Thousands of vegans are set to flock to the Brighton Centre next weekend for a festival on all things plant-based.
VegFest returns to Brighton for its tenth year on Saturday, March 24 and Sunday, March 25, and will see more than 230 stalls selling fashion, lifestyle and food products for vegans and vegetarians.
Around 20 vegan eateries will be on hand including Brighton’s Loving Hut and Sussex-based Vegusto.
Comedians, speakers and chefs will take to the stage, offering laughs, debates and cookery demonstrations, and a new ‘Fxecutive Factor’ event will see vegan performers battle it out in a talent contest.
There is also a kids zone with activities to keep little ones entertained, and a mature area for discussion and debate.
A new event this year is a Veganuary reunion, which will see those who pledged to go vegan for the month of January, and perhaps beyond, invited to celebrate their achievement.
A record-breaking 68,542 people signed up to go vegan as part of Veganuary this year.
The reunion will involve a whole host of vegan food snacks, drinks, games, workshops and music, followed by a joint talk by Veganuary co-founders, on Sunday.
VegfestUK organisers said: “We’re obviously thrilled to have the company of the lovely Veganuary crew at our upcoming Brighton event.
“As regulars at VegfestUK we are delighted to see Veganuary grow every year.
“Veganuary is such a hit with not only the vegan crowd but also the mainstream media these days, and we’re ecstatic to witness a record number of signups for this year’s Veganuary campaign.
“What’s so inspiring about Veganuary is their welcoming and solutions-based approach to everyone in promoting veganism. And the light-hearted and warm personalities behind their dedicated team coupled with their dynamic campaign materials make them a perfect fit to a Sunday afternoon of vegan partying at our Brighton event. Big welcome to Veganuary!”
There will also be an Art of Compassion exhibition by vegan artists from around the world, fundraising for small and large vegan charities.
Alan Lee, Vegfest UK organiser, said: “We are thrilled to begin our year in Brighton; VegfestUK has now become an essential for those passionate about their lifestyle and delicious food and we look forward to welcoming every new and familiar face as we continue across 2018 with#festivals in both Bristol and London.”
To find out the full programme of speakers and events at Vegfest in Brighton, and for tickets, visit: brighton.vegfest.co.uk/