Janey Lee Grace Opens VegfestUK Brighton March 16th 17th 2013

Presenter, author and former pop star Janey Lee Grace will be opening the 5th VegfestUK Brighton at The Hove Centre on Saturday and Sunday March 16th and 17th 2013. The event is free to the public and large crowds are expected as Janey is joined by a host of other celebrities visiting the show. Janey will be opening the show at 11am on Saturday, followed by a talk about healthy living at 12.

Sunday is especially busy with CBeebies presenter Sarah Jane Honeywell in attendance and helping out with some of the Kids activities planned for the day, including Kids cookery classes. And ex Emmerdale actress Roxy Shahidi (who played the character Leyla Harding for 3 years) will also be visiting the show on Sunday to host her own yoga workshop - Roxy's Bite Size Yoga Workshop, suitable for beginners as well as the more advanced.

Professional footballer Dean Howell (Fleetwood Town FC) will be in attendance on Sunday - Dean is one of the few players to play football in the top divisions whilst adhering to a strict plant based diet and he will be on hand to answer questions about his training, diet and use of supplements. Dean will be joined by UK Savate Kick boxing champion James Southwood, GB Duathlon competitor Dave Arnold, Elite runner Matt Woodman and bodybuilder Alex Mitchell as they compete in a strength competition on Sunday - with all the competitors eating, training and competing on a 100% plant based diet.

And for some light-hearted relief, comedians Andrew O'Neill (recently to be seen on the 250th episode of Never Mind the Buzzcocks) and Sara Pascoe (TV star of 'Stand up for the Week' & 'Hall of Fame') will be providing plenty during the comedy hours both days at 5pm, which also feature comedians Joey Brannigan, Chris Dhondee, Dominic Berry and James Hately.

There's also a performance area with around a dozen musicians playing over the weekend, including Brighton - based musician Tensheds, and guitarist Paul Carella. And for the first time at Brighton there is a cinema with a number of eco friendly films showing across the weekend, including 'Vegucated', 'Planeat' (followed by a discussion with Planeat director Shelley Lee Davies), and 'Got the Facts on Milk?'. Add in a programme of workshops, talks and cookery demos, a full line-up of kids activities on Sunday, and over 125 stalls full of food, produce, bodycare, fashion and accessories, clothing, campaigns merchandise and information about all aspects of the plant based lifestyle, and there's plenty for the whole family to enjoy at VegfestUK Brighton.

Admission is completely free to the public and the show is open from 11am - 6pm. Donations are welcome. More details about the event can be found on their website www.brighton.vegfest.co.uk

VegfestUK sees a second big event in Bristol on May 24th 25th 26th, with Caravan Palace headlining the Friday evening. It's the tenth birthday for VegfestUK Bristol and around 20,000 are expected at the event over the weekend, See www.bristol.vegfest.co.uk for details. And there’s a new VegfestUK show in London in October (5th and 6th) – see www.london.vegfest.co.uk for further information.


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