A lot has changed in the past decade or so, in particular to what we eat and enjoy eating. As our climate changes and our attitudes develop, a lot of us are now trying to eat less meat. Many have chosen to get vegetarian, while some are opting for vegan food that can be just as tasty as meat-based dishes. This has transformed the way we see food, and even how we use it to help with our health, like Vegan Liftz as an example. Now there are festivals taking place all over the globe to celebrate vegan food. So here are some of the best vegan festivals worth knowing about.
Vegandale Food Drink Festival – America
America is a big place, and with that being said, there are so many different vegan festivals and events that happen throughout the year. The Vegendale Food Drink Festival is one that takes place across a number of cities from Chicago, Miami, Toronto, New York, and Houston. The event takes place no matter what weather conditions and sees thousands of visitors to it’s touring festival. There’s live music from a DJ and also an MC who hosts the event with games and giveaways throughout the entire day. All ages are welcome, but attendees under 12 need to be accompanied by an adult ticket holder. Vendors for 2020 haven’t been announced yet, but there’s sure to be a lot this year as there were over fifty in 2019.
Vegan Foodie Festival – Amsterdam
Amsterdam is a beautiful location, and a Vegan Foodie Festival is a perfect excuse to fly over and spend a few days tasting some vegan-friendly food while exploring what this wonderful city has to offer. It’s a three-day event that is packed full of entertainment and opportunities to learn about the world of veganism and how it’s benefiting our environment. From vegan cheese to candy, there’s something to suit everyone’s palette, and last year’s festival hosted thirty of the best food and vegan-related stands. There’s also plenty of live music, workshops to get involved with, competitions to enter and of course, talks on how veganism has developed over the past few years. The admission for this event is entirely free and is again open to all ages. After all, it’s good to encourage more plant-based diets when the children are young and influential. Offering them this type of diet might help more of the future generations, eat more plants than animals.
VegFest – United Kingdom
Hosted in the UK’s capital of London, the VegFest takes place at Olympia London, which is a huge venue that is known for hosting some of the biggest stall events in the UK. VegFest came back to Bristol in 2003 and mixes veganism with a festival vibe. VegFestUK has managed to put on around forty vegan festivals across the UK and has brought together many vegan-related companies from food, drinks, clothing, and cosmetics, to name but a few. The event is only continuing to grow, and in London, veganism has become pretty huge in comparison to the rest of the country. For a city that has a big effect on our climate, the residents of the city are doing the utmost to benefit the environment they live in. The aim of this festival is to bring people of all ages together for a unique experience of live performances, yoga classes, and cooking demos.
Vegan Gourmet Festival – Kyoto, Japan
Heading over to Japan, you have the Vegan Gourmet Festival that takes place in Kyoto. This festival brings great vegan stalls that are local to the area. It started in Nagoya in 2011 and has made it over to Kyoto in 2015 and then in Tokyo in 2016. The one in Kyoto tends to take place around November and is near the Kyoto Station in Umekoji Park. The festival is usually quite crowded so a tip would be to get there nice and early to avoid any disappointment. Again, make sure to take along with you any family and friends as this is an event that’s suitable for all ages.
World Vegan Day – Melbourne, Australia
And finally, World Vegan Day in Melbourne, Australia, is one of the most popular vegan events down under. Entry is free, and it’s run completely by volunteers who set aside their own time to make this the best vegan event in Australia. It’s been going for over 17 years now and is a one-day event. For 2019’s event, they did a huge rally on climate change and boosting people’s awareness about the change that they can help provide.
Veganism is certainly on the rise, and why not give it a try to see if you can help the environment by making some small changes in what you eat? Even if you tried to make a conscious effort to eat less animal produce, it all makes a difference.