* You are welcome to use my photos but if you do, I’d appreciate it if you could link back to my blog. Thanks!Â This is also one very photo-heavy post!
World Vegan Day Melbourne!Â I’m trying to think up a sensible paragraph here but really, all I can think of is EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!
So wow, what a day! I got there an hour before opening time to get some photos of the stalls without crowds (thanks to the WVD staff who allowed me to go in early). There was quite a buzz with people bustling around and setting up. So many new stall holders to check out and familiar faces to return to. This year’s Melbourne WVD took up two pavillions, with food in one and non-food products/services in the other.
Because I have so, so many photos here I’ll keep the text to a minimum. None of the photos are in any way meant to be an official (or even professional, ha ha…) account. I hope I have the names of businesses correct, please leave me a comment if there’s something that needs correcting or mentioning.
The Lord of the Fries WVD Chicago dog:
The Vegami Smoky Spiced Pepperoni is the best vegan pepperoni I have ever tasted:
MORE FOOD STALLS!!!!!
TALKS AND DEMOS!!!!!
Leigh Drew made some recipes from Greenilicious (a great cookbook, same with Veganissimo!):
Phil Wollen gave aÂ brilliantÂ speech. At times it was very difficult to watch and hear, but it made me realise more than ever the importance of being vegan, for animals, humanity and the planet:
COOL VEGAN BAGS I SPOTTED
A bag by RARE Bags:
MY WVD SHOPPING TRIP!
A new necklace from Hello Vegan:
Tea tree soap from The Australian Natural Soap Company:
Kinda Cheese Nut parmesan from A Vegan Smiles (tastes so good I have to stop myself from eating it with the spoon already):
A mixed four-pack of Bruce Cost Ginger Ale:
A badge from We Love Life:
A glass smoothie jar with straw from The Raw Food Store:
The Vegami Spicy Smoked Pepperoni, I could have eaten the whole sample dish:
I tried all the samples (twice *cough*) of the macaroons by Life To You and had a hard time choosing which one to buy. I settled for the blueberry:
A pecan slice and rainbow chocolates from The Compassionate Kitchen. I think the pecan may have taken first place on my favourites list now, with the lemon ginger slice a very close second (photo taken by Arthur):
A slice of this lovely rainbow cake with rose frosting by Oh My Vegan (OMV) Bakery to share with the kids (the roses got a bit squished in my container):
For DeeW’s birthday I bought her this sweet coin purse fromÂ Animal Kind:
Not pictured are my tote bag from The Vegan Box, a bottle of Citrus Soya Japanese Sauce by SAORI (all the sauces are fantastic) and the salt and vinegar sea crisps from Sea Shanti (another fantastic product).
There were many more stall holders and food vendors and I apologise for not including them too, but it was difficult to photograph everything properly once the crowds came in. Thanks to everyone for letting me take photos! There are no photos of my lunch because I pretty much filled up on samples, though I did get the three steamed dumplings for $2 from the Loving Hut outlet. For dessert I got the apple raspberry ice cream from Fritz Gelato. Then ten minutes after I left WVD my stomach started growling and I was craving dosa.
Thanks also to the organisers, volunteers, stall holders, presenters, venue staff, the helpful security guy at the front gate, anyone involved with bringing another great World Vegan Day to Melbourne!
The big pie at the Melbourne Showgrounds. A vegan pie thanks!
Did you attend World Vegan Day today? What did you get? What did you eat?!