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UK festival smashes stereotypes, uniting celebrities & vegans for one big party

Reggae, dirty burgers, DJs, stand-up comics and celebrities joined over 5000 vegans for unique weekend festival in Nottinghamshire.

Philly Cheese Steak at Vegan Festival
Philly Cheese Steak at Vegan Festival

The world’s largest vegan camping festival took place last weekend, destroying the stereotype that vegans are boring.

Where else can you watch UK grime artist JME whilst eating plant-based “fish” & chips followed by hugging a giant pig?

What makes The UK Vegan Camp-Out so unique is the blend of food, veganism, ecological practices, families, partying, yoga and huge amounts of people socialising and really enjoying themselves.

Simon Amstell at Vegan Festival
Simon Amstell at Vegan Festival

Festival Food

Lined up, stretching across the tented skyline, were 23 of the UK’s best vegan food caterers showcasing some of the tastiest hot, cold, savoury and deliciously sweet vegan food you have ever seen. Many of the caterers are award-winning, beating meat-based food in the same category.

What can only be described as vegan food porn was served in the form of doner kebabs from What the Pitta, hoisin duck sushi from Happy Maki, cheesey pizza slices from One Planet Pizza, philly cheese steak baguettes from Jake’s Vegan Steaks, “fish” & chips from Battered, ice cream covered in sweets & chocolate from Dope and for the healthier vegans huge watermelons juiced up from Juice Junkiez.

Heather Mills at Vegan Festival
Heather Mills at Vegan Festival

Festival Tunes

Believe it or not, vegans like the same music that everybody else does. Party goers washed down their cheesey vegan hot dogs & dirty burgers, with cruelty-free beer and the incredible music from UK grime artist JME, reggae king Macka-B up & coming punk & folk bands.

Live music ended around 11pm and was taken over by UK DJs carrying the afterparty into the early hours of the morning, proving to the world that vegans know how to party.

Macka B at Vegan Festival
Macka B at Vegan Festival

“I have never laughed & cried so much all in one day”

Apart from the incredibly chilled & friendly vibe at the festival, most people would say that the outstanding line up of celebrity speakers & vegan influencers throughout the weekend were the best part.

It’s a tough life being vegan as you are faced with the everyday truth of the cruelty endured to most animals around the world every second of the year. But as they say, “the truth will set you free”. What makes being vegan that little bit easier is the support from the whole community and the work done by the compassionate influencers in every country where cruelty takes place. And The Vegan Campout had some of the most famous of them presenting on stage.

Dr Neal Barnard at Vegan Festival
Dr Neal Barnard at Vegan Festival

All speakers were extremely powerful in their speeches & talks and left festival-goers laughing and crying all in the same hour of their presentations. Simon Amstell’s crude but funny stand-up routine had the crowd roaring; Dr Neal Barnard (author of the Cheese Trap and star of What the Health documentary) shattered the myths around veganism; Heather Mills (VBites entrepreneur, Oympic Gold Medal winner and Paul McCartney’s ex-wife) gave a bold speech about the ups & downs of her life; Captain Peter Hammarstedt (real life pirate, star of Whale Wars and Sea Shepherd crew member) spoke about their efforts to shut down whaling in the southern oceans; Ronnie Lee (ALF founder), Ingrid Newark (PETA founder), Melanie Joy (author: Carnism), Earthling Ed (vegan activist), Kerry McCarthy (Labour MP) and Lex Rigby (Viva! Campaign Manager) also delivered powerful words to the masses.

Paul Colledge attended the festival and told us “I don’t think I have ever been to a friendlier festival nor have I laughed and cried so much in one day. Cant wait for next year!”

William Hibbits at Vegan Festival
William Hibbits at Vegan Festival

A word from the organisers

Co-founder and organiser of the festival, Jordan Martin, told us: “Tickets for The UK Vegan Camp-Out 2019 are already on sale and will probably sell-out quicker than the previous year. On the back of the success of 2018, next year the festival promises to be bigger, better and more fun – if that’s possible!”

You can buy tickets and keep updated with The UK Vegan Camp-Out here

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