Bristol welcomes Vegfest UK this May

A 3-day festival will be held in Central Bristol on the 24th-26th of May 2013, in commemoration of VegfestUK Bristol’s 11th anniversary.

Events such as this that were held in recent years saw more than 25,000 visitors, making it the world’s largest vegetable event. The 2013 show will be bigger and better than ever, complete with the May 24th headliners such as the French Swing exponents the Boxettes, the Caravan Palace and the Kitten and the Hip.

There is also an extended kids area and a 3rd sound system in place alongside the usual mix of stalls, caterers, cookery demos, talks, films and entertainment. The show is moreover attended by celebrated marathon runner Fiona Oakes together with pop star Janey Lee Grace, with both of them participating in the talks.

Past headliners have seen the likes of Finley Quaye, Roots Manuva and Ms Dynamite grace the main stage and the organisers have promised something special for their tenth birthday bash, with Bristol set to witness its biggest all star lineup for a long time. And the Kids area continues to grow with the addition of an art and crafts area, a chill out space for mums and babies, and a 2 day series of kids cookery classes and workshops.

The event first took place back in 2003 at The Watershed with 1500 visitors and 40 stalls, but the rise in interest in all things healthy has seen the event grow steadily year after year to reach its current size – and crowds are predicted to continue to grow as more and more stalls appear each year, each offering unique new products to an already busy marketplace.

But it’s not only veggies that fuel the numbers that visit VegfestUK Bristol every year – it’s the rise of the meat reducers that is making the biggest difference to numbers. ‘More and more people are looking to reduce their meat and dairy consumption without actually going veggie,’ says organiser Tim Barford, ‘and VegfestUK events are perfect for people like this. Meat and dairy reducers will find a whole load of tempting new pleasures to replace their current dietary choices and will walk away with the information and the products to enable them to maintain a diet rich in plant based options. You don’t necessarily have to go veggie to enjoy the benefits of the plant based lifestyle – just reduce your meat and dairy intake and choose more plant based options. Simple.’

The event starts at 5pm on Friday May 24th through to 11pm for the tenth birthday party, and then continues 11am – 11pm Saturday and 11am – 9pm Sunday. Admission is £2 before £5pm, and £5 after 5pm (Kids under 14 & OAP’s £1/£2)

More announcements are due shortly for the Saturday and Sunday nights with some big acts to come. Tickets for the Friday event go on sale on 1st February from the website, priced £15 and are only available in advance – no tickets on sale on the day.

VegfestUK also runs another big veggie event in Brighton every year (March 16th 17th 2013) – see for details. Vegfest UK is also coming to London on October 5th and 6th 2013 – details to follow February on the website

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