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Huge annual vegan festival drew to glorious close on Bristol Harbourside in its 15th year

Huge annual vegan festival drew to glorious close on Bristol Harbourside in its 15th year

2017-05-30 
| by Editor | Posted in Vlog

Bristol Harbourside witnessed a marvellous celebration of veganism and music at its iconic Amphitheatre site on the weekend May 20-21. Over 20 red-hot caterers and bars joined 180 other stallholders alongside approximately 50 speakers and entertainers on top of a series of captivating headliners, creating a memorable couple of days for over 10,000 visitors, including not only passionate vegans and party-goers, but also loads of vegan curious looking to embark on a change of lifestyle.

 

Huge crowds of people from vegan afficionados and beginners to vegan-curious and even some of the most enthusiastic carnivores congregate every year at Bristol Harbourside for a weekend of eating, shopping, learning, gathering, socialising and partying whilst not having to worry about hidden animal ingredients in any food, clothing, drinks, makeup, skincare, bodycare and footwear sold on site. Since its original beginnings in 2003, the event has grown to a giant occasion with 200 stalls including 20 top-notch globally inspired caterers and 5 bars conjuring up a superb vegan feast for all. This year’s food menu was stretching the definition of global to its limit with food influences ranging from Caribbean, Indian, Spanish, Mexican, Thai, Japanese, Greek, Nigerian, Moroccan, to vegan versions of traditional pub favourites in burgers and chips, plus rejuvenating juices and smoothies for those fancying a health kick, and not to mention the obligatory vegan cakes, ice cream and lots more confectionery for every sweet tooth in attendance.

 

On top of the eating and shopping, a number of walkabout entertainers were out in force bringing plenty of joy to visitors with their unique styles of entertainment.

 

There were also face painting, bubble making and cookery classes for the little ones as families came down to the event together to enjoy the delights of being vegan.

 

The talks and cookery demos this year were a big draw with a comprehensive range of topics and food dishes covered by a number of dedicated and knowledgeable speakers including the likes of Christopher Sebastian McJetters, Fiona Oakes, Juliet Gellatley and many others who were absolute stars in the educational section of the event.

 

Local MP’s Kerry McCarthy and Thangam Debbonaire were in attendance on Saturday to unveil the world’s largest vegan cake, sliced in front of thousands of visitors to celebrate the 40th birthday of one of the UK’s leading vegan campaign groups Animal Aid, who had campaigned tirelessly over the years for the rights and justice for animals since its inception.

 

VegfestUK regulars will know that there’s extra time in the evenings for headline music and this year’s edition certainly did not disappoint. Saturday night features a Show Me Love party – named after American R&B singer Robin S’ ageless tune “Show Me Love” which had topped numerous charts over the decades – continuing the celebration of Animal Aid’s 40th anniversary.

Robin S was joined at the party by a number of other big hitters including DJ’s Danny Rampling and Nicky Holloway, and singer Rozalla (famed for her uplifting and liberating song “Everybody’s Free”), together with a number of other talented artists from a second Live Acts Stage creating a buzzing atmosphere across the whole Amphitheatre site.

Photo credit: Jeff Oram
Photo credit: Jeff Oram

Photo credit: Jeff Oram

 

Sunday evening saw a reggae / dance mix with Dub Pistols headlining the Main Stage alongside local band The Scribes and DJ HeadSessions, in addition to a couple of other talented musicians from the Live Acts Stage, rounding off an amazing weekend full of eating, drinking and partying the vegan way at one of Bristol’s hottest attraction spots.

 

The organisers added, “It’s amazing to see such a massive gathering of such a glittering string of influences on a single weekend, created by never-ending labours of love of course, which started from way back before the event. But when we look back in a few years time this year’s event has got to be one of the most memorable and comprehensive in its history in terms of catering for people from as many walks of life as possible. Almost as amazing is the media coverage from mainstream outlets such as Metro, ITV and BBC Radio Bristol as well as local media outlets like Bristol Post and Ujima Radio, who have been nothing but supportive of our event. Big thankyou to all who participated and contributed to the weekend’s action, including our stallholders, speakers, performers, entertainers, contractors and visitors, and special thanks to our sponsors Bute Island Foods, Essential Trading, So Free Chocolate and Yaoh – we are absolutely thrilled to have produced such an enjoyable occasion for Bristol.”

Photo credit: Teen VGN

 

Visitors to the event are welcome to submit feedback to the organisers via the survey link here:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/BRIS2017Visitors 

 

The next edition of VegfestUK's events is the UK’s first ever vegan Trade show VegfestUK Trade on Friday October 20th 2017 at Olympia London. VegfestUK will remain at Olympia for the weekend October 21st 22nd 2017 immediately afterwards for the 5th year of its highly successful vegan Consumer show. After that, VegfestUK will be returning to the Brighton Centre on March 24th 25th 2018. 

To find out more about the future of VegfestUK Bristol currently, please refer to this article here.

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