Today my sister and I headed off to World Vegan Day here in Melbourne. Â The start time was advertised at 10am so we figured we’d “get there early before the crowds”. Â About fifty million other people had the same brilliant idea.
It was difficult to take photos inside as there were people everywhere and I was conscious of stopping the flow of traffic in the aisles, which unfortunately (in my opinion) were a bit too squishy. Â It was a good decision to leave the kids at home and I felt for the people with prams! Personally, I preferred last year’s set up outdoors (though some people prefer the indoor arrangement). Â I don’t like crowds much and I had a shopping basket with me today and at times it was really difficult to move around. So I apologise for the lack of photos:
First off: lunch! Â I feel a bit silly not knowing the name of this business, but my sister and I had some dumplings and shared a Vietnamese pancake. Â Both meals were delicious:
We polished it off with a Bounty (coconut flavour) gelato in a waffle cone from Fritz Gelato:
Here are some of the exhibitors. Â One of my go-to stores, Global Â Green Vegetarian Food Mart in Braybrook:
Gorgeous soaps from High Tea in the Bath:
I bought a stainless steel straw, though I was eyeing off the glass straw:
The fabulous Al Nada sweets were on offer:
I came home with a stainless steel straw for my juices and smoothies, a Mac and Cheese from Bed and Broccoli and some Fresh Ginger ginger ale. Â I tried all the ginger ale samples and decided the Jasmine Tea was my favourite, though all were delicious:
Ideally I would have liked to do a few more laps of all the stalls as I felt I had rushed through due to the crowds but I started feeling a bit too ‘over it’ (ditto for my sister) and so we decided to go home. Â I do appreciate the work involved in organising an event like this, but for me last year’s outdoor setup was lovely as lots of people were lounging around on picnic blanket. Â There was more room for the queues too.
Now on to the info about Loving Hut Northcote that is opening soon. Â An exhibitor told me that the Northcote restaurant will feature more European style dishes like pasta. Â I’m pretty sure she said French and Italian influenced. Â I’m curious to see what they’ll be serving though we still don’t know when they’ll be open for business.
Did you go to a World Vegan Day?