Bristol has steadily become cooler over the past couple of decades or so. First came the Blue Aeroplanes, the Wild Bunch then Massive Attack, Roni Size and Portishead, the Lakota and the underground dance scene - and since then the music,media and arts scene has never stood still. Now there's the food... The Soil Association started here - organic if not very vegan. Essential Trading, a vegetarian workers' co-op and one of the UK's largest wholefood wholesalers had opened its doors a long time before then...
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VegFest is now hugely influential in the UK's vegan and environmental scene
Then In 2003 Viva! - the UK's leading vegan campaign group - relocated its offices to Bristol and expanded its national and local footprint. Soon after that, the first Bristol VegFest arrived. Then called Bristol Vegan Fayre, it attracted a much bigger audience than anyone expected and grew and grew... the 2004 show united Viva! and the Vegfest team, who took it to a new level. VegFest is now hugely influential in the UK's vegan and environmental scene, its empire embracing not only Bristol but Brighton, London and Glasgow. But there's more going on - local Bristol vegans and activists like BARC also play an important role in educating, inspiring and generally helping the city embrace its inner vegan! Bristol has its own dedicated food site called Vegan Bristol - its webmaster has eaten his way around the city and suburbs to find all the places that cater for us. Viva!, VegFest, Bristol Vegans, BARC and countless individuals have also campaigned and loved up businesses to help them provide more vegan food. As a result, more and more Bristol food outlets have got on the bus. From dedicated vegan businesses like Spotless Leopard food van, the Mighty Food fight van, Cafe Kino, Hunki Mori and more, the city has just got better and better. And the omni outlets have got in there too - whether it be pizzerias like Pepe Nero Organic and Planet Pizza or burger joints like Burger Kitchen, organic food at No.1 Harbourside and the Canteen, pubs like the Lansdown, the Grace, Prince of Wales... Even chains such as Cafe Grounded, Las Iguanas and Lounge offer a fine vegan menu. Too many to list here! And of course, more of them are sporting Viva!'s cool window sticker 'Vegan Choices Here'!