THOUSANDS of people are expected to attend a vegan festival at Dudley Town Hall later this month.

A mouthwatering range of plant-based culinary delights will be on offer when the Dudley Vegan Fair returns on Saturday, November 16.

It will be at the town hall in St James's Road from 10.30am till 4pm.

Vegan food has never been more popular - with many mainstream restaurants, pubs and fast food chains offering increasingly attractive vegan menus, and supermarkets competing to bring out the best new vegan goodies.

Celebrities including Zac Efron, Benedict Cumberbatch, Miley Cyrus and Ariana Grande have been vocal about their meat and dairy-free way of life.

Event organiser Kevin White, founder of Midlands Vegan Campaigns (MVC) said: “Veganism is snowballing at a very fast rate in the UK.

"For many, vegan events are the best starting point if you’re vegan curious, an aspiring vegan or already enjoying the benefits of the lifestyle. Every town needs an annual Vegan Fair, including Dudley!”

It will be the second Dudley fair organised by Midlands Vegan Campaigns. The first, 18 months ago, was bustling with visitors and many stalls sold out.

This year's free event promises to be more than twice the size.

Visitors will be able to browse 45 stalls showcasing a wide range of products from skin care, perfume and makeup to clothes, jewellery and a vast array of food.

Kevin said: "Tickle your tastebuds with the latest gourmet vegan cheeses, indulgent creamy chocolates, scrumptious pizza, tantalising curries, heavenly cakes and everything in between.

"You'll even be tempted by gorgeous ice cream in many flavours with toppings galore.

"It’s like all the food you’ve ever enjoyed but with the unhealthy bits taken out and on many stalls you can try before you buy."

There will also be free samples, recipes and nutritional guidance on offer.

And there'll be inspiring talks and cooking demos on how to create delicious, healthy meals that won't break the bank.