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WinterFest Ethical Market: have a Merry Vegan Christmas

Words by Lauren Entwistle

Ditching the traditional turkey in favour of a nut-roast this Yuletide Season? Then the WinterFest Ethical Christmas Market coming to Leeds Town Hall on the 26th November will be right up your alley. Last year, the market attracted over 4000 hungry people flocking in to find out more about switching to a meat-free Christmas.

We’re expecting to see huge numbers at the festival this time, as over 1.2 million people switched to veganism in 2017.

Last year's Market pulled in crowds

Over 150 stalls will be offering a wide variety of produce, including cakes and chocolate, hot take away food, ethical makeup, clothing, pet treats, homeware and lots of crafts – making it the perfect opportunity to get some guilt-free shopping in. With heaps of free samples and discounts, you might just grab yourself a bargain or new sworn-by product.

But if you’re really interested in making the lifestyle swap, alongside the stalls will be a series of different talks and debates from passionate voices within the vegan community to enlighten any curious minds. There will also be opportunities to try yoga classes, workshops and cookery demonstrations throughout the day, as well as live music and performances to keep you entertained.


Jake's Vegan Steaks

Victoria Bryceson, the organiser said: “We are thrilled to be bringing the UK’s largest Ethical Christmas Market back to Leeds again. The response last year was really overwhelming.

So many people came along to find out more about what an ethical Christmas means. The stalls were all absolutely fantastic – there was so much here that we nearly ended up doing our entire Christmas shopping in one day!”


There will also be the chance to find out more about any of the animal charities spotlighted on the Ethical Christmas Market’s website, plus information on how you could help and be a part of local and national animal welfare groups.

Admission is just £3 (with under 16’s going free) payable at the door, which includes entry into all presentations and demonstrations. And if all that wasn’t enough incentive to get you going, 100% of any proceeds will go directly to animal welfare charities as the festival is fully volunteer-ran.

So if you’re wanting an Animal and Earth-friendly Christmas this year, Leeds’ Ethical Market should be a one-stop haven for all your festive bits-ands-bobs. You might even learn something too!

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