Organisers of the Veganuary launch event at Sidmouth Library last Saturday (January 6) say they were 'thrilled' by the positive response.

Visitors tasted a variety of plant-based food samples, sweet and savoury, helped themselves to information and recipe leaflets, and chatted with local vegans.

One visitor who sampled the fare on offer said: ‘It was truly inspiring to try such a range of delicious, satisfying plant-based food. The vegan Victoria sponge was light as a feather and absolutely delicious!"

Event co-ordinator Sharon Howe said: "Adopting a plant-based diet is probably the single most significant thing individuals can do to reduce their personal carbon footprint and reverse species decline. It is heartening that so many local people are keen to make the switch to a plant-based diet this January, and hopefully beyond."

The Veganuary information display at the library continues until Friday, January 18. Anybody unable to visit the library can learn more about Veganuary and how to participate in the month-long campaign by visiting the website at  All who sign up to try a vegan diet receive a free celebrity e-cookbook along with other inspiring recipes, meal plans and other tips. 

And, in a new initiative for 2024, vegan bring-and-share lunches will take place on the first Saturday of every month at the Dissenters Hall in Sidmouth - all are welcome. For details visit