With the movement gathering huge momentum worldwide and even ardent meat lovers giving ‘Veganuary‘ a trial run, veganism looks set to continue its strident march into 2018.  

Such is its popularity in Ireland now, that there will be a number of festivals celebrating the plant-based diet in the coming months.

This weekend (19th-21st January) there’s Dublin’s first ever Vegan Foodie Festival. Participating restaurants include Sova Vegan Butcher, Aperitivo, Shouk, Blazing Salads, Brother Hubbard North & South, On the Pig’s back eatery, Moreish Superfoods, Bombay Pantry, McGuiness take away.

Next up is the Irish Vegan Festival – a one day ticketed event that takes place in the Europa Hotel, Belfast on the 8th of April AND the 7th of October. All profits ģo to Farplace, an animal rescue charity.

Then there’s Dublin Vegfest which happens on September 22nd & 23rd in Griffith College Campus. 

Now in its second year, the festival promises:

“Stalls offering the best vegan food from local producers, lifestyle talks, demos, cruelty free products, exhibitors, non-profits, animal rescues, film & lots more”

There is also Cork Vegfest which takes place in May. Last year there was one in Galway too but details for 2018 are yet to be released.

It is estimated that 3% of the US and 1% of the UK populations are now vegan as the movement continues to snowball.

Visit http://www.vegan.ie for more information.

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