09/01/21 At the 13th ZeGeVege, there was vegan pizza, sushi, spaghetti bolognese, and scrambled eggs
13th edition of the largest international festival of sustainable living in this part of Europe
3rd and 4th September 2021; Ban Jelačić Square: numerous exhibitors of plant-based food, veggie restaurants, speakers
On Friday, September 3rd, from 8 am to 9 pm and Saturday, September 4th, 2021, from 8 am to 8 pm, at Ban Jelačić Square in Zagreb, after last year's break, for the thirteenth time in a row the largest vegan celebration and unavoidable part of tourist, economic, gastronomic, ecological and cultural offer of Croatia in this part of Europe will take place - ZeGeVege Festival of sustainable living. On September 3rd, at 1 pm, the Festival will be visited by Zagreb’s Mayor Tomislav Tomašević, and the arrival of the Minister of Agriculture Marija Vučković and the Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development Tomislav Ćorić is announced for the 4th of September.
Visitors will be attracted by the diverse offer of healthy food, cosmetics exclusively of plant origin that have not been tested on animals, soy and wheat-based products such as tofu, seitan and vegetable sausages, organic products, fruits and products made at hardworking family farms, plant-based milk and butter, spicy sauces, food supplements, pet cosmetics… As many as nine restaurants will bring a diverse offer of plant-based dishes such as spaghetti bolognese, pizza with vegan cheese, sushi, and other Asian delicacies in plant-based version, traditional Croatian dishes such as soparnik, tempting vegetable stews, sausages, falafel, hotdog, kebab, various vegetable spreads, vegan desserts and raw cakes, and much more.
Eighty exhibitors will offer products based exclusively on plant ingredients, which is a trademark of the ZeGeVege Festival. The Festival will also attract visitors with tastings, innovation presentations, cooking workshops, and conferences on vegan cosmetics, as well as non-profit association stands. In addition, visitors will enjoy a great atmosphere, music, socializing under umbrellas, and the visual identity of the greenest festival, which will be decorated with educational billboards, a large "vegan" sign, and live plants.
This year, visitors can expect inspiring conversations of the presenter Sara Mešin with various speakers, coming from the stage. Everyone will be able to learn something about animal rights activism in neighboring countries, hear useful tips on switching to veganism, or learn how to achieve even better athletic success through veganism. Igor Barberić and Nataša Rajčević, who through billboards together with Marie Wasler invited everyone to start counting saved lives instead of calories, will share their personal and emotional path to veganism and tell everyone how a compassionate lifestyle affects their lives, health, but also lives of the animals and environmental protection.
Recipes, interesting information, and news from around the world about the steady increase in interest in veganism and the expansion of the vegan offer can be read from the brochure that all visitors will receive free of charge at the information stand of the organizers and from hardworking volunteers. This educational event, which is dear to everyone, is organized by association Animal Friends Croatia on a non-profit basis. Always imbued with a positive vibe throughout its 13 years of existence, ZeGeVege has become an unmissable festival, and its importance is growing even more as the switch to a vegan diet and sustainable living is necessary for all of us to survive on the planet and stop the climate change.
Today we can enjoy “meat” dishes without animal meat; milk and dairy products without cow's milk and
pancakes and cakes without chicken eggs, as evidenced by Croatian producers. That is why a plaque will be presented at ZeGeVege for the most innovative vegan products selected through the project "Let’s produce sustainably, let’s eat green", such as vegan tofu scrambled eggs, which can be tried at the Festival.
“Each of us can try to leave as little environmental footprint as possible, think about drinking water, prevent world hunger and stop further global warming, and ZeGeVege encourages individuals to change themselves to change the world. Everyone is welcome and everyone is important ", say Animal Friends.
Sponsors of the ZeGeVege festival are the City of Zagreb, the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds, the Ministry of Science and Education, and the Croatian Chamber of Economy, with support from the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development, the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs and other institutions.
The program with a list of all exhibitors, performers, and speakers, with a schedule of their performances, is available at www.zegevege.com.
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