Brighton Vegfest ‘Huge Success’ on Many Levels

10th May 2023

Thousands flock to Vegan Capital to Bolster Vegan Community

 

VegfestUK Brighton returned to the City of Brighton for the first time in 4 years with a huge weekend of all-things-vegan at The Brighton Centre, with around 5,500 people visiting the event which was free to enter, and around 125 Traders and Charities, plus 70 speakers and performers over the weekend of April 29th & 30th 2023. Visitors were treated to a wide range of top-notch plant-based street food with a choice of a dozen caterers featuring cuisine from around the globe, and overall traders were upbeat about both visitor numbers and spend after some tough times for independents and charities alike.

Feedback showed an overwhelming 90% of visitors likely to return next year and the free entrance attracted a lot of people new to veganism including those yet to go vegan – again with some excellent feedback that a number of people are going vegan after visiting the show or increasing their plant-based options a lot following the event. Over 90% said that the event gave them a good impression of veganism which is a huge result for everyone involved.

“Trading has been challenging to say the least” add the organisers “and we could see that with an 80% drop from our show 4 years ago – so many have gone out of business during the past 3 years. Fortunately though there are a lot of fresh new up-and-coming vegan independent companies and for them the shows are vital in helping grow their brands. Events like Vegfest Brighton, which was buzzing all weekend, can really help lift independents and charities, especially those that optimise on the opportunities these events present. After a tough few years it feels like the good times are back.”

“Despite the growth in veganism, a lot of the big supermarkets and chains have developed their plant-based options, and that’s made survival for independents even trickier. But from what we’ve seen this last weekend, there are some fabulous brands that are here to stay and the green shoots in the plant-based independent sector are firmly visible this Spring which is good news all round.”

VegfestUK continue its 20th anniversary celebrations with a return to their hometown of Bristol next, for the Bristol Vegan Fayre on September 2nd & 3rd before a new venture at the end of September at Kensington Town Hall, the first ever London Vegan Comedy Festival. Then it’s on to the big one at Olympia National come November 18th & 19th 2023 for the 10th annual VegfestUK London event. It doesn’t stop there though – already plans are afoot for 2024. “We’re busy and glad to be back in full effect” add the organisers, “and thrilled to be organising so many vegan events again! Happy days.”

www.vegfest.co.uk for more information about VegfestUK events.