NOVEMBER is Vegan Month and if you are in Scotland, that means Edinburgh is the place to be.
The Capital now has the largest number of vegan eateries in the country, all delighting diners with their meat and dairy free cuisine.
For the uninitiated, the Vegan Society describes veganism as a way of living which ‘seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose.’
That doesn’t mean meal times have to be boring either, as visitors to the Edinburgh Vegan Festival 2017, which takes place on Sunday 19 November at The Principal Hotel (previously the Roxburghe Hotel), on Charlotte Square, will discover.
With free samples, food tasting, vegan food stalls, including chocolate, cheese, cakes, takeaways and much more, it culd prove an eye-opener for many.
There will also be talks and demos. Admission is £3 (£1 children/under 5s free).
In the meantime, however, if you would like to explore a plant-based diet avoiding animals and fowl, as well as fish, shellfish, insects, dairy, eggs and honey, here are 8 of the many restaurants in the Capital happy to oblige.