First Vegfest in Scotland Signifies Shift in Eating Habits
Glasgow will officially be hosting Scotland’s first-ever Vegfest on December 5 and 6, with 10,000 people expected to be in attendance!
The fest will take place at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC), and for many people signified another shift in common eating habits and the rise of vegetarianism and veganism in Scotland. Other indicators are the growing number of vegan busineses and vegan and vegetarian restaurants in both cities as well as in smaller towns.
Craig Tannock, a vegan since 1982 and a local business owner, stated the changes he has seen in Scotland over the last 10 years show an increased interest in plant-based eating. He currently runs five vegan food joints in Glasgow, and stated:
“I have been vegan since the early 80s and it is completely different to how it was then. I went vegan in 1982 and it was five years before I met another vegan. The only resource was the Vegan Society based down south so you were on your own in an alien landscape. Now it is really quickly becoming more mainstream.”
When asked why he believed this change was occurring, Tannock said:
“People are more aware of the ethical issues surrounding eating animal products and there is also a greater range of quality vegetarian and vegan products which makes it easier to make the change. I think that is all leading to this momentum we are seeing.”
Although there are no studies or estimates yet on current percentage of vegans and vegetarians in Scotland, Tannock stated that “the fact that the organizers of Vegfest are confident enough to bring such a large-scale event up to Glasgow says a lot.”
Packed with food, shopping, education and entertainment, we hope the first-ever Vegfest in Scotland marks the first of many more to come!
To view the schedule, visit the Vegfest Scotland page!
Photo Credit: www.vegfest.co.uk