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Vegan decadence theme for alternative festival

Sep 30th, 2011 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

VEGAN decadence is the theme of Wellington’s Vegetarian Food and Lifestyle Festival this weekend to kick off the international awareness week.

Vegetarian Society co-president Caroline Jack says that the aim of the festival is to promote a healthy lifestyle, as well as provide information and support for vegans and vegetarians.

“[The lifestyle is] better for people, better for animals and it’s better for the environment,” she says.

“It ticks all the boxes.”

Ms Jack says she has high expectations for this year’s festival, with the food theme being vegan decadence.

“Some people think, ‘oh god- the [vegan] food must be so boring, like lentil pie’.”

The decadent side is really the way to go to give people an opportunity to see that it’s not all boring, she says.

VEGE OUT: Hannah Lessells shows off some vegan cupcakes

Festival-goers are typically vegans and vegetarians wanting to meet others, although there are some omnivores that arrive for a look around.

“There are also ‘moral vegans’ who are intellectually vegetarian but don’t practise it,” says Ms Jack.

The festival is in its fifth year and has been at St John’s church on Willis St.

“The first one was run in 2007. We did miss a year but it’s an annual thing. This year there’s been a group of about six people running it and we started organising in April,” says Ms Jack.

Co-organiser Hannah Lessells (left) says a turnout of 1500 is expected, but it depends on the weather.

“We have sausage sizzles and people like to sit outside in the sun. People don’t come out if it’s raining.”

Miss Lessells says that the speakers and cooking demonstrations are a big attraction.

The room where the guest speakers are is usually full, and about 20 people watch each cooking demonstration.

The festival will be at St John’s church on the corner of Willis St from 10am this Saturday.

Entry is $5 for adults and free for children, with the fee going towards covering costs.

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