Mumbai is soon going to host the longest vegan festival in the world – the second edition of The Ahimsa Festival. This 18-day veganvaganza is going to be the biggest vegan event of the country and would include a host of activities for everyone.
Veganism not only shuns cruelty but adopting a vegan lifestyle also helps curb the carbon emissions pointing to the carbon footprint of livestock raised for consumption. While India has been a little late in catching up to the vegan lifestyle, things are changing fast. It’s becoming popular and also easier to be a vegan in India, especially in cities like Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai and Pune where awareness is highest. There is definitely a space for a vegan festival in Mumbai, and Ahimsa Festival’s last year’s success is a case in point!
This year’s event will include inspiring talks, vegan cooking demos, runs, yoga, vegan potlucks, movie screenings and a cruelty-free market on the last day, i.e. 12 November that will also have lots and lots of delicious vegan food stalls. The 18-day Ahimsa Festival will have vegan activities across Mumbai’s landscape and is an event you can’t miss. If going to India has been on your bucket list, it’s time to cross that now and book a flight straight to Mumbai. The best part is the weather. You will get to soak in the sun without the infamous Mumbai heat as November is one of the most pleasant times to visit Mumbai and then head off to other destinations like Goa and Kerala. Read further to get information about traveling to India and getting your visa.
The Ahimsa Festival kicks off on 26 October 2017 and will run until 12 November, ending with a vegan market where you will find over 50 stalls selling everything from vegan food, vegan fashion (vegan shoes, belts, jewelry, etc), vegan cheese, nutrition and more. The festival goers will be treated to live music, fashion shows and various talks on living green and vegan.
“I think our festival will attract everyone – vegan or not. We have planned activities for every age group and for people with varied interests so we can connect people from all walks of life and introduce them to the concept of a compassionate and kind lifestyle,” Atul Doshi, Organizer of the Festival and Co-Founder of Ahimsa Parmo Dharma said. Workshops include survival cooking for men, art of vegan cheesemaking, veganism and ecology, animal reiki, reversing diabetes naturally and more.
We asked Atul what makes this festival different to which he said, “Unlike most vegan festivals that focus on food and selling stalls, our focus is on educational and community element. That’s why we have curated interesting talks and activities that will pique interest about vegan lifestyle in the community and create a buzz in Mumbai and beyond. We have even included environment related talks and workshops on topics like DIY kitchen garden, composting and living plastic-free. A special activity this year is a seminar on Ethical Investment by Arihant Capital, India’s leading financial services company.”
Arpit Jain of Arihant Capital said, “If you believe in a cruelty-free lifestyle, your ethics should also extend to where you invest your money. To educate people about this, we will be holding a seminar on Investing The Vegan Way and will educate about the various investment options for ethical investors. As they say, put your money where your mouth is!”
“Last year we had over 5000 attendees and we expect a footfall of 10,000 in the upcoming fest. Our amazing Ahimsa Parmo Dharma Group, who organized this festival, has members who are experts in their own fields – vegan nutrition, vegan business owners and vegan chefs, vegan activists and more. Also, this is a not-for-profit event,” informed Atul.
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The festival will kickstart on 26 October and will have Dr. Nandita Shah of Sharan, Dr. Will Tuttle of the Vegan Peace Diet and Kuntal Joisher (first vegan in the world to climb Mount Everest) as keynote speakers at the opening ceremony. The last day will have vegan market along with talks and will be held at the Khar Education Society, S. V. Road, Khar West, Mumbai from 10 am to 10 pm.
Did we forget to mention about the vegan cheese making class? We’re pretty excited about this event, can’t wait to get a bite of delicious jalebis that we tried in last Ahimsa Festival. If you have a sweet tooth, this Indian dessert cannot be missed.
Getting Indian Visa
If you are thinking of visiting Mumbai for the upcoming vegan festival, you still have time and can plan a holiday. India has e-visa service that allows you to apply for the visa online, and you can get the visa in 3 working days. The e-visa service is extended to citizens of 113 countries including USA, EU, Australia, Canada, UAE, China, Iceland, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Russia and South Africa. To apply for the visa and get the list of eligible countries, click here. If you need help planning your travel, write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and one of our vegan advisors will help you plan everything!
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