As part of our 2018 vegan festival tour we will be visiting the beautiful town of Brighton. Although this is our first event in Brighton we are on target for record number of visitors and stalls. We hope to make Brighton Vegan Festival 2018 an amazing, memorable and obviously a cruelty free day out for the family.
Along with the fact that VFUK is the UK’s only family run Vegan Festival, and the fact that you are supporting the largest movement in the world is reason enough to attend, but here are big 5 reasons to visit Brighton vegan festival this year.
1. Multi Award Winning Festival
Although Vegan Festival UK has been nominated for many awards over the years, we always got beat to the post by larger business, but last year we were asked to attend the prestigious national P.E.A Awards in London. It was huge honour to be a finalist among some of the UK’s leading sustainable companies, but hearing “The Winner Is Vegan Festival UK” was a little surreal. For more details on this amazing evening (P.E.A Awards), also this July 2nd 2018 we were chosen from a long list of festivals and events, to become the winner of Festival Of The Year 2018. That fact that we have been even nominated for these awards is fanatic, but becoming a finalist and then winning is awesome.
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 stall holders had to say about our previous event.
3. Speakers & Guests
We proud to welcome the inspirational Fiona Oakes and Ruth Hawe along for one of there inspiring talks. Fiona will be speaking about how to achieve your goals within activism – whatever they might be – and the many diverse and creative ways to implement them. Fiona has been vegan since she was 6 years old, has run her own Animal Sanctuary for 21 years in which she is currently caring for over 450 rescued animals, she has 4 Guinness World Records in endurance running events and the is the subject of a Documentary about her life – Running for Good – due to be released on 23rd August. Currently in the process of expanding the Sanctuary with the purchase of larger premises where more lives can be saved and education and activism can be nurtured. Fiona is passionate about her veganism and is constantly endeavouring to move the vegan cause forward in every aspect of her life and encouraging others to do the same, simply by being active for the animals!
Nicole Whittle : How To Veganise Your Makeup Bag. Nicole, founder of @VeganMakeupUK, shares her five top tips on veganising your beauty products. Helping you understand what to buy, what to avoid and showing you how big brands try to mislead consumers.
Pacari : Participate in an interactive workshop about the truth behind chocolate and learn new facts about the origin and history of cacao while getting the chance to taste 4 different award winning Pacari organic dark chocolate bars.
Lynn Nicholson, also known as the Vegan Food Pimp, uses the power of food to demonstrate how easy and delicious it is to go vegan. As the co-founder of an animal sanctuary in Spain and chef at her own restaurant in Brighton, Lynn wants people see that vegan food is everything and more than they ever assumed it could be. “Veganism appeals to people for different reasons but food unites us all. Through food, I help people join up the dots and make the connection between what we eat and how we live. Another way is definitely possible and the benefits are untold. ” Described as ‘epic plant-based amazingness’, Lynn’s food is catching the attention of non-vegans as well as the already converted. Now catering for weddings, parties and offering private chef work, the Vegan Food Pimp is giving vegan food a whole new audience. A qualified holistic nutritionist, Lynn Nicholson is also a writer with one published book, Vegan Food Pimp Cookbook, and several more in the pipeline.
A Word : Brighton’s vegan talk show will be part of this year’s Brighton Vegan Festival! New to veganism? New to activism? Then don’t miss this event to find out how diverse and inclusive activism really is! **Free activism resources to take away** **Great speakers** **families and children welcome** The A Word is a friendly and relaxed talk show style event giving you the opportunity to hear the stories and insights of local people promoting veganism in their own ways. We hope to encourage vegan activism for everyone whatever your passion! Interviewing your local street activists, creatives, academics, businesses, non profits and more who who all campaign for animal rights. So come and meet your local vegan activists and break down barriers, change perceptions and encourage community and compassion. Come and find where your activism lies!
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. Brighton Is Cool.
Brighton is a beautiful town at any time of the year, but Brighton becomes a fabulous place to visit in the summer, even when there is no Vegan Festival in town. Brighton’s location has made it a very popular destination for tourists from around the world (not just the UK), renowned for its diverse communities, quirky shopping areas, large cultural, music and arts scene and its large LGBT population. Brighton attracted 7.5 million visitors in 2015 – 2016 and is the most popular seaside destination in the UK for overseas tourists. Brighton has also been called the UK’s “hippest city”, and “the happiest place to live in the UK”.