Having started life back in 2013 at Olympia London, VegfestUK London is our biggest event in terms of footfall and the number of exhibitors, both of which have been growing year on year. The record-breaking year of 2017 saw around 14,000 visitors, 283 exhibitors, 15 features and around 150 special guests, plus tons of media coverage and Trade interest in the UK’s first vegan Trade show (which took place the day before VegfestUK London). With an extra 3,200 sqm of exhibition space added to the floor plan, and an ever-rising level of interest in all things vegan, expect the 2018 event to be even busier.
Pictures from previous VegfestUK London events
VegfestUK Awards ceremony
Olympia West upper
Food Village seating area
Olympia Central Level 1
Summary of 2018 event
10th-year event in Brighton in 2018 consisted of a record number of stalls, plus educational talks and cookery demos, on top of entertainment from music, comedy and kids activities
Big thanks to everyone who attended this year’s VegfestUK Brighton event which has proved to be another blockbuster show with around 7,400 visitors across the whole weekend March 24th-25th 2018.
This year’s event attracted a record number of 230 stallholders showcasing a wide range of quality vegan products, with many offering unique special offers only at the show.
There were around 100 guests, including speakers, musicians, presenters and comedians, as they provide rounded vegan information and entertainment to a vegan-hungry audience.
In addition to the usual mix of stalls, caterers, informative talks and cookery demos, and lively entertainment from comedy and music, this year’s event takes its unique range of activities to another level with
4 panel discussions involving some really interesting guest speakers
The FxEctive Factor vegan talent competition on Saturday with 8 contestants and 4 celebrity judges (summary here)
Single & Mingle session
Veganuary party on Sunday with selected Veganuary 2018 participants mingling with each other and celebrating the success of Veganuary 2018
Breakdown of attendance figures are as follows:
Saturday – 4,000 visitors plus 800 workers approximately
Sunday – 3,400 visitors plus 800 workers approximately
The organisers added, “It’s our pleasure to welcome everybody to the delights of a vegan lifestyle under the VegfestUK roof. It’s a joy to see our stallholders, speakers, musicians, comedians and presenters bringing so much colour and diversity to a packed programme of food, shopping, talks, cookery demos, comedy, live music and kids activities – massive thanks to you all from the bottom of our hearts in helping create a superb VegfestUK Brighton 2018. We hope our visitors have a lovely time and of course we hope to see you back at our future events.”
VegfestUK will be returning to the Brighton Centre on March 23-24 2019.
Pictures from previous VegfestUK Brighton events
Main exhibition hall
Including 19 global caterers
Second exhibition hall
The FxEctive Factor
Contest between vegan musical talents
Vegan Comedy Festival
Around 20 vegan comedians taking the stage
Easy Veganism panels
Summary of 2018 event
New venue for Bristol Vegfest in 2018 played host to a vibrant mix of stalls, caterers, talks, cookery demos, kids activities and music.
The home of Bristol City football club hosted its largest non-matchday event on May Bank Holiday Weekend May 26-27 with one of the UK’s biggest vegan events VegfestUK being staged at Ashton Gate stadium for the very first time in 2018.
The Bristol edition of Vegfest, which had previously been held at the outdoor Lloyds Amphitheatre for 10 years, was traditionally a combination of daytime vegan information and shopping, followed by evening entertainment from a diverse array of musical genres, and the new guise of VegfestUK Bristol was no different. Around 9,000 people (5,000 on Saturday and 4,000 on Sunday) came to this newly formatted event, and they were not only spoiled for choice with VegfestUK’s usual colourful array of stalls and caterers located in 3 big indoor concourses, but also treated to the new venue’s excellent facilities, including:
the popular vegan pizza menu and 100% vegan alcoholic drinks from the Doughballers Pizzeria and Sports Bar,
the South Stand seating area with space for up to 4,000 people,
the Hospitality Lounges on Level 3 in the West Stand,
3 big talks rooms / entertainment lounges on Level 2 in the West Stand, and
a vast outdoor arena playing host to 2 musical stages, kids cookery classes, a talks tent focusing on activism, alongside 30 other outdoor traders and street food caterers.
Global influences from the street food caterers present include Thai curries, Jamaican, Indian curries and snacks, pizzas, ice cream, wraps, burgers, sushis, Chinese barbecued mock meats and churros, alongside a variety of vegan alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
Other vegan products on offer range from cosmetics, clothing and jewellery, to subscription boxes, homeware and magazines, plus many more. There were a myriad of one-off show specials available at many of the stalls too.
There was also the Art of Compassion Exhibition with art posters and exhibits dedicated to animals and veganism, with all proceeds going to the League against Cruel Sports.
In terms of the music lineup, the Saturday evening was headlined by Judge Jules, Dr. Meaker and Smith & Mighty, whilst the Sunday evening featured Baby D, Don Letts (DJ set) and Mikee Freedom).
Visitors travelling from afar also got to enjoy a dedicated shuttle bus service running from Temple Meads rail station via Bristol City Centre to the new venue on both show days.
The organisers added, “We would like to extend huge thanks to Ashton Gate stadium for their hospitality and willingness to accommodate our requirements for such a huge event. We really appreciate their assistance throughout the planning and preparation for the big occasion and of course we love the exemplary facilities for one of the most important vegan events of the year in this country.”
The organisers would like to extend massive thanks to the event sponsors: Ecotricity, Vivo Life, Bute Island, Out of Hand and Yaoh.
More photos from the event can be accessed at the link here.
Pictures of Ashton Gate stadium – iconic new venue for VegfestUK Bristol
3 big concourses
Playing host to around 220 indoor traders / charities
In-house restaurant serving 3-course vegan meals
Talks rooms (before 6pm) / entertainment suites (after 6pm)
Pizzeria / Bar
Serving 100% vegan pizza and drinks
Exclusive to sponsors and special guests
Friday October 20th 2017 saw the first-ever vegan Trade show hosted in the UK at one of the nation’s top exhibition venues Olympia London, with around 130 exhibitors and 80 speakers showcasing the best of veganism to around 700 quality delegates from the Trade and Media sectors.
Exhibits on show include a wide array of items ranging from vegan “meat” and “cheese”, chocolate, cakes, superfoods, to bodycare, clothing, footwear, homeware, deodorants plus many more. One-off Trade special offers from 40 exhibitors were available for delegates looking for bulk orders.
There were parallel panel discussions spanning 6 different themes including a Vegan Business Support zone for small business owners, an Independent Retailers Lounge for shop owners, a Plant-Based Chefs Corner for those from the catering sector, a Vegan Bodycare Pavilion for bodycare and beauty professionals, a Vegan Health Clinic for health professionals, and a Vegan Celebrity Zone tailored to the Media sector.
Buyers attending the event include representatives from Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Waitrose and Unicorn Wholefoods, and Media professionals present include journalists from The Mirror, The Daily Mail, The Grocer and Hotel F&B Magazine, alongside well-known vegan bloggers such as Fat Gay Vegan and Earthling Ed, on top of vegan online resource Plant Based News, plus many more.
The organisers added, “It’s great to be staging this groundbreaking vegan Trade show for the first time at Olympia London. It is not only a privilege for us to be hosting this inaugural event, but also a sign of the growth of the vegan market, that we now need a dedicated Trade day for vegan products and information. Big thanks to all our exhibitors and speakers for helping create a wonderful occasion for our delegates.”
The organisers extend huge thanks to the event sponsors Bute Island Foods, So Free Chocolate and Yaoh.
Summary of 2016 event
The last Vegfest Scotland drew to an amazing conclusion on the weekend December 3rd 4th 2016 at the SECC, with altogether around 5,200 visitors plus approximately 800 people working at the event.
Particularly impressive was the media coverage for this event, with all the mainstream media outlets promoting the event, including the Scottish Sun, Sunday Record, Herald Scotland, BBC Radio Scotland and STV plus a number of other local media station outlets featuring the event.
As the demand for vegan products and information on vegan lifestyles continue to grow, it’s wonderful to see this great event coming together so nicely with our visitors clearly enjoying an awesome day out with the best of everything vegan. This demonstrates a real hunger and thirst for vegan lifestyles in Scotland and beyond, which is brilliant to see for all of us who are striving to make veganism as widespread as possible in our communities.
The event had something for everyone, from food and shopping, to information, entertainment and networking opportunities.
The event is sponsored by: Bute Island Foods, Koko Dairy Free, The Flying Duck, Mono Cafe Bar, VeggieVision and Yaoh.