One of Europe’s biggest vegan festivals, VegfestUK Brighton returns to the south coast on Sat 24 – Sun 25 March. The Brighton Centre will house around 230 stalls, including 19 globally- inspired food caterers. There’s also a FxEctive Factor vegan talent contest, a Veganuary Class of 2018 reunion party, The Vegan Academy, talks, an activists corner, art exhibits, cookery demos, a mature zone and live music.
Elsewhere there’ll be stands offering supplements, chocolates, teas, clothing, skincare, cosmetics, jewellery, magazines and almost anything plant-based. Visitors can spend an entire day ploughing through the treasure trove of shopping options on offer. Many stallholders will also be offering one-off discounts only at the event, which will provide an added incentive for visitors to stock up on their favourite products over the weekend.
Another major strand at the event is the Vegan Comedy Festival,with dozens of vegan comedians entertaining VegfestUK Brighton visitors across the weekend. Saturday’s headliner is the award-winning Dave Chawner, who will be joined by Ryan Dalton, James Cartwright, Sarah Bennetto, Sonja Quita Doubleday, Regan MacNeil, Jamie D’Souza and Ishi Khan Jackson. On Sunday, the hilarious Chris Stokes takes charge, along with Matt Adlington, Adele Cliff, Drew Cameron, Sami Stone, Liam Cook, Matt Hoss, Sean Morley and Khan Johnson.
These events are renowned for their wide repertoire of sumptuous vegan eats, which showcase the huge diversity of vegan food and debunk the long-standing myth that this diet is dull and tasteless. Everything you enjoy eating in your everyday life, can be vegan. Every year VegfestUK’s food menu becomes more inventive. Visitors can look forward to a collection of new caterers, each adding their unique take on this diverse cuisine to a glittering existing selection of global street food caterers.
Participants include Bad Boy Vegan Kitchen with French style pastries and Shicken ‘n’ Waffles, Brownins with a range of flavours from the global African-Caribbean experience of spices and herbs, Cactus Kitchen Gals and a range of vegan burgers (including a crispy jackfruit crab-style patty, on a toasted glazed bun with minted mushy peas, homemade tartar sauce and a wedge of fresh lemon) and Damage Limitation – who bring all about delicious freshly- made juices and smoothies to help limit the damage of too much cake or booze.
There’s also Feral Food Store with their popular Southern fried seitan burger, Greek Vegan Deli and a range of recipes along with gluten-free speciality bread, Happy Maki’s amazing vegan sushi rolled fresh to order, and Herbivorous’ delicious take on the Californian vegan fast food scene.
You can also treat yourself to ‘fish’ and chips from world- famous international vegan restaurant Loving Hut Express, freshly prepared Bruschetta from Olives & Things,and try goodies from the UK’s only vegan frozen pizza company , One Planet Pizza. You can also try Vegusto’s lovely vegan hot dogs, authentic Punjab flavours with The Grand Trunk Road Food Stop, or a sumptious selection of home-made totally vegan, gluten-free lentil burgers with World Food. It’s a menu guaranteed to make the mouth water, convincing many pre-vegans that making the change can be colourful, vibrant and delicious.
VegfestUK 2018 comes to the Brighton Centre on Sat 24 – Sun 25 March.