Final Countdown: Vendor List, Map And Programme Enclosed For The Vegan Festival Adelaide
It’s that time of the year again folks, Vegan Christmas – also known as the weekender bender of the one and only, Vegan Festival Adelaide on October 26 and 27!
Each year since the Vegan Festival’s inception in 2007, attendees have come from far and wide to indulge in the two-day extraveganza, and rightfully so, as the festival draws on all that is good in the world. That being – vegan food and drink, household cleaning products, apparel, world-renowned guest speakers, cooking demonstrations, kids’ activities, live local musicians, and creative hands-on workshops. In other words, a dream come true.
With veganism ever-so increasingly present across media, social media and advertising platforms, festival directors want to show you in person how incredible, and mainstream, the world’s fastest growing social movement really is.
It’s difficult to know where to begin when thinking of switching to a vegan lifestyle, and for many of us out there, cheese tends to be the be-all and end-all perpetrator halting the switch. I’m sure we all have a mate out there who has uttered the words – “I could never go vegan, I just love cheese way too much.”
Well, this year’s Vegan Festival is the perfect opportunity to introduce those mates to vegan cheese. Keep an eye out for these stalls flaunting their delectable cheesy creations – Milkless Cheese, Studio Voodoo, Lauds Plant Based Foods, and Follow Your Heart. These producers are bound to open a whole new world.
We asked a group of people what they think of these vegan cheese brands – here’s what they had to say –
“Studio Voodoo is hands down my favourite vegan cheese – it’s so creamy and all the flavours are spot on.” – April, vegan for three years.
“Milkless Cheese range have been used at corporate events I have run over the years with no acknowledgement that they are vegan cheeses when served and they received rave reviews with guests thinking they were traditional gourmet cheeses. Vegan cheeses have seriously come a long way over the years and the flavour combinations of plant based cheeses are amazing!” – Anonymous, vegan for seven years.
“Studio Voodoo came into my life and WOW, now I’m spoiled. They make a very clean, delicious & healthy product, using natural colours, and superfoods, e.g. fresh turmeric. They’re cheesy, creamy, tasty – great on platters, sangas, toasties, pizzas etc. What you won’t find is a bunch of chemical numbers in the ingredient list, like most options out there. If you know where to go, you can choose from over a dozen varieties, check out their FB page!” – Marlon, vegan for six and a half years.
Now THAT’S some enticing encouragement to try some vegan cheese this weekend if I ever did read any.
Amongst those four cheese vendors are approximately 75 other market stalls, so never fear if vegan cheese ain’t your kink. You can even find vegan BDSM gear and menstrual ware this year from Venus Sexual Wellness’ stall. Or if you’re feeling up to it, you can permanently celebrate with a vegan-friendly tattoo from Cloud Tattoo!
Within the programme you’ll find fantastic activities and where to find them, with guidance from internationally renowned animal activist and motivational speaker, James Aspey as this year’s MC. Further, Animal Liberation NSW CEO, Lynda Stoner will join Animal Justice Party MP, Andy Meddick as headline speakers over the weekend to share their wisdom and experience of defending animals over the decades.
The party atmosphere will be provided by some of the best local musicians South Australia has to offer including Abraska, Hey Harriet, Cal Williams Jr and Georgie & The Tonics…plus a karaoke party on Saturday night!
If your non-vegan mates still aren’t convinced, Vegan Festival Adelaide shares – “Importantly, non-vegans are welcomed to the festival and given the opportunity to learn the vegan philosophies, to hear from and ask questions of leading vegan communicators, and enjoy one of Adelaide’s most vibrant events without judgement. Ultimately, the Festival aims to empower the community to take action and end animal cruelty, improve human health, and advance environmental sustainability.”
So don’t feel like a stranger, come and say hello and see what it’s all about. There will be plenty of families and pets in attendance, we can guarantee. (Yes, that was definitely an invitation to bring along your non-human friends).
You can either buy your entry ticket at the gate for $10 each day, or $15 online for both days. And attention @ under 12s, you’re all good – free on-the-gate entry for you!