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'50% of our audience are meat-eaters' says founder of Vegan Festival

PUBLISHED: 11:30 15 February 2019

The Norwegian Bakers will return to Essex Vegan Festival on Saturday, March 2. Picture: NIGEL BROWN

The Norwegian Bakers will return to Essex Vegan Festival on Saturday, March 2. Picture: NIGEL BROWN

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If you thought the Essex Vegan Festival was just for vegans and vegetarians, then think again.

Victoria Bryceson the founder of the Essex Vegan Festival is in partnership with Miracles Mission an animal wefare charity set up by Victoria herself. Picture: ESSEX VEGAN FESTIVALVictoria Bryceson the founder of the Essex Vegan Festival is in partnership with Miracles Mission an animal wefare charity set up by Victoria herself. Picture: ESSEX VEGAN FESTIVAL

For the founder of the festival, which returns to Colchester for the fourth time next month, reveals that half of the visitors are, infact, meat-eaters.

Gourmet vegan cheeses, creamy chocolates and vegan kebabs will be among the delicacies featured at this year’s Essex Vegan Festival when it returns to Charter Hall on Saturday March 2.

But, according to organisers, not all visitors will necessarily be following plant-based diets.

Victoria Bryceson, founder of the festival, said: “We’ve noticed a 50/50 split of vegans and meat-eaters who attend our festivals.

Vegan pizza on offer at Essex Vegan Festival in Colchester's Charter Hall. Picture:ESSEX VEGAN FESTIVALVegan pizza on offer at Essex Vegan Festival in Colchester's Charter Hall. Picture:ESSEX VEGAN FESTIVAL

“I’m also seeing more and more people who aren’t vegans coming along, often they are looking to reduce the amount of meat they eat.”

Victoria believes that the event’s success in Colchester is due to the lack of vegan options currently available. She said: “Compared to other towns and cities Colchester doesn’t have many vegan cafes or shops, so people looking for vegan alternatives usually have to travel miles to get what they want.

“It’s really nice to be able to bring veganism to the town – it’s always a really positive environment and it’s fantastic that this will be our fourth time in Colchester.”

On the day local stall holders will include Muffin Makery from South Benfleet, Norwegian Bakers, from Colchester, Essex Pig Save and Munchy Seeds, from Leiston.

A range of gourmet vegan cakes will be on offer at the Essex Vegan Festival. Picture: ESSEX VEGAN FESTIVALA range of gourmet vegan cakes will be on offer at the Essex Vegan Festival. Picture: ESSEX VEGAN FESTIVAL

The festival will have something for everyone – with the latest designer vegan labels such as ‘Viva La Vegan’ hoodies from its compassionate clothing range and a huge variety of gifts including candles, jewellery and even animal treats.

There will also be live cooking demonstrations, yoga sessions and useful nutrition talks on how to live a vegan lifestyle.

The popular event also hosted its very own Christmas market back in November, which brought in hundreds of people to the town and showcased everything vegan.

Next momnth’s festival will be held from 10.30am to 4.30pm with entry from just £3 and under 16s going free. Standard tickets can be purchased at the door on the day, while VIP tickets at £15 can be purchased online in advance.

Crowds gather at the Essex Vegan Festival in Colchester. Picture: ESSEX VEGAN FESTIVALCrowds gather at the Essex Vegan Festival in Colchester. Picture: ESSEX VEGAN FESTIVAL

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