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Cornwall is to play host to an event that will be the first of its kind to hit the UK, as a “raw revolution” sweeps the globe.

“Raw Fest” is to be held at Stithians Showground starting Friday August 31 finishing Monday September 3, showcasing the abundant health, energy and love for raw vegan food and a healthy lifestyle, with over 1000 people expected to visit each day.

Top international raw food experts, chefs, health and nutritional advisors, alongside local producers, will be exhibiting and presenting at the festival to highlight the benefits and enjoyment of raw vegan food, wild food and herbs as well as yoga sessions, tai chi and dance workshops, strength training, relaxation, different types of massage, live music, circus acts and a kids tent.

Huge in the US and Europe, raw vegan and gourmet raw vegan food is a new concept which is only now starting to come to the UK. With new things often arriving in London ahead of the rest of the country, Cornwall will be leading the way with this new trend expected to grip the nation. Leah Katia, from local company In Touch Body Awareness, is the founder of Raw Fest and explains why Cornwall is the perfect location for the first event of its kind in the UK.

She said: “The raw revolution is sweeping the globe, but the UK is only starting to see glimpses of this happening, so the idea for a raw food festival was born in Cornwall. Cornwall is a gorgeous location and boasts great fresh produce from local suppliers as well as wild food – especially seaweed! Being healthy and happy is not just about what you eat, but it’s also understanding your body and enjoying relaxation, fun, movement and great music. With the experts and talent Raw Fest is bringing together this is going to be an amazing event!”

Speakers include Kate Magic, Boris Lauser, Soren Wolff, Heather Gardner and Beverly Bird – Clinical Nutritionist and Live Blood Practitioner who will be sharing information about digestive health, alkaline diets and blood analysis. With movement an integral part of wellbeing, there will be also be workshops throughout the 3 days with Cornish Nos Lowen, Salsa, Asian (Bollywood style), Tai Chi, Qi Gong and Capoeira. There will also be circus performances and live music throughout the festival, with band including Cornish band Dalla and Quijada.

Leah added: “We hope that lots of people from Cornwall, and further afield, will attend the Raw Fest to see for themselves in beautiful surroundings – making a 3-day holiday of it or just visiting for the day”.

For further information see www.rawfestcornwall.com