Horsemeat scandal attributed to huge rise in attendance at Brighton Vegfest

A huge and unprecedented rise in attendance of 40% for this years annual Brighton VegFestUK, held in the Hove Town Hall, resulted in an extra 2000 people attending the two day event, bringing the combined total for this years show to 7500.

Whilst many of the visitors were already vegetarian or vegan, the sharpest increase was in the number of meat eaters attending who were looking at the veggie alternatives available.

‘The Horseburger scandal is in many ways behind the huge increase in attendance’, said the organisers. ‘There’s no doubt consumers are looking for alternatives to cheap meat and veggie products are very attractive right now to mainstream audiences. Whereas before veggie food has been a niche sector, now it seems everyone wants in.’

With 135 stalls, cookery demos, talks, kids areas, cinemas, performance and appearances for BBC Radio 2 presenter Janey Lee Grace, and Sarah Jane Honeywell off CBeebies, there was something for everyone and many stalls were sold out well before closing time, such was the demand for new and exciting veggie products.

VegfestUK now moves on to shows in Bristol and London, and already stalls are nearly sold out and tickets in hit demand for both events – see for details

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