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Thousands turn out to first ever Vegan Festival in Chester

Feast of fun for foodies

Chester hosted its first Vegan Festival at Carriage Shed and The Queen Hotel

Chester has played host to the city's fest ever Vegan Festival.

About 2,000 foodies turned out to the Queen Hotel and Carriage Shed on City Road last Sunday (August 20) to sample tasty food and a wide range of stalls.

The stalls across the two sites served delicious homemade food, drinks, clothing, accessories, toiletries and cosmetics; all vegan and cruelty free.

Animal and environmental charities were also in attendance with stalls from Sea Shepherd, Cheshire Against the Cull and The League Against Cruel Sports. Alongside the stalls there was also a programme of guest speakers and educational films to engage and inspire.

Organisers Farplace Animal Rescue, who are based in Co Durham, are keen to spread the word of veganism in the North, following in the footsteps of similar festivals in Liverpool and Manchester.

Farplace is a not for profit charity and animal sanctuary which rescues and re-homes animals in need.

Chester Vegan Festival in full swing

Organiser and local vegan business owner Clare McCormack said: "it was a great opportunity to collaborate with this great organisation, bring a vegan festival to Chester and to assist them with their fundraising.

"Many stall holders sold out and the queues for the food vendors remained a constant throughout the day. The event was a tremendous success with people attending from as far as South Wales and Scotland."

Traders included Chester vegan cosmetic brand Fairypants and a host of other small vegan businesses as well as larger, more established businesses like the creators of Besos de Oro, a premium vegan friendly Irish cream liquer.

Fairypants founder Natalie Pierce-Jones said: "The festival was very busy, there were lots of local faces, but also lots of people who had travelled.

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"We sold out of our new pressed glitter palettes, and also the new Queen of Leftovers recipe cards.

"All of the traders were really pleased so I'm sure they will all come back for the next Chester Vegan Festival," she added.

Farplace Animal Rescue have confirmed they plan to be back hosting another Vegan festival in Chester next year.

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