Before this starts, I am not here to say go vegetarian, go vegan. That’s not me. I just want to share some things from my day at Cruelty Free Festival.
To start with I was very concerned about going to Sydney for Cruelty Free Festival because the vegans I had met before were THOSE vegans. I am sure we have all met one of THOSE vegans, you know the ones that make you want to eat THEM just so they will shut up because they are so rude! They are not all like that! Everyone at Cruelty Free Festival was lovely, even a few vegans I met randomly while traveling, lovely. Being vegan doesn’t make them rude, that’s their personality same as everyone.
The main theme that was not present at Cruelty Free Festival was the crude images shown to us humans. The point was more positive, this I love. Even though you are very clearly at a festival for living Cruelty Free, no one would talk to you about the stall or the work they do unless you go up to them (same as you would not be reading this if you didn’t click on it).
I could go on forever about ALL of the stalls that were there. Lord of the Fries! So being from QLD I had not had it yet. You know when you go to Soundwave or a Festival and its 5 bucks for a tiny cup of chips that does nothing but make your hunger more apparent? The fries I got were not like that at all, I got full (to be fair I don’t eat heaps) from the 5 bucks of fries I got! Great value.
Chocolate, cause who doesn’t like chocolate!? The Chocolate Yogi has great flavours of white, milk and dark chocolate, my favourite is the dark with cherry and coconut. Chiafull has the best Banana Chia I have ever tasted, most are terrible! Over the Moo, coconut milk ice cream that is to die for, also the names are puns (which is great if you ask me).
Food aside, Cruelty Free Festival also had something for everyone. Music, VIP speakers, cooking demos, personal trainers, bodybuilders, hair and beard care for men, cosmetics, skincare (Delicious Skin, check it), books and all amounts of organisations. Not to mention so many punters brought along dogs (someone even had a piglet) so cuteness all around! Cuteness was very apparent at Greyhound Rescue stall!
Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you are not doing enough! Yes the best thing to do is Volunteer as all of what you put it goes to the cause you are supporting but giving money is also helping they need that to show people what goes on, to advertise and to do all the work they do. If you are doing anything, like eating LESS meat, checking which products you buy have palm oil and not buying ones with unsustainable palm oil, you are amazing for what you are doing. We can all do more but don’t let that retract from what you have done.
I also received a Cruelty Free Festival showbag which has things from stall holders in it. Information, stickers and samples of toothpaste, soap and food. My teeth are really loving the organic banana toothpaste with my charcoal toothbrush! Volunteering is a great way to see the festival as well as help this festival continue.