The 4th Ballarat Vegan Festival (BVF) will take place from the 10th to the 13th of January 2019.
The Festival is a not for profit, volunteer organised and Council supported event.
The Festival launch and art exhibition opening will be from 6pm to 8pm at Backspace Gallery in Camp St. with the Honourable Andy Meddick MLC officiating. The art exhibition, entitled “You’re An Animal”, is open every day of the Festival between 12pm and 4pm and is free to attend.
On Saturday the 12th of January the Festival is hosting the inaugural Twilight Fair featuring a range of vegan food options, goods, merchandise and animal protection awareness campaigns. The Fair will run from 5pm to 8pm in Alfred Deakin Place and also feature speakers, music and delicious vegan fare.
The Festival closes on Sunday the 13th of January with a “Walk for the Animals” around Lake Wendouree commencing at 10am from the MacDonald Band Stand opposite the floral clock. Following the walk a community picnic will be held adjacent to the Band Stand.
BVF secretary Bryn Hills said the local festival was growing in popularity.
“Initially it was inspired, five or six years ago, when I went to the Melbourne Vegan Festival which started off with about 60 people and this year I think about 20,000 people attended,” Mr Hills said.
The Ballarat Vegan Festival will be a perfect opportunity for anybody wishing to learn more about vegan food, animal welfare, human health and the health of the planet.
“I guess the driving force behind it is education and awareness,” Mr Hills added, “Animal protection and welfare is a big part of it.
“We are very welcoming. All of us ate meat at one stage, as well.”