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North East Vegan Festival returns to the Stadium of Light

The event - known affectionately as NevFest - made a promising debut last year and is hoping for an even bigger turnout

The North East Vegan Festival - or NevFest for short - returns to the Stadium of Light on Nov 2
The North East Vegan Festival - or NevFest for short - returns to the Stadium of Light on Nov 2

The North East Vegan Festival (or NevFest for short) makes a welcome return on November 2 to Sunderland’s Stadium of Light.

The largest food event of its type in the region, the festival had it first outing in November last year.

NevFest2 will see a mix and match of food and campaign and charity stalls lining up alongside a selection of live acts, headlined by Pity Me-based Onsind.

The event is organised by Farplace Animal Rescue, with money raised benefitting the charity and two other rescue organisations.

The Vegan Society estimates there are 150,000 vegans – who avoid eggs, dairy and other products as well as meat and fish - in the UK.

Last year’s event, which was also held at the Stadium of Light, attracted more than 1,200 people, but Gareth Edwards, founded of NevFest and chair of trustees of the Farplace Animal Rescue, is hoping to break the 2,000 barrier this weekend.

He promises a vast array of hot and cold foods from Mediterranean to hot dogs and raw chocolate to vegan burgers. There will be plenty of tasting treats to try, including chocolate and vegan cheeses, as well as a special kids’ zone with popcorn, candyfloss and games.

A range of independent breweries will be lining up in The Booze Zone, and a special Mike’s Nev Ale – described as a golden, hoppy bitter - from Hill Island Brewery in Durham will be unveiled.

NevtFest2 runs between 10am-6pm and costs £2 for adults with under-16s going free of charge.

For more information go to www.nevfest.com ; www.farplace.org.uk ; Facebook: www.facebook.com/northeastveganfestival   or www.facebook.com/farplace and Twitter: www.twitter.com/nevfestwww.twitter.com/farplacerescue

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