FESTIVAL organisers are cooking up a fresh line-up as a vegan celebration returns to Wearside.
The North East Vegan Festival – Nevfest – will be hosted in Sunderland for the third time on Sunday, May 31.
More than 100 stalls will set out their gourmet goods, while a host of rooms will also showcase foods, and give festival goers the chance to try out activities.
The event, the first of its kind in the region, has attracted thousands of visitors and will be hosted once again at the Stadium of Light.
Co-organiser Victoria Bryceson, said: “Although the festival will have a focus on animal welfare, heavy focus will also be placed on dismissing the view that eating vegan is expensive, plain and difficult.
“Veganism is affordable, exciting and easy and our vast range of food stalls will showcase this.
Although the festival will have a focus on animal welfare, heavy focus will also be placed on dismissing the view that eating vegan is expensive, plain and difficult.Nevfest organiser Victoria Bryceson
“We will have free samples to give away for people to try before they buy and many of the stall holders will bring along samples and special festival offers for the day.”
The stalls will highlight just how varied a vegan diet can be with hot and cold food on offer including Asian, Mediterranean, raw food, vegan cheese, street foods, sausages and burgers.
For the sweet toothed there will be a range of chocolate stalls, cup-cakes, cream cakes, sweets and popcorn.
The organisers hope to see a host of foodies visiting, not just vegetarians and vegans.
Victoria added: “We were really pleased to see so many non-vegans at last year’s festival.
“People tasted the food and also bought carry outs to take away with them.
“For existing vegetarians and vegans it is a fantastic day out where everything is suitable for vegans.”
There are 150,000 vegans in the UK and the festival team say the event will be a way of providing a huge variety of products to people under one roof, to inform and educate and to bring people together to support a fantastic cause.
In addition to the food stalls, a host of tables will sell items including clothing, drinks, jewellery and gifts.
There will also be several animal welfare charity stalls, with the event helping to support the Farplace Animal Rescue charity.
The festival’s pamper zone will offer visitors massages and beauty treatments and the day has expanded to include a craft fair, live cookery demonstrations, a cinema room, workshops, a fashion show, live music and children’s activities.
Anyone who wants volunteer is being invited to get in touch.
Entry into the festival, which will be staged across three floors, is £2 and tickets can be purchased via www.nevfest.com or at the door on the day, with entry from 11am.
VIP tickets can be purchased in advance from the website for £15, with a discount of £2 applied per multiple tickets purchased, and this includes a VIP no-queuing entry, a goody bag packed with samples, information and discounts and a champagne and juice reception in select VIP areas.
VIPs can also gain early entry to the festival from 10.30am, with more than 1,000 parking spaces available for visitors attending the festival.
More details can be found via www.facebook.com/northeastveganfestival and www.twitter.com/nevfest.