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A selection of press releases and blogs from VegfestUK about Bristol, with the most recent ones at the top of the page.




May 2013                 Interest in vegan diets doubles 

April 2013                55% of population on 'mainly vegan' diet by 2020

April  2013               Surge of interest in VegfestUK Bristol

April   2013              Ex Everton Footballer Neil Robinson among the guests at VegfestUK Bristol

February 2013         Happy Mondays headline VegfestUK Bristol’s tenth birthday party May 25th 2013  

November 2012        VegfestUK Bristol celebrating its tenth birthday in 2013


May 2013                 Interest in vegan diets doubles



april 2013       55% of population on 'mainly vegan' diet by 2020


April 2013   Surge of interest in VegfestUK Bristol

VegfestUK Bristol is already the world's biggest veggie event - but a massive surge in interest in the wake of the ‘horse burger' scandal means this year's event could be the biggest yet!

The recent VegfestUK event in Brighton saw a 40% rise in footfall and web visits treble since 2012, leading to stall space at the flagship event in Bristol selling out nearly two months ahead of the show on May 24th 26th.

National groups like The Vegetarian Society and The Vegan Society are also reporting a similar rise in interest since the nation woke to find their burgers were not they thought they were.

The number of people converting to a vegetarian diet each year is already substantial, driven by a growing concern over health, environment, sustainable food production and animal welfare. But the horsemeat scandal may cause this number to rise even further in 2013, with provenance now a big factor for many when deciding what goes into the shopping basket.

"Veggie food is not only very tasty and healthy, it's also clean" say organisers of VegfestUK. "You know there's no horsemeat or hidden extras in veggie food, including the processed products like veggie burgers, sausages and pies. They've found horses, rats, pets, zoo animals, all sorts in the meat food chain - what next, humans?".

"Even the UK Food standards agency admits that this is the work of criminal gangs, so there's no way of knowing what's going on anymore. In a word, meat and dairy are no longer safe to eat, unless you know the farm they come from. As a consequence, people are turning to veggie options in droves."

Tim Barford of VegfestUK goes on to say, "Events like VegfestUK can really help people make the transition from a diet rich in animal product to a diet full of veggie options. You can sample a lot of products for free, drop in on a cookery demo, catch a talk on nutrition, and eat some really tasty food - all of it 100% plant based."

Headline acts for the Bristol event include Happy Mondays, Caravan Palace, The Farm, 808 State, The Abyssinians, Mack B, The Boxettes, Kitten and the Hip, and a DJ set from Peter Hook (New Order/Joy Division).

And with afterhours parties on Saturday too, it looks like Bristol and veggies in particular will be spending most of the weekend eating and dancing - a great way to celebrate 10 years of VegFest, as this event enters its second decade. VegfestUK then moves on to a brand new show at Kensington Olympia, London (October 5th & 6th),with an all star comedy lineup including Dave Spikey, Jamie Kilstein, Lucy Porter and Andrew O'Neill ( for details and ticket info).

Daytime admission (up to 6pm): £2 adults & £1 kids/Concs/OAP's (pay on gate).
Evening admission: Tickets for Friday are £15 + fees, Saturday £25 + fees.
Sunday admission: £5 after 6pm, pay on gate.
Please note Friday & Saturday evening events are only available as advance tickets (no tickets on the gate).
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VegfestUK Bristol is the world's biggest veggie event and there are no animal products permitted at the event.





Europe's biggest veggie event celebrates its tenth birthday

Ex Everton footballer Neil Robinson, the first person to play top flight professional football whilst following a strict vegan diet, is amongst the guests at VegfestUK Bristol this summer, as it celebrates its tenth birthday firmly established as the biggest vegan event in Europe

Up to 25,000 people are expected at the 3 day festival May 24th 26th, with the Happy Mondays, Caravan Palace and The Abyssinians amongst the evening headliners

During the daytime, specials guests including radio 2 presenter Janey Lee Grace, UK powerlifter Pat Reeves, elite marathon runner Fiona Oakes, and local MP Kerry McCarthy will join a host of other vegan and veggie speakers, chefs and presenters, with over 60 talks, demos and workshops taking place over the weekend - all showcasing the best of the plant based lifestyle, something which is hot demand these days

‘Since the Horse burger scandal, there has been an upsurge in interest in all things vegan' say VegfestUK organisers, ‘and people like Neil Robinson and Fiona Oakes are very inspirational people, as they have achieved right at the top end of their chosen sports whilst living off nothing but vegetables! They are full of health and a shining example to young people as to what can be achieved without eating health threatening amounts of meat and dairy.'

The show is packed out with 125 stallholders including 12 specialist veggie caterers from across the globe, and a number of bars and juice bars - there's also an extended Kids area, a crazy golf course, 2 performance stages and plenty of family friendly entertainment. And with the recent good weather seeing a surge in tickets for the evening performances (Friday and Saturday evenings are by advance tickets only - daytimes are pay on gate) VegfestUK looks set to be the busiest one yet as the UK public turns to veggie options in droves.

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February       Happy Mondays headline VegfestUK Bristol's tenth birthday party May 25th 2013

The original Happy Mondays are on course to headline a 5,000 capacity outdoor gig in the heart of Bristol next May as they take centre stage at VegfestUK Bristol's tenth birthday party on Saturday May 25th 2013, along with support from 808 State and The Farm, plus a DJ slot from Peter Hook (New Order/Joy Division).

And with Caravan Palace headlining Friday, with support from Kitten and the Hip and The Boxettes, and The Abyssinians heading up the reggae sunsplash on Sunday with Macka B, Bristol is in for a musical as well as foodie treat as VegfestUK Bristol comes of age and goes into double figures as one of the longest established and most successful independent food and music events in Bristol.

Around 25,000 visitors are expected over the three day festival, many of them from out of town, and many of them experiencing the delights of 100% plant based food for the first time too - VegfestUK Bristol is the world's biggest veggie event and there are no animal products permitted at the event.

During the daytime (11am - 6pm Saturday and Sunday) visitors can expect a feast of different cuisine from across the globe, along with 125 stalls crammed with goodies including food, bodycare, clothes, fashion and accessories, and campaigns merchandise as well as information in abundance about the benefits of the plant based lifestyle, along with recipes, nutritional information, cookery demos, talks, a cinema and a host of entertainment including comedy hours, live music and performance. Admission is only £2 adults and £1 kids/claimants/OAP's during the daytime up to 6pm (pay on gate).

Then in the evenings the Main Stage takes over proceedings and some of the biggest headliners to ever grace an outdoor stage in Bristol take centre point and crank up the PA for some fantastic sessions on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening. Admission to the Friday and Saturday evening events is by advance ticket only - there are no tickets available on the gate. Tickets for Friday (Caravan Palace) are priced £15 + fees, and for Saturday (Happy Mondays, 808 State, The Farm, Peter Hook) its £25 + fees. Sunday (The Abyssinians, Macka B) admission is £5 after 6pm, pay on gate. Tickets available from and from

And with an after-hours parties on Saturday too, it looks like Bristol and veggies in particular will be spending most of the weekend eating and dancing - a great way to celebrate 10 years as this event enters its second decade, having been established in 2003 as an annual event in the heart of Bristol.

The event is sponsored by Oatly, Goodlife, Redwood Foods, Fry's Distribution, Nakd, Bute Island, Yaoh, Wills Vegan Shoes, Sunseed Organics, The Vegan Society, Sustainable Transport, Out of Hand,Vegfund and Koko Dairy Free, along with media partners Excellart, Veggie Vision, Foods for Life, Resurgence Magazine and Vegetarian Living.


November 2012   VegfestUK Bristol celebrating its tenth birthday in 2013


VegfestUK Bristol will be celebrating its tenth birthday in style in 2013 with a 3 day festival in central Bristol on May 24th 25th 26th.

Previous events have seen up to 25,000 visitors to what is now officially the world's biggest veggie event, and the 2013 show looks even bigger and better than before, with bigger headliners promised, and an extended kids area and a 3rd sound system in place alongside the usual mix of stalls, caterers, cookery demos, talks, films and entertainment.

Past headliners have seen the likes of Finley Quaye, Roots Manuva and Ms Dynamite grace the main stage and the organisers have promised something special for their tenth birthday bash, with Bristol set to witness its biggest all star lineup for a long time. And the Kids area continues to grow with the addition of an art and crafts area, a chill out space for mums and babies, and a 2 day series of kids cookery classes and workshops.

The event first took place back in 2003 at The Watershed with 1500 visitors and 40 stalls, but the rise in interest in all things healthy has seen the event grow steadily year after year to reach its current size - and crowds are predicted to continue to grow as more and more stalls appear each year, each offering unique new products to an already busy marketplace.

But it's not only veggies that fuel the numbers that visit VegfestUK Bristol every year - it's the rise of the meat reducers that is making the biggest difference to numbers. 'More and more people are looking to reduce their meat and dairy consumption without actually going veggie,' says organiser Tim Barford, 'and VegfestUK events are perfect for people like this. Meat and dairy reducers will find a whole load of tempting new pleasures to replace their current dietary choices and will walk away with the information and the products to enable them to maintain a diet rich in plant based options. You don't necessarily have to go veggie to enjoy the benefits of the plant based lifestyle - just reduce your meat and dairy intake and choose more plant based options. Simple.'

The event starts at 6pm on Friday May 24th through to 11pm for the tenth birthday party, and then continues 11am - 10pm Saturday and 11am - 10pm Sunday. Admission during the day times (11am - 6pm) is £2 before £5pm, and £5 after 5pm (Kids under 14 & OAP's £1/£2) - admission to the evening events is by advance ticket only - see website for details.

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