VegfestUK, now in its 20th year of organising large scale vegan events, returns in style this autumn to the iconic Olympia National for their 10th annual vegan festival at Olympia, promising once more a sizeable collection of some of the UK’s finest plant-based producers amongst a host of expertise and inspiration from vegan educators and activists, suiting a wide range of visitors from the plant based aficionado to the complete beginner through to newly converted vegans as well as seasoned vegans from another era. With London proving to be one of the most popular cities in the world for vegan creations, the show continues to attract top names and brands from the vegan world making it the UK’s number one indoor vegan exhibition of the year.
“There’s a lot of food and lifestyle options at VegfestUK London” enthuse the organisers, “and that’s a crucial part of celebrating the vegan way of life. Easy access, multiple choices, innovative products and services and reasonable prices are cornerstones to people transitioning to a fully plant-based lifestyle. Likewise, though the knowledge on hand – be it expertise in the plant-based kitchen, or understanding optimum wholefood plant – based nutrition and fitness, and getting to grips with the full impact of our lifestyle choices on the environment and the animals we share the planet with, is somewhat eased by the multitude of expertise freely available at Vegfest. Visitors will find a wealth of information and inspiration, whatever their current stage of plant-based living.”
The 2023 event has a firm focus on fitness and feel-good factor with several areas dedicated to fitness experts, relaxation, and optimum nutrition, areas that surfaced during the last few years and here to stay as people invest in their holistic health and enhancing their immune systems, and with wholefood plant based lifestyles such a cornerstone to good health, for people, planet and animals, there is a sense of ‘holistic veganism’ defining the post covid Vegfests. “Holistic veganism recognises the interconnection between all aspects of health and wellbeing, enveloping multiple approaches including being vegan for health reasons and for concern about the environment, and food justice and sovereignty as well as spiritual reasons. At heart veganism is about not using animals, and has evolved from this position, but the 21st century lifestyle evolution very much encompasses Holistic Veganism as a way of including all aspects of this way of life. In many respects VegfestUK London mirrors the holistic vegan approach – uplifting, informative, supportive, spanning multi faith and heritage and encompassing an overriding compassion for our planet, ourselves and the animals we share this planet with. It’s all on offer at Vegfest.”
Above: the Auditorium, when VegfestUK London was held in the West and Central halls on 3 levels at Olympia London.
The show sees around 230 exhibitors including a number of street food caterers – all vegan of course – and is now open for applications to trade at the event. Space is limited and expected to sell out and with an anticipated 10,000 visitors over 2 days, a go to place to exhibit for many new vegan businesses as well as many of the established firms and of course the many national and regional charities that always attend. “The last 2 years have seen an influx of multiple new vegan businesses with innovative and unique products and services on offer, and VegfestUK London is a showcase for many of them. It’s a real chance to get noticed and develop brand awareness and recognition and for many up-and-coming vegan brands, an essential part of their growth and development. And this makes it a fabulous visitor experience too as there are brands here that are not available outside of online and at events like Vegfest.”
Above: Shortly after opening our doors for the first time in 3 years, taken in the Grand hall at Olympia London in 2022.