Vegan Event News – Thousands head to Bristol’s Vegfest to celebrate vegan food this weekend
Thousands of foodies and music lovers gathered at Bristol Harbourside for the 13th annual Vegfest.
The festival celebrates all things vegan with 160 stalls offering a range of tasty snacks and smells, from sausages to shortbread.
Along with demonstrations, workshops and displays and plenty of tasters visitors got the chance to listen to live music from headliners DJ Alfredo and LTJ Bukem.
Among the festival-goers was Celina Markuas from Eastville. The 28-year-old is already a vegetarian, but said after seeing what was on offer she was considering going vegan.
“I must admit I’ve always thought there was a really big step between vegan and vegetarian,” she said.
“But being here today makes you realise that there is pretty much everything on the market you could imagine.
“I’ve also learnt a lot about the health benefits that I never knew and the wider impact to do with sustainable food sources,
“I think it is a fantastic for everyone – whether vegetarian, vegans or meat eaters – there is just a really nice family atmosphere.”
Lily Smalley, 32, from Southville was also impressed at the event’s atmosphere, despite not being a vegetarian.
She said: “It is a fantastic idea and the weather has really made it. Some of the food is pretty expensive, but I love the intention and idea behind it.
“I like that they are championing animal rights and I love that Bristol puts on events like this.”
Alan Lee has been vegan for three years since he watched a documentary. The 28-year-old from St Andrew’s now helps organise the festival after coming as a visitor.
He said: “The weekend is all about good people, good food and good music mixed with education.
“I think people think if they turn vegan they need to give up a lot, but this event proves there is an attractive alternative.
“People have been very positive about it and really embraced veganism and they can see it is a health alternative.
“When I turned vegan, the first few months were not easy, but then you get used to it.
“I had a lot of support from people around me and there is a really good social scene for vegans.”
The festival also runs from 11am to 9pm on Sunday.