Impressions of the Oxford Vegan Festival (part 2)

The second Oxford Vegan Festival of 2017 was held at the Kassam Stadium Conference and Events Centre on Saturday 18 November.  Here, OxVeg media rep Paul Freestone gives his impressions of the event.

The Festival wasn’t as well attended as the previous one in March. However, the numbers still seemed very good and the weather on the day was appalling, which I’m sure had an effect. Here are some things I didn’t like:

1 As you walked into the foyer there was an overwhelming (and quite unpleasant) smell of fried onions. This was from the burger bar. It reminded me of Wimpy bars in the 1960s. 
2 At the last event I bought some mushroom pies, and they weren’t very good. This time I tried a slice of spinach pie, and it was awful. It was so chewy it tasted like cardboard. I’m amazed that food stalls at an event like this can sell such poor quality items. Some of the other stalls had items that looked delicious, but these had longish queues so I opted for the quicker service. I also bought a piece of choc torte: this was fantastic but so rich.
3 There was a repetition of the March programme, as well as some new talks. This is a very slight criticism because films such as Cowspiracy are worth seeing more than once. Also, some attendees will have missed the first event or (if there) didn’t catch the repeated talks and films first time around. 
4 The venue is awful, and is even worse on a miserable day. However, there is masses of free parking and I’m guessing that the public transport links to other parts of Oxford are good. 

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