The Summer may be missing a full events calendar, but that hasn’t stopped vegan events from springing up online – and VegfestUK are set the celebrate in style with a Summerfest Special online this August, featuring Macka B and Adamski amongst the lineup that includes the latest in all things vegan and plant based.
The Online event – set to attract thousands of visitors over the weekend August 15th 16th – is free to attend and includes a number of fun features with some fantastic exhibitors displaying some of the latest vegan options, many at bargain prices, along with a full weekend programme of live streams and presentations from some of the UK’s leading vegan experts – and a growing contribution from speakers based overseas
Cookery Demos and Plant Based nutrition take centre stage at this online vegan extravaganza, with an array of tantalising recipes for dishes from top plant based chefs from around the world on offer in the Cookery Demos area, whilst the Plant Based Health Professionals UK – a group of practising GP’s consultants and experts – deliver an up to date evidence based summary of recent nutrition and health news, including a live seminar to help people with their health and wellbeing during the pandemic.
Animal Rights and Activism always play a big part at Vegfest events – an the online version is no exception with an array of talks and panels looking at AR and activism, including a global linkup with some of leaders of Animal Rebellion in different continents, and an introduction to Animal Rights in The Animal Rights Academy, whilst the Fitness area thrives with the addition of a number of well known high achievers in the competitive sports arena including Robert Cheeke, one of the original USA vegan bodybuilders. And a new addition see the advent on an area focusing on ‘New Vegan Support’ an ideal area for those new to the vegan way of life or just getting acquainted with the benefits and delights of a plant based lifestyle
Meanwhile a new group launched during Lockdown will host the opening panel each day – The Vegan Women’s Leadership Network makes it global debut with participants from across the globe and a number of inspirational and educational presentations from an ever increasing circle of dynamic women leaders in the plant based world.
VegfestUK wouldn’t be the same without a liberal sprinkling of celebrities, comedy and music – and the online version doesn’t disappoint, with an array of guests on Saturday night with host Karin Ridgers including Level 42 bassist Nathan King alongside actress Carol Royle (The Professionals!), musician Tally Spear, TV presenter Wendy Turner Webster and actor Gary Webster (Minder!), whilst the comedy section includes a live session on Saturday plus appearances from Ishi Khan & Adele Cliff alongside host Mike Kelson, with more guests and comedians to be confirmed. There’s also the exciting addition of over 70 worldwide artists contributing to the Art of Compassion Project, raising funds for Vegans Against World Hunger and NSW Hen Rescue.
But its once again the music that makes the headlines – with long term vegan reggae star Macka B making a guest appearance on the Sunday evening followed by a special set recorded for Summerfest, and recent vegan convert Adamski, celebrating 30 years of ‘Killer’, one of the biggest ever selling dance tunes, making an appearance live on Saturday evening. There’s also a number of other vegan musicians performing, including a preview of the new ‘Peace on your Plate’ xmas single released in aid of Animal Aid in September.
Buckle your (vegan) belts for a weekend of excitement, entertainment, inspiration, education and some great bargains at the online vegan fiesta that is Summerfest Online – Registration is free to attend here https://www.vegfest.co.uk/summerfestonline/visit/