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the first vegan lifestyle festival

by Sharné

This past Saturday, the 13th of October, we attended the first Vegan Lifestyle Festival, held in Cape Town, and it was truly amazing!


The Vegan Lifestyle Festival was held at the Khanyisa Waldorf School, 4 Victoria Rd, Plumstead, Cape Town. It started at 8am and closed at 6pm. It’s held at the same location as the regular Vegan Goods Market, which is on every first Saturday of the month from 10am to 2pm. 

We got there at about 3pm, which in hindsight might not have been the best idea, as a lot of goodies were already sold out. Entry was R20, where we got a multi-entry hand stamp, and a free plant-based recipe booklet from The Fry Family Food Co.

I’ve been to the Vegan Goods Market a few times before, and I can say that the Vegan Lifestyle Festival was easily 3 times bigger. It is an independent extension of the Vegan Goods Market, with stalls and traders that showcase all aspects of vegan living. The festival was arranged into 5 “villages”, namely; Animals, Health, Environment, Justice and Taste. They weren’t noticeably distinct from each other, but flowed on to the next stall. Generally, we just walked around from one stall to the next, browsing, sampling, meeting and getting to know the vendors, and thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere.

Something for everyone

In the Taste village, we bought kimchi from Sapials Kitchen, and tried a vegan Feesh and Chips for the first time at The Yummy Vegan stall. We went a bit nuts at C-Fruit, and bought 5kg of frozen fruit: strawberries, gooseberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries for a great price. We even got 2 tubs of fresh blackberries for free. They are so delicious that we made smoothies as soon as we got home.

By this time we were getting thirsty, to find that the juice stall had run out of cups due to the unexpected turnout, so we missed out on this. I really wished I had brought along my reusable cup. I had, after all, remembered to take my reusable bags and reusable straw. Note for next time. We also bought some Soma. almond milk; and tried a vegan cheese bread stick. I even entered the Vegan Protein competition, for a chance to win their Vegan basic starter kit. Fingers crossed.

In the Environment & Justice villages, I signed up for the vegan challenge at the ProVeg stall, and I bought an awesome QR coded key chain at the Beauty without Cruelty (BWC) stall, which takes me straight to their Humane Guide. In the Animal village, we browsed the 2nd hand books, and couldn’t resist buying a few. At R20 each, how can we resist, and the money goes towards helping animals. And lastly, at the Cosmic Bazaar stall in the Health village, I bought some Canna salve and oil, to try out for migraine management. 

It really was an amazing festival, and I can’t wait for the next one. But next time, I will be sure to be there first thing.

When is the next vegan lifestyle festival?

The Vegan Lifestyle Festival have confirmed that, following the huge success of the first one, there will definitely be a second one! This one will take place on the 30th of March 2019. I literally can’t wait! Until then, I will be going to the Vegan Goods Market on the first Saturdays of the month. Maybe I’ll see you there!

Did you make it to the Vegan Lifestyle Festival? And what did you think? I’d love to hear from you in a comment below. More market & festival posts coming soon. Also, If you would like to see some of my vegan recipes, have a look here. Finally, look at my directory for a list of all the awesome vegan products I have found locally. New products posted regularly.

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