Another vegan event draws insane crowds
The demand for more vegan events is clear.
The Daily Echo reports that at the Lyndhurst Community Centre in New Forest, UK, organizers were shocked to find huge line-ups for their vegan fair. The first entirely vegan event in the area, organizers expected somewhere around 750 guests. When it came down to it, the event actually gathered the attention of 1200 visitors this past weekend.
Organizers were forced to operate with a ‘one in, one out’ policy to manage the crowds, who were buzzing for the 40 vegan exhibitors taking over the space. Some, travelling as far from Birmingham for the day, would see droves of people begging to sample vegan food and buy ethical goods. No line is too long when it comes to great vegan burgers or faux leather shoes, after all.
Lizzi Shaw, founder of Dorset Vegan (the folks behind the show), gave out free chocolates to people waiting outside the community centre when the line was at it’s worst, to keep things sweet and civil. “The New Forest does have a few vegan-friendly places and it just goes to show that the interest is really there for more,” she told The Daily Echo. Shaw credits helpful volunteers for keeping things in line, and likely reminding more than a few people that line cuts aren’t good etiquette.
The Bournemouth Vegan Fair, another event organized by Shaw and her team, attracts thousands every summer, as well. The team is now considering pre-paid tickets versus door purchasing, but has found that most commenting on the groups Facebook page are happy to wait in line either way. Maybe it’s all the non-violence we practice, but it seems we vegans a pretty patient bunch, at least when food is involved.