Vegfest

Things to do , Event spaces Olympia London , West Kensington Saturday October 22 2016 - Sunday October 23 2016
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Check your tofu stocks and get ready for some meat-free magic, Europe's biggest vegetarian event is back for 2016 at Olympia Central. Last year saw stalls peddling animal-friendly cosmetics, raw cocoa, vegan cakes and other virtuous goods alongside a strong line-up of comedy on the Performance Stage. Visitors can also pick up new tips and dietary delights at a selection of workshops, talks and cookery demonstrations. Planned new features include a vegan activist and health summit as well as a campaign zone with interactive workshops aiming to educate people about the vegan lifestyle. Absolutely no animals are harmed in the making of this two-day festival aimed at those with the greenest of diets. 

Venue name: Olympia London
Address: Hammersmith Rd
London
W14 8UX
Transport: Tube: Kensington (Olympia)
Price: £15 (£12 adv), concs £0 (£8 adv), under-16s free
Event phone: 0117 307 9872
Event website: http://www.vegfest.co.uk/london/
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Tom Bruce
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VegFest is Europe's largest convention for vegan and vegetarian foods, companies, and activists, and it is growing like a Californian tomato on super steroids. Vegans don't really support GMOs, it was just the first crop-related simile that came to mind. 12,000 people turned up at London VegFest this weekend just gone, several times more than the inaugural exhibition four years ago. More proof that ethical veganism is growing faster than any other social movement on the planet today. Of course not everyone at Kensington Olympia was a plant-based eater - there were plenty of vegetarians and carnists about, but all were welcomed with open arms and all were treated to the finest foods the Earth has to offer.


Pizzas with melted 'cheez', not dogs, burgers with fries, veggie hoisin duck and dumpling, jerk 'tricken', giant falafel wraps, shakes, cakes, donuts, cookie sandwiches, ten tonnes of free vegan chocolate samples... and that's just what I ate on my own over the course of the two day show! The range of delectable cuisines on offer from the one hundred plus food stalls was truly astounding. Especially for the groups of omnivorous friends whom I invited to come along with me. They're pretty much converts now, realising that they don't need to eat the dead body of an animal they claim to love in order to live a happy and healthy life after all.


Beyond food there were clothing companies, beauty care products, vegan beer microbrews, animal welfare charities, environmental organisations, musical performances and much more besides. On the top floor of the exhibition there were a number of lecture halls, screening rooms and auditoriums which played host to scheduled vegan activism events. Stand up comedy, films, debates, and talks from leading animal welfare activists took place up there; some was entertaining, some was inspiring, all was thought provoking. Quite honestly there was too much to see and do. Above all, though, it was just great to engage with a such a compassionate community. Roll on Veg Fest 2016. And, eventually, a united vegan world.