animal welfare charities including Miracle’s Mission.
“It’s all about trying new things and opening people’s eyes to new possibilities,” added Victoria.
“Cutting out meat and dairy from your diet is easier than you might think and many people are increasingly looking for alternatives as they want to live more healthily and ethically.
“They want to find out more about the new innovative foods and recipes now available and want to do it affordably. Our festival will educate people on how to do all of this.”
The festival also helps local homeless people whilst helping reduce food waste at the same time.
Stall holders are asked to donate any surplus food at the end of the festival, and a group of volunteers distributes it to homeless people after the event, providing a hot meal as well as cold dishes.
Plymouth Vegan Festival takes place on Saturday July 21 between 10.30am and 4.30pm at Plymouth Guildhall.
Standard tickets are purchased at the door on the day. VIP tickets, £15, include fast track entry and a goody bag full of vegan products, samples, discounts and offers, These can be purchased in advance but they do sell out quickly.