Connect with the plant-based community through these workshops, festivals, and events from all over the country.
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For loads more plant-based events near you check out www.veganaustralia.org.au/events
Living Green Vegan Market, Canberra
The Living Green Vegan Market aims to raise awareness about some of the environmental challenges we face and how the choices we make in our everyday lives can help the environment, other humans and animals. This is a 100% plant-based, multicultural and kid-friendly event, and dogs on leads are welcome in the outdoor areas. Held in Albert Hall in Yarralumla, the market will be a day to enjoy stalls, music and delicious food and drink, all served with a smile. To find out more, search Living Green Festival ACT Inc on Facebook or head to the website.
Animal Law Conference, Sydney
Harness your inner activist and stand up for animal rights! The NSW Young Lawyers Committee will be hosting talks on The Laws of Tomorrow, discussing how future law reform in Australia can improve protections for animals. Come and listen, network and join the discussion with law students, parliament members and your fellow animal-loving humans on the grounds of UNSW. Along with free barista-made coffee and delicious vegan food, topics such as regulation of agriculture, legal use of animals in entertainment, and consumer law for animals in test cases will all be covered by a range of experts. An environmentally friendly and vegan event, all food and drinks served will be free of animal products, plus all attendees are encouraged to bring their own cups.
Find the Young Lawyers Committee Facebook page for more details.
Vegan Fijian Cuisine Class, Sydney
Located in the western suburbs of Sydney, the Flavours of Auburn cooking classes are run by a group of local cooks who share recipes and ingredients from their culture with a cosy class of ten participants. Discover the delights of Fijian food, learn how to cook traditional recipes from scratch and share a dinner feast at the end of the evening. You’ll feel like you are in a traditional Fijian home as you cook, chat and eat together. Some of the cooks from the cultural project are from refugee backgrounds, and all proceeds are reinvested into expanding Auburn’s community projects and supporting local refugees.
See the Flavours of Auburn website for details.
October 19 & 20
Brisbane Vegan Expo
It’s festival season! Experience all that the Brisbane vegan community has to offer in this huge two-day event. You’ll enjoy amazing plant-based food and drinks, live music and guest speakers such as James Aspey, a well-known Australian animal rights activist. Exhibitors will be showcasing vegan products and services including clothing, skin care, healthcare, wellbeing, food, beverages, bags, household goods and so much more! With a happy belly full of plant-based food, you’ll feel even better knowing that you’re supporting vegan charities, including Sea Shepherd Brisbane.
Find the event on the Brisbane Vegan Expo website.
October 19 & 20
Animal Activists Forum, Melbourne
Are you interested in animal rights, animal welfare, conservation, wildlife – or just being the best activist you can be? Held at the Melbourne Town Hall, the Animal Activists Forum is Australia’s annual animal protection conference, bringing animal advocates from around the country together for one weekend packed with workshops, international speakers, round-tables and presentations from some of the most influential social change activists and organisations in the world. You’ll learn to become an effective advocate directly from the best and most experienced voices for animals in Australia. If you can’t make the whole conference, there’s also a social night on October 19 at the Crafty Squire Pub, for a 6pm start.
See the Activists Forum website or the event on the Activists Forum Facebook page.
October 26 & 27
Vegan Festival, Adelaide
With 2019 being dubbed the year of the vegan, you’re invited to celebrate how incredible and mainstream the world’s fastest growing social movement really is. Under the trees of the brand-new location in Rundle Park, you’ll feel like you’re in vegan wonderland with an abundance of plant-based stalls, amazing food and products, inspiring keynote speakers, empowering cooking demonstrations, creative hands-on workshops, kids’ entertainment, and live local musicians. There’ll even be some belly dancing! Explore around 80 market stalls showcasing just how easy it can be to be vegan in every area of life. This massive community event will also host some exciting pre-festival events such as the Veguastation night held the week before. Ticket proceeds for the event will be supporting local animal charities.
See the Vegan Festival Adelaide website or Facebook page.
World Vegan Day, Melbourne
World Vegan Day Melbourne is the largest vegan festival in Australia. This one is worth travelling for folks! The vegan community takes over the Melbourne Showgrounds with a massive indoor and outdoor event featuring food stalls, cooking demonstrations, inspiring speakers, live music, and educational displays. Explore the world of plant-based living in the ethical marketplace with a huge range of fashion, beauty, household and sustainable products on offer. There’s also an art show, Indigenous plant zone, fitness area and even vegan speed dating. The theme of this year’s festival is ‘Their future is in our hands’, which asks us to consider how our choices impact future generations, the animals and the planet. The vegan community is diverse, vibrant and growing, and World Vegan Day is an inclusive celebration for vegans and the vegan-curious alike. See you there!
Check the World Vegan Day Melbourne Facebook page for details.