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!
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):
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 I’m happy to link to you too and keep your comment unpublished if you prefer 🙂
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:
The strawberry topped lattice cake below was made by The Caring Cook:
HOW FANTASTIC IS ALL THAT? This is the judging area:
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:
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:
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!
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:
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:
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:
I finally got to try Oh My Chai and went back for a second cup. It was chilly today so this was perfectly suited!
New friends! Those faces!!!
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!):
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!