Wolverhampton food festival celebrates 75 years of modern veganism
A vegan festival in Wolverhampton helped to celebrate 75 years since modern veganism was born.
Wolverhampton Vegan Fayre at the Mercure Hotel took place on Sunday(8) to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Vegan Society.
The event was officially opened by six-year-old Elijah Enwerem from Willenhall, who was born with albinism and has modelled for Primark.
The fayre, which is in its 11th year and organised by volunteers, had 30 stalls offering vegan and cruelty-free cheese, pizza, kebabs, hot dogs, cakes, doughnuts, savoury snacks, curries and skin care products.
Guest speakers will include men who have conquered cancer through a plant-based diet, locally based wildlife rescuers and a taster Kundalini yoga class by a Wolverhampton-based practitioner.
There will be live music on the day, two bars and a sit-down Sunday lunch.
Amandeep Singh, from Wolverhampton Vegans, organiser of the festival, said: "Wolverhampton Vegan Fayre celebrated 75 years since veganism was born in 1944. We tried to keep the event animal-focused and all the money we raise will be going back to the local animal charities.
"It has been very successful – we had 400 to 500 people through the doors, which is great. People could try dairy free ice cream, kebabs, hot dogs, burgers, meatballs – there was a whole range of foods on offer. We had skincare and art stalls were also selling goods.
"We want to put Wolverhampton on the map as the place to be if you want to go vegan – it already has over 50 businesses that cater for the lifestyle.
“It’s increasingly easier to live a cruelty free lifestyle and we want to show people how fun it is to be vegan as you can help the animals, our planet and your own health.”