Animal Aid


Posted 1 April 2002
The festival features vegetarian food, shopping and music

An event not to be missed!

The second South-West Festival of Vegetarianism takes place in Devon from 29th May - 8th June. Like last year the focal point is Exeter, but this time there are also events in other parts of the county. The aim of the festival is twofold: firstly to celebrate vegetarianism with a programme that will appeal to non-meat eaters and carnivores alike; and secondly, to educate while at the same time entertaining.

The theme this year is 'the vegetarian world comes to Devon', featuring different food from around the globe. The best vegetarian restaurants in the area - in Exeter, Plymouth, Totnes, Tiverton and Brixham - are each putting together one special evening featuring food from a different part of the world - Meditteranean, Indian, Chinese, Middle Eastern, Caribbean and Mexican. All menus will include vegan options. The theme will also be highlighted in a display throughout the festival in the foyer of Exeter Central Library.

Weekend events

Focus of the Festival is the weekend of 31st May - 2nd June, beginning on the Friday evening with a vegetarian wine tasting at Exeter Library. We then move to Plymouth for a vegetarian day on Saturday in the city centre. With the support of the city council we are organising stalls and veggie food throughout the busy shopping period.

This leads to our highlight on 2nd June in the grounds of the Phoenix Arts Centre in Exeter. As part of a widely publicised event taking place there over three days, the Bank Holiday Sunday is dedicated to the theme of non-violent living. It is a unique opportunity to put ethical issues at the core of what is likely to be the biggest weekend for young people ever staged in Devon. In the daytime there's a free Living Without Cruelty Fayre with cruelty-free and fairtrade goods for sale, plus good food and information on a range of important social and environmental themes. This will take place in a specially erected marquee.

It will be followed in the evening by a world music concert, also to be held in marquees within the arts centre grounds. One tent will feature electric music and the other acoustic. Topping the bill in the electric tent are the popular 'thinking man's dance band', Banco de Gaia, while in the acoustic venue we have the brilliant political songwriter Robb Johnson and rising blues star Emily Druce. It really does promise to be a day and an evening to remember.

Throughout the festival we will have an information stall in Exeter city centre with the full range of Animal Aid goods on sale. On a couple of days we will be joined by a mobile restaurant introducing vegetarian food from the Gujarat region of India.This is to provided by Veggie Perrins, the South-West's only authentic Indian veggie restaurant.


  • Why not take a short spring break to this beautiful part of the country and take in part of the festival?
  • Find out more at - the special pages include links so you can find out more about some of the events, plus information on some places to stay that cater for veggies.

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