Falmouth was treated to vegetarian, vegan and gluten free food this week as Feel Good Fal hosted their food festival on Sunday.
The event, organised by four creative events management students, was located at Falmouth Moor, and featured a variety of different stands and vendors for visitors to choose from. Their mission is to break stigmas, inspire change and help the community in leading healthy and sustainable lifestyles, assuring that no one gets excluded or judged.
“One thing we’ve realised is there is such a buzz around here for what we’re doing,” said organiser Betty Kelly. “It shocked me a bit — how much interest we’ve had and how many different people have come forward, and contacted us about the event and wanting to get involved.”
Fellow event organiser Mel Fleming added: “We really wanted to bring the community together, especially the students and the locals, and basically have a massive celebration over what we all should really love, which is food.”
All profits from the festival will be donated to the Penryn and Falmouth food bank, in addition to the food collection point at the event which aimed to collect as many donations for the charity as possible.
The food stalls included a wide range of culinary options, including products from ATTA, Little Green Vegan Bakery, Lemon Thyme Patisserie and Cornwall Noodle Box.
Talking about the reaction from festival-goers, founder of Atta Street Food, Brad, told Truthfal: “Word gets around quickly in Falmouth, so I’ve never had an afternoon like it and sold out in an hour and a half, just about.”
“There seems to be a big demand for some alternatives to Fal Falafel, because that’s the only option for street food in Falmouth that’s vegetarian or vegan, and people love the authentic flavours that I’m trying to recreate from South India.”
In addition to the edible produce on sale the festival also featured interactive activity stands, offering games such as ‘Make your Packed Lunch for Monday’, ‘Guess the Fruit and Veg Tasting Experience’ and ‘Fruit and Veg Lucky Dip.’ A chill out area was also available, allowing guests to relax and eat their food with cushions and music.
The event proved very popular with visitors, with many vendors and stalls selling out long before the 4pm closing time. Over 1000 people clicked ‘interested’ on the festival’s Facebook page, illustrating the public’s eager reception to the food and activities on offer.
The vegan lifestyle continues to remain a prominent part of 21st century culture. According to the vegan society, there are three and a half times as many vegans as there were in 2006, making it the fastest growing lifestyle movement ever.
At least 542,000 people in Britain are now following a vegan diet, and do not consume any animal products including meat, fish, milk, cheese, and eggs.