Veganism isn't just a diet. It's also a way of life. And so when the inaugural Brisbane Vegan Festival 2015 is held a mere two weeks ahead of roast turkey and glazed ham season, there will be much more than food on the menu.
Being held at Brightside on 12 December 2015, the Brisbane Vegan Festival 2015 follows in the footsteps of successful Sydney and Melbourne events. The Festival brings high profile speakers, live entertainment and (of course) plenty of animal-friendly food stalls.
Mary Mattern. Image courtesy Brisbane Vegan Festival.
Keegan Kuhn, the filmmaker behind the ground-breaking feature-length environmental documentary Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret, and renowned New York vegan chef Mary Mattern of Nom Yourself, will be among the festival's main drawcards. Mattern has toured with singer Ellie Goulding as her personal chef, whipping up vegan delights, and has also cooked for actor Jeremy Priven (HBO's Entourage). She will release her highly-anticipated cookbook Nom Yourself: Simple Vegan Cooking ahead of her appearance at the festival.
Australian animal rights activist James Aspey will also feature at the festival. Aspey embarked on the life-changing and inspiring challenge Voiceless365, a vow of silence to raise awareness for animals and peace over violence. In 2014, James ended his vow live on Australia's most popular morning TV show, and now he's sharing his inspiring story with the world.
Bring on the vegan tattoos. Image courtesy Brisbane Vegan Festival 2015.
And as for food? For all the food lovers out there, stay tuned for Pana Barbounis, founder of the popular and wildly delicious Pana Chocolate. Jemma Gawed of Naked Treaties will also present on the power and benefits of a whole food raw vegan lifestyle.
Rounding out the line up will be Jenni Madison (Coconut Magic), Anthony Walsgott (Save A Cow), Holly George (Naturally Holly) and more to be announced. There will be healthy and wholesome stalls including Orange Oranges which sells handbags, clothing, jewellery and other products with a yoga-loving, eco- and socially-conscious vibe; Painted Lady Tattoo (yes, vegan tattoos are a thing); and Sweet Beets with its range of luscious vegan treats.
Sweet Beets' raw Ferrero Rocher cheesecake. Image courtesy Sweet Beets.