DORSET Vegan Festival takes place on Saturday, August 31 from 10.30am to 4.30pm at Lighthouse, Poole.

The festival features more than 80 stalls, world food caterers, cookery demos, inspirational talks, interactive workshops, yoga and children’s activities

There will be something to tickle everyone's taste buds from the latest gourmet vegan cheeses, indulgent creamy chocolates to some naughty vegan kebabs and everything in between.

Visitors will be able to try before they can buy and sample foods that are so new they haven’t even hit the shops yet. They can also bathe vegan too – with a range of scented soaps and handmade bath bombs.

There will also be children’s activities and entertainment on hand to amuse the little ones. Also at the festival will be designer vegan labels such as ‘Viva La Vegan’ hoodies and T-shirts. Plus there will be a range of gifts and goodies including candles, jewellery and treats for animals.

People will also be able to listen to useful talks on nutrition and the vegan lifestyle as well as some inspiring, fun cookery demos to get you started.

Festival organiser Victoria Bryceson runs her events in partnership with animal welfare charity, Miracle's Mission.

She said: “I’m really looking forward to our exciting new festival this year. It’s set to be even bigger and better than last year’s. We received so much positive feedback last year and there’s now so much demand that this festival is becoming a regular sell-out event. I think it’s partly because people really love the friendly atmosphere. And also because it’s one of the best places to network and meet others who are vegan-curious too.”

*Dorset Vegan Festival, Saturday, August 31, 10.30am to 4.30pm, Lighthouse, Poole's Centre for the Arts, Kingland Road, Poole. Entry is 5 payable on the door (under 16s free), and this includes entry to all areas and activities. See for more information.