North East Vegan Festival (Nevfest) returns to Sunderland

Thousands of vegans are set to swamp out the Stadium of Light as the North East Vegan Festival (Nevfest) returns to the home of the Black Cats.

Tuesday, 7th February 2017, 11:39 am
Updated Tuesday, 28th February 2017, 11:42 am
Lesley Stanbury from Free from Freak at a previous North East Vegan Festival

Scores of stalls selling hot and cold food, cosmetics, clothing and crafts will set up shop in the stadium on Sunday.

And a busy programme of talks, films, and even a demo on how to make egg from flaxseed, takies place throughout the day.

The festival has become of the biggest events in the city's calendar attracting businesses and visitors from across the country.

It was set up in 2013 by animal rescue charity Farplace as a way of raising funds, as well as giving vegans and non-vegans a chance to sample and buy products.

Kerri Turner, events manager for Farplace, said: "We're really excited about bringing the Nevfest back to Sunderland. The events here have been such a success we're now running similar festivals all around the country.

"But this is where it began, and it's always an amazing day for vegans and everyone else who comes along."

A previous Nevfest at the Stadium of Light

But Kerri said the event is definitely not just for vegans, and many vegetarians and meat-eaters are expected to attend - either with vegan friends and family, out of curiosity, or because they are considering taking the plunge.

"Everyone is very welcome, whether they're vegan or not. It's a great chance to try some amazing food and drink, and meat-eaters are often surprised just how tasty vegan dishes are - we certainly don't miss out," she said.

Gareth Edwards, founder of Farplace Animal Rescue

"There'll be stalls selling everything from vegan hotdogs to cakes, sweets, and food from around the world. The football club is also switching its bar to be fully vegan for the event."

A number of groups will also be hosting stalls offering information and advice on their campaigns and activities.

There will also be talks on the vegan lifestyle, nutrition and cookery demos - including making egg from flaxseed and cooking vegan muffins in mugs.

A Kids Zone will be set up on the third floor of the stadium, which will feature a puppet show especially designed for animal lovers.

Farplace founder Gareth Edwards was forced to cancel the event, which was due to take place the day after, but said he was heartened by the support organisers received - including generous stallholders who donated their fees despite the event not going ahead.

:: The North East Vegan Festival takes place on Sunday, February 12, at the Stadium of Light from 10.30am to 5pm.

Tickets cost £3 on the door, or £2 in advance via

There are also VIP ticket options available.

A previous Nevfest at the Stadium of Light
Gareth Edwards, founder of Farplace Animal Rescue