Yesterday I attended the first Sheffield Vegan Festival held at Cutler’s Hall in Sheffield city centre. I met up with the lovely Vicki and we had an amazing day out! We had a lot of fun exploring the different stores and sampling vegan beauty, food and discovering many new vegan brands too.
I have been on a vegetarian diet for nearly two and a half years now which isn’t something I’ve mentioned on my blog before! Going vegetarian was honestly one of the best things that I’ve done for myself. I stopped eating a lot of things which I had come to hate and completely removed meat from my diet. More and more I have been researching the benefits of removing dairy too and I am so excited to do it! I thought what better way to continue my research than to attend the first Sheffield Vegan Festival.
The festival was £2 to get in and the price was so worth it. We were greeted by the friendly volunteers and given cute stickers from HappyCow.com (they have a sweet lil cow on them). Please note that the stalls talked about here aren’t in the order that we looked at them, I’m so forgetful!
The first store we came to was Amanda’s Marshmallow Confections. Two words. VEGAN MARSHMALLOWS. For two and a half years I have missed out on marshmallows but thanks to this lovely festival, I finally have some! I bought the mini vanilla ones because I think they would be perfect to have on or at the side of a hot chocolate. I also picked up an orange flavoured vegan wagon wheel. I used to love wagon wheels when I was younger so I can’t wait to eat this. (Update: It tasted a-maz-ing)
We then wandered around and spotted the wonderful Lush Cosmetics store. It is never like me to turn down a purchase from Lush but on this one occasion I managed it! Although they did have their Refresher shower gels on the table and I was so close to getting one because I love the shower jellies so much! You can read my post about Lush shower jellies here.
We also came across the Derma Enhance store who had the most lovely staff. Derma Enhance is a family vegan company who sell the Skin Salve moisturiser. This is an all over body moisturiser which reduces eczema and dermatitis which are both things I have suffered from. I’m going to be running out of my Liz Earle Moisturiser pretty soon (featured in my June Favourites) I think so I picked up a 50ml pot for £7.99. They are a lovely independent company to support!
TeenVgn are a social network for young vegetarians and vegans which I think is so great! They also run a vegan summer camp for 11-17 year olds. From their stall I picked up a vegan recipe booklet with recipes from bloggers for £1.50. These recipes look short and easy to make so I’m excited to give them a go! I also got an orange bunny sticker saying ‘don’t test on me!’ which I’m going to put in my journal.
A stall called Yours Naturally Naturally Yours caught my eye and I purchased a Jojoba oil hair serum. My hair is quite dry and this will treat that as well as stimulate my scalp. I’m looking forward to testing this out! This was only £4.25 for a 15ml bottle.
For food, both myself and Vicki had a small nachos and they were delicious and so filling! Even though afterwards we both got cupcakes which tasted incredible. Oops. I also got a cute magnet for the new apartment too which is pink and says ‘tasty veggie’ which I love!
I thoroughly enjoyed Sheffield Vegan Festival! It was such a great day and I feel more motivated than ever to go vegan. I would highly recommend going vegetarian or vegan, and if you can’t then definitely at least try cruelty-free products. You might be surprised about which products and food are vegetarian/cruelty-free when you look through what you already have!
I had such a great day at Sheffield Vegan Festival and I’ll definitely be going back next year if there’s another!
Make sure to check out Vicki’s post about Sheffield Vegan Festival too! (She’s fabulous, I promise)