A healthier lifestyle and a healthier planet TEXT: ANNA VILLELEGER AND MICHIEL STOL | PHOTOS: VEGGIE FAIR AND VEGFESTNL
At a time when more and more people are making the decision to eat less meat, the Veggie Fair and VegFestNL events provide the perfect opportunity to discover more about this healthy lifestyle choice in a warm and friendly environment. There is far more to vegetarianism and veganism than simply not eating meat. “I want as many people as possible to know about this lifestyle choice,” explains Christine Burgemeester, whose companies Vegatafel and Vegenement organise Veggie Fair and VegFestNL. On 22 and 23 October, all will be welcome at Veggie Fair; a free event ideal for anyone interested in the vegetarian lifestyle whether they are vegetarian already, lactose intolerant or new to the lifestyle. It is held at a biological orchard on the Olmenhorst estate in Lisserbroek, near Amsterdam, during the apple harvesting period. As well as learning about vegetarianism at the fair, for a small fee 92 | Issue 31 | July 2016
visitors can pick their own delicious apples to take home. The event is perfect for families, with special apple-themed activities lined up for children. Informative, accessible and fun: there are numerous reasons to enjoy Veggie Fair, including music, lectures, workshops, cooking demonstrations and stalls. Vegetariërsbond (the Dutch Vegetarian Union) will also be there to provide information about vegetarianism. Another date for your diary is VegFestNL, on the evening of 3 December and all day on 4 December. Held at the Jaarbeurs conference centre in Utrecht, you can learn about sustainability and the use of nonanimal-related products. There will also be workshops on creating nutritious and tasty vegan dishes, expert lectures and stalls with vegan products. Entrance costs ten euros. The winners of the Dutch Vegan Awards will also be announced. Introduced by one of VegFestNL’s partners, Nederlandse Vereniging voor Veganisme (the Dutch
Vegan Society), awards are given to shops, brands, blogs and cities who promote the vegan lifestyle. Veggie Fair and VegFestNL are for anyone wanting to bring about changes for themselves, as well as helping the planet. The focus is on making changes to prevent environmental problems, rather than just looking for cures. Event partners include Happy Cow, VegaLife, Plenty Food, Sea First Nederland and Vegan Events which all promote different lifestyles. Burgemeester organises the events with a strong team who all live this lifestyle “from the heart”. The companies and charities she works with promote a nicer, easier way of living. “At both events there is such a happy, easygoing atmosphere. People always feel welcome and for me that is the greatest compliment,” she concludes. www.veggiefair.nl www.vegfest.nl
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