Thousands expected at Bristol’s Vegfest 2015

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Written by:   | Posted 11-May-2015 11:54

There are not many festivals that feature vegan bodybuilders, talks on nutrition and cookery classes for children.. But Vegfest is one of the more off-beat dates on Bristol’s summer calendar and one of the more unusual festivals.

The final plans are now in place for the festival, which takes place on Saturday and Sunday, May 23 and 24.

A series of Vegfest events are held across the country and the first one has already taken place in Brighton. It was a roaring success and there are high hopes Bristol will also prove to be a big hit with the crowds.

The Bristol festival, which is held in the Harbourside, is the UK's biggest vegan event and is a mixture of vegan food and live DJs in the evenings.

The festival opens its gates to the public between 11am and 10pm and thousands are expected to descend.

The daytime part of the show features more than 160 stalls – including food, bodycare, accessories, fashion, merchandise and information, as well as 15 specialist vegan caterers, with food from across the globe, and four all-day bars.

There will be a nutrition and health tent, a campaigns and lifestyle talks marquee, cookery demos, children’s cookery classes hosted by Captain James Tea Cook, a kids area and activities, and a vegan activists corner with workshops.

There will also be a performance stage all day with acoustic acts during the daytime and live DJs in the evening, including Alfredo and LTJ Bukem.

The event will also showcase an impressive line-up of vegan bodybuilders.

Organiser, Tim Barford, inset left, said: “A lot of people think that steak and whey are essential to bulking up and being manly. But the UK's vegan bodybuilding group show that a diet rich in protein-rich plant-based foods are at least as effective as meat-based diets in providing the body with the nutritional requirements in bodybuilding.”

He added: “We are delighted to support A Well-Fed World’s (AWFW) school lunch programme in Ethiopia by organising collections for this fabulous food project at the Bristol event.

“We will be collecting funds exclusively for AWFW at our Bristol event on both May 23 and 24 at the amphitheatre on exit. Please give generously to this fantastic organisation to help get quality vegan food on the menu of school kids in Ethiopia.”

Mr Barford, who lives in Bristol, said: “We had a great event in Brighton this March. This year's event was visited by an all-time record of 12,000 visitors, who braved the challenging weather on the Brighton seaside to embrace the wonders of the vegan lifestyle at an absolutely packed event. The signs are that Bristol will be the same.”

“Nearly 50 per cent of all visitors to VegfestUK Brighton are new to the event, and 90 per cent are coming back next year.

“The results from our VegfestUK Brighton visitors’ survey also indicated that nearly 40 per cent of all visitors were not vegan beforehand, and nearly 1,000 of them decided to go vegan afterwards.”

For people wanting to find out what’s on at the event there is a 64-page programme, which is now available at
Printed copies of the programme will also be distributed to independent outlets in Bristol and neighbouring areas.


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