Our amazing food traders provide the most eye-popping, mouthwatering, colourful, hearty array of festival cuisine imaginable, without a single bit of meat or fish on sale. Not a sausage.
Check back in April for a full, browsable list of 2018’s food traders – including menus and searchable by dietary requirements!
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
On site, our foodie haven, The Garden O’ Feeden, plays host to talks and workshops from food experts and activists – make your voice heard and join one of our debates about all things edible and ethical.
You can even don an apron yourself and pick up some tricks of the trade as the tent turns into a demo kitchen featuring those hot on the foodie circuit right now, or book in to one of our fabulous brunch doos or supper clubs where you’ll be taken on a culinary journey by one of our chef extraordinaires; think table service and a proper-sit-down-affair that’ll give any fancy pants eating establishment a run for their money.
MEAT & FISH FREE SHAMBALA
In 2016, we made the decision to remove meat and fish from our on-site food offering, for both the public and our festival staff. For us, the decision was an environmental one. If we’re serious about being the most sustainable festival on the planet, we can’t ignore the undisputable evidence that a diet predominantly based on meat and fish is having a devastating effect on this little blue and green marble we call home.
This was our most controversial, and risky environmental initiative to date – would it drastically affect ticket sales? Would we be regaling future generations about the great Shambala Bacon Riots? We needn’t have worried!
After year one, 77% of respondents to our 2016 post-event survey voted to keep Shambala meat and fish free. In 2017, that figure rose to 94% – a result beyond out wildest imaginings!
Even more incredible was that 33% of you reporting reducing your meat and fish intake since the festival (that’s not counting the 30% of you that were already veggie or vegan). Read more about that HERE.
SO.. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR 2018?
We feel we’ve only just begun to explore the complex issues around sustainable food. We’re committed to continuing the debate. So, whilst the food traders on site will absolutely remain vegetarian or vegan, we are considering ways we can introduce a few sustainable meat and fish options in thought provoking and unexpected ways. Watch this space and let’s continue to explore together…
WHY DID WE DECIDE TO DO THIS IN THE FIRST PLACE?
We’re not pretending to have all the answers, but we do want to spark debate and get people talking about what we eat and how it impacts our environment. Everybody’s opinions are truly welcome and there are no wrong answers.
At Shambala, we have always endeavoured to find ways to reduce the environmental impact of our festival. Over our seventeen-year history, we’ve ditched disposable plastics, introduced sustainable travel initiatives and become 100% renewably powered. But when it comes to the next step in our quest, to combine the best party with an absolute commitment to the future, we can’t help but feeling there is a big, meaty elephant in the room.
Consumption of meat is a significant cause of environmental damage; as well as land degradation, deforestation and ocean pollution, the meat industry is responsible for more greenhouse emissions than the combined exhaust fumes from all global transportation. It’s also becoming more widely accepted that is unhealthy to consume meat in the way that we are.
Shambala HQ is a mixed bag, with vegans, veggies and meat eaters co-existing harmoniously together, but the whole team agrees that it is important to be bold with our environmental stance, and encourage this debate.
Meat lovers, you can choose to bring your own meat onsite if you wish. But with an amazing range of tasty, colourful and hearty veggie options on offer from our café’s, we hope you will be surprised not to miss meat for four days.
Got questions? Check out our Meat Free FAQ here.
Want to shout at us for denying you your greasy bacon sandwich? Email us at email@example.com – we can take it. x