It’s Festival Time!
It’s that time of year – festivals, summer fetes, and all sorts of local shows. Here in Devon we are surrounded with lots of music events, some great foodie events, as well as numerous country shows. It is a wonderful time of year, and especially this year with the fantastic weather we have been experiencing.
Plymouth Vegan Festival
It is a time to try out something new, something different and this year I attended the Plymouth Vegan Festival 2018. The festival was held in the historic Plymouth Guildhall and there was lots to see and do – classes, talks, demonstrations and workshops.
We were drawn to the main entrance by the vibrance, colour and great smells coming from the fantastic vegan offerings for sale. Queues were built up at the main catering stall, and there was a happy, carnival like atmosphere. On entering the Guildhall you paid a small fee, had your hand stamped, and you were in! There were numerous events to attend, up in the Astor and Charter Rooms, and if you followed the programme, you knew exactly what to expect.
In the main hall was an array of numerous different type of stalls. These ranged from gorgeous gooey cakes, to paintings by horses (and yes, I do mean that!), jewellery and handbags, and many, many more attractions. We tried out vegan tea (a bit bland I thought), vegan cheeses, (an acquired taste) and a variety of dips and spreads that were delicious. There was something for everyone, and loads of useful information on both local and national movements. We spoke to the folks at the Devon Wildlife Trust, Greenpeace (a great team) and the League Against Cruel Sport.
There was so much to see and do – everyone was friendly and welcoming. There were a lot of familiar Plymouth faces, as well as many new ones. One of the stalls that attracted me was run by the lovely Nicky Kay and she was demonstrating Natural Oils to combat health problems. I was hooked onto the peppermint and orange oils she gave us to sample. I ended up signing up for an online course, which no doubt I will write about at some point!
All in all, it was a great way to spend a couple of hours on a sunny Saturday afternoon. So much to see and to experience. Something I would like to explore in more detail, one to add to the wish list for a later date. Here’s to the next festival!
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About the Author: Carole Langman works behind the scenes at Bowerland Cottage Holidays and Devon Dogs as the Business Manager. Her office is always a hive of activity, and with the vast amounts of work Carole has, we never really know how she gets through it all! To unwind, she loves gardening, hikes around Bowerland, travelling and writing.