This October, speakers, comedians, bodybuilders, chefs, musicians, and retailers will be joining the Vegan Festival Adelaide to celebrate all things vegan in a fun, vibrant, educational, and community inclusive environment.
Ranked as one of the best community events in the city by the Adelaide City Council, Vegan Festival Adelaide returns in 2017 with a focus on inclusivity and education.The Festival will reach and engage a wide demographic of attendees with a diverse range of keynote speakers, workshops, stalls and delicious vegan food. Following three core themes of animal rights, health, and environmental sustainability, the Vegan Festival Adelaide will continue to share and promote education on veganism to encourage and assist vegans and non-vegans alike to identify and make ethical choices in their everyday lives.
This year showcases even more of the vegan lifestyle. Inspirational and enlightening talks and workshops will demonstrate what veganism encompasses. Topics include animal advocacy with speakers such as the inspirational James Aspey, Lynda Stoner from Animal Liberation and Animals Australia, and Haans Siver from Sea Shepherd, vegan bodybuilding with fitness queen Simone Collins, and the transition from animal agriculture to family owned vegan food empire with Tammy Fry of ‘Fry’s Family Foods’.
Live music, workshops, and market stalls create the festival atmosphere. The talent of bands such as Inkswel, Donnarama, and Cal Williams will keep the party going and over 80 market stalls provide incredible food and sustainable products that make the veganlifestyle delicious and ethically fulfilling.
Attendees can dive deeper into the vegan philosophy. Question and answer sessions provide dialogue with open debate among vegan advocators and a live audience on Saturday, while on Sunday a robust Q&A panel titled ‘Voices for the Voiceless’ is set to put the spotlight on local MPs from major political parties to discuss animal rights in politics.
Cooking tips, dietary advice, and appetising tasters are shared with demonstrations from special guests and culinary geniuses Alfie’s Kitchen, vegan junk food extraordinaire Zacchary Bird, kid’s cooking with Pip Coogan and local nutritionist, Dr Helene Roex.
New Vegan Pop-up Bar
The Festival is set to mix things up a little this year with the addition of its first ever pop up bar. The bar will feature vegan wine from the new mission based brand on the local scene ‘A Fanciful Notion’ who seek to provide a platform for local charities and causes, with beer and cider from ‘The Sparkke Change Beverage Company’, a local enterprise that proves that alcohol and politics is in fact a good mix as they promote topical social issues with witty labelling.
Vegan Single Mingle
With a beautiful love story from last year’s event, the hugely popular Vegan Single Mingle will be returning for the entire weekend to help single’s make the connections they are looking for. This follows in the footsteps of new Tinder-style dating apps specifically for vegans like Grazer and .
Non-vegans are encouraged and welcome at the Festival. The amazing food, products, and atmosphere are for all. Organisers hope that a seed will be planted which allows all attendees to look at their lives and see the ethical changes they can easily make.
The entire weekend is family friendly and the little ones will be kept entertained with appearances by Mexican style vegan wrestlers ‘The Rude Ones’ of Riot City Wrestling, as well as kid’s music from MC Pony and Cool 4 Kids, cooking and drumming workshops, a giant imagination playground, circus performers, and a treasure hunt.
A Green Event
In keeping with the vegan commitment to sustainability, the event will again lead the way for environmentally conscious action. All products and packaging onsite will be compostable and, thanks to Gold sponsor Pak-Rite and cleaning company Cinderella’s cleaning services, the event will provide a 3-bin system to allow attendees to manage composting and recycling, minimising landfill waste and contributing the goal of being a zero-waste event.
For more information about the event, head over to their website.
Time: 10am – 9:00pm, Saturday 28th October; 10am – 4:00pm, Sunday 29th October
Entry: $5 (Free for kids under 12). Companion cardholders are welcome
Location: Victoria Square/Tarntanyangga, Adelaide,