Monthly vegan market set to launch in Horsham

A monthly vegan market is being brought to Horsham for the first time this week by the organiser of the town’s first plant based fair.

Monday, 19th April 2021, 1:45 pm

Helen Crabb – who held Vegan Fest Horsham in 2019 and 2020 – is working in conjuction with Piries Place where the market will take place on the last Saturday of every month between 9am and 4pm, starting from April 24.

Stallholders at the Piries Place Vegan Market – which will support two animal charities – will be selling a range of plant based and cruelty free items including eco-friendly goods, cold savouries, cakes, vegan cheese, pies, make-up , body care and more.

Helen said: “The success of the two vegan fairs I’ve organised in the past have demonstrated that there is a keen demand for this sort of event and I think that the newly developed Piries Place will be a perfect venue for it, being an attractive piazza and also so central.

A vegan market will take place in Horsham starting this month. Pictured is George Koumarides, who will be managing the market on market days; Robert Bryden, a volunteer at Holbrook Animal Rescue with Star, one of the dogs at Holbrook Animal Rescue who is looking for her forever home; and Helen Crabb, organiser of Piries Place Vegan Market SUS-210419-132252001

“There are already some vegan-friendly stalls in the Saturday Carfax market and I am hoping that this event will attract more people to the town on the last weekend of the month so that many of these stalls will benefit too.”

In the long term, Helen is hoping to accommodate up to 25 stalls at the vegan market, but for the initial event – and whilst social distancing is still in place – she is going to cap it at less than this to ensure the event can accommodate everyone comfortably.

She said: “We will not be selling any hot ‘street food’ at the Piries Place Vegan Market – this type of stall will be better situated in the larger Carfax market, as our pitches will be a little more compact than the Carfax ones.

“Savills, who manage Piries Place, have been very accommodating and have agreed for all the profits to go Holbrook Animal Rescue and Animals Asia.”

The first VegFest Horsham in 2019 was held at the Drill Hall while last year’s event was held in a new market-style outdoor format in Duke’s Square Car Park due to coronavirus restrictions.

For enquiries about the new market, email [email protected]