As meat-free sales shoot up 40%, Brighton Vegan Festival Launches
Mintel have recently announced that sales of meat-free foods have grown an impressive 40% from £582 million in 2014 to an estimated £816 million in 2019. And with Vegan Steak Bakes in Greggs, Vegan Meatball Marinara Subs in Subway, KFC launching their Original Recipe Vegan Burger and Holland & Barrett selling vegan crème eggs, it’s little wonder! And to top it all, Vegan Events UK are offering the best vegan experience possible this year at Brighton Vegan Festival on Saturday 22nd February…
So what’s packed in to Brighton Vegan Festival? – well, the answer is what’s not! There’s everything to tickle your taste buds from the latest gourmet vegan cheezes, indulgent creamy chocolates to some naughty vegan kebabs, and everything in between. It’s like all the food you’ve ever enjoyed but with the unhealthy bits taken out. You can try before you buy, and sample foods that are so new they haven’t even hit the shops yet. You can also bathe vegan too – with a range of deliciously scented soaps and handmade bath bombs from brands like Iuvo Skincare. And if you’re feeling stressed from a busy week, you can have the chance to chill out in a relaxing yoga session.
There’s something for everyone – with lots of cool children’s activities and entertainment on hand to amuse the little ones. And if your teenager is into the latest trends you can check out cool designer vegan labels such as the gorgeous range of ‘Viva La Vegan’ hoodies and Tees. Plus there’s a massive range of gifts and goodies including candles, jewellery, and even treats for animals. It’s also a great place to shop if you’re looking to go plastic-free.
If you’re looking to get more in-depth, the festival also features useful talks on nutrition and the vegan lifestyle as well as some inspiring, fun cookery demos to get you started.
Brighton Vegan Festival takes place at Hilton Brighton Metropole on Saturday 22nd February from 10:30am to 4:30pm, so there’s plenty time to browse around before lunch, enjoy some talks and demos, and round the day off with tea, or take something home for later. There are over 80 fantastic stalls, world food caterers, exciting cookery demos, inspirational talks, interactive workshops, yoga and children’s activities running throughout the day.
Festival organiser, Victoria Bryceson runs her events in partnership with animal welfare charity, Miracle’s Mission. Here she talks about Brighton Vegan Festival 2020, “I’m really looking forward to our exciting festival this February. It’s set to be even bigger and better than last year’s. We received so much positive feedback last year and there’s now so much demand that this festival is becoming a regular sell-out event. I think it’s partly because people really love the friendly atmosphere. And also because it’s one of the best places to network and meet others who are vegan-curious too. The wonderful thing about the event is that it’s for everyone whatever your lifestyle. Just come along and bring your friends for a great, fun weekend or day-out. You’ll have everything you need there, whether you’re looking for some eco retail-therapy, some ‘me’ time, precious family time or just a lovely meal out with some friends.”
Brighton Vegan Festival is on Saturday 22nd February from 10:30am to 4:30pm at Hilton Brighton Metropole, Kings Road, Brighton BN1 2FU. Entry is just £5 payable on the door (under 16’s free), and this includes entry to all areas and activities. VIP tickets, £15, include fast track entry and a goody bag full of vegan products, samples, discounts and offers can be purchased in advance from Eventbrite but sell out quickly.