ORGANISERS of this year’s Dorset Vegan Festival promise it will be bigger and better than ever with “everything to tickle your taste buds from the latest gourmet vegan ‘cheezes’ and creamy chocolates to some naughty vegan kebabs and everything in between”.

There will be more than 80 stalls, world food caterers, cookery demos, inspirational talks, interactive workshops, yoga and children’s activities running throughout the day.

Festival organiser, Victoria Bryceson said: “We received so much positive feedback last year and there’s now so much demand that this festival is becoming a regular sell-out event.

“I think it’s partly because people really love the friendly atmosphere. And also because it’s one of the best places to network and meet others who are vegan-curious too.

“The wonderful thing about the festival is that it’s for everyone whatever your lifestyle. Just come along and bring your friends for a great, fun weekend or day-out. You’ll have everything you need there, whether you’re looking for some retail-therapy, some ‘me’ time, precious family time or just a lovely meal out with some friends.”

“You can try before you buy, and sample foods that haven’t even hit the shops yet. You can also bathe vegan too – with a range of scented soaps and handmade bath bombs. And if you’re feeling stressed from a busy week, you can have the chance to chill out in a relaxing yoga session.”

There will also be lots of children’s activities and entertainment and you can check out designer vegan labels such as the gorgeous range of Viva La Vegan hoodies and Tees. Plus there’s a massive range of gifts and goodies including candles, jewellery, and even treats for animals. It’s also a great place to shop if you’re looking to go plastic-free.

* Dorset Vegan Festival is on Saturday, August 31 from 10.30am to 4.30pm at Lighthouse, Poole.

Entry is £5 on the door (under-16s free) includes entry to all areas and activities. VIP tickets, £15, include fast track entry and a goody bag. For more information, visit or