You know the Vegan Spring has arrived when the Cornwall Vegan Festival appears on the Cornish daffodil-hazed horizon. I unfortunately had to miss it last year but Phil reported back to me what an amazing event it was, and with this year’s event, taking place on Saturday 7th April, promising to be even bigger and better, I am actually struggling to contain my excitement.
Cornwall has really put itself on the vegan map in more recent years. Gone are the days when you have to travel up country to get your vegan kicks. Cornwall is now packed full of amazing vegan offerings; many of which are showcased at the festival. The festival has also attracted the attention of vegan businesses from outside of Cornwall, such as Seitan’s Grill, Sharaf Natural Foods and Ethica, proving that it isn’t just our amazing coastline and countryside that make the journey to Cornwall well worth going the extra mile for!
The festival is free to get in and all are welcome, including naturally your canine family members. There are a wealth of tasty food stalls (everything from seitan burgers, kebabs, and pizzas to dosas, falafel and decadent raw cakes and desserts are all on offer) for a well earned lunchtime pause and plenty of savoury snacks, sweet treats, and refreshing (or stimulating) drinks to fill in all the gaps in between.
Vegan business, information and charity stalls will be offering tasters, samples and information to stimulate taste buds and minds alike, with the latter being even more sated by the two stages of talks, demonstrations and workshops running throughout the day. This year also sees the return of the ‘Veganers Question time’, a popular, entertaining and informative event from last year’s festival.
Further entertainment is invited and provided by an open acoustic ‘no-mike’ and meeting area (bring along your musical instruments). Kids are naturally drawn to music (I’ve seen many a non-self-conscious little one strut their stuff at the front during music events at the Eco Park) but if that isn’t their thing, there are also children’s activities available with I Love Nature.