Bristol is gearing up for the annual sun-drenched celebration of all things veggie…
VegFest is one of the biggest vegan festivals in Europe and has been gracing the UK since 2003. When this festival hits the harbourside in Bristol, we all know that summer in the city has truly arrived; and that’s just one of the reasons we are so excited about this weekend. Banish thoughts of all this rain; summer is on its way and we are gearing up to indulge, sit in the sunshine with a beer, dance to the music and enjoy so much food – pretty much guilt free (well, there are those vegan cream cakes!).
In case you’re new to VegFest (where have you been), in a nutshell it is a sprawling market of food purveyors, live music, comedy and talks; marquees packed with vendors offering freebies and competitions; workshops and cookery demos – all connected by a common cause to live and eat cruelty-free. If you’re veggie or vegan, this is definitely your bag, but it’s also popular with meat-eaters too. There’s a lot going on, and it’s one of the friendliest festivals you’ll encounter.
So what can you expect from the weekend, aside from a veritable crop of market stalls and purveyors of tasty plant-based goods?
During the day on Saturday the main stage will be buzzing with various artists, from muiswith their kooky musical folk stories and mad costumes, Kara Richards, Big Joe Bone, White Station, The Phoenix Rose, The Exiles and young Bristol talent Isabella Alford. While Saturday evening kicks off with Criss Cross (who played at the first ever VegFest), followed by Adamski, Alison Limerick and one of the founding fathers of house music, Marshall Jefferson. Sunday is all about the reggae, so start swinging that head and those hips as the weekend winds down.
When it comes to talks and getting up to speed on vegan diets and health, there is plenty to get stuck into. Body builder Carlos Barbon is a must see, especially if you’re planning to enter the Body Building competition (entry is free and all contestants receive a prize). Yogis will be delighted to see some familiar faces and maybe even try out acro yoga. Whether it’s activism, outreach, practical cooking skills, health and fitness or great fresh food, VegFest literally has all bases covered. Get out your diary and start planning your weekend using the full programme or just meander on down and see what takes your fancy on the day. I hear it’s supposed to be glorious weather, and I really can’t think of a better way to spend the weekend.
VegFest runs from May 21st-22nd and it’s only five-quid for a day ticket and £8 for the whole weekend. Get a ticket here.
Here’s a glimpse of what went on last year…
Still keen for more? If you’re after a behind-the-scenes look at this festival, check out our interview with it’s founder, Tim Barford here.