Vegfest UK Vegan Diet Festival organiser reports massive surge in vegan interest

Top Quote UK Vegan exhibition and festivals is showing thousands of new people how delicious, healthy and sustainable a vegan diet can be. Record numbers of visitors confirm Google's, The Vegetarian Society's and The Vegan Society's findings that interest in veganism is up 40 %. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) April 03, 2013 - Surge of interest in local veggie event VegfestUK Bristol 'inundated with enquiries'.

    VegfestUK Bristol may already be the world's biggest veggie event - but the organisers couldn't have predicted the massive surge in interest in all things veggie in the wake of the horseburger scandal. The recent VegfestUK event in Brighton saw a 40% rise in footfall, and a trebling of web visits year on year, and already stall space at the flagship event in Bristol on May 24th -26th has nearly sold out, two months ahead of the show.

    Most of the best exhibition spaces have been already solved for the new Vegfest in London, Olympia

    Meanwhile nationwide, national groups like The Vegetarian Society and The Vegan Society are also reporting a similar rise in interest since the nation woke to find their burgers and lasagnes were not they thought they were.

    'Veggie food is not only very tasty and healthy, it's also clean' say organisers of VegfestUK. 'You know there's no horsemeat or hidden extras in veggie food, including the processed products like veggie burgers, sausages and pies. In a recent BBC TV investigation into takeaway food investigators found meat they couldn't identify It was supposed to be lamb but it wasn't, neither was it pig, horse, goat or chicken."

    The findings of the UK Food standards agency suggest this scandal is the work of criminal gangs, so there's no way of knowing what's going on anymore. In a word, meat and dairy are no longer safe to eat, unless you know the farm they come from. As a consequence, people are turning to veggie options in droves.'

    'A veggie diet is better for your health, better for the environment, better for animal welfare and better for sustainable global food production - and all of these things matter. And we need to let people know loud and clear that they have options, because the food authorities and big suppliers are letting everyone down. Going veggie has never made more sense.'

    This approach is making a lot of sense to a lot of people right now, and events like VegfestUK can really help people make the transition from a diet rich in animal product to a diet full of veggie options. You can sample a lot of products for free, drop in on a cookery demo, catch a talk on nutrition, and eat some really tasty food - all of it 100% plant based.'

    Headline acts for the Bristol event include Happy Mondays, Caravan Palace, The Farm , 808 State, The Abyssinians, Mack B, The Boxettes, Kitten and the Hip, and a DJ set from Peter Hook (New Order/Joy Division). There's also an after party on Saturday at Canvas Night club with Club Yeyo, Graham Park and Bez (Happy Mondays)

    Entry to the Bristol event is 2 during the daytime 11am - 6pm Saturday May 25th, and 2 on Sunday all day 11am - 10pm (1 Kids under 16 and OAP's) - pay on gate. Admission to the evening events Friday and Saturday is by advance tickets only - see website for details www.bristol.vegfest.co.uk

    VegfestUK -
    celebrating its tenth birthday in 2013 - then moves on to a brand new show at London Kensington Olympia October 5th 6th, with an all-star comedy line-up including Dave Spikey, Jamie Kilstein, Lucy Porter and Andrew O'Neill - see www.london.vegfest.co.uk for details and ticket info

    For more information about VegfestUK events contact the office on 0117 30799872 or email info ( @ ) vegfest dot co.uk

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