From vegan Bavarian beers, to meat-free bratwurst and veggie-friendly ‘dirty’ burgers, Camden’s Vegtoberfest is the UK’s first vegan Oktoberfest extravaganza, bringing together fantastic plant-based food, unforgettable entertainment and a festival venue to envy all others.
The contemporary take on the festival proved popular last year when it first launched, and has already enjoyed a spectacular celebration earlier this month, but given the recent and notable rise in the number of vegans – almost half (42 percent) of UK vegans turned vegan in 2018, according to the Vegan Trade Journal – we predict that this festival is about to blow up. Read on for our guide to the one-of-a-kind spectacle, and be sure to book your ticket to the next celebration…
The C&TH Guide to Vegtoberfest
Though there won’t be a classic oompah band at this plant-based festival, you won’t have to miss out on those beloved brassy notes as New Orleans-style brass band, Brasstermind will be providing soulful tunes aplenty. Expect an eclectic array of brass-infused musical artists and genres, from Felafels Kuti to Nirvana and Rihanna. What’s more, London-based cabaret stage magician Dee Riley will be enthralling festival-goers with an eccentric and comical show in the beer hall, while live music from a spectacular selection of buskers can be enjoyed on the terrace, bratwurst and beer in hand.
Food & Drink
Perhaps the most highly anticipated part of any Oktoberfest celebration is the Bavarian-inspired food and drink. So, we’re happy to hear that Vegtoberfest is still serving up all of the festival favourites, but with a contemporary vegan twist. From steins filled with Spaten and Lowenbrau (delicious vegan German beers), to vegan Baileys, cocktails, mulled wine and local craft ales, there is bound to be a beverage to satisfy every festival-goer, while taste buds will be treated with food from Rudy’s Dirty Vegan Diner such as vegan Bavarian bratwurst, kartoffelpuffer, and their signature ‘dirty’ burger. If that isn’t enough to persuade you, perhaps a plethora of vegan street food will do the trick. The venue’s resident restaurant, Birdcage will be serving up the likes of stone-baked vegan pizza, pretzels and indulgently ‘loaded’ fries.
The extravaganza takes place at FEST Camden, a fantastic party venue located within the buzz of the Stables Market, renowned for its raucous comedy nights, live music events and cinema terrace film screenings. The site is transformed into a Bavarian-style beer hall, while its Wonderfest Rooftop – which offers fantastic views overlooking the market – is the ideal spot to delight in beer and bratwurst on a view-side table with friends. FEST Camden Venue, Camden Stables Market, Chalk Farm Road, Camden, NW1 8AH
General release tickets for Saturday 19 October start from £15. Book via vegtoberfest.co.uk