A couple of weeks ago, I attend Leicester’s biggest vegan festival yet – and it was simply wonderful. We ate more cake than you can imagine and chatted to lots of lovely new people. With 100 stalls, 15 caterers and lots of talks and cookery demonstrations, it was a day enjoyed by all.
Regular entry to the festival was just £3, or you could get a VIP ticket in order to jump the queue and get a fantastic goody bag for £13. The goody bag (pictured below are the contents of our two bags) was great value for money, filled with wonderful products including Choc Shot, Vegan Life Magazine, Violife, Koko, Native Unearthed and many more.
And as the festival was 100% not-for-profit it was a donation to the worthy Miracle’s Mission anyway – so essentially these wonderful goodies were an added bonus for supporting this fantastic charity which helps sick, injured and abandoned animals in Borneo.
There were some fantastic and inspiring talks, including Dina Aherne’s moving and emotional talk on the realities of the dairy industry. Eye-opening for vegans, vegetarians and meat eaters alike.
Other highlights of the day included:
A wonderful stall filled with amazing cakes and cookies. I snaffled this delicious Red Velvet Cookie Cake – completely vegan and gluten free. It didn’t last long!
An absolutely mouth watering stall – my husband scoffed his face with these cream cakes, whilst I opted for the only gluten free option on the stall – an almost too beautiful to eat trifle.
The lovely people at Replete Flatbreads had lots of savoury breads and pastries, including a super tasty gram flour, gluten free delight. I took a few home for lunches.
Just to prove I didn’t visit only food stalls, I purchased this fantastic “Unicorns Are Vegan” T-Shirt from Wear Your Voice.
And for lunch I had this wonderful jackfruit and cauliflower rice meal, with a gluten free naan. Super tasty.
There were so many other fantastic stalls, I can’t possibly mention them all here. I also purchased some lovely vegan cheeses from Farrinheight Foods – a solid favourite of mine – and some vegan creme eggs and other chocolate treats from other stalls.
And guess what? It gets even better. I get to do it all again this Saturday, 6th May. This time at the Nottingham Viva Vegan Festival. This one is set to be a bit bigger, with around 120 stalls and lots of talks. I can’t wait to see what’s in my goody bag this time.
To get into the Nottingham festival it’s £3, and £13 for a goody bag. If you want to find out more, check out the Facebook page.
Thanks for reading! I highly recommend you make the trip to Nottingham on Saturday if you are in the East Midlands, and hope you have a great time if you do!