Amy Pardoe
Post published at June 27, 2024

8 Vegan Festival Essentials 2024


With festival season well underway, festivalgoers are eagerly preparing for an unforgettable experience filled with music, art and community. Whether you’re a seasoned festival veteran or a first timer, navigating the festival scene as a vegan can require a bit of extra planning to ensure you have all the essentials you’ll need. 

From plant-based snacks and drinks to cruelty-free cosmetics, our guide will help you pack everything you need to enjoy the festivities without compromising on your values. 

1. Cookie Dough Protein Bites

These moreish little bites make for the perfect protein-packed snack for you to take to an upcoming festival. With a five minute prep time,  you won’t need to spend hours slaving away in the kitchen. Our Cookie Dough Protein Bites recipe can be found in the new Viva! cookbook, Everyone Can Cook Vegan.

2. Vegan Beer

Did you know that some beer can be non-vegan due to the products used in the filtration process, such as isinglass (fish bladders), gelatine and casein? Crazy, right! So which beers are vegan? In terms of lager, popular brands such as Budweiser and Red Stripe are completely vegan, whilst in terms of IPA, Beavertown Neck Oil IPA and Brewdog Punk IPA are made without any animal products. 


3. Barry M Biodegradable Body Glitter

Festivals are a time to embrace creativity, self-expression and a little bit of sparkle. For those environmentally conscious vegans among us, Barry M offers Biodegradable Body Glitter in a wide variety of colours, that are both cruelty-free and vegan. Their body glitter is produced using a special film, sustainably sourced from plant cellulose, that biodegrades naturally in fresh water.


4. Vegan Doc Martens

Dance the night away without compromising on your values. In need of some sturdy footwear for festival season? Well look no further! Doc Martens has a wide range of comfy yet stylish boots, sandals and shoes, all made without leather. 


5. Soft & Chewy Cereal Bars

These quick and easy cereal bars are perfect for an on-the-go festival breakfast or for any time you need a quick pick-me-up. Our Soft & Chewy Cereal Bars recipe can be found in the new Viva! cookbook, Everyone Can Cook Vegan. 


6. Simple Cleansing Biodegradable Wipes

There often isn’t the time (or effort) to do a 10-step skincare routine when you’re camping in a muddy field, so the next best thing is a good old-fashioned wipe. Simple’s Cleansing Biodegradable Wipes contain no colour, no perfumes, no harsh chemicals and best of all, are PETA-approved vegan and cruelty-free. 


7. Vegan Bum Bag

Keeping your items safe during a bustling festival can seem like a bit of a chore, hence why a bum bag is such a must. If you’re in the market for something stylish and ethical, vegan and cruelty-free brand Matt & Nat has got you covered. With a range of cool and comfy leather-look bum bags, some of which are made from recycled water bottles, there’s no excuse for misplacing your phone at 2am! 


8. Plastic Free Loo Roll

Festivals and loo roll are a bit of an oxymoron, so it’s better to err on the side of caution and bring some of your own. Sustainable toilet paper company Who Gives A Crap has created a loo roll thats vegan, cruelty-free and plastic-free. Their packaging is also vegan and uses soy-based inks for wrappers and cartons. 


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This post was written by Amy Pardoe
Amy is Vegan Recipe Club's social media and media coordinator. Her vegan journey began in January 2019, during university, when she was encouraged to take part in Veganuary thanks to documentaries such as The Game Changers and What the Health. She has a passion for veganism, creating compelling content and cooking up a storm!