There’s something for everyone at the forthcoming Brighton Viva! Vegan Festival from Vegan Events UK on 29th and 30th September. This popular wellbeing event, held at Brighton Metropole Hotel on Brighton’s famous seafront, includes a feast of mouth-wateringly delicious food, 100 stalls, world food caterers, exciting cookery demos, inspirational talks, interactive workshops, yoga, and children’s activities, running throughout the weekend.
Food on offer includes a varied and 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.
So whether you’re vegan, veggie, or just vegan-curious, you’re welcome to come along and indulge in delicious food and experience what the vegan lifestyle is all about. Plus there are lots of exciting foods and other products not available in the shops.
There will be a great selection of non-food stalls at the event selling a wide variety of items including fashion, footwear, jewellery, beauty and skincare products, candles, crafts, clothing, footwear, homeware, gifts, and charity merchandise.
As well as stalls to look round, there will also be a wide range of free food samples to try, live music, inspirational talks, live cookery demonstrations, workshops, and children’s activities.
Festival Organiser Victoria Bryceson says, “With the vegan lifestyle really starting to go mainstream there’s a massive demand for vegan-friendly events. The Nottingham 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 has transformed Victoria’s life; “I’ve never felt happier and healthier,” she says. She started organising festivals with the aim of promoting animal welfare and how to live a more ethical and healthy lifestyle. “There will be several animal welfare charity stalls raising awareness of their causes. For anybody who would like to get involved with volunteering this is an ideal place to talk to lots of different charities and gather information, and all the stall holders are happy to talk to people and answer any questions.”
The festival is run in partnership with animal and vegan charity Viva!. “It’s all about trying new things and opening people’s eyes to new possibilities,” continues 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.”
And 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.
Brighton Viva! Vegan Festival takes place on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th September 2018 between 11:00am and 5:00pm at Brighton Metropole Hotel, Kings Road, Brighton BN1 2FU. Entry is just £5 or £8 for a weekend pass (under 16’s free) and this includes entry to all areas and activities. Standard tickets are purchased at the door on the day. VIP tickets, at £15, include fast-track entry and a goody bag full of vegan products, samples, discounts, and offers. They can be purchased in advance but sell out quickly. For more information please visit www.veganeventsuk.co.uk or www.facebook.com/VeganEventsUK
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