South Australia’s Royal Oak Hotel played host to its inaugural Vegan Festival exploring plant-based food and drinks

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A celebration of plant-based cuisine and sustainable living will take place this weekend (Feb 2 - 4) at one of Adelaide's most revered establishments, the Royal Oak Hotel. 

The first-ever Vegan Festival will explore a rich and diverse world of plant-based menus giving locals and newcomers the chance to get up close with herbivore delights. 

Royal Oak Venue Manager Daniel Huntley said the event wasn’t just for seasoned vegans, but also for those looking to explore what vegan food has to offer. 

“This is a fantastic way to not only showcase the deliciousness of vegan food but also its versatility from a culinary perspective,” he said. 

“Our goal is to create an inclusive space where everyone, from long-time vegans to the veg-curious, can come together and enjoy great food in a vibrant atmosphere.” 

The festival also promises a wide array of activities including live cooking demonstrations by renowned vegan chefs, interactive workshops, and an exclusive tasting session of vegan beers and wines. 

Attendees will also have the opportunity to shop from a range of stalls featuring vegan products; from food to cruelty-free cosmetics. 

The festival will also aim to raise awareness about sustainable living. 

A panel of experts will discuss the environmental benefits of a plant-based diet, providing practical tips on how to reduce one's ecological footprint. 

Vegan food choices have gradually been gaining traction in menus across the country, steadily attracting a new type of clientele alongside traditional pub-goers. 

“We know that Australia is the third fastest growing plant based market in the world and we have a real opportunity to respond to that demand,” Daniel said. 

“We are also going to respond to that need, by introducing “meat free Mondays’ where we will have different vegan specials weekly,” he said. 

“At the Royal Oak, we currently offer at least 6 items on the menu that are vegan, but it’s important to note we also offer a few items that can pivot to be changed to vegan to suit dietary needs.” 

Among the vegan dishes on offer this weekend include vegan charcuterie boards, braised lentil pot pie, Thai green tofu curry, Rosemary and potato pizza as well as vegan burgers and pasta dishes. 

The festival is free to attend, with vegan dishes, drinks and items available for purchase. 

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About ALH Hotels 

ALH offers a diverse hospitality experience including sports bars, bistros, restaurants, cafes, accommodation, nightclubs, live sports, racing and electronic gaming. Our hotels are located in capital cities and urban and regional centres across Australia. ALH employs over 15,000 people across Australia at more than 350 licensed venues. Our main business activities are pub operations such as bar, foods, accommodation, functions and entertainment. We also acquire, redevelop and refurbish venues to optimise our portfolio and offer state-of-the-art, comfortable and interesting places to visit. 

Endeavour Group 

Endeavour Group is Australia’s leading retail drinks and hospitality business, with more than 28,000 team members united around the group’s purpose of “creating a more sociable future together”. Its portfolio of trusted brands includes Dan Murphy’s and BWS, as well as the nation’s largest portfolio of hotels, including many Australian icons such as Brisbane’s Breakfast Creek Hotel and Melbourne’s Young & Jackson Hotel. In total, Endeavour Group has more than 2,000 retail stores and hotels across Australia.