A “two-day vegan extravaganza” is set to return to Brighton after years away due to lockdown.

VegFest, now in its 15th year, will bring vegan street food and sweet treats to the city alongside a raft of entertainment.

The festival, which came to Brighton in 2009, looks to bring together members of the plant-based food eating community and this year will be run as a free event.

Karin Ridger, who is presenting at the event, said: "Once again I feel that we are coming home. In fact I call Brighton my second home. There is nowhere quite like Brighton.

“The people of Brighton embrace VegfestUK and absolutely love our festival - whether they are vegan already, if they are vegan curious or just feel like checking us out.

“We welcome everyone and this year of course it is a free event so you can pop in and have a wonder around.


“All of us are buzzing about coming back to The Brighton Centre and the atmosphere of this VegfestUK festival is second to none.

“My audience and I always get to hang out with the most fantastic guests, I feel very lucky to connect with world leading experts and all thanks to VegfestUK."

This year’s event is set to include dishes such as vegan burgers, Greek mezze and dishes from across the Caribbean and Africa.

Other sweet dishes include creamy ice cream made of cashew nuts and vegan cakes.

Also at this year’s event will be talks from vegan professional sports stars including Jamaica and Salford City footballer Adrian Marriapa and Welsh Rugby international Lewis Bolding.

A Plant-Based Treaty aimed at getting more people into vegan food will also be discussed after the agreement was signed by councils across the UK including Haywards Heath Town Council.

This year’s VegFest event is expected to be well-attended with organisers expecting over 8,000 people to attend across the weekend.

VegFest Brighton will take place at the Brighton Centre on April 29 and April 30 from 10am. Tickets for the event are free and can be purchased on the VegFest website.