Coming to the Amphitheatre at Bristol’s Harbourside across the weekend of 21 – 22 May, VegfestUK offers vegan-friendly street food, cookery demos and live music.

Featuring 180 stalls, 5 licensed bars, a disco dome and lots of family-friendly activities, VegfestUK is the place to be.  There will be an array of world cuisine on offer – from Caribbean stews to Moroccan and paella.

Pick up tips on how to create your own, exciting vegan dishes and immerse yourself in one of many cookery demos.  There will also be talks on maintaining a healthy, vegan lifestyle, a series of workshops on vegan activism and acoustic music from two stages.  All of this, and so much more.

Live Music at Vegfest

Performing on the main stage on Saturday 21 May:

Marshall Jefferson – Marshall Jefferson is one of the founding fathers of house music as it is known today. Born in Chicago in 1959, Marshall was a central figure in the development of the Chicago house scene and produced seminal house anthems including ‘Move Your Body’,  and ‘Open Your Eyes’.

Criss Cross – Criss Cross returns to the Vegfest main stage, after previously appearing as the opening act for the Happy Mondays.

Adamski – British record producer Adamski was influenced by John Peel in his formative years, as well as punk rock.  He formed his first band, aged just 11 years old and went on to get signed by MCA Records.  He has worked with Seal among other musicians.

Alison Limerick – Alison Limerick’s singing career began in the musical ‘Labelled with Love’, which was based around the music of Squeeze. She went on to perform in other musicals including Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Starlight Express’ and Simon Callow’s ‘The Pajama Game’. Session work has included Pete Murphy to The Style Council and This Mortal Coil.

Performing on the main stage on Sunday 22 May:

Stereo MCs – Formed in the 1980s, hip-hop pioneers Stereo MC’s reputation grew slowly throughout the late 80s. They started an underground dance label, releasing diverse artists from Richie Rich to the Jungle Brothers as well as their own records before being picked up by Island Records.

Macka B – British reggae artist and performer, Macka B has had a career spanning thirty years in the UK and Jamaica.  His music carries a message of both spiritual and political awareness.

Andy Compton (feat. Celestine and Sabrina Chyld) – Prolific Bristol-based house connoisseur has an incredible back-catalogue behind him, including 30 albums.  He will be appearing at Vegfest this year alongside Celestine and Sabrina Chyld.

Vegfest Speakers

Vegan chef Nishma Shah, is the founder of London-based vegan catering company Shambhu’s.  She will perform a cookery demo on some of her favourite vegan dishes from her vast experience in catering and cookery demos.

Vegan blogger, television presenter and author Kirly-Sue, born and raised in London to Jamaican parents, will showcase her cookery repertoire reflecting her Jamaican heritage.

Vegan Publishers staff publisher Christopher-Sebastian McJetters will be shedding light on two important topics, namely the danger of wearing veganism as an identity, and circumstances that make veganism a challenge.

Brazilian-born vegan traveller and blogger Glauce Lucas who runs the foodie website ‘All About Vegan Food’ is coming all the way from Ireland to speak on raising children on vegan diets.

Jainist vegan activist Sagar Shah will be running a workshop on Jainism, Ahimsa and the vegan movement in the Jain community.

Vegan monk Swami Bhakti Kamal Tyagi who resides primarily in India will host a discussion of history, ethics, and values concerning modern day veganism.

Stalls at Vegfest

180 stalls will be on display during the event, with influences from around the planet, including:

  • Lifefood – Raw vegan snacks and superfoods from the Czech Republic.
  • Bazaar De Luxe – Vegan-themed clothing from Belgian designers.
  • Chiaralascura – Vegan fashion from Italian company.
  • Pana Chocolate – Raw vegan chocolate from Australia-based firm.
  • Tofurky Ltd – Tofu-based ‘turkey’ from the US brand.
  • Vervet Monkey Foundation – Volunteer trips to Tzaneen, South Africa.

The multicultural influence at VegfestUK events will continue at its London edition on 22 – 23 October 2016 at Olympia London which is expected to draw at least 12,000 visitors.

For more information on Vegfest:  www.vegfest.co.uk

Advanced tickets for Vegfest cost £5 for the day and £8 for the whole weekend.  If you buy your advance tickets before 30 April, you will receive a ‘buy one, get one half price’ discount.