Popular vegan festival returns to Parbold in January

The New Year and a fresh start will see the return of a much-loved vegan festival in Lancashire this month to mark the start of ‘Veganuary.’

Dozens of stalls selling mouthwatering treats, handmade gifts and sustainable goods will be just some of the tempting wares on offer at the Vegan Fest in Parbold.

Initially held in Burscough back in 2018, Vegan Fest’s popularity was such that it outgrew its original venue.

And with the longest day now well and truly behind us, many of us will be looking forward to the chance to turn over a new leaf and get into good, lifestyle habits to see them through the New Year.

Organisers at Artisan Network who are experts at running specialist markets in and around Lancashire, say the vegan lifestyle is well and truly on the up.

Delicious food at a previous Vegan Fest
Delicious food at a previous Vegan Fest

Tempting treats on offer include a selection of sweet and savoury bakes, superfoods as well as herbal teas, delicious chutneys, relishes and small batch liquor. There will also be the chance to discover upcycled and statement clothing, eco-friendly products and cruelty free beauty products.

Launched in the UK in 2014, ‘Veganuary’ is an event that aims to promote a vegan lifestyle for the first month of the year by urging people to take part in a plant-based diet.

Vegans abstain from meat, dairy and animal products, because they believe that all creatures have the right to life and freedom and do not indulge in the use of animal products.

Mouthwatering cake at a recent Vegan Fest event
Mouthwatering cake at a recent Vegan Fest event

Advantages of a vegan lifestyle are said to include lower cholesterol and a lower risk of heart disease.

A spokesperson for Vegan Fest, Amanda Garcia, said: “We are excited at the positivity and warmth shown to our VeganFest which is held in the pretty Village of Parbold.

“You don’t have to be vegan to enjoy what’s on offer – just enjoy fabulous Mexican and British inspired street food and handmade ethically produced gifts.

“People are increasingly experiencing intolerance to dairy, wheat and eggs, and plant-based cuisine is often suited to those with allergies. Why not try it, what have you got to lose!

Vegan Fest Parbold is free to enter with free parking, and the family friendly event is all inclusive.

It takes place on Sunday, January 16 at Parbold Village Hall, Wigan, WN8 7DN from 11am until 4pm.

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