Rugby Vegan Fest

Rugby Vegan Fest returns

I may not be vegan, but that doesn’t mean I’m not a fan of how much plant-based food is around these days and get how many people are going meat-free. With that in mind, the Rugby Vegan Fest sounds like a great event and a chance to showcase all things vegan.

Due to be held on April 26th at the Benn Hall in Rugby, there will be tonnes of vegan food stalls as well as talks, ethical gifts, free samples, and health and wellness stalls.

Tickets are £3 and under-12s go free. There will be a seating area and free parking too. Organised by Glitz Glam Indulgence, it will also be attended by leading vegan charity Viva!

The event will be co-hosted by Ronnie Lee, coordinator for Wyre Forest Vegans, and Amandeep Singh, who set up Walsall vegans. Ronnie, who is best known for being one of the founders of the Animal Liberation Front, is Coordinator of his local group, Wyre Forest Vegans, which is one of the most active in the country.

Amandeep, who runs Wolverhampton vegans and Walsall vegans, has a wealth of experience setting up events and hosting workshops with The Save Movement, PeTA, Viva! Joey Carbstrong. He also helps local existing businesses set up vegan menus. He will be talking about how to manage local vegan groups, how to make them grow and expand.

They will be joined by Dr Jeanette Rowley, a leading authority on veganism and law, who will be talking about vegans and vegan law.

Here are some of the food stalls you’ll be able to try:-

  • Chutney for Charity – Louise will be bringing new homemade recipes so you can stock up on chutney, relish, pickles, jam and fruit compote.
  • Rugby business Maia Gelato will be on hand at the festival with their vegan gelato.
  • Raw Vegan Delites focus is healing and regeneration using raw organic, gluten free, sugar free, egg free and dairy free ingredients.
  • If you’re a fan of Indian food, you can try a selection of dishes from Home Kitchen Vegan Indian food. Don’t worry if you’re full, they’re available to take away too.
  • Cake Club UK will be offering a range of vegan treats including brownies and cake jars.
  • Another one for those with a sweet tooth is Nyonya Recipe bringing their Far East Asian fusion cookies and bakes. All vegan with gluten free options.
  • For something a bit different, Loretta Lee will be bringing her fusion food – English food infused with oriental spices.
  • Catering You Like will also be at the festival, serving up Spicy Bean and Curried Pasties as well as fruit flapjacks, oat & syrup cookies and shortbread biscuits.
  • To wash down all of that, you can drench your thirst with Schooners Bar, who will be serving an array of local craft beer, all vegan-friendly and all bought directly from local independent breweries.
  • Xachoh (Za-Ko) – a super-premium alcohol-free spirit, distilled using purposeful Silk Road botanicals – will also be available at the festival. It’s vegan and free from alcohol, sugar, sweeteners, calories, carbohydrates, gluten, extracts and flavourings.

As well as all of those edible treats, you can walk away with some great ethical gifts, including nature-themed ornaments and decorations from Funky Acorn, as well as wax melts and natural stone bracelets from Garner Natural.

DoTERRA essential oils will also be back, educating people on medicinal grade essential oils as well as running Make & Take workshops. Also, Lush are coming from Coventry complete with free samples of their vegan goodies and Don Kildon will be bringing his wooden creations to the festival.

On top of all that, festival guests will have the chance to get a 10% discount voucher for Rugby restaurant Café Vin Cinq from their new vegan menu.

For more information, visit the Rugby Vegan Fest Facebook page here.

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