Barely has the dust settled from the crowds attending the Plymouth Vegan Fair last Saturday before we have another vegan event to look forward to this coming Saturday. Although a little further to travel from the Cornish border, the Animal Aid South West Christmas Without Cruelty Festival at the Exeter Corn Exchange, is always worth a pre-Christmas day trip.
I know I have just mentioned the 'C' word and it is only November, but this Festival does tend to tweak the festive spirit. Perhaps it is the plethora of 40 or more vegan stalls (many presented with a seasonal flair), the wonderful Christmassy food on offer, or perhaps it is just the joy of being surrounded by a fluffy warm cloud of veganism.
The entry is free but do make sure you do take plenty of wonga. You will be sure to want to treat yourself, get ahead of your Christmas shopping, and be lured by the lunch options, as well as be kind enough to drop more than a few pennies into the Animal Aid collection buckets by the doors.
Doors open at 10am and as it is a special 10th Anniversary festival this year, the first 250 visitors will be given free gifts donated by Lush Cosmetics and Natural Balance Foods. Fairfoods make their second appearance in a week (Plymouth last Saturday) to treat us to their tasty vegan snacks and delicious lunches, all at really good prices. Food is from 12.30pm and queues get long so do get there early to avoid disappointment.
This year the comedian Sara Pascoe will be speaking so make for the main stage at midday if you would like to catch what she has to say. In fact, the weekend starts early for vegan comedy fans as Sara is performing a stand-up show at the Exeter Corn Exchange on Friday evening with all profits going to Animal Aid. Vegan food is available before the show and during the interval from Rabbit, Exeter's first vegan cafe which opened its doors recently. For tickets for the evening visit the Corn Exchange website.
For more details on the festival, please visit the Animal Aid website.
South West Christmas Without Cruelty Festival 2016
Exeter Corn Exchange, Market Street, Exeter, Devon. EX1 1BU
Saturday 19 November - 10am till 4.30pm