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Melbourne Vegan Eats Brew And Food Fest

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This time of year is ace if you’re vegan/plant based in Melbourne (even if you’re not, of course!) because of all the awesome events going on that include vegan food. I’m sitting out quite a few this year but when I heard that Melbourne Vegan Eats were holding their first Brew & Food Fest in Brunswick, there was no way I was going to miss it, not when it’s just down the road (by public transport)!

The line up included (copied from the official event page)

Tramway Hotel
Baking Bad
Young Henrys
Six Parallels South
Ray
St.Gerry’s
Hop Nation
Hawthorn Brewing Company
Cavalier Brewing
Stone & Wood Brewing
Brown Brothers Winery
Remedy Kombucha
Wide Open Road
The Cornish Arms
Tahina
Halfpint Vegan Dairy
Lord of the Fries
KAIJU Beer
Golden Axe Cider

We got there just before the opening time of 11am and started off at the Half Pint Vegan Dairy stall. My son and I decided on a sausage roll and the cheesy mac, swapping halfway through. A few people were already sitting down along a fence with their Half Pint purchases:

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I’ve been wanting to check out Baking Bad for a while now and finally got to try a little of a chocolate cupcake with a vegan honeycomb topping. Only a little, because my son was making those sounds like when you give a dog their food and they can get growly at you if you’re too close:Baking Bad stall

I was really pleased to hear that St. Gerry’s make vegan Greek donuts (loukoumathes). Loukoumathes are traditionally made with a honey coating once the donuts are removed from the cooking oil. St. Gerry’s provided three vegan alternatives: cinnamon sugar, rasbperry jam and maple with walnuts:stgerrysstall

We didn’t have a lot of time so it was pretty much eat and run unfortunately. There were so many tempting options at the food stalls (I don’t drink much but water so I can’t comment on the stalls selling drinks) and by the time we left, which wasn’t long after the event started, more people were arriving.

Even though our visit was really short (and so is this blog post as a result) because we had plans, we enjoyed our food and the selection of stalls. We considered going back later in the day and looking now at photos of what other people had, I’m kinda regretting that we didn’t return! If there’s another event, and I sure hope there is, we’ll be back 🙂

You can find Melbourne Vegan Eats on Facebook and on Instagram.

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World Vegan Day Melbourne 2015

Serious face bit: You are welcome to use my photos but please provide credit and link back to my blog. Thank you! Aaaand snap back to happy face with jazz hands because this is a happy post!

World Vegan Day Melbourne! The number one event on many a vegan’s calendar here. We had the added fortune of the nearby train line being opened for the event which was pretty big– a good sign of the times changing I say!

There were new food stalls, some launching on the day and old favourites too. This year’s WVD also had a dedicated Fitness Zone and fashion show which were pretty exciting– I love seeing how WVD grows every year! There was an art exhibition, kids space and rides, food demonstrations, presentations, music and entertainment, speed dating, not-for-profit stalls and of course products/services stalls.

Because this is really photo heavy, I won’t include a lot of text. I’ll let the pictures do the talking wherever possible!

It was impossible to photograph everything and I do apologise to those I’ve left out. There were also photos that didn’t turn out well (or I couldn’t crop out unfortunate facial expressions– as someone who is always snapped in the background of photos with a severe constipated look and often accompanying body position, I will look out for you) It was pretty tricky running from one spot to another to take pics, especially when there were stalls, people and scheduled events I wanted to check out.

Please leave a comment below (I don’t have to publish it if you prefer, just mention it in the comment) or contact me on faye[at]veganopoulous[dot][com] if there is anything you would like to bring to my attention about the photos!

I had a fabulous time and really enjoyed the sense of community. Thank you to the WVD crew for allowing me to go in early and for all your work setting up the event! And a big thank you to everyone involved with stalls, demos, presentations, volunteering, everything!

I hope you enjoy this look at World Vegan Day in Melbourne, 2015. Please feel free to share this blog post on social media– Melbourne’s World Vegan Day is a winner and I’d love the world to see how we do it here 😀

xxxx

Faye

FOOD GLORIOUS AMAZING WONDERFUL FOOD (WHERE WE LOOK AT PHOTOS AND IMMEDIATELY REGRET NOT EATING MORE)

Looking at these, yes, I regret not eating more. Below we have pies from Half Pint Vegan Dairy; pre-toasted toasties from Toastie Temple, featuring cheese from Damona Divine Cow Non-Dairy Cheese and handmade artisan bread from Little Earth Bakery; the most delicious samosas from Krishna On Barkly Indian Restaurant (located in Footscray); hot dogs and fries from Lord of the Fries:

World Vegan Day Melbourne 2015

Woking Amazing (top three photos, below) had their launch at WVD. I’ve been waiting to try a vegan dim sim for 3.5 years now (i.e. the time I’ve been vegan). I finally got my wish and am happy to advise that you go stuff your face with these. They were excellent. Also shown are the beautifully colourful Vegilicious grilled meals (this grill smelled sooo good); self-serve chili sauce on top of your meal from Fina’s 2 Vegan Restaurant in Fitzroy; mixed plate by Dosa Joy; serving up wraps and fries at Soy Division:

World Vegan Day Melbourne 2015

Mantra Lounge serving up delicious food; Rice and Dice‘s vegan meals (dumplings in the back); awesome potato masala dosa by Dosa Joy; lovely fresh BLT rolls from Half Pint Vegan Dairy; another awesome plate from Lavana Wholefoods:

World Vegan Day Melbourne 2015

We have so much creative talent here in Melbourne when it comes to vegan food and baking is certainly no exception! Von’s Vegan Bake House had so many wonderful treats today like a baklava cake (top left and bottom right, below); black sesame matcha layer cake with white chocolate frosting (top right); coconut sponge with caramel frosting:

World Vegan Day Melbourne 2015

The Compassionate Kitchen‘s cakes and slices are a favourite with my family. Today I finally got to try their raw ferrero cake, shown below with their iced tea (which came in super handy because it got pretty stuffy in the pavillion at some points). Delicious as always! Their banana bread is ace too:

World Vegan Day Melbourne 2015

Check out the hours of work that have gone in to these creations by Oh My Vegan Bakery. Just beautifully done:

World Vegan Day Melbourne 2015

Monika from Vegan Cakes By Monika had what I think would have been the most awesome WVD job: making cakes for the kids zone! Here’s one of her sweet creations. Photo credit to Chris Thomas:Vegan Cakes By Monika with photo credit to Chris Thomas

The Decadent Desserts Company make my favourite fudge (as in, I buy some for others but ending up eating it on the tram ride home). You can also find them at market stalls such as the Queen Vic; Half Pint Vegan Dairy launched some new fab flavours at WVD and I’m looking forward to trying them:

World Vegan Day Melbourne 2015

Ice cream and more good food! More evidence we are pretty spoiled here in Melbourne. Below we have Zebra Dream Ice Cream (I still can’t work out which is my favourite flavour); apple cider and iced teas from Those Girls; fresh flavoured popcorn from Organic Popcorn; your icecream reward from ever-popular Fritz Gelato after queuing a while:

World Vegan Day Melbourne 2015

Pana Chocolate‘s beautiful cakes and taste testing; chocolate apples from Merry Cupcakes; chocolate and Buckinis from Loving Earth:

World Vegan Day Melbourne 2015

Cupcakes and yoyos from V Series in Kew:

World Vegan Day Melbourne 2015

Bake Mixes are all organic, vegan and you simply add your own liquid ingredients; Raw 4 The People raw snacks and bread alternatives; most excellent cheeses from AVS Organic Foods; kale chips, cookies, granola and other treats from Highwood Health Retreat; loads of treats sold by Vegan Perfection; dried fruits and nuts from Happy Fruit (you can also find Happy Fruit at farmers markets); flavoured plant milk sampling from Rebel Kitchen Australia; Bruce Cost Ginger Ale; Kombucha!; Pura Veda samples from Conscious Foods:

World Vegan Day Melbourne 2015

Elizabeth and Issy from Nestar and Miss Sweetie with their hand panned chocolates; the action at Coconut Hub; organic cold pressed juices from Babou Juice; Chooh La La back for another WVD; Red Balloon Candy Artisans and their hand crafted sweets:

World Vegan Day Melbourne 2015

VEGAN FASHION AND BEAUTY

This year’s WVD Melbourne included a fashion show, including fitness wear by Vegan Fitness Model Crissi Carvalho:

World Vegan Day Melbourne 2015 Vegan Fitness Model

I don’t know the names of the designers featured below sorry, but there were so many beautiful clothes, hats and shoes:

World Vegan Day Melbourne 2015

World Vegan Day Melbourne 2015

Adorn Cosmetics and their lovely staff had a stall today and seemed quite busy (I love their concealer); soaps from The Australian Natural Soap Company; Ere Perez also make beautiful cruelty free natural cosmetics; Vegan Tree Owl create skincare and beauty products like lip balms, soaps and perfume; Melbourne made Bella Belle Nail Couture polishes:

World Vegan Day Melbourne 2015

More creative talent on display with gorgeous hand made jewellery and accessories! Shown below are Project Triceratops; reincarting rubbish with WozWaste; earrings and sweet animal figures sold by Futuro Vega*Pop; jewellery, wallets, bags and more at Jubly-Umph:

World Vegan Day Melbourne 2015

Backpacks from BeeKeeper Parade; the Vegan Style stall included many gorgeous bags and shoes; Matt & Nat bags at the Orange Oranges stall; beautiful prints of animals on purses and wallets at the Animal Kind stall; droolworthy Scarlett Vegan Bags; stunning cork bags and necklaces at the Alteration Atelier stall (sorry, I have no additional info on them):

World Vegan Day Melbourne 2015

Vegan footballs and more from Vegan Wares; The Vegan Box‘s new tasty donut shopping bag; hand painted brooches for Vegetarian Victoria by Heidi & Gretel; Edgar’s Mission magnets; more Vegan Style shoes:

World Vegan Day Melbourne 2015

THE FITNESS ZONE

Vegan body building legends! Billy Simmonds of Prana ON gave a great presentation on veganism in the mainstream. He was also loudly cheered on by a large crowd during his fitness challenge! Robert Cheeke was part of the Vegan Transformations Panel and could also be found at his stall with vegan apparel and his fantastic book Shred It!

World Vegan Day Melbourne 2015 Robert Cheeke and Billy Simmonds

The Vegan Transformations Panel: Crissi Carvalho from Vegan Fitness Model; Simone Collins from the Evolved Generation team and Amanda Riddles of A Very Small Vegan Kitchen; body weight calisthenics by Luke Tan and DC Cordtz; the crowd in the fitness zone and the plank challenge contestants:

World Vegan Day Melbourne 2015

FOOD DEMOS

I didn’t get to see many of the food demos unfortunately! Shown below are Luke Tan and Emilie Tan, with Lucy Stegley from Evolved Generation and Raw Events Australia; Yoko from Shoku Iku in Northcote; Dinesh from Mantra Lounge with Zac Bird. Zac launched his new Nicecreamery at WVD:

World Vegan Day Melbourne 2015

MUSIC

There was a full schedule for the music entertainment and I made sure to go and watch Abolicion:

World Vegan Day Melbourne 2015 Abolicion

World Vegan Day Melbourne 2015 Abolicion

Krishool smiled a lot through his set!

World Vegan Day Melbourne 2015 Krishool

I only caught the last bit of JAIID‘s set– there was so much going on at WVD!

JAIID World Vegan Day 2015

I’ll finish up with a bunch of images with scenes of World Vegan Day.

World Vegan Day Melbourne 2015

World Vegan Day Melbourne 2015

World Vegan Day Melbourne 2015

World Vegan Day Melbourne 2015

World Vegan Day Melbourne 2015

COOL BAGS AND STUFF

World Vegan Day Melbourne 2015

And I’ll finish with awarding The Inaugural Veganopoulous Best Item Of Clothing Award to the person shown below in the mega brilliant watermelon top. There’s no prize, and I didn’t actually plan on such a contest until I saw this top but it’s so cool that first place was awarded instantly and no correspondence was entered in to, my relatives were not eligible to enter, etc etc:

World Vegan Day Melbourne 2015

I hope you enjoyed this look back at Melbourne’s World Vegan Day for 2015. If you’re not from Melbourne, come and visit during this time of year 😀

Happy World Vegan day, world!

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Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale, Melbourne 2015

Melbourne 2015 Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale

Melbourne’s events for the Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale were held today and I headed off to CERES in Brunswick with my cutlery and big container. The CERES bake sale was hosted by Animal Liberation Victoria . There were vegan stalls at True Earth Market as well as talks and cooking demos, entertainment and some food and bevvies. The other bake sale was hosted by Sea Shepherd at Williamstown.

As this is pretty photo heavy I’ll keep the text to a minimum! As soon as I (and my empty stomach) arrived with my sister and her partner, we queued up for a Tofurky sausage sizzle. This was before the queues went crazy long. Love these Italian sausages!

Melbourne 2015 Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale

I had a couple of entries in the bake off. When I went to register and saw the competition I knew it was all over for me in the presentation stakes! I made my Mousse Your Own Adventure Cake, again using aquafaba for the mousse and while this is a cake that tastes pretty awesome it looks a little crappy when you cut a piece. So to distract judges from the fugly factor, I made some chocolate vegan logos and stuck them in the top. I cleverly used the word aquafaba in the title in the hopes of bamboozling them with the latest trend in vegan baking. I also made a baked sweet called saraili (my mum’s family recipe), and I’ll be posting that recipe soon. I had to put the no-honey label on the saraili as it’s quite honey like and I didn’t want to alarm anyone. Because I know if it were me I’d be all suss that it’s honey (yes, I’ve spelled saraili differently here and on my entry, I did the double i on my entry because you emphasise that vowel):

Melbourne 2015 Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale

The thought people put in to their entries and donations was amazing. Businesses and individuals donated their treats for the bake sale. By the time I got to the bake sale tables (I queued for an hour and a half!) some savouries I’d wanted to buy were sold out. I was happy to see my cakes were down to one piece each. As delicious as saraili is, it’s not really attractive compared to the beautiful items surrounding it! I was wondering if I would end up buying my own cakes in a fit of desperation then tell people how awesome this person’s cakes were.

Okay, so here are some of the creations! Please let me know if one of these is yours and you want to be credited. Leave me a comment and let me know which is yours and how you’d like me to label it. I’m happy to link to you too and keep your comment unpublished if you prefer  🙂

Melbourne 2015 Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale

Melbourne 2015 Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale

Melbourne 2015 Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale

Melbourne 2015 Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale

Melbourne 2015 Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale

Melbourne 2015 Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale

Felicity from OMV Bakery won Cake of the Day for this beauty below. My son’s friend has had his birthday cakes made by Felicity and they’re great:

Melbourne 2015 Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale

Melbourne 2015 Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale

Melbourne 2015 Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale

Melbourne 2015 Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale

The strawberry topped lattice cake below was made by The Caring Cook:

Melbourne 2015 Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale

Melbourne 2015 Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale

Melbourne 2015 Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale

Melbourne 2015 Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale

HOW FANTASTIC IS ALL THAT?  This is the judging area:

Melbourne 2015 Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale

Melbourne 2015 Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale

Melbourne 2015 Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale

Melbourne 2015 Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale

Melbourne 2015 Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale

The prizes were great and although I missed out, I got to see how much I need to raise the bar for next year!

Because I was registering my entries and then queuing up, I missed some of the demos and presentations. Here’s what I got to see. Sausage cooking demos from Naty of Las Vegan Cafe and Big Sky Sanctuary:

Big Sky Sanctuary sausage cooking demo

Big Sky Sanctuary sausage cooking demo

Grace of Wild Yam Health Food Cafe and Evelyn from @nourishnotpunish made some fructose friendly bliss balls. I’m glad there was an overhead mirror for the demo! Evelyn is releasing an ebook featuring recipes that are vegan, gluten free, fructose friendly and refined sugars free:

Grace and Evelyn vegan food demo

I didn’t get to explore the market as much as I would have liked, but I made sure to try the new vegan cheese range by Damona Divine Cow. Loved the brie!

Damona vegan cheese

Von from Von’s Vegan Bake House had such a beautiful stall. It was really hard deciding what to buy but I went for the lavender ombre and lemon frosting cake which was awesome:

Von's Vegan Bakehouse

Von's Vegan Bakehouse

Smooth As Fruit have 100% fruit sorbets. I got the pineapple and really liked it as it wasn’t too sweet. There are other fresh fruit flavours too:

Smooth As Fruit

Blossom’s Organics were at the market. I really like Blossom’s products and my sister stocked up as her stash from World Vegan Day has finished:

Blossom's Organics

I finally got to try Oh My Chai and went back for a second cup. It was chilly today so this was perfectly suited!

Oh My Chai

New friends! Those faces!!!

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I never photograph people for my blog without their permission but today I had an enthusiastic volunteer 😛  And please check out Vegan Easy! They do great work helping people move to a vegan lifestyle (remember folks, it’s not just a diet!):

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I’ve been vegan for just over three years (hi Tahz! I see you! Will always be grateful to you for this!) and I swear there has been such a big change in that time. More products, more businesses, more people creating, more awareness, more people going plant based or changing their diets. I was listening to the radio recently and there was an ad for multivitamins or something and it said vegan friendly. I have never heard the word vegan used in ads on mainstream tv or radio (sure, I don’t watch tv).

I hope you enjoyed this recap of today’s event here in Brunswick, Melbourne. Melbourne is brilliant for vegans, so come and visit!

Mega thanks to the organisers, volunteers, stall holders, bakers, businesses that donated goods, entertainment, presenters, weather for mostly being okay and everyone else involved!

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Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale Events: Coming Very Soon

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Happy days are here again with the Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale! From April 25th to May 3rd, vegan bake sales will be happening worldwide. Anyone is welcome to attend and enter the baking categories (it goes without saying that entries must be vegan!). Named Veg Event of the Year by VegNews Magazine, the Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale has raised over $300,000 in its first six years.

See if there’s a vegan bake sale near you at http://www.veganbakesale.org/

Melbourne is lucky to have two vegan bake sales running. Animal Liberation Victoria (ALV) together with True Earth Market will be hosting a bake sale at CERES Environment Park in Brunswick on April 26th from 11:00 to 5:00pm. The categories you can enter are Cakes and Cupcakes; Other baked goods (sweet pies, slices, biscuits etc); Savoury; Raw; Gluten Free. If you don’t want to enter you can donate a plate of goodies to be sold to help fund raise for ALV. The event program for the day includes food demos, vegan BBQ, stalls and entertainment. Lots of awesome! The event program also gives you more info about entering the baking competition, so please have a read if you want to enter.

True Earth Market will feature vegan stalls on the day. True Earth Market promotes independent ethical small business and you can pick up some beautiful handmade jewellery, clothing, ceramics and giftware at the bake sale and at the market days.

Entry is gold coin donation and all proceeds will go to ALV to help support their vital rescue work and campaigns.

The second bake sale will be hosted by Sea Shepherd in Williamstown on April 26th at 12 noon. All proceeds go towards Sea Shepherd Australia. The Steve Irwin will be open for free tours, making this a great family event!

Sea Shepherd held a vegan bake sale last year, which you can read about here.

I’m planning on attending the CERES bake sale and possibly entering a category or two!

These are fantastic fund raising events, with the money raised being put towards such important, life saving work.

Are you planning on going to bake sale event near you? And will you be entering the competitions?!

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Mantra Lounge Vegan Cruise

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What a fab evening on board the Victoria Star, thanks to Mantra Lounge hosting their first vegan cruise! As someone who hates being on boats, gets motion sickness easily, can’t swim and once went to a fancy dress party dressed as Gilligan, I might have had enough reasons not to go. But… VEGAN CRUISE. So of course I was there, even if I had to rock up solo (minus Gilligan costume).

We were treated to some presentations by Mark and Jason (both vegan) from Vegetarian Victoria, and a talk on food and consciousness by someone whose name I didn’t catch unfortunately (I’ll edit this when I find out his name). Lots of laughs and interesting information!

And the food, of course, was awesome:

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Check it out! The menu was loaded lasagna, nachos, mesclun salad (or cous cous salad), salsa and a cashew(?) cream. I love big servings of lasagna! Mantra Lounge prepared a lot of food so people were able to go back for seconds, but I was full enough and wanted to leave room for dessert:

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MANGO. CHEESECAKE. Big serves!!! Bad photo:

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Some of the view:

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After dinner there was the raffle draw, some music, Q&A and then time to go home. I didn’t get any photos of the music performance as the light was really low and the pics didn’t turn out.

Mantra Lounge will hopefully make this a yearly event which would be awesome! You can check Mantra Lounge’s Facebook page for future updates. Or go in to Mantra Lounge for a meal, because the food is fantastic.

Thank you and well done to everyone involved in hosting this cruise!

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