(this is a photo-heavy post!) I’m loving this time of year!Â 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 produceÂ gardens, event and conference facilities, meeting rooms, classes, a cafe, education programs and more:
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):
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:
I was glad to hear A Vegan Smiles would be at WEEAC, because I’veÂ 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):
I bought these biscuits for my mum’s dog, who will be our honoured guest for a few days:
Continuing with the theme of deliciousness, we have OMV Bakery. Some of my friends rave about the birthday cakes they’ve ordered from OMVÂ and I’ve been very keen to try their products too:
I’ve been admiring Hello Vegan’s beautiful jewelry for a whileÂ 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:
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. Â 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?
I went to theÂ 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!):
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?Â That’s how I’m feeling now:
Dessert was a raw cheesecake scented with rosewater:
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?”
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)!
And here’s what I bought today. I gave up trying to get a better photo of my Sea Shepherd t-shirt, BECAUSE CAT:
I bought the rainbow chocolates from The Compassionate Kitchen for Arthur and DeeW (her favourites now) but I kinda got to one first:
This WEEAC was great. Seeing new stallholders and new products is fabÂ 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 moreÂ 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!