UK’s first ever vegan pig festival taking place in Yorkshire this weekend

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The Orchard Pig Gig is considered to be a ‘world’s first’ where live entertainment will not just be for humans but pigs too. Festival-goers will head to Pigs in the Wood sanctuary in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, where the two-day event will have jazz, classical and rap musicians performing.

Those who have tickets will be able to enjoy roaming around the 10-acre site and to sample vegan food including ‘crisp and refreshing’ Reveller, the ‘sweet yet dry’ Truffler, and Hogfather ciders.

Russell Haggata, operations director and chairman at Pigs in The Wood, said the reason for the unique festival is to raise money for a new animal sanctuary.

She said: “Our pigs are one of a kind and love to socialise and dance to music.

“They can’t wait for this year’s Orchard Pig Gig. Our sanctuary wouldn’t exist without the generosity of donations, and we’re aiming to raise over £50,000 to improve the facilities for our pigs, so that everyone can experience the joy these animals can bring.”

It is also hoped that the vegan event will highlight abused and abandoned pigs and raise awareness and education around people selling ‘micro pigs’ as pets.

A spokesman for the festival said: “Currently, there is no legislation that protects pigs as pets. Many are duped into buying ‘micro-pigs’ (a breed that doesn’t exist) to soon discover they are, in fact, piglets that are set to grow – and grow! This misleading con means more pigs end up in the slaughterhouse.

“The Orchard Pig Gig aims to raise funds to support the Pigs in the Woods sanctuary and, more importantly, to drive awareness around the growing number of abused and mistreated pigs that deserve a better life and a forever home.”

Partnering with Pigs in the Woods for the event is Orchard Pig – a vegan cider brand.

Emily Gray, brand manager at Orchard Pig said: “Our mantra is to go pig or go home and what better way to do that than to host the world’s first gig for pigs – putting on an amazing show while supporting the wonderful team at Pigs in the Woods.

“Just like people, pigs deserve a home, and we believe they also deserve to party. It’s what makes this partnership so exciting; we’re helping to drive awareness and protection of these fabulous animals, but we’re also giving them the chance to get down and boogie at the same time.”

Pigs in the Woods is running from Saturday, July 31 to Sunday, August 1, if you fancy trotting on up, click here to order tickets, costing £22.

All sales made will support the fundraising of the pig sanctuary and ongoing work and education.


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