‘Popular demand’ sees new festival head to Aberdeen for first event of its kind

A new Vegan festival will kick off in the North-east later this month.

A vegan festival is getting set to kick off after “popular demand” for one in the North-east.

Talks, animal-free products and food tasters will all be available at Aberdeen Vegan Festival – the first of its kind in the North-east.

Organisers were convinced to stage the bash after similar events attracted people from the North-east.

Louise Pinchen, of the festival, said: “This is the first time we have done one in Aberdeen, we didn’t know what kind of reaction we would get.

“We’ve had a really good response, much better than expected.

“We ran the one in Edinburgh and had a lot of people from Aberdeen asking if we would run one there.

“That’s why we thought we should come to Aberdeen.

“There’ll be a lot on offer, throughout the day we will have different stalls.”

Some of the businesses and organisations attending include humblestuff, Naked Bakery, But Island Foods, Green Peace and RSPB Scotland.

Smaller businesses selling food and handmade items will also be at the festival as part of an extended fair.

Visitors will also be able to enjoy a number of talks and screenings of documentaries on veganism at the event.

Similar festivals have been held in Newcastle, Edinburgh and Sheffield.

Louise had been inspired to start a vegan festival in Newcastle in 2014 after noticing a gap in the market.

She said: “There was a lot of them up and down the country but they seemed to be in the southern areas, there was nothing up north – everybody was having to travel down south.

“We just wanted something a bit more local.”

And it’s not just vegans who have been attending.

Louise added: “We found there’s a lot of people who aren’t vegan or vegetarian and want to come along and sample what we have to offer.”

The festival takes place on Sunday, May 28, at Pittodrie stadium. Tickets online are £2 at veganfestival.co.uk or £3 on the door.

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