You never know where Asset Based Community Development will lead you. So when I was approached by the local Vegan community to help them look for a space to hold a Vegan Fair, little did I know that 6 weeks later we would be hosting our first event in Trinity.
This was the first Vegan and Ethical Food Festival in the Highlands, and the feel of the day was to gather a community of people together who care about the world. That could a vegan lifestyle, animal welfare, opposition to fast fashion and media driven consumerism, urban renewal, community building or whatever else fell into the remit of local and global care.
Veganism and plant based diets are not high on the list of church concerns, a simple search through national Church websites and documents will reveal this. Yet this lifestyle is a super fast growing social concern among the young and the concerned.
The Vegan fair thrust us right into the centre of a hugely popular topic, with over 300 people attending, for Inverness, that is a lot. It was a day filled with great food, stalls, youth drama, spa lounge, info stands, talks and music.
I was already Vegan, simply because I found it consistent with that Edenic life, and the health benefits are numerous, but it also is a further reminder for me in a Priority Area, that partnership working is vital, and a real blessing. As I write, our next fair is tomorrow, and this now regular event, coupled with our Film and Street Art Clubs, make for a very exciting time in the distant North.