Fellow vegans will know the familiar struggle of trying to find food whilst out and about, more often than not having to settle for a bowl of chips and a side salad whilst friends tuck in to huge burgers. When I was lucky enough to bag a ticket to Glastonbury Festival earlier this year, I was fully prepared to live off chips for five days but I have never been so wrong in my life. I’ve attended many festivals before becoming vegan and even as a meat eater there has never an inspiring choice of food. Glastonbury however, was the complete opposite.
When I arrived at the festival, tired and weary as the sun rose on Wednesday morning, all I wanted to do was find some food (and maybe have a nap). Within half an hour of entering the site, I found a stall selling vegan pizzas. Needless to say I spent the next hour happily sat devouring it whilst waiting for my friends. As the weekend progressed, I began to realise I had never found it so easy to be vegan away from home than I had at this festival. Almost every food stall had at least one vegan option, or a vegetarian option that could easily be made vegan. The food was absolutely delicious – from Club Mexicana nachos, falafel and houmous pittas, Caribbean curries to noodles. It was vegan heaven! I really felt like needed another week there to be able to try it all.
And the best part of all? Not once did I feel like an awkward customer asking for the vegan option. It was accepted as a completely normal option on so many menus, it made me feel hopeful that one day the rest of the world would be like this too. Who’d have thought that a field in the middle of Somerset would be the easiest place in the world to be vegan? Dear everyone else, you have a lot of catching up to do. 🌱⛺️