Ieperfest is a 3-day hardcore music festival, just outside Ypres (Ieper, 75km from Bruges, Belgium). Since day one, more than 20 years ago, all the food at Ieperfest is vegan!
It was two years ago that we went to Ieperfest (see our blogpost here), and it was a wet edition in 2014. This time, it was a beautiful Summer weekend, and we went again one afternoon to try out the vegan goodies and enjoy the atmosphere.
We tried to taste something from each foodstall, but by the end of the afternoon were too stuffed to accomplish that plan 😉
Payment for food and drinks was with tokens: we paid 66 euros for 30 tokens in total.
Our plan was to start our food trip with the Flemish stew with seitan and potatoes from the Ieperfest Hardcore Foodstall, but it was announced it was only available from 5PM onwards. Bummer! So we started with a Dutch weedburger and some ‘Wish ‘n Chips’, that latter being a new ‘algae’ based dish from TDW. Nice!
Here’s an overview of the food and drinks we had:
We didn’t have a slice of pizza this time, but a friend did, so of course I wanted a photo (thank you 😉
Here are some more photos from the food stalls.
There is also a ‘More than Music’ hall, where you can watch documentaries, listen to and participate in debates, meet several NGO’s and buy merchandise (T-shirts, pins, stickers). And another tent with music and merchandise from the bands. There are also several couches in the More than Music hall to take a break.
Ieperfest is also renowded for being one of the greenest festivals, with for example a clear recycling policy, compost toilets, seperate waste bins for different items. Not only the festival site is remarkably clean (no carpets of plastic cups like one sees at most other festivals) but the same goes for the camping site: campers are encouraged to leave the camping place clean and tidy and take everything with them (see this photo after the festival and the contrast with a ‘regular’ festival camping site).
Ow, and of course there was lots of music too. We listened to several bands, but as I am not really into hardcore, I cannot make any senseable comments about the music, just that it was very loud! 😉
There are plenty of photos of the bands in this blogpost from LegendArising, and there’s a photo of the two of us in that gallery too (while eating of course, what else 😉 ) See if you can spot us!
3 day festival, every year, mid August
Crossroads of Poperingseweg and Hazewindestraat
8900 Ieper (Ypres)
This is so positiv and promising! Thank you for your detailed report.
Thanks Elisabeth for dropping by 🙂
By the way, do you also have a blog? I can’t find a link in your gravatar profile.
Hello Trudi, I am sorry to say that I do not have a blog, I am just your follower, you do a great job, thank you for your work. Kind regards from Berlin, Elisabeth
Hey! Thanks for the follow. This looks right up my street, will defo need to go to the next one!
just discovered your blog Aidy, thanks for dropping by 🙂
Ieperfest is indeed a great festival, and next year is an anniversary edition 😉
That amount of food looks daunting (and totally amazing)! I think it’s awesome they have a festival with only vegan food!
and since day one of the festival! which is more than 20 years ago (when veganisme was still really really extreme 😀 😉
I am gutted I missed this! I’m visiting Ypres this weekend and worried about where I can eat out and find vegan food! Anyone who knows the area and could help? It would be much appreciated. Thanks!
we once had a light lunch at Bistro Fino in Ypres.
I hope you managed to find something. Would love to hear your impressions, and if you have any suggestions, please do tell!
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