Thousands of people and pets turned out to The Great Stupa to celebrate food, animals and life for the Vegecareian Festival.
The goal for the event was to encourage the community to care for their health and to care for animals through an increase in vegetarian or vegan diets.
Ayesha McMurray, 7, attended the festival and brought along a feathered-friend.
Her beloved chicken named Beard, made a surprise appearance at the pet-friendly festival.
“I love helping animals and I have lots of pets at home,” Ayesha said.
Ayesha has followed a vegan diet her whole life and is passionate about the ethical treatment of animals, a topic she plans to promote later in life.
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The Great Stupa marketing and events manager Alyce Crosbie said it was amazing to see all of the attendees engaging with the various activities throughout the festival.
“It shows you can make lifestyle changes at any age no matter how old or young you are, and it’s great to see so much interest in the festival,” Ms Crosbie said.
“It is a non-profit event, and a great opportunity for the community to come together.”
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