Animal Aid


Posted 7 May 2003
Vegfest comes to Exeter


The groundbreaking, mouth-watering third South-West Festival of Vegetarianism features a week of great events, mostly in Exeter.

Two of the main events this year will be outdoors in Bedford Square, Exeter. On Saturday 31 May, Exeter's first Fairtrade Day will offer information, goods to buy and special 'one world' lunches at Exeter Phoenix restaurant, St Sidwell Centre cafe and Boston Tea Party (in Exeter and Honiton). A proportion of profits will help to fund aid projects in Africa, enabling small communities to grow their own vegetarian food more efficiently.

The festival closes a week later (7 June) at the same venue with the innovative Living Without Cruelty Fayre. For the first time, it is being held outdoors in the city centre of Exeter. Everything from cruelty-free cosmetics, to vegetarian shoes, organic vegetables and vegan cakes will be on sale and authentic Gujarati Indian vegan food will be supplied from a mobile gazebo by Veggie Perrins, the only Indian vegetarian restaurant in the South-West. Street entertainers and music will complete a unique event for the city.

Other special events include a festival lecture entitled Medical Research Without Animals (Exeter Library - 4 June) and a fantastic festival concert featuring the brilliant Kangaroo Moon. (Exeter Phoenix on 6 June).

Throughout the week, several restaurants in the area - Exeter, Tiverton, Plymouth, Brixham and Totnes - will be offering their own special vegetarian evenings, featuring the best of cruelty-free foods from around the world.

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