Manchester's vibrant Vegan scene is challenging Glasgow for the title of Vegfest UK City of the year in the Vegfest UK 2013 Awards
Vegan Cookbook Author Tony Bishop-Weston (Ultimate Book of Vegan Cooking now in paperback for under £10) says "When I worked for The UK Vegetarian Society I was amazed there was no local vegetarian vegan group so we set one up with help from a number of employees, other organisations, local restaurants and a computer savvy vegsoc trustee. Now there seems to be a whole range of vegan support and social groups in not just Manchester but also Liverpool where people from the original group went off and set up similar groups. I'm loving the sound of the Manchester based Cake Liberation Front CLF .
CLF kind of had to happen as a splinter group as hunt saboteurs and ALF members are notorious for discussing the best vegan diet recipe for Victoria sponge, chocolate cake or chocolate brownies, in the back of the van before donning their balaclavas.
Like Glasgow it seems Manchester is also seeing a number of new vegan cafes and restaurants pop up based on quality and enjoyment rather than just vegan ethics. Places you can take your friends to rather than just feel obligated to support.