Fellow veg-heads – I encourage you to visit Spain! Veganism is on the rise here at a phenomenal rate. In 2001 Happy Cow had listed 353 veggie restaurants in Spain and by 2014 the figure had grown to 686; a rise of 94%. At the time of writing, the number of veggie / vegan restaurants in Spain according to Happy Cow is 1,685 – an increase of 377% in 16 years! Seems like this is the place to be as a herbivore right now. Madrid is an amazing place to be for vegans (trust me) and now even more remote areas such as the Balearics are becoming hugely popular for vegan restaurants.
Mallorca, in particular, is fast becoming well known as a haven both for the vegan residents and holiday-makers. Happy Cow lists 93 establishments here and the Vegan Society described Mallorca as one of the best vegan destinations in Europe. Having personally been here for around a month I would definitely recommend coming here to have your taste buds tantalised – for example, I had the pleasure of recently visiting BellaVerde restaurant in Porto Pollenca and was absolutely blown away by the menu (it took me literally half an hour to decide what to eat).
With all this to choose from, it makes sense that Mallorca would celebrate all this amazingness with a summer festival. Scott Adams started Vegan Day Out in July of this year which was a huge success, and there will be a bigger and better Vegan Day Out II on 26th August. It's going to be epic. This is the biggest vegan festival in Mallorca and is set to attract thousands of visitors who will come together in a place called Ca Na Susi, which is only a 20-minute drive from the beautiful capital of Palma.
According to Scott, “Vegan Day Out is a dairy-free, meatless, plant-based food festival that showcases plant-based cuisine and cruelty-free products that are part of a vegan lifestyle – but ultimately the festival is all about food, community, and entertainment. Vegan Day Out is a celebration of the health, environmental, and animal welfare benefits of a plant-based lifestyle. There will be vegan food to sample and purchase, engaging speakers, exciting performers, and members of the local vegan community to answer questions and showcase what inspires them.“
Among the many attractions will be: workshops and lectures on varied subjects relating to veganism such as veganism and kids, veganism and sports, veganism and spiritualism; raw vegan food, therapy and beauty-care area; and cruelty-free fashion and cosmetic stands. Sounds amazing right? Personally, I'm looking forward to the vegan ice cream which will be most welcome in this heat. And with cheap flights from the UK and most of Europe into Palma, it would be rude not to. If you can't make it on the 26th, come to visit Mallorca anyway, it rocks!
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