VegfestUK came into existence back in Bristol in 2003, when Yaoh manager Tim Barford had the idea of mixing the seriousness of veganism with a rock-‘n-roll festival atmosphere, where people can do the following all in one place: eating, socialising, learning about healthy ethical eating, dancing, partying – you name it! It’s a heaven for many people, whether they want to mix with like-minded people, are curious about vegan lifestyles, or just want to eat all day and soak up the party atmosphere.
We started out under the name “Bristol Vegan Fayre” in the compact and cosy surroundings of the Watershed on the Harbourside in our debut year 2003, attracting 1,500 visitors and 40 stalls with some quality speakers shedding light on veganism. In 2004, We moved to the L-Shed (now M-Shed) and remained there for 3 years; since then we never looked back:
Previous outdoor guise of VegfestUK Bristol at the Lloyds Amphitheatre
venue of the event from 2007 - 2017
VegfestUK moves into one of the nation's veggie capitals Brighton in 2009
starting at the Brighton Centre, then moving into the Hove Centre being the venue from 2010 - 2014
In October 2013, we expanded into Olympia London
starting with Olympia West Levels 0 and 1
VegfestUK Brighton moves into the Brighton Centre in 2015
venue of the event ever since
In 2015, Vegfest took another big step, creating another new show at the prestigious SECC
although the Scottish event has been put on hold since 2016
In 2017, VegfestUK hosted the UK’s first vegan Trade show VegfestUK Trade
Trade show took place the day before usual weekend vegan Consumer show VegfestUK London
In 2018, VegfestUK Bristol moved into the indoor venue of Ashton Gate stadium
home of Bristol City football and rugby clubs
In 2018, VegfestUK London expanded into an additional level at Olympia London
with Levels 1, 2 and 3 of Olympia Central to be used alongside Olympia West Level 1
Sure, VegfestUK have its own ups and downs over the years, but largely thanks to our loyal supporters, be they sponsors, stallholders, media partners, security, stewards… we’ve been able to keep these shows going for so long. This is love straight from the heart to those who’ve given us so much backing through thick and thin.
We hope to continue influencing many more souls by putting on ever-improving events in future years.