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Is April the best month to be Vegan in Edinburgh?

Updated: Apr 6, 2019



Forget Veganuary. April is where it’s at if you’re a vegan in Edinburgh.


The city will host not one, but two vegan festivals this month. The best part? There is something at each festival for everyone.


Whether you’re a vegan, veggie or omni, the festivals are worth checking out for yourself.



If you’re looking for activism, this weekend’s Scottish Vegan Festival is where it’s at.



The Scottish Vegan Festival first launched in 2016, and has grown in popularity ever since. This year’s event will be jam-packed with a healthy mix of activism and epic vegan food.


There will also be a bar on site, and all the profits from the day go directly to Farplace Animal Rescue, a UK animal rescue who help specialist cases like FIV+ cats.


Here’s the program for the day:


Room 1

12:00 | Choc No Latte – A demo in making raw vegan chocolate at home

Join Mark Turner from Sea Veg for a workshop making three different types of raw vegan chocolate with no added sugar!

Plain vegan chocolate

Pecan goldenberry chocolate

Date and apricot chocolate


13:30 | Dark Chocolate Tasting Workshop with Pacari Chocolate

An interactive workshop about the truth behind chocolate. Learn new facts about the origin and history of cacao while getting the chance to taste 4 different award-winning Pacari organic dark chocolate bars


Room 2

12:00 | Greyhounds, You Bet They Die

Talk will include racing, welfare, rescue and official injury and death statistics and the story behind the proposed Wallyford track.


13:00 | Animal Rights and Veganism: A brief history, some highlights and recommendations

Go Vegan Scotland will look back to the roots of the animal rights movement, highlight some of the key voices and fundamental principles, consider the negative impact of animal welfare on the progress of animal rights and veganism and review where things stand now and how these considerations influence our advocacy.


15:00 | Sea Shepherd

Sea Shepherd UK is a registered marine conservation charity whose mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife around the UK’s coastline and across the world’s oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species.


When: Sunday, April 7th

Where: Corn Exchange, 10 New Market Rd, Edinburgh EH14 1RJ

Cost: Between £1 - £15. Click here to get yours.


On the hunt for epic vegan food? Make sure you get down to the Edinburgh Vegan Festival on April 21st.



The festival will have a massive selection of delicious cruelty-free food. You’ll find everything from hot-dogs to cupcakes, burgers, and pies.


The best part? You’ll find food from some of the main players in the UK vegan food scene. The festival is also renowned for featuring up and coming British vegan food and healthcare companies. Last year’s festival featured stalls from Tyne Chease, Good Day Organics and Grumpy Panda Food, just to name a few.


It’s not all just about food. There will also be a bunch of educational stalls on site continue the conversation about ethical lifestyles, the environmental impact of food as well as the health benefits of veganism.


When: Sunday, April 21st

Where: Murrayfield Rugby Ground, Roseburn Street, Edinburgh EH12 5PJ

Cost: Between £1 - £15. Click here to get yours.


Looking for somewhere to feast after the festival?


If you’re looking for a post-festival munch after either the Scottish Vegan Festival or the Edinburgh Vegan Festival, Thrive Cafe:Bar is offering a free dessert for anyone with a ticket stub from either festival.


What’s the catch? There isn’t one. You can either book a table online or walk in and when you order a main meal at Thrive, your dessert will be on us.



Click here to check out our menu and book a table.


When: Sunday, April 7th and Sunday April 21st

Where: Thrive Cafe:Bar, 171 Bruntsfield Place, Edinburgh, EH10 4DG

The deal: Free dessert with any meal when you show your vegan festival ticket to staff

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