Last weekend we made a special trip to the Old Assembly Rooms for the annual Newcastle Vegan Festival. I ensured we had empty tummies so we could fully appreciate all the wonderful food stalls in attendance.
I heard a few complaints that there were a lot of ‘junk food’ catering companies there, but I felt it was a positive. It proved that most foods can be veganised. Dairy-free Cheesecake? Yep, and it tasted pretty good. Pancakes with chocolate spread? The Teen loved them so much he wanted seconds. It’s easy to be vegan if you’re just going to eat fruit and vegetables, but the importance of events like this is to show you great substitute products are available locally when you want to snack. Tandoori Naan Hut, who were also in attendance, can also inspire your own culinary efforts at home with their flavour combinations. The festival showed me that vegan food isn’t as bland as I once perceived it to be, and demonstrated we have a buzzing community here in the North East.
This coming Sunday (15th May) is the North East Vegan Festival, which is this time held at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland. Many local food producers attend both events, but I suspect Sunderland has more stalls after visiting last year (see post here). It’s a shame they are so close together, but this can only be seen as a good thing in the vegan community that they are spoilt for choice.
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