Shopaholics looking for supreme plant-based produce will have a field day picking up their favourite collections of cakes, cheeses, snacks, coconut oil, sauces, superfoods, supplements, chocolates, teas, clothing, skincare, cosmetics, jewellery, magazines and much more, at the upcoming plant-based food and lifestyle festival VegfestUK Brighton on the weekend March 24-25 at the Brighton Centre.
With the festival boasting around 230 stalls altogether, visitors can literally spend an entire day ploughing through the treasure trove of shopping options on offer. Many stallholders will also be offering added one-off special discounts only at the event, which will provide an added incentive for visitors to stock up on their favourite products on the weekend.
To name just a few of the brands who will be exhibiting, some truly eclectic cakes from raw vegan dessert makers Elspeth’s Kitchen will be available on a 3 for £10 offer. A concoction of plant-based cheese from both Good Carma Foods and Vegusto will be on 10% discount and buy-4-get-1-free respectively. Other standout snacks include Creative Nature superfood bars (£10 for a box of 20 bars), raw protein balls from Deliciously Honest (20% off all purchases over £15), dairy-free ice cream from Ice Green (free topping on any 2 scoops of ice cream), crunchy chocolate squares from Peakz, Perk!er Foods quinoa bars (10 bars for £18), Slab Artisan vegan fudge (with 2 slabs for £6), authentic Indian street food from Simply Veg (buy one get one half price), vegan waffles from Superfresh Waffles (extra toppings free), and vegan curry and naan from The Grand Trunk Road Food Stop (buy one Lock Stock Sholey with a fluffy naan and get one free drink).
Those who enjoy cooking at home and trying new condiments from time to time will have to look out for Coconut Merchant’s coconut oil (buy one get one free on their 1L coconut oil), veganaise and sriracha from Follow Your Heart (up to 50% off all products), pasta sauces from Free from Italy (up to 50% off available on special items), and nut butters from Katie’s Nuttery (10% off when you buy 3). Meanwhile, those living on a fast lane will find the frozen vegan pizzas from One Planet Pizza and soups from Pep & Lekker absolute lifesavers – the pizzas will be on a 10% discount whilst the soups are on buy one get one half price.
Fashion aficionados will not want to miss the 100% organic cotton tote bag which is available at half price with any purchase from the ETHCS stall, bamboo socks from Hempish, and cork leather wallets and handbags from Watts Kork, whilst beauty bloggers and shoppers will be hooked to the fruity lip products from FRUU Cosmetics (which will be on 3-for-2 offers), deodorants from Indigenous Beauty (20% off when you buy 2 deodorants), skincare products and soaps from Naturally Smart Skincare, coffee scrubs from Pure Purpose Cosmetics (40% off), Sample Tooth Oil from Ringana (buy one get one free), on top of multi-flavoured lip balms from Yaoh (buy one get one free).
Those looking for a special gift for a special someone will find plenty of ideas from Jewellery Unique who are offer a pair of earrings free for spending over £30, candles from Purple Mill (who are offering 2 soy pot candles for £5) and The Little Village Candle Company (who are offering 15% off any new introductory scent),
Those who wish to safeguard their health with superfoods or supplements will find these in abundance from Natures Plus (with a 25% discount on their wide range of vegan, natural and organic supplements), Pure Recharge (with 5 for £12 or 10 for £22 on their Whole Food Smoothie Mixes), Revolution Foods (with half price deals available), Vega (with all plant-based superfood products discounted to £20) and Veganicity (buy one get one free on all products).
Finally, those looking to keep up to date with what’s happening in the plant-based living circuit will enjoy magazines from New Internationalist (with half price on their vegan cookbooks too), as well as Vegan Food & Living magazine (you can try 3 issues of Vegan Food & Living magazine for just £5 in their great trial subscription offer), and Vegetarian Guides, from whom you can buy the giant new Vegan London complete edition guidebook (700 pages) and choose FREE one of the pocket-size area guides for Central, East, North, South or West London, or Paris.
The excellent shopping options come on top of around 19 global caterers showcasing a variety of flavours and textures of plant-based food, a Kids Area for the little ones to learn about plant-based cooking, talks focusing on optimum health and performance, cookery demos offering recipe ideas, comedy, live music, an art exhibition, with the festival rounded off by a Veganuary party on Sunday afternoon for participants of Veganuary to mingle and socialise.
Tickets are available to buy in advance at www.brighton.vegfest.co.uk/tickets, with BUY ONE GET ONE FREE offers running until the end of January, and BUY ONE GET ONE HALF PRICE offers running until the end of February. Kids under 16 can enter for free as long as they are accompanied by adults.