On Saturday the 25th of February I attended Portsmouth Vegan Festival held at the iconic Portsmouth Guildhall. I’m so glad I purchased a VIP ticket in advance to gain a queue jump, as when I arrived around 11.30am there was a massive queue (it opened at 11am)! Most probably the biggest queue I’ve seen for a daytime event at the Guildhall before, so I would be interested to find out what numbers they had through the doors in total. The VIP ticket also included a goodie bag packed full of vegan treats, and if you’re a follower of my blog you’ll know I love my food so the bag being packed full of edible vegan goodies was a bonus. Worth purchasing in the future for those looking to go again, VIP was only £13.00 in advance and included many discount vouchers in the goodie bag also.
The event inside was RAMMED! So much so that you could hardly move at times up and down the aisles, this just shows the popularity of the event and also how many non-vegan people were there out of curiosity (like myself). The day included talks from people such as local entrepreneur Jenna of ‘Forced to be fussy’ blog, speaking about her food intolerance’s and being forced into a specialist diet (she was also selling some amazing cake and brownie mixes) in the Zodiac lounge and cookery demos on the main stage.
There wasn’t just food at this event, there were also stands full of ethical clothing, jewellery, cruelty free make-up, fashion accessories and information stands about being vegan/ becoming vegan and people offering lots of friendly tips and advice.
One thing I’ll say about the day is that every stand I spoke to everyone was welcoming and willing to chat to me, even though they were crazily busy. Here are some of the businesses I’d like to give a shout out to who’s products I either tried, or will be purchasing from in the future:
Elspeth’s Kitchen– Delicious raw cakes
Southcoast Confectionary– More delicious raw cakes and protein balls.
Makeup without malice– A selection of vegan cosmetics from brands such as Medusa’s make-up and VE Cosemetics.
Hannah Banana Bakery– Amazing cakes, cupcakes and other sweet treats
Bohemian Chic Minerals– Ethical make-up with beautiful pigments
Iuvo Skincare– Their body butter is to die for.
Nomad Health– Vegan and gluten free super grain pasta
Lettice foods– An assortment of vegan ‘meats’ and ‘cheeses’ from this Isle of Wight company which I can’t praise enough (so good!)
Forced to be fussy– An assortment of recipes from Jenna who has various food intolerances, she also sells all-in-one kits to make your own brownies, lemon drizzle cake and others at home.
Choc & Truffle– Portsmouth based chocolatiers who do a wide range of chocolates including vegan options. They also have a vegan chocolate workshop running on the 8th of March where you can make you’re own vegan chocolates
Dark matters– Quite possibly the best vegan brownies you’ll ever taste.
Solkiki– Some of the best vegan chocolate I’ve ever tasted.
Will I be going vegan? Maybe not just yet, though I have started cutting down on the meat and dairy that I consume. I’m always open for people to suggest tasty vegan recipes for me to try (feel free to link me in the comments section!). It was inspiring to see so many passionate vegans out there, as well as non-vegans open to suggestion and what amazing foods are on offer and readily available for the vegan community.
A fantastic day out and would most definitely recommend people to attend in the future. Buy a VIP ticket to avoid the queues!