Sharon Reid


According to the Vegan Society, there were three and a half times as many vegans in 2016 as 10 years earlier. The NHS states that more than 1.2 million people in the UK are vegetarian.* As more of us opt for meat-free diets, being a vegan or vegetarian has never been easier; with restaurants offering meat-free options and supermarkets expanding its vegetarian/vegan ranges.

Meat-free love is also apparent with the return of  the UK’s largest vegan festival, VegfestUK – 21st – 22nd October, at London’s  Kensington Olympia.

Why visit?

Apart from sampling amazing food available from the Vegan Food Village, there will be cutting edge vegan products displayed across over 260 stalls as well as special discounts.

VegfestUK is also educational; visitors can learn about the all-round benefits of following a vegan lifestyle via a wide-ranging series of talks including topics on: Athletes, Health, Animal Rights, Radical Veganism, Environment and Food Sustainability, and Activism.

Education continues in the Mature Zone, this hub explores looking after vegans in their advanced years and other related topics.

Getting a bit bored of your limited vegan repertoire? VegfestUK is ideal for picking up new vegan recipe ideas from live food demos from inventive plant- based chefs in the Cookery Demos zone and the Living Raw Zone. Children can also benefit with vegan cooking lessons from in-house pirate Captain James Tea Cook.

Additional attractions also include live music, ‘vegan’ comedians (vegans are not all earnest eco-warriors!) and a vegan-themed art exhibition entitled the Art of Compassion Exhibition.

Whether you are a committed vegan or just vegan -curious a visit to VegfestUK will be a constructive use of your time this weekend. To purchase tickets please visit: Advance tickets (day tickets) are £12 for adults and £8 for concessions plus booking fees. Tickets on the gate (day tickets) are £15 for adults and £10 for concessions.** Please note that tickets on the gate are limited in quantity and are subject to availability depending on advance ticket sales, so those who are travelling to London specifically for this event are advised to purchase tickets in advance.

Children under 16 can enter for free as long as they are accompanied by adults.

** Those buying concessions tickets are required to bring suitable ID for verification of their concessions status on the gate.