The 8th annual West Midlands Vegan Festival will be by far the biggest vegan fest ever staged in the Midlands. Wolverhampton will become only the 4th city in the UK to stage a 2 day vegan festival, after Bristol, Brighton & London, and up to 5,000 visitors are expected over the weekend. The entire Wolves Civic will be packed with attractions throughout the whole weekend and the event has proved so popular that there will also be a marquee full of stalls, a catering van and entertainment outdoors too.
The West Midlands Vegan Festival 2015 will offer all you need for healthy, cruelty-free, eco-friendly living. And you don’t have to be veggie or vegan to attend; everyone is welcome! Organisers are inviting everyone along to see just why people are increasingly adopting a vegan lifestyle.
The festival will include over 100 stalls – everything from clothing, footwear and cosmetics to books, campaign organisations and lots of food!
The show will help answer the question ‘Why Vegan?’ showing how people choose a vegan lifestyle for various reasons, including to save animals, improve their health, reduce hunger and save the planet.
There’ll be more delicious food choices than ever before, with 8 hot food caterers from across the UK, serving food from around the globe, an array of cake stalls including cheesecake, iced buns and delicious raw cakes, numerous tempting chocolate and confectionery stalls, wine tasting, a vegan bar, freshly squeezed tropical fruit juices and a variety of vegan cheeses to die for! Many of the food stalls will offer free samples of their delicious products for people to try.
And if you’re a cruelty-free fashionista, there’ll be more clothing stalls than ever before, offering an array of stylish shoes, boots, clothes and accessories, and a superb array of ethical make-up, perfume, cosmetics, bodycare, skincare and haircare products on sale, with many samples to try.
Other stalls will include vegan support and information; green and ethical products and services; animal protection groups and sanctuaries; and environmental awareness campaigns. Local and national organisations will offer a vast array of information about going and staying vegan, alongside a range of products including books and clothes. There will also be a wealth of information on a wide variety of issues, alongside merchandise to help raise much needed funds.
There’ll be over 40 inspiring talks throughout the weekend, covering a wide variety of issues from going vegan, general vegan health and vegan bodybuilding, to vegan organic crop cultivation, deep ecology and an array of talks on animal issues. Throughout the weekend there’ll be 10 mouth-watering cookery demos, which will demonstrate how to cook vegan lasagne, gluten free meals, Barcelona style, delicious desserts and a vegan cheese making demo both days!
Also, there’s plenty for children too with lots of kids activities over the 2 days and Sparkle the Goblin Wizard, a 50 minute fun-filled children’s show with Dommy B.
There’ll be live on-stage entertainment from start to finish, a range of alternative therapies, plus vegan strength and fitness contests.
This is the Festival’s 8th year, with the first festival staged on 1st November 2008 (World Vegan Day) in the Wulfrun Hall. 1,200 people flocked to the event, which has grown year on year ever since. Last year’s was the best yet, with over 100 fantastic stalls and 3,000 visitors – half of them non-vegans. So, because of the festival’s growing popularity, the 2015 event will be open across two whole days for the first time.
The 2015 event is sponsored by Moo Free Chocolates, with the multi award winning dairy-free chocolate producer supporting the event for the 6th year in a row.
The West Midlands Vegan Festival is being held at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall in the city centre, 10 minutes walk from the train and bus stations and near city centre car parks. It will be open from 10am to 6pm both days, with admission just £1 for adults, payable at the door, and under-16’s free.