Discover the joys of plant-based living at 10th annual VegfestUK

Discover the joys of plant-based living at 10th annual VegfestUK Brighton on March 24-25 at the Brighton Centre

Plant-based lifestyles have attracted plenty of interest from a selection of celebrities, media and health professionals endorsing a diet free from animal products. In the wake of record number of signups for Veganuary – an annual month-long pledge in living vegan for a month – you may be tempted to put on your diary one of the nation’s biggest events for plant-based living – VegfestUK Brighton – on March 24-25 at the Brighton Centre.

A wide range of plant-based produce will be showcased by a selection of businesses based in or around Brighton at the event. Amongst these businesses is Katie’s Nuttery, who’s making their own artisan nut butters and nut mylks in Brighton. Happy Maki, a favourite in the street food catering scene, has recently launched a vegan sushi shop in Brighton to offer dine-in options. Local ice cream parlour Boho Gelato will be offering their own dairy-free flavours to visitors at the show. To demonstrate that vegan options are not restricted to food and drinks, Surrey-based companies Made By Coopers and Indigenous Beauty offer clean organic aromatherapy products and natural handmade deodorant creams respectively, whilst Brighton-based company Eden Perfumes has a large amount of flavours for their perfumes – all made without the use of animal ingredients and without animal testing.

A number of high-calibre musicians will be entertaining a big crowd with their acoustic songs at a talent contest to be judged by a group of celebrities within the plant-based living scene. Judges include singer Rozalla (renowned for her hit single “Everybody’s Free”), actor Peter Egan, actress Wendy Turner-Webster, presenter Jasmine Harman, and vet Marc Abraham.

Dozens of vegan comedians will be entertaining visitors to VegfestUK Brighton with their witty stories and humour. Headlining the festival on the Saturday is award-winning comic, published author and mental health campaigner Dave Chawner, whilst on Sunday, attention turns to UK comedy circuit regular Chris Stokes. A dozen other comedians who follow a plant-based diet will be sharing a series of their own vegan stories on top of their own punchlines, with local comedians including the likes of Liam Cook, James Cartwright and many others.

The festival also consists of 19 globally inspired caterers serving a series of mouthwatering plant-based cuisine, ranging from pizzas, curries, fishless “fish and chips”, to falafel wraps, burgers, hot dogs, ice cream amongst a long list of sumptuous food varieties, plus around 60 quality speakers hosting dozens of talks and cookery demos, on top of a series of panels and workshops on healthy living and ethical lifestyles, a kids area and an art exhibition.

Tickets are available both in advance and on the gate. Advance day tickets are priced at £7.70 for adults and £4.40 for concessions (including 10% booking fee) – these are available to buy online at up until the morning of the event weekend. Meanwhile, tickets on the gate cost £10.00 for adults and £5.00 for concessions. Kids under 16 can enter for free as long as they are accompanied by adults.