Some would say you don’t need 5 reasons to visit a vegan festival, the fact that we are supporting the largest movements in the world is reason enough, but all the same here are 5 big reasons…
1. Award Nominated Vegan Festival
Vegan Festival UK has been recently nominated for BEST LIVE EXPERIENCE at the Tyne & Wear Lifestyle Awards 2016, this is obviously a huge honour not only because of the public nominating us, but being a chosen as a finalist from hundreds of other amazing events.
Last months Sheffield Vegan Festivalwas a EPIC event, footfall was amazing (several thousand) and Edinburgh Vegan Festival is on course to be even bigger. So we must be doing something right..
2. Amazing Vegan Businesses
This year we have a huge selection of vegan business’s coming from across the UK. If you have ever been to one of our festivals before you may recognize some of our business’s, but this year we have many new companies you may have never heard of. If you are not vegan or vegetarian you will soon realise that removing animal products from our lives, is easier than you think. Come and talk to these amazing companies, maybe taste / try some of there fabulous products and support the vegan movement.
This is what are stall holder and visitors had to say about previous events.
“The Vegan Festival ran Fairs are always buzzing with creative visitors and traders, who have have a real passion for ethical products and way of life. There is always plenty of variety on show and a real constructive vibe. I highly recommend attending whether your vegan, veggie or carnivore”. – Chris @ Good Day Organics Ltd
“As 2015 was our first year attending vegan festivals and we did not know what to expect. We attended the Newcastle vegan festival, which is in the home of our business that has such a strong local identity. We also had a stall at the Edinburgh vegan festival, which was buzzing and vibrant. The best thing about vegan festivals is getting to meet your customers face to face and have great interaction with them. We got fantastic feedback at both festivals and as a small growing business it is really energising to be part of a larger vegan community. There are also so many amazing vegan businesses that we got to know and the vegan food is always mind blowing. We have already signed up to be part of the 2016 vegan festivals!” – Ami @ Tyne Chease
An excellent chance to meet like minded people, learn more about what vegan products are avilable and have fun!!! Megan White
Edinburgh Vegan Festival 2015 was an amazing event – great food, amazing talks and my favorite type of people… What more can we ask for. If 2016 is half as good it will be fantastic. Debbs Jones
3. Awesome Vegan Speakers
Any self respecting vegan festival must have a speaker or two. The Edinburgh Vegan Festival 2016 will not disappoint in this department. Our lineup this year will include Sid Garza-Hillman who is flying in from California USA to speak at our event. Mr Garza-Hillman is the author of “Approaching Sid Garza-Hillmanthe Natural: A Health Manifesto,” host of the Approaching the Natural Podcast, and host of his YouTube Channel. He graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in Philosophy, and is a speaker, certified nutritionist, and Health Coach, working with private clients all over the world.
After her amazing feedback at Sheffield Vegan Festival – Fiona Oakes is putting her plans for August on hold and speaking on both 20th August and 21st August Festivals.
Kate Strong will share with you her transformative journey from guest-house owner to winning a World Championships in triathlon.
Other speakers include Vegan Cyclists Mick Walker, Elizabeth King who has been vegan for 10 years and is an active campaigner, helping to run local and national vegan outreach events for the Vegan Approach. Glauce Lucas will be talking about raising vegan children and Ruhani Wellness.
4. Some Free Vegan Stuff
As with our previous festivals the stall holders encourage you to try their wares, this normally comes in the form of food tasting or drinks. This year we will be handing some vegan goodies and vouchers to vegan restaurants in the area. As with most things that are free – first come first served.
5. Edinburgh & The Fringe Festival
While in the area why not check out the Edinburgh Fringe. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the world’s largest arts festival, which in 2015, spanned 25 days and featured 50,459 performances of 3,314 shows in 313 venues. Last year the Fringe attracted over 2 Million visitors to this beautiful city.
We have some very EXCITING news!! We have been shortlisted for Tyne and Wear Lifestyle Awards 2016 in the category “Best live Experience“. I feel very privileged to be shortlisted for this award against some amazing big names is an honour.
The Tyne & Wear Lifestyle Awards will celebrate the fantastic achievements of the lifestyle industry, and not only promote this to the people of Tyne & Wear but to the UK as a whole and also to visitors from even further afield. Offering residents, businesses and visitors alike an incredible variety of experiences and lifestyle, Tyne & Wear is amazing place to live, work and play. The Tyne & Wear Lifestyle Awards will recognise who have put their influential stamp on the city and who have made it become such an exciting place to be. Please can you help us by voting for us. Voting closes 30th September you can VOTE HERE.
Thank you for your continued support….
Louise – Founder and Organiser of Newcastle Vegan Festival
Saturday July 23rd was our 1st installment of the Sheffield Vegan Festival. The event went off without any serious problems (well maybe one or two), thanks to a small team of volunteers, amazing stall holders, very informative speakers and of course the attendees, most traveling considerable distance to get to the event. With out you guys there would be no festival.
I would like to say a special thanks to Fiona Oakes, who took time out of her very very busy schedule to travel the length of the country to present the Vegan Awards 2016, conduct a talk and then return home the same day.
The attendance at the event was amazing, the venue was stunning, the city beautiful and the weather was great. We will be returning next year around the same time, so watch this space for tickets 2017’s bigger and better Sheffield Vegan Festival. One last thing – all pics & vids – will be posted on our Gallery Page, so check it out when you have a mo.
Without stalls, without speakers and without attendees – there is no festival. Thank you to everyone.