Festival of Food and Drink welcomes ‘Dirty Vegan’ Matt Pritchard and expands plant based options

This year’s Festival of Food & Drink will have more plant-based food options than ever before and welcomes ‘Dirty Vegan’ chef Matt Pritchard to the cookery theatre.

Matt will appear on Saturday 18 September at Worksop’s Clumber Park as part of the two-day food celebration over the weekend. He’ll join a fantastic line-up of celebrity chefs offering demonstrations.

Best known for his role as the front man of MTV’s Dirty Sanchez, Matt left his outrageous pranking days behind around five years ago when he got his dog Lenny the springer spaniel. Lenny soon became his best mate and his love of animals combined with watching the documentary Cowspiracy made him decide to become vegan.  

Matt said: “When turning vegan in 2015 so many told me that due to the things I love doing like long distance triathlons, Ironmans and ultra-endurance sporting events, that a vegan diet would not allow me to do these things and would make me weaker and sick. I’ve made it my mission since to prove them all wrong by completing 30 half Ironman distance triathlons in 30 days, ten full Ironman distance triathlons in ten days plus rowing the Atlantic!”

He has also released two highly successful cookbooks – Dirty Vegan and Dirty Vegan: Another Bite – and shared his mission in his own TV series of the same name on BBC1 Wales where Matt cooks a variety of exciting plant-based dishes to win over the public from feeding rugby players to making school dinners. 

Festival Director Bev Channell said: “We’re very excited that Matt can join us in September. We have worked hard to ensure we have even more to offer our vegan and vegetarian visitors so Matt will have plenty of choice when it comes to picking his ingredients!

“As plant-based food has evolved so has its appeal with more food lovers realising that they were missing out on delicious flavours and its food that everyone can enjoy – whether they’re a meat eater, vegetarian, pescatarian or vegan.”

Many of the 150 artisan food and drink companies exhibiting at the Festival of Food and Drink, now in its eighth year, offer vegan friendly products. The full list of exhibitors can be found on the website with the relevant companies highlighted. 

Traders include The Cosy Chocolate Company which hand-produces quality drinking chocolate and craft chocolate bars, all of which are vegan friendly but in no way compromise on that luxury ‘real chocolate’ taste. 

Independent craft brewer Liquid Light balances creativity and science to create an entire range of 100 per cent vegan beers that are as natural as possible without unnecessary additives. 

Cherry Tree’s sweet and savoury preserves such as Spicy Tomato & Caramelised Onion chutney, Hot Garlic Pickle, and Cherry and Amaretto jam, are used by many chefs to make vegan friendly food.  

The Street Food area will welcome Nottingham’s popular Filthy Vegan, offering street food at restaurant quality including its famous Filthy Kebab and Moving Mountains Hot Dogs. Ideal for the health conscious and calorie counters that still want epic flavours. 

Also from Nottingham, DoughNotts offer handmade doughnuts all made with vegan friendly dough and offering delicious toppings including vegan friendly options. 

The biggest event of its kind in the region, the festival vibe is enhanced by live music throughout the weekend, with the stage area surrounded by Street Food vendors, cocktail bars, breweries and Pop-Up Cafes.

Ticket prices start from just £10 in advance for the Festival of Food and Drink with free admission into Clumber Park included (usually £5 per adult) on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 September. VIP and family tickets also available. Children aged five years and under are admitted free with a paying adult. Book your tickets here