A vegan festival is a great indication that times are changing and more people are embracing an ethical lifestyle, so I was very pleasantly surprised to come across a poster for Dublin Vegfest (taking place September 11th), a vegan festival full of cruelty-free food and wares.
As there are so few vegan businesses around the country at the moment (though that’s certainly changing!), I didn’t expect there to be an entire festival dedicated to the vegan movement. It’s going to be so great being in a place where I can eat and buy absolutely everything without checking the label! That is genuinely exciting!
The event is going to be held at the Griffith Conference Centre, which is actually on the campus of my alma mater, Griffith College Dublin. That’ll be quite nostalgic and I might bump into some of my old lecturers, so it’s a huge win-win so far! The festival will take place over 3 whole floors so I have very high expectations about the food and products on offer.
Last year’s festival was visited by around 1200 people and I think this year will draw an even bigger crowd due to the huge rise in veganism all around the world (Britain has seen a 350% rise in veganism in the past decade).
According to Dublin Vegfest’s Facebook event page:
Dublin Vegfest 2016 promises to be an incredible day of the best in vegan food, natural ethical products, lifestyle talks, food demos, cruelty-free products, super foods, exhibitors, info stalls, performances, non-profits and lots more! You don’t have to be vegan to enjoy Dublin Vegfest; you can hang out eating great food, trying natural ethical products, you can learn about plant based health benefits, and enjoy a performance or a talk among a super friendly gathering.
Even more exciting is that Emily Barwick Moran/ Bite Size Vegan will be speaking at the event this year.
In case you haven’t heard of her (and if you haven’t, where have you been?), she simplifies complex vegan issues in an engaging, approachable way that appeals to vegans and non-vegans alike, creating new vegans and arming existing vegans with the tools they need to get active.
I’m a huge fan of hers and can’t wait to meet her! Check out some of her awesome videos here.
You can pick up tickets for just €8 plus a €1 booking fee here.