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Woodstock, the famous music festival that took place 48 years ago, was three days of peace and music.
London’s Vegstock, on the other hand, is being billed as a single day of peace, beer and food. Vegan food, that is — produced without harming animals.
“It appeals to people who generally just like craft beer, wine, who like supporting local events,” said Vegstock organizer Brittany Bragg.
The goal is to throw the “biggest vegan party” in the city’s history, added fellow committee member Ilana Walker, who says she expects 300 to 500 people to turn out for the first edition of the event, which runs from 2-11 p.m. Aug. 26 at the party space in the Life of Leisure Surf + Social Club on Dundas Street.
Among the more than 10 vendors slated to appear is Anderson Craft Ales, the local microbrewery known for its amber and cream ales, as well as an IPA.
Also on site will be Globally Local, the vegan fast-food chain and Boombox Bakeshop.
In other words, the “decadent” goodies on offer will be “stuff that goes well with beer,” in Bragg’s words, such as vegan mac and cheese and vegan nachos.
“We’ve hand-picked all of our vendors for this year,” Walker said. “You probably support a lot of these businesses (already).”
“The best part is, it’s all vegan — you won’t be hangry here,” organizers said in a statement.
Unlike Vegfest, which takes place Nov. 11 this year, Vegstock is a 19+ event and is more of a party than a political statement.
“A lot of people (attending Vegfest) had asked for live music, alcohol, stuff like that,” Walker said. “We just decided to create this whole other . . . event.”
Music will be provided by alternative rock and indie pop duo Nate & Trish or Whatever, folk indie pop group Olivia and the Creepy Crawlies, and Niagara Falls rock band the Kerouacs.
However, you don’t have to be a vegan or support the vegan worldview to attend.
“Absolutely not. This is not just a festival for vegans,” Walker said.
She believes many vegans take up the non-animal diet for reasons other than protecting animals. “I think that the popularity behind it is more of a health thing,” she said.
“It’s a baby event,” Bragg said. And while this is Vegstock’s first year, Vegfest will take place as normal in the fall.
If you go
What: Vegstock, one-day vegan party
Where: Life of Leisure Surf + Social Club, 792 Dundas St.
When: Aug. 26, 2-11 p.m.
Tickets: $20 per person; food and drink tickets $1 each, $25 for 30, $40 for 50
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