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Stroud Vegan Fair turns three this 'Veganuary'

Where: Subscription Rooms, George Street, Stroud, GL5 1AE

When: Saturday, January 25, 10am - 3pm

Stroud Vegan Fair has attracted over 4,000 attendees since the first event at The Subscription Rooms in 2018.

Organisers will be showcasing everything from hot food to enjoy on the day to goods to take home, as well as ethical clothing and accessories, cruelty-free health and beauty products, handmade crafts and plant-based lifestyle brands. There really is something for everyone to enjoy.

At the third vegan fair there will be an outdoor street food court and inside there's more food and lifestyle stalls as well as a programme of talks and demonstrations in the George Room.

Joining the fair for the first time will be the world's first Vegan Human Book Library, opening its doors in the café area.

The fair is dedicated to bringing plant-based products from local businesses with the majority of traders based a stone's throw away from Stroud and offering a range of quality vegan products.

Whether you're vegan, vegetarian, flexitarian, omnivore, curious or anything in between - everyone is welcome!

Veganism, as a sustainable way of life, has become an unstoppable energy with especially huge growth in demand in the cruelty-free food market. People choose all kinds of reasons to opt

for the vegan lifestyle - health, environmental impact and animal welfare.

Organiser Daisy Botha said: "I put the first event on sort of "by accident". At the time, I was working at The Subscription Rooms, when a gig promoter suggested holding a vegan fair at the venue after seeing the success of the Frome one. I jumped at the opportunity, as I had a background in event management and was a passionate vegan.

"When the day came of that first event I was completely humbled and amazed. We had a queue to get in pretty much all day and ended up with 2,000 people through the door.

"Off the back of that first event I decided to quit my full-time job and start my own events company hosting vegan fairs and markets across the South West. I now organise events in eight locations including Cirencester, Witney and Chepstow but Stroud will always hold a special place in my heart as my hometown gig!

"I genuinely think that running these events is one of the most effective forms of vegan outreach. They attract the attention and attendance of local people, not all of whom are

vegan who learn more about the vegan lifestyle in a friendly, approachable and accessible away."

Entry to the fair is £2 (kids go free).

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