We are absolutely thrilled to be organising and running this popular festival this summer!
Explore this page to find out everything you need to know about the festival, including information for potential stallholders.
What better way to enjoy a summer's day than sitting on the lawn listening to live music?
We have run the cafe at the festival for the last two years and will continue to do so this year. Double-stack cheeseburger anyone?!
12.30pm - Billy & Alfie from The Retreat Animal Rescue share their experience of owning and working at one of Kent’s biggest animal sanctuaries
1pm - Rob Hill from Animal Equality, “Changing the World for Animals”
2pm - Victoria Wood from Greener Beauty, “The Dark Side of Beauty”
We are super excited to announce the launch of The Great Vegan Bake Off at this year’s Maidstone Vegan Festival. Enter your show stopper and prove that cakes don’t need eggs or dairy to be incredible!
If you’re a keen amateur baker, then bring along your cake to display in the ‘Bake Off Tent’. This year, we’re asking that your show stoppers share a positive vegan message. We can’t wait to see your creations! The cakes will be judged at 3pm and prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.
We are asking for a minimum donation of £2 per entry. All monies raised from the Bake Off will be split between Sylvia, a cow at The Retreat Animal Rescue and a by-product of the dairy industry, and the chicks at New Hope Animal Rescue, a by-product of the egg industry.
The Retreat Animal Rescue Farm Sanctuary and Cafe
We've got an amazing line up of performers to entertain you throughout the day:
11am - Pete Hicks
12pm - Rudy Warman and the Heavy Weather
1pm - Queen V
1.30pm - Jodie Kent (poetry set)
2pm - 80s on Show
3pm - Lisa Sanchez, Amy Winehouse Tribute
“Veganism is a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose.” (The Vegan Society)
Our aim for the Maidstone Vegan Festival is to get people excited about the “fastest growing lifestyle movement”! We are keen to show people that going vegan doesn’t mean missing out, and that veganism is an accessible lifestyle for all that will not only benefit the animals, but also our planet and health.
Visitors to the Maidstone Vegan Festival can expect to discover a wide range of food and drink, health and beauty products and treatments, clothing and gifts, as well as meet local animal rescues and find out more about activism in the community.
A wonderful venue in the heart of Maidstone, the county town of Kent
20 Brewer Street, Maidstone, Maidstone, ME14 1RL, United Kingdom
Yes, it costs £4 for adults and under 16s are free (must be accompanied by an adult). The entrance fee is payable by cash on the door.
No, only guide dogs are allowed. This is the venue's rule, however, we also feel the festival isn't a suitable event for dogs given how busy it can get and how much food will be around!
No, only under special circumstances (i.e. for a baby or for severe allergies). Our food stalls will be offering an incredible variety of meals and snacks to choose from.
There are many car parks located around Maidstone. The best options for long-stay are at Maidstone East station car park, or to get the Park and Ride.
The festival entrance is on Union Street, which is just off Maidstone's main high street. You will not be able to enter from Brewer Street.
Visitors using a wheelchair will be able to access everything on the ground level, including the lawn. Unfortunately there are no lift facilities at the church to be able to access the upstairs rooms.
Animal Aid was founded in 1977 and campaigns against all animal cruelty. They conduct undercover investigations into factory farms, slaughterhouses, ‘game’ bird farms, and other such places to expose the reality of animal farming to the general public. They also have a very effective Education Department and school speaker programme.
Gambardeli’s sells tasty meat alternatives in chilled packs to go and offers free tasters of these products. I also offer hot food based on my products such as Greek Souvlaki in a wrap with salad and Tatziki as well as ‘steak’ and onion pies, Cornish style Pasties and sausage rolls. Of course, everything is vegan. I am vegan and all products are made in an all vegan kitchen. Products include a BBQ pack - steaks, sausages, burgers, Ribz- Deli slices, Pastramve and Chorizvo. We have Epic and Greek roasts and, our Wellington with chestnut and mushroom Duxelles won a Silver Award at the British Pie Awards, 2019. Roasts and Wellingtons are available to order for pick up at the Festival.
We are thrilled to have Bolivian Pastries with us again, selling their vegan Bolivian traditional Salteña, empanadas, pastries, cakes and treats.
We will provide people with information about caring for cats and how they can support cats who have been abandoned. Whether organising regional and national events or making the news, Cats Protection is always keen to encourage active participation and spread awareness. As a charity, we rely solely on the generosity and kindness of the public to enable us to go on caring for cats and kittens. Public support is vital to us. The uniqueness is where one may sponsor a cat pen and help many cats, the sponsor will receive emails regarding the cats within their sponsored pen and are able to login and see for themselves how the cats/kittens are getting on. Once a cat is adopted the sponsor will hear how they are getting on and will get regular updates on the next cat that takes up residence in the cat pen.
We are a family owned catering business. We started years ago with the aim to share Caribbean culture through good food. We are passionate about what we do and have invested time and effort in delivering top quality event food.
We are Vegan specialist and have our Ital / Rastafarian inspired specials as staples on our menu.
All our freshly squeezed juices are also Vegan.
For over 25 years, hunt saboteurs have used non violent direct action to sabotage fox/hare hunts, and sometimes shoots all over Kent, both prior to and after the Hunting Act theoretically made hunting with dogs "illegal".
The hunters now use various loopholes in the law to continue to hunt live quarry, so we are needed more than ever to protect our wildlife from this organized and savage cruelty.
New technology means we have such tools as drones etc to film the hunters activities, and we also organise large demos at public hunting events.
Until hunting is finally banned outright, we will be there for our wildlife.
We’re an eco-friendly, ethical food stall serving hearty and wholesome tortilla wraps full of flavour!
Choose from our BBQ Jerk ‘CHKN’ or Smoky BBQ ‘PRK’ fillings each accompanied by a bed of fresh, organic salad. Gluten-free wraps are available, and we also offer a selection of gluten-free, vegan cakes for dessert!
Pura Vida is a greeting full of positive energy, respect towards humanity and nature in one of the most eco-friendly countries in the world - Costa Rica.
Vegan Pura Vida brings to you a variety of flavour in pastries, cakes and cookies, baked with respect and passion. All our products are 100% vegan.
High quality, high cocoa, artisan 70% dark chocolate vegan brownies. Small batch baked in Bristol, our brownies are baked with carefully selected ingredients, with sustainability and ethics at the very core of everything we do. Our menu changes with the seasons, but always has our amazing organic and fairly traded 70% dark chocolate as the Number 1 ingredient. We're proud to be 100% vegan, and vegan owned, and also a Palm Oil Free business with absolutely no compromise on the taste, quality or decadence of our brownies, just as it should be! Prepare yourself for the ultimate chocolate fix.
We are a multi-cuisine vegan hotdog company, we have over 5 different flavours of Vausages all of which are homemade and none of the Vausages contain wheat, soya or nuts. On the Vausages food stall we like giving customers a special experience, we like to set an atmosphere of 'around the world food' from the unique toppings and different types of drinks.
Since 1994, Viva! has worked tirelessly to create a kinder world for animals. Viva! is the UK's leading vegan charity; exposing the truth about modern farming and promoting the joys of a more compassionate vegan lifestyle. At Maidstone Vegan Fair, Viva! will be bringing clothing, confectionary, recipe guides and more to fundraise towards Viva! campaigns, and also free campaigns materials to enable your inner activist!
We are Viva la Vegan Clothing who also stock Eden Perfumes. Viva la vegan is the award
winning ethical statement clothing company.
We stock a wide range of tee shirts and hoodies along with jackets and the largest selection of
merchandise including bags, badges, greetings cards and alike.
We also stock over 60 Eden Perfume fragrances. www.edenperfumes.co.uk
Shea butter contains natural vitamins A,E,F and fatty acids which aids the production of collagen production and helps to protects the skin barrier.
Our butter is from ‘Women’s Gold’ co-operative based in Wa Northern Ghana. This was started by Georgina Koomson; the group has over 600 women support a local community of over 2400 individuals and through the production of Organic Shea Butter are helping to build a better future. These women collect the Nuts, dry, shell and ground them. They are then roasted to bring out the oils and hand kneaded until it becomes a smooth creamy butter. It has a punchy smell and distinctive colour
They rely on the butter as their main income and because of my purchase, your purchase they can send their children to school and have better quality of life. We will be giving back to their community through various projects including the digging of a well to help ensure access to a safe clean water supply.
Vegan Runners UK is one of the fastest growing running clubs in the UK with approaching 4000 members. The club is the brain child of the amazing Fiona Oakes, overseer of Towerhill Sanctuary and Ultrarunner extraordinaire. We exist to promote veganism to runners and running to vegans! Membership is open to runners of all abilities, the only entry requirement is that you are vegan
Sea Shepherd UK is a registered marine conservation charity whose mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife around the UK's coastline and across the world’s oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species.
Sea Shepherd UK uses innovative direct-action tactics to investigate, document and take action when necessary to expose and confront illegal activities committed against marine wildlife and habitats. By safeguarding the biodiversity of our delicately balanced oceanic ecosystems, Sea Shepherd UK works to ensure their survival for future generations.
Hugletts Wood Farm provides sanctuary to cows and their friends. A home for life to farm animals and birds, rescued from the misery of the meat and dairy industry and the horrors of the slaughterhouse.
Hugletts Wood farm is the only farm animal sanctuary in the UK that operates a dedicated Cow Protection Program. It is also the only vegan farm in the UK that runs such a sanctuary.
We try to self-fund as much as possible, growing vegetables and fruits and producing a whole range of woodland products and natural Ahimsa compost but always welcome your support in whatever form it may take!
Hello my name is Lisbeth and I design and make bags. As a vegan and nature person I like my bags to be animal friendly, sustainable and eco-friendly.
I make handbags, purses, ... out of cork fabric which is a really soft and beautiful fabric that is waterproof, durable, sustainable, vegan and biodegradable.
I also try to up cycle, I sew coin purses out of bicycle inner tubes and I use old jeans and saris to make bum bags. Please come and say hello 💚
Animal Equality is a global animal protection organisation and one of the most effective advocates for farmed animals in the world. We work with society, governments and companies so that we can achieve our vision: a world in which all animals are protected and respected.
We will be exhibiting our 360 virtual reality experience, iAnimal. This takes the viewer into the world of intensive farming and shows, from the perspective of the animals, the reality of what life (and death) is like for 95% of pigs, chickens raised for meat and cows on dairy farms in the UK. iAnimal reveals what the meat and dairy industry doesn’t want people to see.
Creative Nature is an Award – Winning Free From brand started by severe allergy sufferer, Julianne Ponan. Julianne couldn’t find any healthy snacks on the market that catered for the Top 14 Allergens, so she started to make her own. Fast forward 6 years, Creative Nature is a thriving business with 3 core ranges – our delicious, Free From snack bars, organic home baking mixes and ethically sourced superfood powders and wholefoods.
Our coffee machine will be located on a separate stall so you don't have to queue at the cafe if you just want a hot drink. Bring your own coffee cup to receive 20p off!
The Retreat Animal Rescue Farm Sanctuary and Cafe offers much needed support to ALL animals, farmed, domestic and wild. OUR AIMS ARE to EDUCATE the public that all animals need commitment, love and respect; also animals should be NEUTERED to avoid more unwanted litters, and given the care that they need. By REHOMING animals we can provide much needed space to RESCUE more abused animals. All the animals are GIVEN the TIME, veterinary care and love they need to RECOVER before being homed. If a suitable home cannot be found they are NEVER KILLED, they simply stay at the Retreat for the rest of their lives.
The Humane League UK are an animal protection organisation who exist to end the abuse of all animals raised for food. Their relentless corporate campaigns and laser focus have enabled them to get some of the biggest food companies across Europe to commit to better animal welfare in their supply chains, whilst their plant-based advocacy work encourages people to leave animals off their plates. They'll be chatting to people about their work and encouraging local activists to sign up to their volunteer network, they are very excited to meet you all!
A registered not-for-profit, no kill, donation-reliant animal sanctuary in North Kent and home to over 200 rescue animals from pigs to cats and donkeys to ducks, all saved from slaughter. Amey is currently looking for volunteers to help out at the sanctuary, so get in touch if you're interested!
Aged just 15, Susie Ma (founder of Tropic Skincare) created her first body scrub in her mum’s kitchen. Now Tropic have over 100 products freshly made in our Surrey beauty kitchen. Tropic have won over 100 beauty awards, including just this week, Best Natural Makeup Brand and Best Cleanser at the 2019 Beauty Shortlist Mama & Baby Awards. We always strive to be at the forefront of natural ingredients research. Our formulations are supercharged with innovative ingredients such as plant ceramides and encapsulated vitamins, embracing the latest green technologies. In an industry that often overlooks animal welfare and the environment, we promise never to test on animals, nor use any animal derivatives. That’s why we stand with Cruelty Free International, The Vegan Society and PETA as a 100% cruelty-free brand, now and always.
At Sesame Kingdom our halva is unique and special because it respects a wide range of palates with its flaky, cotton, crunchy, airy, melt-on-your-tongue creaminess. Using the finest organic single-origin arabian White Humera sesame seeds—recognised as the best in the world – our halva has been described as nutty, creamy, complex and extremely satisfying.
Badger's Vegan Kitchen are a vegan company, veganising the everyday products that lots of us miss when we go vegan.
We started with The Egg Mayo, which went down a storm. The others quickly followed (Coleslaw and Potato Salad) and our latest 2 were added a year or so ago, one of which, Tunah Mayo has turned out to be our most popular product of all. So come along and try them and see what you think. Look forward to seeing you there.
At the core of Extinction Rebellion’s philosophy is nonviolent civil disobedience. We promote civil disobedience and rebellion because we think it is necessary- we are asking people to find their courage and to collectively do what is necessary to bring about change.
We organise in small groups. These groups are connected in a complex web that is constantly evolving as we grow and learn. We are working to build a movement that is participatory, decentralised, and inclusive.
The Vegan and Eco Store is on hand to help you towards an environmentally friendly and vegan, home and lifestyle. From bamboo toothbrushes to shampoo bars and groceries bags. When the owner Amy isn’t at her shop by the seaside in Dover she is volunteering for her local transition group and working toward ‘Plastic Free’ status for her town.
Our luxury skincare range is handmade, and incorporates gentle, Natural and Organic ingredients that are;
Silky smooth to the touch and easily absorbent
Rich, nourishing and moisturising
Healing and Rejuvenating
Soothing and calming
Helping to enhance tone and radiance
iUVO was created through experimentation and determination, accompanied by love and support whilst going through Cancer.
During this experience, we found a natural raw butter that had nourishing and beneficial effects. This helped with recovery and contributed to a much healthier appearance. Inspiring us to create our own skincare range.
A LITTLE DAILY INDULGENCE FOR LONG LASTING LUXURY
There are no nasties in our chocolate; no dairy, no gluten, no soya, no preservatives and certainly no palm oil.
All our packaging is biodegradable.
OUR CHOCOLATE IS ALWAYS VEGAN
Our ingredients are Cacao Butter, Cacao Powder, Maple syrup, and then the fruit or nuts and essence that are featured in each bar. Simple, beautiful and honest ingredients.
Jade Green Vegan offers slogan clothing & accessories aimed to spread compassion and kindness. A % of profit is donated to animal charities and rescues.
The Vegan Girl Gang is a not for profit selling cute slogan bags and other items. All profit is either used to fund our own animal rescues - so far we have rescued 5 beautiful lambs - or donated to other amazing animal sanctuaries when we don’t have any of our own active rescues.
If you would like more energy, reduced fatigue, increased alertness and clarity, improved mental focus, "brain fog" lifted and your general mood enhanced then I have the perfect product for you! It can also help with weight loss (if you have any weight to lose) as it helps to supress appetite, reduce cravings for fats and sugars and increase metabolism. The natural "mood enhancer" is also great for those of us who are prone to comfort eat! So what is this miraculous product I hear you ask? It's a coffee with added health benefits! I will have a limited number of free 3 day samples for you to try so please come and find me early to claim yours! www.utransform.co.uk
I will also be selling CBD oil on the day. Extracted using only carbon dioxide. No chemicals. No fillers added. Just pure CBD hemp oil and a touch of natural peppermint oil to improve the taste. 500mg and 750mg bottles available. This particular product was one of the few to be awarded a "High Quality Seal" by the U.S Hemp Authority.
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