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VegFest UK founder Tim Barford, the organiser of one of the UK’s biggest festival for the vegan community, has found a private venue to host the festival in Bristol next year.

Established in Bristol in 2003, Barford announced the cancellation of the event at this year’s festival, which drew tens of thousands of people to the event in Harbourside.

The organiser said it was being cancelled due to Bristol City Council had increased the rent for the site by 150 per cent. Other factors such as the cost of meeting health and safety requirements and increased security had made the festival no longer feasible, the organiser said.

Keen on the legacy of the Bristol event, Barford have found a private venue to host the festival on 26-27 May 2018. The festival is set to feature more than 220 stalls at Ashton Gate, home of Bristol City Football and Rugby Club.

The programme for VegFest Bristol 2018 features 20 vegan comedians and musicians, including classical guitarists, flamenco, and Celtic.

“The highlight for me is going to be the Celebrity Vegan Quiz, that’s going to be fun! On a more serious side, the Environment and Sustainable Food Summit will be of much interest,” Barford said.

Barford has been promoting social justice gigs since 18 at college, and organising festivals, raves, parties and now vegan events ever since.

“There was nothing like a vegan festival with music, comedy and a good vibe going on at the time, and we broke the mould in many respects in helping drag veganism out of the 20th century closet and into the new millennium ready for the mainstream growth we are now seeing. It’s thrilling,” Barford concluded.

VegFest UK founder is also full steam ahead working on the finishing touches of VegFest Trade and VegFest London to be held on 20-22 October at Olympia.