On September 11th 2016, driven by the vision and courage of a small group of dedicated individuals, a profoundly hopeful thing happened. Dublin held its second annual Vegfest.
It was my second Dublin Vegfest but my first as an exhibitor. It was a day when thousands of like-minded people from all over the world gathered in the Irish capital to learn about and feel inspired by the possibility of a positive, compassionate future. Visitors enjoyed a delicious feast with an amazing diversity of all-plant-based foods while making friends, connections and listening to inspiring talks by the many fantastic speakers present.
I was amazed at the turnout. The huge crowds in and of themselves conveyed a powerful message of people hungry for change. Most people I talked to were vegan and those who weren’t had come because something inside them had compelled them to learn about veganism or the idea of a plant based diet and lifestyle.
It was a joy for me to realise that there are so many more people in Ireland than I had thought who care about the issues Dublin Vegfest addresses, issues that really matter – like factory farming, animal rights, human rights, deforestation, topsoil erosion, species extinction, ocean dead zones, GM crops, human starvation, chronic degenerative disease, global warming, and world peace… All of which are directly related to eating meat, fish, dairy and eggs.
I enjoyed interesting conversations with intelligent, articulate people, made great connections and had to pinch myself as a reminder that I wasn’t in Berlin or California – just li’l’ ol’ Ireland :-)