World Event To End Animal Cruelty, Melbourne 2014

Magic Milk Bar rosewater scented raw vegan cheesecake

(this is a photo-heavy post!) I’m loving this time of year! Super vegan-y events are on and we get to see and share in lots of fantastic amounts of vegan awesomeness. From the Animals Matter To Me rally, to the Sea Shepherd Bake Sale, to November’s World Vegan Day, Cruelty Free West Expo and Sea Shepherd Ocean Defence Tour you can see how Melbourne is one fab city for vegans. Today’s super event was the World Event To End Animal Cruelty (WEEAC), held at CERES in Brunswick. CERES is a non-profit sustainability centre in the inner suburbs of Melbourne, built on a decommissioned rubbish tip. CERES have produce gardens, event and conference facilities, meeting rooms, classes, a cafe, education programs and more: CERES Brunswick CERES Brunswick CERES Brunswick

CERES Brunswick

I arrived half an hour before the scheduled start time so I walked around taking photos with a growling stomach, when I turned a corner and saw Gopal’s were already dishing out their fabulous food (I’ve written about their city restaurant on the blog). I got this massive plate for $10, plus the lemon mint drink for $1. I love Gopal’s kofta. The halva dessert was great and not overly sweet. It was so filling I couldn’t finish it (I did of course manage to finish all the halva, I knew you guys were counting on me):

Gopal's Vegetarian vegan plate Gopal's Vegetarian vegan halva

The Compassionate Kitchen had a stall with their delicious treats. Their banana bread is great (so is everything else really!). Their products freeze really well too. It’s hard for me to choose a favourite, so I was going to take care of that today by purchasing the slices I haven’t tried:

Banana Bread by The Compassionate Kitchen The Compassionate Kitchen lemon ginger slice and pecan slice The Compassionate Kitchen raspberry coconut slice and choc coconut slice

I was glad to hear A Vegan Smiles would be at WEEAC, because I’ve been waiting to try the products for ages. I loved all the samples on offer and made up my mind to buy a few things towards the end (it was a warm day, even though I packed a container with an ice brick, I didn’t want to carry too much stuff around as my bag was already heavy):

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I bought these biscuits for my mum’s dog, who will be our honoured guest for a few days:

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Continuing with the theme of deliciousness, we have OMV Bakery. Some of my friends rave about the birthday cakes they’ve ordered from OMV and I’ve been very keen to try their products too:

OMV Bakery Melbourne

OMV Bakery Melbourne

OMV Bakery stall

I’ve been admiring Hello Vegan’s beautiful jewelry for a while now. Check out the online store and you’ll see why! Being a cat lover, the sweet cat earrings are on my list and I love the bird and bunny wood necklaces:

Hello Vegan accessories

Hello Vegan accessories

Hello Vegan accessories

And soon after this, something awful happened. What I thought was a spare $50 note in my purse turned out to be a $#@! piece of paper. It was bad you guys, real bad. I’m still smarting. This meant I had no money to go buy any of the baker treats, or A Vegan Smiles, or a necklace. All I could do was just hang around feeling sad and pathetic.  Oh well, guess it just means I spend more at the November events. Take THAT, universe!

 

I had planned on getting dosa from Dosa Joy but that Gopal’s meal filled me up for hours. The dosa looked delicious, I was really tempted to ask people if I could photograph their plates but that might have been on the slightly creepy side. Or maybe not. What say you? I mean, awesome VEGAN FOOD, right?

Dosa Joy stall

I went to the cooking demo given by Missy from Magic Milk Bar. Check out the Magic Milk Bar Blog for beautiful recipes. Missy treated us to some vegan nutella which I didn’t get a photo of unfortunately, but check out this vegan cheese, every bit as delicious as it looks (I hope my photo does it justice!):

Magic Milk Bar raw cheese spread

Missy made a green curry which I loved, but I was so full from Gopal’s that I just had a sample. But you know how you get home and you’re all damn, wish I had some more? That’s how I’m feeling now:

Magic Milk Bar vegan green curry

Dessert was a raw cheesecake scented with rosewater:

Magic Milk Bar cooking demo

Look how stunningly beautiful this is! I loved it, and I usually hate rosewater. Looking at the photos, I’m doing another “damn, why didn’t I go for the second serving?”

Magic Milk Bar raw vegan rosewater scented cheesecake

Keep an eye on Magic Milk Bar’s blog as Missy will be posting up the recipes. I will definitely make this myself.

Now because this is Melbourne, we started off with a very warm day which soon changed in to much cooler weather, too cool for me to hang around much longer. After the blow of I-can’t-believe-it’s-not-fifty-smegging-dollars, I decided to check out the music and stall holders then head home. I didn’t get photos of all the stalls as there were people in the way (or I didn’t want to get them in a closeup without permission!) so my apologies to those I have left out. Halfpint Vegan Dairy were there but I couldn’t snap a pic (and of course, had no money to go get stuff)!

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And here’s what I bought today. I gave up trying to get a better photo of my Sea Shepherd t-shirt, BECAUSE CAT:

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I bought the rainbow chocolates from The Compassionate Kitchen for Arthur and DeeW (her favourites now) but I kinda got to one first:

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This WEEAC was great. Seeing new stallholders and new products is fab and I’ve mentioned before on the blog that in the time I’ve been vegan (since April 2012) there seem to be new businesses and great products popping up all the time.

It’s not all about the food and products though. I especially like the stalls with information where raising awareness of a particular issue is concerned and I picked up many flyers for the family to read and pass on. I had a good chat with The Orangutan Project and I’m looking forward to sharing all the info with my family.

I learn a lot from the stalls like this. Doesn’t matter that I’m already vegan, it’s not like one becomes vegan and suddenly all the awareness-information is beamed directly in to the brain. The more I learn about certain things, the more I realise just how much I don’t know and how important it is to keep learning and passing on the information.

Thanks to all the organisers, crew, stall holders, anyone that was involved with putting on Melbourne WEEAC 2014!

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17 thoughts on “World Event To End Animal Cruelty, Melbourne 2014

  1. You didn’t miss much, the masala dosa was quite average. They had five levels of spicyness and I asked mine to be extra, extra, extra spicy, level 6 hot, but it was so bland. It frustrates me that people don’t get what spicy food means. The coconut chutney that went with it was quite good though. Also, we’ve been vegan for the same amount of time, 30/04/2012 to be exact.

    • I would have gone for level 1 😛 It looked really good though, I was eyeing off all the plates around me. I think I went vegan in the firs, possibly second week of April. I remember going to an event in mid April and I had been vegan about a week 🙂

  2. Haha, you probably would have gotten the same as me then. I swear their level five would have been the same as their level one. It wasn’t just the spice level though that I was criticising. The sambar and ‘spicy’ chutney weren’t that good. Maybe if I had it just with the coconut chutney it would have been better, but the dosa itself was only alright. I should have gone with Gopals. Nothing beats Dosa Hut in Footscray though. <3
    Damn, you're three weeks older than me. 😛

  3. Your photos absolutely do the event justice! I don’t have any type of vegan or even vegetarian events to attend within a five hour drive- with the exception of meditation potlucks… um, no thanks, or Seventh Day Adventist potlucks… nooooo thanks. I can live vicariously through your experience of these awesome events. Bummer about the 50, here a lot of vendors have wireless debit machines but I guess Australia still has pretty restrictive bandwidth?

    • Thanks for the photos comment! You should have seen the dozens that turned out blurry and crap, ha! What a bummer you don’t have events near you, hopefully all that will change. I think the event yesterday was cash only, World Vegan Day has point-of-sale machines (I think) so I’ll be able to spend up 😛

  4. I am soooooooooo hungry now.

    Thanks a lot. I feel like that monkey in the last photo *slumps with despair at not having any fatty treats handy*

    • Ha! That would have been my posture on the bus, if my jeans weren’t so tight and forcing me to sit up all prim and proper…

  5. Melbourne has so much awesomeness. Brisbane makes me a sad panda, and I am pretty sure that making pandas sad is not vegan at all! However, guess who will be a happy panda a WVD in Melbourne this year? This panda! Hope we can say hi. 🙂

    • oooh fantastic you’re making it down!!! Some other bloggers are going, we should meet at an ice cream stall or something 😛

  6. I feel like I don’t keep up with many of these events and when I do (world vegan day) I have other stuff on. So I am jealous you went along – love CERES – I always feel like we are so lucky to have it nearby. And the stalls all sound fantastic. Shame about the $50 – that is exactly the sort of thing that often happens to me – but karma now owes you a piece of paper that you think is some crappy note that is actually $50. And I am sure it just made you happy to know there are such great products about – and the cooking demo looked fantastic.

    And re your comment about finding the information stalls great and still learning a lot about vegan issues, I think my experience as a vegetarian is that once I became vegetarian it was easier to hear about issues when I felt on the right side of fence. Perhaps this is one reason why you continue to learn so much after going vegan.

    • that’s exactly right, it’s easier for me to learn about all the awful stuff more now as previously I was kinda lalalacan’thearyou fingers in the ears kind of thing. Yep CERES is pretty cool and I’m so glad it’s a short bus+tram trip for me. WVD is on Nov 9th, Cruelty Free West Expo is on the 23rd in Caroline Springs and also on the 23rd is a big day down at Sea Shepherd in Williamstown. And some more events in December too I think 🙂

    • Sorry you missed it! Coming up we have WVD of course, the on Nov 23rd there’s the Cruelty Free West Expo, on the same day as a big Sea Shepherd event in Williamstown. Also on this sunday (Nov 2nd) is an art/music/wine/cheese tasting event in Collingwood. And there’s the Oscar’s Law Christmas Dinner in December 🙂

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