EI’d been looking forward to Vegfest London ever since I unpacked my bags when I got home from Vegfest Brighton in March this year.
At just £5 a ticket (you could buy the £10 tickets at 2-for-1 up until just days before the event), it’s a must-do exhibition for any vegan, vegetarian or open-minded food enthusiast.
There were over 150 stalls full of 100% animal-free goodies from food to cosmetics to shoes to household cleaning products to pet food! As the vegan lifestyle often goes hand-in-hand with the Earth-friendly attitude, there were plenty of stalls selling biodegradable, recycled and organic products.
All the big vegan names were there; Ms Cupcake was selling her insane cupcakes and signing cookbook after cookbook like a boss; and The Mighty Fork had a mighty queue (too easy!) all day, one which we were more than happy to stand in for 40 minutes ourselves because this was our delicious reward…
The event featured various talks, demos and seminars all weekend but with the excitement of sampling and testing and shopping, we didn’t make it to any this time.
We did, however, get swept up in the demo of the Omniblend blender… and end up taking one home! At around £250 a pop, the Omniblend, though still not cheap, is known as the Vitamix for those who can’t afford a Vitamix… like me. This magical little machine can make ice cream in 30 seconds and make and blend and heat soup in 5 minutes! £250 is still a lot of money for me to part with, so I went back to the stall three times before finally deciding I couldn’t leave the event without one. (So far I have successfully made both vegan frozen yoghurt and soup.)
Here’s a few more of the stalls at the event:
After several hours of some serious eating and shopping, we took home a pretty good haul!
Here’s some of my favourite bits and pieces:
Vegfest is held in three UK cities each year so if you didn’t make it to any events this time around, I highly recommend marking your calender for 2014! The event will be in Brighton in March, Bristol in May and London in October 2014. We made it to two of the three this year, so perhaps next year we can up our game and make the trifecta! Keep an eye on the website for ticket pre-sales.