Published: 04 Feb 2016
Being vegan is a choice that more and more people are making nowadays, for both moral, environmental and dietary reasons. For some, the thought of the meat industry reducing animals to units that are raised for slaughter is too much to bear. For others they feel the case of reducing the amount of methane we produce through meat production is good enough reason to make the switch. Whatever the reason, enough people now shun meat for the popularity of Vegfest to come as little surprise. There are a whopping four Vegfests in 2016 alone, in Brighton, Bristol, London and Scotland.
Although Scotland isn't a country typically associated with healthy living (LINK), over 7,500 people attended the Vegfest in December 2015, proving there is genuine interest in learning more about living on fruit and vegetables alone. The festival held up its end—there was glowing praise for the educational element to the festival, teaching that animals are not products but creatures deserving of better lives. Even if perhaps the challenge of feeding the world will not be solved by a mass switching to vegan, it can certainly make a difference here at home.
One of the issues that blights vegan lifestyles is the increased level of imagination and effort that has to go into everyday cooking. Because so much of what we eat uses meat or meat derivatives (like gelatin) maintaining vegan status is pretty difficult for most. Vegfest is providing an excellent resource for people who want to make the switch morally but can't justify it with a family to feed and a lack of culinary skills. Advice is the biggest draw of the festival.
Vegfest also aims to promote a kind of missionary response from visitors, hoping that they will spread information via word of mouth. To that end there are several news websites that focus solely on vegan news or vegan issues and try to make becoming vegan as straightforward as possible. To be fair, more and more supermarkets are catering for people with very specific dietary requirements (such as the Free From aisles in Sainsbury's), and that makes it easier for vegans to find products like sauces and flavourings that do not contain meat derivatives.
Jobs in the food industry don't always have to mean 'chef'. Seeing Vegfest will help people realise that there are all sorts of different jobs in the industry, from technologists to designers to marketers—and yes, chefs. Yourfoodjob.com has an exhaustive list of food jobs available. The hard work of trying to find specific jobs in the industry is done for you, enabling you to focus your search and find the job you really want. When you visit Vegfest you may be inspired to hunt down a position that lets you create and innovate like the stallholders do. These are people living their dream of working with food in new ways. That's why events like these are such a win-win.
Yourfoodjob.com is capable of finding the right job for you, in the right area, with adjustable search parameters that can be indispensable when on the job hunt. The truth is that jobs in the food industry can be right under your nose without you realising it, since many employers actually prefer to use jobs listings sites like this one in order to find the right candidate. Our customisable search engine will only show you the positions that you want to see, and if you sign up for our jobs by email service you need only set your requirements once. After that, we will inform you whenever a job comes up that we're sure you'll be interested in. You can even set the frequency of emails you receive (although we recommend a daily alert to keep you ahead of your competitors).