VegfestUK returns to Bristol from May 26–27, taking its place at new, larger venue: Ashton Gate Stadium
As Bristol’s vegan food scene hots up month by month, it’s no surprise to see the return of one of the country’s largest vegan festivals, landing in the city from May 26–27.
Held at a larger venue than previous years’ incarnations, this time the infamous Vegfest is hosted at Ashton Gate Stadium. With over 15 different streetfood vendors, as well as a full three-course sit-down restaurant on site, the entire rainbow of global vegan cuisine is covered.
Those familiar with the vegan festival circuit will notice classics such as Booja-Booja, who will be serving up their dairy-free, gluten-free organic ice cream, and A Taste of Thailand, famous for their freshly prepared and authentic Pad Thai and curries. As well as a plethora of tasty food stalls, drinks have not been forgotten with appearances from Coast Coffee, who specialise in locally roasted coffee as well as milkshakes and protein shakes, and Pitfield Brewery, who will be serving hand-pulled and keg craft beer, cider and wine.
Of course, no festival is complete without an exciting line-up of entertainment, and Vegfest doesn’t disappoint on this front, either. As well as the 220 indoor stalls and 20 outdoor stalls, which include not only culinary but lifestyle and beauty brands, there is a schedule of informative talks, cookery demos, a Ujima Live Acts stage, and even a dance stage.
And this just covers the daytime. Come evening, the entertainment portion really kicks into gear, offering comedy and a magician, along with a blues lounge, electro-swing lounge on Saturday, and a deep chill zone for those who are looking for something a little more low-key by Sunday evening.
VegfestUK manager Tim Barford has been with the festival for its whole 16-year history, organising events across the UK, including the longest-standing event, right here in Bristol. A staunch vegan himself, Tim thinks of veganism as much more than food: “To adopt the vegan lifestyle is to join a social justice movement. It’s more than just a diet – it’s about taking a moral and ethical standpoint and seeing animals as our equals,” he said.
Whether you’re vegan, veggie, flexi-, or omni-, there is sure to be something at Vegfest for you, even if it’s just stuffing your face with cake and beer.
For more information, and to book your tickets, head to www.bristol.vegfest.co.uk/tickets
Advance day tickets: £11 – adults; £6 – concessions
Tickets on the door: £12 – adults; £6 – concessions
Under 16s go free (accompanied by an adult)