Now in its third year, the ‘Vegan Foodie Festival’ is returning to Dublin next weekend (30th January – 2nd February 2020) and tickets are only €2!
The festival aims to promote vegan & vegan-friendly restaurants and cafes – including Brother Hubbard on Capel St, Sova Vegan Butcher in Portobello and Veggie Vibe cafe, in Blackrock Market and many more (see below). Dublin’s vegan offering has been slow to gather momentum compared to other capital cities like Berlin, London and New York, but as the festival is showing, things have improved greatly in recent years, and there are plenty of vegan-friendly places now.
According to Founder Katy Morgan, the festival started out as a Facebook page called Dublin Vegan Nights Out which organised group events for those with an interest in a plant-based diet. The success of these events signalled that the time was right for a full festival. The first outing had an overwhelming response and hence returned for a second, and now a third year.
According to Bord Bia, 8% of the Irish population are now vegetarian and 2% are vegan, Plus much of the population now identifies as ‘flexitarian’. The vegan movement has gained momentum thanks to Netflix documentaries like What The Health, The Game Changers, Forks Over Knives and Cowspiracy. In addition, social media has been a powerful force for sharing information concerning animal ethics, health and the environment.
The vegan movement has now hit the mainstream with supermarkets, fast-food outlets and coffee shops all being forced to sit up and take note of the trend. According to the Journal.ie, dairy producers are blaming social media ‘influencers’ for pushing people to plant-based milk substitutes. Most people will have also noticed the ‘milk wars’ between dairy companies and vegan activists, going on around the country.
Register your interest as a punter (or as a business for next year) via the event’s Facebook page here: