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Thousands attend 'world's biggest' Vegan Camp-Out at Newark Showground over the weekend


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Thousands attended the 'world's biggest' Vegan Camp-Out over the weekend, writes Benjamin Lynch.

The event attracted many meat-free fanatics who enjoyed a range of alternative activities and food over the two days.

On offer was a number of activism talks on becoming vegan, an abundance of food stalls and live music to finish off each day.

A packed seminar at the Vegan Camp Out. 310819DC4-11 (15984805)
A packed seminar at the Vegan Camp Out. 310819DC4-11 (15984805)

The event was partnered with Viva! ­— ­an organisation that fights to stop harm to animals ­through campaigning and activism.

A wide selection of vegan food was on offer and included pizza, burgers, sushi, Indian and Chinese food and even a doner kebab stall.

Over half of the vendors succeeded in making sure there were gluten free options for the festival goers as well.

A Vegan take on the doner kebab. 310819DC4-9 (15984801)
A Vegan take on the doner kebab. 310819DC4-9 (15984801)

The main stage was occupied by a wide range of activists and speakers such as James Aspey, vegan health educator Dr Michael Klaper and Erin Janus, a video-producer famous for her video 'Dairy Is Scary'.

Headlining the main stage included singer-songwriter Zak Abel on Friday and rapper, journalist and activist Akala on Saturday who serenaded the evening crowd.

The alternative festival was also treated to the electronic alter-ego of rock band Enter Shikari.

The fun continued late in to the evening, as people wound down and relaxed in the camp-site.

Having a go at trapeze-walking at the Vegan Camp Out at Newark Showground. 310819DC4-1 (15984791)
Having a go at trapeze-walking at the Vegan Camp Out at Newark Showground. 310819DC4-1 (15984791)

Participants could be seen chilling out in hammocks while some of their fellow campers attempted to negotiate tightropes dotted around the site.

The camp-out will likely be deemed a success by the event organisers as large swathes of people attended.

This is a big contrast to 2016, when as little as 400 people attended the inaugural event near Derby.

Tents filled the Newark Showground for the Vegan Camp Out. 310819DC4-4 (15984795)
Tents filled the Newark Showground for the Vegan Camp Out. 310819DC4-4 (15984795)

It was the second year Newark Showground hosted the event after its first time in 2018.

Newark is set to host it again next year and the event will run from August 21-24. Early-bird tickets are already on sale.

By Benjamin Lynch.

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