National Vegetarian Week: our pick of the best events

Ditch the meat for beet and celebrate National Vegetarian Week! Here is a round-up of some of the events happening around the country to raise awareness and celebrate all things veggie…

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Grand Union Veggie Cocktails
Location: Grand Union Cocktail Bars, London 
Dates: 19-25 May

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Discover a range of fresh, vegetable-based cocktails available across the Grand Union venues in London. Priced at £5 each, the special cocktails will reveal a new exciting way to enjoy your five-a-day!

Suggest a Vegetarian Meal
Location: New Waggoners, Manchester Road, Burnley BB11 5NS
Dates: 19-26 May

Although a vegetarian menu is always available, to celebrate National Vegetarian Week, customers are being asked to suggest specials via www.facebook.com/newwaggoners. As a reward there will be free meals up for grabs for the best entries!

Non-Vegetarian Friends Eat Free
Location: Food for Friends, 17-18 Prince Albert Street, Brighton BN1 1HF
Dates: 19-23 May

Simply find a non-vegetarian friend, print off and fill out this voucher, book a table and enjoy a free main course! Terms and conditions apply.

VegFest UK
Location: Amphitheatre and Waterfront Square, Harbourside, Bristol BS1 5LL
Dates: 23-25 May

Enjoy the UK’s biggest vegan event by the waterside and experience an amalgamation of vegan food, cookery demonstrations, workshops and talks during the day before being treated to headline music acts in the evening, including Boney M. For more information and to see pricing and schedules, visit their official website

Exotic Fruit Tasting Event
Location: Partridges Market, Duke of York Square, London SW3 4LY
Date: 25 May

Taste free samples of rare exotic fruits and superfruits to encourage the public to learn to love a wide variety of fruits.

Interfaith Vegan Alliance – Picnic Buffet in the Park
Location: Roundhay Park (Soldiers Field), Princes Avenue, Leeds LS8 1DF
Date: 25 May

Whether or not you are vegetarian or vegan, join in with a picnic in the park between 2pm and 4pm. All you have to do is bring one dish and a card stating the name of the dish and whether it is vegan or vegetarian and you’re good to go! Expect music, park games and an optional game of rounders.

The Great Malvern Food Festival
Location: Great Malvern Priory Church, Church Street, Malvern WR14 2AY
Date: 26 May

Feel the community spirit as Great Malvern celebrate their 4th Annual Food Festival with entertainment, cookery demonstrations and plenty of food stalls.

Uplands Market
Location: Uplands Market, Gwydr Square, Swansea SA2 0HD
Date: 30 May

Between 9am and 1pm roam around the market stalls and enjoy the many vegetarian and vegan stalls as well as many other local products.

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For more information about vegetarianism and for some exciting new recipe ideas, visit the Vegetarian Society website.