Veggie-Fayre to learn about vegetarianism
Lincoln Veggie Fayre has launched its fifth edition on Saturday, promoting vegetarian food, healthy lifestyle and awareness on animal welfare.
Local businesses, charities and chefs have been available to advise people on vegan diet, recipes and products.
Linda Wardale, organiser and owner of Yellowbellys of Bailgate said: "For the last four years I have been involved in the organisation. We took from being a small event of about one hundred people to seven hundreds."
Vegans decide to exclude from their diet animal products, meat, fish, dairy, eggs and honey, because of the environmental impact they have on the planet, the cruelty that farming methods involved in and for health reasons too.
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According to the European Vegetarian Union, the UK has the third highest rate of vegetarianism in the Europe.
In 2003, the Vegetarian Society estimated that there were between three and four millions vegetarians in the UK and nowadays the number has remained quite stable. However, many of them defined themselves as 'meat-avoider' rather than vegetarians.
"More and more people are coming along, surprised because they did not think that vegan food could taste so good. It is a good way to make people think about food, how it is produced, cruelty that is involved." Linda said
"People sometimes do not realise that there are so many alternatives and you do not have to always eat meat."
The Fayre was a valuable occasion for everybody, whether vegans or simply curios, to try free local vegan food and see cooking demonstrations from Lincoln chefs, such as Karl Davison, Head Chef from Café Zoot.
Other activities have been tombola, Guess the Cake Weight Competition and workshops. There were many information stalls about veganism, while local businesses had the possibility to show their goods, arts, crafts, books. A gluten free food table was also available.
"Some people may just want to do slight changes in their diet to feel better and they have to know that there are many alternatives and find that they should received the right suggestions, especially if they have allergies or health problems" Linda said.