With just over two weeks to go, organisers are busying themselves in preparation for the very first Arran VegFest.   This week the full programme has been launched, which highlights the local and national nature of the festival.  And Bute Island Foods is delighted to sponsor the event – not only is the Isle of Arran our closest island neighbour, Arran VegFest is our closest vegan festival.

By the time Arran VegFest takes place, we should be witnessing the onset of Spring – and there can be no better time to visit this magnificent island.  The Highland/Lowland divide cuts through the island, with the north being rugged and mountainous and the south low-lying, lush and fertile.  It is for this reason that the island has often been referred to as Scotland in Miniature.  This makes the island the perfect destination for a short break to get a flavour of Scotland, and there can be no better time than Arran VegFest!

Most of the activities for the event, which takes place on the weekend of 14th – 15th March, are centred around Arran High School, in the village of Lamlash.  The school, purpose built and opened in 2008, is the perfect venue, boasting an impressive hall and theatre.  For early risers, there will be yoga classes at Kinneil in the village each day at 8.30am, before doors open to the festival itself at 10am.  There is a huge range of talks, films and stalls on offer and, of course, the opportunity to sample Bute Island Foods’ very own Sheese products.  You can download the full programme of events here.

Jules Lee, who runs Stonewater House vegan guest house with his wife Carol and who are the main organisers of Arran VegFest, is delighted with the media coverage the event is getting.  “We’re excited to announce that Arran VegFest will feature on this week’s What’s Happening on Arran (WHOA), which will be broadcast live on Facebook this Sunday, 1st March, at 4.00pm – be sure to tune in and comment, and share with all your vegan Facebook contacts.”

It is gratifying to see veganism extending to some of the remotest parts of the country, and events are cropping up in the most unlikely of places.  Vegans have a passion about their lifestyle, and it is testament to Jules and Carol’s commitment to the cause that they have taken the time and huge effort to bring Arran VegFest to fruition.  We wish them every success with the event, hopefully the first of many on the glorious Isle of Arran!

Our photograph is the view looking from the Isle of Bute to our neighbouring island of Arran.


27th February 2020

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