Vegans set out their stall

Aylesbury’s Market Square hosts the return of the ever-popular Vegan Market on Sunday 24 October.

The event from 10.30am to 4pm brings together up to 40 stalls, including a huge variety of vegan street food, artisan bakers, craft brewers, ethical jewellers, sustainable chandlers, local artists, zero-waste champions, environmental charities and more.

In addition, Harry’s Tricks – a jazz trio – will be entertaining people while they browse, shop and eat at the market, which is supported by the Welcome Back Fund.

Gareth Williams, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Planning and Regeneration, said:

‘It’s also good to see just how green the Vegan Market is. For example, any waste generated at the market by the visitors or stallholders is either recycled or composted. The traders take home their rubbish to be recycled and visitors can use the bins on the high street.

‘The market also has a no single-use plastic policy and encourages customers to bring their own Tupperware and bags to fill with.’

Lewis Beresford, Vegan Market CO’s Founder, said: ‘We work hard to find the country’s leading vegan producers, from street food vendors and bakers to ethical clothing and cosmetic producers.’

Michael Graham, one of the sponsors of the Vegan Market, added: ‘After such a challenging year we want to support small businesses and promote such events to encourage people back into town centres.”

Thinking about how you might travel to visit the market in an environmentally friendly way? If so, here are a few options to consider:

Have you tried out one of the many Zipp e-scooters located across Aylesbury? Buckinghamshire Council has implemented an electric scooter rental trial to help support a ‘green’ alternative to local travel that is convenient, clean and affordable and helps to mitigate reduced public transport capacity and allow for social distancing as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

E-scooters can reduce reliance on car trips, reduce congestion and improve air quality.

Alternatively, you could get some exercise and cycle into town on one of the many cycle routes. There is cycle storage at The Exchange and outside 146, the café in Hale Leys. You could also take a brisk or leisurely walk into town.

If you have an electric vehicle (EV), drivers can now take advantage of four new EV charging points in Aylesbury town centre’s Waterside North Car Park.

Eight EV charging bays are located in front of the new BP Pulse charging points, enabling up to eight EVs to be simultaneously charged.

Each charging point delivers 7kWh, which is enough electricity to provide most EVs with around 25 miles of range for every hour they are plugged into one of the charging points.

Find out more about the vegan market on the Visit Aylesbury website.

The Vegan Market will also be visiting High Wycombe on Sunday 5 December. Find out more about the market in Wycombe.

A previous Vegan Market in Aylesbury.