Arran Vegfest celebrates the exponential growth of the vegan and plantbased lifestyle. According to a survey by comparethemarket.com the number of vegans in the UK now exceeds three and a half million, or seven percent of the population. That's a 700% growth in the two years between 2016 and 2018.
The first Arran Vegfest will take place on Saturday 2nd November 2019, with related events scheduled for Sunday 3rd November.
Although still subject to final confirmation, the likely location will be Arran High School, Lamlash.
Events and activities planned for the Saturday include inspirational and informative talks, food and vegan product stalls, and children's activities provided by the notorious Captain James Tea Cook and the Plantastic Pirates of the Carob Bean.
Entry to the general public is FREE! with event programs and raffle tickets on sale.
So far the following stalls have been confirmed: The Scottish School of Herbal Medicine, Nicola Dee Kelly, plant based nutritionist, Arran Gin, Ferghan Mhor Vegan B&B, Go Vegan Scotland and The Real Food Shop will have their mobile shop at the event
We're excited to announce two great local vegan speakers for Arran Vegfest 2019. Keith Robertson founder of the Scottish School of Herbal Medicine and Nicola Dee Kelly Consultant Medical Herbalist and plant-based nutritionist. Both Keith and Nicola are long term advocates of a natural approach to health care and a plant based diet, and live and work at Drimlabarra Herb Farm on the south end of Arran.
Will be provided by Captain James Tea Cook and the Plantastic Pirates of the Carob Bean (aka Tony Bishop-Weston, executive vegan chef and former director of the Vegan Society). Tony will have his famous Smoothie Bike with him!
Russ Cheshire of COAST has agreed to do a talk at VegFest about the work of COAST.
The talk, titled Devastation, Preservation & Restoration, will discuss the past, present and future of the Arran No Take Zone and MPA with reference to biodiversity and climate change.
This informative talk will be presented by Barbara Bolton of Go Vegan Scotland. Go Vegan Scotland is a grass-roots, vegan, volunteer group, working to promote veganism in Scotland through advocacy, education and information sharing
We'll be showing this BAFTA Winning short film - rated 8.7 on IMDb - at Arran VegFest on November 2nd.
73 Cows is the story of Jay Wilde, a beef farmer who battles with his conscience every time he takes his cows to slaughter. Feeling trapped within an industry he no longer believes in, Jay knows he must make a change and do what no other farmer from the UK has ever done before.