Leicester’s largest vegan festival returns this weekend

By Jayden Whitworth

Packed: People flock to a previous vegan festival.

The people of Leicester are being encouraged to get stuck into Leicester Vegan Festival this weekend, with calls for people to approach the festival with an ‘open mind’. 

Leicester’s Vegan Festival is returning with more than 70 stalls ready to be set up on Sunday (APR10).

The event will take place from 10.30am to 4.30pm at the Athena Events Venue in the city’s Cultural Quarter.

There will be a large variety of different products available, ranging from pies, cakes and chocolates to candles, skincare products and clothing.

Shoppers will also be serenaded by live music and can get involved in demos led by professional chefs; they can also expect plenty of free samples of some of the products on offer.

The presence of vegan products over the past few years has risen exponentially, with more and more people switching their diet to vegan or vegetarian.

A recent YouGov survey found that 4 per cent of the UK population were considering participating in Veganuary this year.

Melanie Byrne, who will be selling vegan chocolates at the festival this weekend, said: “Events like this are so important to show people that going vegan isn’t difficult.

“People need to come this weekend with an open mind, and I think you won’t notice any difference.

“I can definitely say my chocolates taste like any other chocolates, that’s why I became vegan.

“Being vegan is becoming so much easier – a lot of the big brands have vegan options and so do restaurants, with festivals like this as well, there is so much out there.

“I’d say to anyone, just give it a go.”

Leicester Vegan Festival is expecting a big turnout this weekend, so people are advised to book their tickets early to avoid disappointment.

Tickets are priced at £5, and details can be found here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/leicester-vegan-festival-2022-tickets-259404785697

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