A fes­ti­val for ve­gan food and life­style

Kathimerini English - - Focus - IOANNA TZIMA

Whether you’re con­tem­plat­ing switch­ing to a meat-free diet or are al­ready a veg­e­tar­ian and want to stop us­ing an­i­mal prod­ucts al­to­gether, the Ve­gan Life Fes­ti­val in cen­tral Athens this week­end might be a good place to start.

Tak­ing place on Sun­day, this is the se­cond in­stall­ment of an event that cel­e­brates cru­elty-free prod­ucts and lots of de­li­cious ve­gan and raw food pre­pared by pro­fes­sion­als – from chia seed pud­ding to av­o­cado may­on­naise – at the Tech­nop­o­lis cul­tural com­plex in the Gazi district.

The fes­ti­val also in­cludes var­i­ous talks, in­for­ma­tion points, fun ac­tiv­i­ties for chil­dren and, of course, stands with a wide se­lec­tion of ve­gan prod­ucts and treats, in­clud­ing food from some of Greece’s best ve­gan and ve­gan-friendly chefs.

The event – which wel­comed 6,500 visi­tors to its in­au­gu­ral edi­tion last year – is not just preach­ing to the con­verted. It aims to ed­u­cate the gen­eral pub­lic about the health, eth­i­cal and en­vi­ron­men­tal ben­e­fits of a ve­gan life­style. Those who have al­ready em­braced the phi­los­o­phy will also be at hand to an­swer ques­tions, talk about their ex­pe­ri­ence and ex­plain how they in­tro­duced such a rad­i­cal change into their lives – usu­ally prompted by eth­i­cal con­sid­er­a­tions.

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