The Royal Oak Hotel hosts first Vegan Festival exploring plant-based food and drinks

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A celebration of plant-based cuisine and sustainable living will take place from 2-4 February at one of Adelaide's favourite local 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 some 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 six 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 an individual's 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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