Student Entrepreneur Launches UK’s First College-Based Vegan Festival

Veganism has skyrocketed in the last few years with the latest report by Ceuta Group suggesting interest in vegan food has increased by over 400% in the UK. Sussex Vegan, a vegan food listing directory in the South East of England has noticed the phenomenal growth working now with over 100 business in the area. The site boasts technology that users can geo-locate and direct message vegan-friendly restaurants, cafes and bars in their proximity and is set to expand across the country. 


This year, Robert Stevens, Director of Sussex Vegan, has set his hopes on his new venture into the market aiming to ‘inspire, educate and inform future generations’ with the relaunch of UK’s first college-based vegan festival in Lewes. The last event in Eastbourne was praised as a huge success by Heather Mills, founder of the global business VBites Food, who attended and gave a talk to students, staff and public around the benefits of a vegan lifestyle. Heather Mills reflected on the event saying, “They’ve done an amazing job, people were surprised everywhere that they are eating yummy gorgeous food like VBites and also with lots of other stands including innovative cakes and products”. The festival attracted over 1,000 attendees and businesses from all over the UK. Young people studying at East Sussex College had the opportunity to meet many business owners and learn about the new thriving vegan market, building networks for their next steps after education.

Vegan Festival Lewes is one of the UK’s first college-based vegan festivals hosted by Sussex Vegan at East Sussex College which is returning for the second year on the back of the success in Eastbourne. See video here: https://youtu.be/FCzdzzQA9SA

Vegan Festival Lewes is a free event and open to the public. The event will feature a recognised speaker, informative exhibitors, samples of delicious vegan food from vegan-friendly businesses, as well as vegan health and beauty products. 

Veganism has seen rapid growth in the last year, with many citing that access to food and products has drastically improved, along with more affordable options. Equally a vegan lifestyle has been suggested, in research by CompareTheMarket.com, to have a greater positive impact on our environment, more so than not driving a car. 

Robert Stevens, Alumni Business Studies Student Ambassador at East Sussex College Lewes, previously commended for being one of the first students at the college to attend a talk held with the director of Google UK and Ireland at an event aimed at entrepreneurs in the capital commented, “We are delighted to be launching the popular event on the Lewes campus. You can expect to find vegan Italian patisserie, Californian inspired street food, hair and beauty products, vegan interior design and much more. It’s a very exciting time for the business, offering this incredible event for the people of Sussex, and the valuable networking opportunities for enthusiastic students at ESC Lewes to engage with.” 

For the first time, the event is open till late. Supporting Vegan Festival Lewes is global sponsor VegFund and Town & County Magazine. The event will be held in Cliffe Building, ESCG Lewes, 1 Mountfield Road, Lewes East Sussex, BN7 2XH on Thursday, 14th November 2019 from 11:30 till 19:00. You can find out more and see the official video by going to: https://sussexvegan.com/vfl