Plant-based sector confidence ‘sky high’ as UK’s biggest vegan event returns to Olympia London.
VegfestUK, Britain’s leading and longest-running indoor vegan event, will return to Olympia London, expanding to its biggest and most recognisable space: the Olympia Grand.
“Interest is high – and so is confidence”, report the organisers VegFestUK: “Currently we are receiving lots of enquiries from exhibitors. Not only has there been a lull in events, ensuring a hunger and appetite to return amongst exhibitors generally – but we’ve also witnessed a phenomenal increase in plant-based options in the last few years and high numbers of new vegan businesses eager to exhibit, many for the first time at a major venue like Olympia London. But equally high for many on the agenda is sustainability.”
After an enforced absence of three years, the premier London vegan event will return with gusto to Olympia Grand this autumn. VegfestUK promises to be a smorgasbord of vegan food & beverages, vegan fashion & beauty and vegan options to businesses and individuals pursuing a sustainable lifestyle. The show is a welcome boost to hundreds of vegan independent businesses exhibiting and looking forward to returning to the live events environment to help boost sales, marketing, engagement and branding to an ever-increasing audience of both plant-based aficionados and hardcore vegans alike.
In addition to stimulating business, VegfestUK London is also a flagship event for green credentials, as the links to animal agriculture and global environmental damage become even clearer. Vegan options are now widely considered the most environmentally friendly food choices, and the event, being 100% vegan, leads the way in this field. The venue is also a thoughtful choice: Olympia London is already a sustainability leader in the events industry and one of the very first venues in the UK to commit to net zero during COP26 when the global events industry got together to launch the Net Zero Carbon Events Pledge, an international initiative led by industry associations and businesses, supported by the UNFCCC.
Committing to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2030 and reach net zero by 2050 at the latest, Olympia London already has a strong track record in sustainability. The venue was one of the founders and the first venue to achieve certification to the event sustainability management system international standard, ISO 20121; has sent zero waste to landfill for over a decade; and provides event organisers with a post‐event sustainability report.
“Olympia London has made big strides forward in the decade we’ve been exhibiting”, add the VegfestUK’s organisers, “and the introduction of plant-based options everywhere on site, coupled with a robust commitment to sustainability is an essential part of the continued success of our own event. Olympia London is leading the way and other events venues are following.’’
VegfestUK is held on November 12th 13th 2022 at Olympia London, coinciding with #Cop27.
Find out more: olympia.london/whatson/vegfest-uk