Newbury Vegan Market set for August return following end of coronavirus restrictions
The Newbury Vegan Market is set for a return to the town centre next month, following the relaxation of pandemic restrictions.
The first market was held in 2018, bringing purveyors of meat- and cruelty-free goods and produce to local shoppers.
The next event is to be staged on Sunday, August 8, between 10am and 3pm.
After this, regular markets are to commence once again, taking place every three months.
Newbury Business Improvement District (BID), which promotes commerce in the town centre, has welcomed the market's return.
Operations manager Alison Drummond said: "Since the launch of the first Newbury Vegan Market in 2018, the demand for vegan variety in the town centre has only grown, and businesses are listening.
"Without fail, the vegan market increases town centre footfall year-on-year, and I'm sure this year will be no different.
"Given the exceptional line up of stalls jam-packed with vegan goodies, even the biggest carnivore among us will be tempted."
The event is organised by Vegan Fairs, which has been working with stallholders to ensure a diverse range is represented on the day.
Vegan Fairs has commended Newbury businesses for their vegan-friendly approach, with around 30 stores in the town catering for vegan diets.
Among these is Khon Kaen, The Cross Keys, The Lion pub and The Flowerpot Café.
Vegan Fairs organiser Daisy Botha said: "The Vegan Fairs team has been working hard with Newbury BID to ensure Newbury Vegan Market is a safe environment, with extra measures in place to ensure this socially-distanced event is Covid-safe and managed within government guidelines.
"We recognise that our Vegan Fairs have somewhat of a following, and it’s great to see so many Newbury businesses join our market traders in the fight for a more vegan and eco-friendly world.
"Newbury, we can't wait to see you again very soon.!"