One way of reducing your personal carbon footprint is to change your diet. Either by eating (a lot) less meat, or going from fish-and-chipocrite to actually vegetarian, or even going from vegetarian to vegan. Worried about having to live on nothing but tofu and carrots? There is, this weekend, just the thing for you – a big festival of vegan livin’… See the press release below.
The Northern Vegan Festival will take place from 10am to 6pm in Sachas Hotel, which is situated in the heart of Manchester city centre, close to Piccadilly. (12 Tib Street, M4 1SH)
Some of the many attractions include:
- Ms Cupcake, the vegan star of ITV’s Britain’s Best Bakery, who is well known for her wonderfully decorative cupcakes and 50s style. Mellissa Morgan, aka Ms Cupcake, will be teaching people how to veganise their baking and explaining why you don’t need milk, eggs or butter in any recipe.
- Manchester based Lisa Tse, who survived BBC’s Dragons Den, will be showing visitors how to make the most ordinary of ingredients into extraordinary dishes using her new vegan Sweet Mandarin sauces.
- The authors of Manchester’s famous blog, ‘Naked Vegan Cooking’, who appeared on the Channel 4 documentary ‘My daughter’s a teenage nudist’, will be at the festival promoting vegan recipes and body positivity.
- In addition to cookery demos, talks, films and children’s activities there will also be some light entertainment from, amongst others, Manchester’s very own vegan poet, Dominic Berry, who has performed on CBeebies and Channel 4.
For just £1 (under 12’s free), visitors will be treated to the delights and benefits of vegan living. There will be 90 stalls showcasing the best vegan products such as footwear, clothing, beauty products, cookery books and sweet treats to tempt your taste-buds. Some of the finest local caterers will be there to provide a delicious lunch and there will be a variety of free vegan food from some of the UK’s most successful vegan food companies.
Local and national charities and organisations will also be present with free information and advice for visitors who would like to find out more about helping animals and why more and more people, including many celebrities (such as Pamela Anderson, Mike Tyson, Ozzy Osbourne and Bill Clinton*) are turning towards a vegan diet.
Northern Vegan Festival organisers, Kelly Slade and Roddy Hanson say:
‘We both agree that going vegan was one of the best decisions we ever made. Not only is it good for the animals, but it’s healthier for your body and kinder to the planet. Everyone is welcome at the Northern Vegan Festival. We hope to inspire, motivate and encourage those curious about being vegan to find out more about this compassionate, healthy and ethical way of living. With products to buy, free food, information stalls, entertainment, talks, cookery demos and films, there will be something for everyone.’