We love going to vegan festivals, especially when there is lots of amazing vegan food on offer. We love the buzz of like-minded conversation and exciting new food start ups being supported by the community. The vegan food scene in England has really taken off in the past couple of years and vegan festivals are popping up more regularly. We've compiled our top 5 that we think you should check out.
Vevolution is an educational start-up on a mission to showcase people with great stories and ideas to create a better world. The incredible Judy and Damian held the biggest vegan conference in Europe last year and will be back in November 2017 for another day packed full of inspiring speakers and delicious plant based food. In the meantime, they've been holding monthly events at The Trampery in Shoreditch, showcasing the leading lights in the vegan and conscious living movement. Tickets are very reasonably priced and you'll always leave with a great goodie bag.
You've probably heard of VegFest as they've been going since 2003 and seem to be taking over the country! They started out in Bristol with the vision of showing people how easy it can be to go vegan. They fill their venues with food, clothing and ethical consumables and have lots of cooking demos and talks on throughout the day. This is one to take your meat-eating friends too, to show them how big a variety there is out there when turning vegan.
Vegan veterans Viva! concentrate on spreading the vegan message through their fantastic magazine and festivals around the country. They do this by sneaking in and filming what really happens in factory farms and showing them nationwide. These guys aren't afraid to expose the truth behind the farming industry. Since 2004, almost 100,000 people have attended their festivals and they've had a phenomenal impact on changing people's views on what they eat.
More of a market than a festival, but who cares when the food is this good! The Hackney Downs Vegan Market is a collaboration between Fat Gay Vegan and Eat Work Art at Hackney Downs Studios. In the spirit of inclusion and for the promotion of people often overlooked at mainstream vegan events, they have earmarked the percentage of stalls for those traders who identify as BME, LGBTQ, people with disabilities and/or as women. So get down for some incredible plant based food and support local vegan businesses.
One of our favourite magazines, Vegan Life, are now holding a two day event to celebrate plant based living in London and Manchester. They showcase the very best of all things vegan for the cruelty conscious consumer and shine a light on trend setting brands. The next events aren't until next year, but get your hands on one of their magazines for a good read.