Brighton welcomes the first Vegfest of 2013 to the Hove Centre in March

Vegfest Uk, one of the biggest celebrations of veggies in Europe returns to Brighton on the 16th-17th March for a two day fun filled fiesta of all things veggie, and there are a great range of new attractions for the 2013 show which are sure to bring in the crowds. These include a comedy hour, a performance area featuring live acts, a cinema, a strong man competition, speed dating and even a wedding, all adding up to the the must attend festival in 2013.
There were 5000 attended this great free event in 2012 and it is generally accepted that that number will be smashed this year. With a packed programme of cookery demos, workshops, talks, presentations and entertainment, as well as the Sunday being designated as a family day, there is something for all the family at Vegfest UK 2013 Brighton.
There will be over 125 stalls all full of food, produce, body care, fashion and accessories, clothes, tombolas, caterers, campaigners and of course plenty of information about the health benefits of a plant based lifestyle, including qualified nutritional advisers.
Presenter, author and former pop star Janey Lee Grace will be opening the show at 11am on Saturday, followed by a talk about healthy living at 12. Sunday is especially busy with CBeebies presenter Sarah Jane Honeywell in attendance and helping out with some of the Kids activities planned for the day, including Kids cookery classes. And ex Emmerdale actress Roxy Shahidi (who played the character Leyla Harding for 3 years) will also be visiting the show on Sunday to host her own yoga workshop – Roxy’s Bite Size Yoga Workshop, suitable for beginners as well as the more advanced.
Professional footballer Dean Howell (Fleetwood Town FC) will be in attendance on Sunday – Dean is one of the few players to play football in the top divisions whilst adhering to a strict plant based diet and he will be on hand to answer questions about his training, diet and use of supplements. Dean will be joined by UK Savate Kick boxing champion James Southwood, GB Duathlon competitor Dave Arnold, Elite runner Matt Woodman and bodybuilder Alex Mitchell as they compete in a strength competition on Sunday – with all the competitors eating, training and competing on a 100% plant based diet.
And for some light-hearted relief, comedians Andrew O’Neill (recently to be seen on the 250th episode of Never Mind the Buzzocks) and Sara Pascoe (TV star of ‘Stand up for the Week’ & ‘Hall of Fame’) will be providing plenty during the comedy hours both days at 5pm, which also feature comedians Joey Brannigan, Chris Dhondee, Dominic Berry and James Hately.
There’s also a performance area with around a dozen musicians playing over the weekend, including Brighton – based musician Tensheds, and guitarist Paul Carella. And for the first time at Brighton there is a cinema with a number of eco friendly films showing across the weekend, including ‘Vegucated’, ‘Planeat’ (followed by a discussion with Planeat director Shelley Lee Davies), and ‘Got the Facts on Milk?’.
‘The show is in its 5th year, and is very much open to people who eat meat and dairy, but are looking to reduce their consumption of animal products, be it on health grounds, out of concern for the environment or for ethical reasons’ says Tim Barford, the organiser of VegfestUK events. ‘Many visitors to our shows eat meat and dairy and have no interest in becoming veggie, but they enjoy the different textures & flavours that quality vegetarian food provides, and they have no problem in choosing veggie options over meat and dairy several times a week.
Meat and dairy reducers will find our shows a haven of alternatives to animal products and many of the samples are free to try, and can be bought at knock down prices, so it’s a great way to get an introduction to the best of the plant based products that are now available. And it’s a great opportunity to bring the kids along too and let them try some genuinely healthy options and maybe even learn some new cooking skills at one of the kids cookery workshops at our Family Day on Sunday’.
The show runs for two days in March 2013 (Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th) and is open from 11am – 6pm both days, at The Hove Centre in Norton Road. Entrance is completely free to the public, although donations are welcome (suggested donation £2). More information is available from the event website
VegfestUK also runs another big veggie event in Bristol every year (May 24th 25th 26th 2013) – see for details. Vegfest UK is also coming to London on October 5th and 6th 2013 – details to follow in February 2013 on the website
For further info please contact the VegfestUK office on 0117 3079872 or email