Vegan Festival Adelaide

[Veganism is] a philosophy and way of living that seeks to exclude - as far as possible and practical - all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing, or any other purpose; and, by extension, promote the development and use of animal-free alternatives for the benefit of humans, animals, and the environment.
— The Vegan Society

Veganism addresses some of the greatest issues facing the world today. The core of the movement is focused on the ethical treatment of animals. However, in doing so, there are also multiple benefits to human health and the global environment. Globally, the number of vegans is growing and Australia has the third fastest growing vegan market in the world. Here in Adelaide, we have one of the strongest vegan communities in the country: A growing local community committed to global goals.

Vegan Festival Adelaide brings together Adelaide's local vegan and non-vegan community in an atmosphere of celebration and education. Founded in 2007, the Festival aims to explore a diverse vegan lifestyle and demonstrate how just a few adjustments can lead to a more compassionate way of living. One of the top three community events in Adelaide, the festival has grown dramatically from its first 1,000 attendees in 2007 to over 12,000 in 2016. The Festival is brought to life by the GIVE Foundation, a committee of dedicated individuals who freely give their time and energy, and the support of generous sponsors. The GIVE Foundation supports charities that improve the lives of animals, people in need, or the environment. Profits from the Festival are divided between the GIVE Foundation and the following year's event. Past recipients of support from the Festival and the GIVE Foundation can be seen here. The power to support vegan ideals doesn't only come from the profits of the Festival, the whole event embodies and celebrates these ideals.

Recognising the positive changes happening in the world inspires the Festival to provide a large scale event that allows vegans to celebrate in an atmosphere of music, cooking, and the very best vegan products. However, the Festival also recognises and addresses the remaining and future issues that impact animal welfare, human health, and the environment. Leading vegan communicators from across Australia and the world explore and discuss the vegan philosophies and their power for change. Challenging vegans and non-vegans alike to be the best they can be. Importantly, non-vegans are welcomed to the festival and given the opportunity to learn the vegan philosophies, to hear from and ask questions of leading vegan communicators, and enjoy one of Adelaide’s most vibrant events without judgement. Ultimately, the Festival aims to empower the community to take action and end animal cruelty, improve human health, and advance environmental sustainability. These three threads weave throughout the Festival's infrastructure and entertainment.

Veganism

Veganism isn’t just food, the range of products in our everyday lives that include animals products is astounding. However, showcased across the diverse range of Stalls and addressed by talks on the Main Stage are their vegan equivalents. Browse through collections of household products, cosmetics, clothing, and recycled goods. Don't worry, food is well represented, with sumptuous vegan meals and treats available, and Cooking Demonstrations that explain how to take the best vegan tastes home with you.

The Festival ensures that all products displayed and sold on site are 100% vegan. Local Vegan businesses are given priority, supporting the decision to be a completely vegan company in the local business community.  Also, none of the entertainment exploit animals for their acts and no animals are used to erect our marquees and stages (although that isn't so common anyway!)

Health

We live longer than ever in the modern world but also suffer from cultural diseases, such as obesity, more than at any other period in history. Good health is the greatest asset to fully enjoy the life the modern world allows. A well-balanced and considered vegan diet is great for health. To help us stay fighting fit and cruelty free, the Festival features speakers, health professionals, cookery demonstrators, and athletes that understand the needs of the human body and how to address them with a totally vegan diet.

An active lifestyle is the partner of a good diet. To promote activity in day-to-day city life, attendees are encouraged to ride their bikes to the Festival and then engage with an array of workshops to stimulate physical and mental health. In the past, there has been: Yoga, Qi Gong, meditation workshops, fitness workshops and (of course) healthy vegan food. Not forgetting the practicalities of healthy, outdoor fun, sunscreen and drinking water are provided for free throughout the two day event. Oh, and important to note, a festival wouldn't be a festival without dancing, be ready to join us on the dance floor!

Environmental Sustainability

Many vegan options offer inherent benefits for the environment, avoiding the environmental impact of animal farming. However, with the huge losses of biodiversity across the world and global temperatures rapidly rising as a result of human activities, there is so much more that needs doing. Speakers at the Festival will bring the facts of global agriculture and animal farming, and explore the things we can all do to limit our individual environmental footprint. With Vegan business represented across the Festival, attendees can truly use consumer power and help 100% vegan companies grow to provide significant competition to the entrenched standards of the modern economy.

Year on year, the Vegan Festival Adelaide continuously improves its environmental impact, striving for the goal of being a Zero Waste Event. Managing the waste of a growing population is a major issue and, unfortunately, festivals tend to produce a high concentration of waste. However, this also places us in a good position to demonstrate and educate attendees on how to divert as much waste away from landfill as possible. General, organics and recyclable bins are provided to maximise reuse and minimise landfill. In addition, food and drink stall holders only use compostable or recyclable ware so that minimal waste is produced. This allows attendees to place most of their day's waste into the organics bins. Furthermore, on-site cleaners will use environmentally safe cleaning products, ensuring Victoria Square/Tarntanyangga is left as a beautiful park in the centre of Adelaide without exposing the environment to harmful chemicals. Following the Festival, the only things lingering will be great memories.

 

 

Committee

Our committee freely dedicate their time to the Vegan Festival Adelaide. They are proud of this incredible event and believe everyone can make the change to a more compassionate lifestyle: one festival at a time!

Lea McBride
Director and Festival Coordinator

Tricia McBride
Festival Facilitator

Rebecca Burnett
Overseas Correspondent

Tricia McBride
Sponsorship | Cleaning | Advisor | Venue and Security Supervisor | Give Foundation Director

Leonie Wierenga
Cooking Demonstration Coordinator

Vicky Mackenzie
Workshop Coordinator

Geoff Battle
Volunteers Coordinator | Onsite roving venue assistant

Paul Kalenjuk
Finance | Website | Onsite roving venue assistant

Tim Mildren
Operational Supervisor

 

Lea McBride
Festival Planner | Social Media | Onsite and Stage Coordinator | Stalls Coordinator | Give Foundation Director

Rebecca Burnett
Entertainment | Green Policy Coordinator | Contracts

Angie McBride
Instagram Coordinator

Tyson D'Sylva
Sponsorship Coordinator

TBA
Kids Zone

Dr Andrew G. Farrer
Website | Researcher

 

 

Charities

Vegan Festival Adelaide is brought to life by the GIVE Foundation. This charitable organisation provides educational fundraising events and vegan related projects to the Adelaide community. These events raise both awareness and funds for animal rights, humanitarian support, and environmental protection. The money raised and donated is fed into organisations and charities that pursue projects aligned with these ideals.

 

If you have a suggestion of a charity or vegan project that you think should be supported from Festival proceeds please submit your vote below. Thank you.

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Founder: Vegan Festival Adelaide

Grace Love
Founder | Director | Visionary | Festival Coordinator 2007-2016
Without Grace's belief and passion, there would be no Vegan Festival Adelaide to celebrate Adelaide's compassionate community.