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!!!

cute pups

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!):

sad clown

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!

28 thoughts on “Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale, Melbourne 2015

    • No idea of the next official date but if you’re in Melbourne there’s a vegan bake sale at Melbourne Uni on May 7th 🙂

  1. Everything looks so good and your photos are great, I love your blog because I get to relive Melbourne a little. It does seem to be tje vegan capital! Those donuts with the jam, oh my!!!!!

    • thanks! so many more vegan events that there’s bound to be something soon 😀 Not much longer til World Vegan Day 😉

  2. So much good food but I don’t really feel like returning to one of these because the queues were so insane that I just couldn’t be bothered to wait that long – nice to see you there – and great photos! If someone from a bakery won the cake comp it shows that it is tough competition – and needs more than a quick baking session in the morning before heading out (as I found, ahem!) – but it is lovely to see such amazing cakes.

    • I still think I should have spent the queue time doing squats! Next time 😛 I feel fired up to enter a few things in the next bake off but how to blow away the judges on all the checkboxes will be the challenge, so far I’m very confident with creativity shown in naming the entry 😀

    • it was great, I was chatting to some people about their creations and they were saying how they had to go about it then what happens when you start off with something so good looking then when it’s cut up for the comp the judges may not have seen the original version!

  3. The queues were crazy, I also waited about one and a half hours and wanted to give up many times but i knew I would regret it later. It was hard deciding what to buy and by the time I got there lots had sold out. I think I saw the last piece of your cake, I regret not buying it because I heard it was delicious!

    • the people in front of me gave up and joined the Tofurky queue! I liked how people stayed tough in the queue when it briefly rained 😛

    • ha yep Melbourne is is the vegan bomb! I swear I’m having sleepless nights already trying to figure out how to blow away the competition next year 😉

  4. Wow, your photos looks so lovely and bright – you can barely tell what a grey old day it was. All those cakes, I have such regret I didn’t take a massive lunchbox. I took a piece of your mousse cake, it was hard to pick up but definitely worth it 🙂 I had an assortment of little things but I have to say, mine and Bear’s favourite was the fancy little individual gold orange cakes. THE ORANGE CUSTARD INSIDE!!! Ahhh. Everything was so so tasty.

    • ohhhh you just made me realise I gave zero thought to how people would pick up my cake! I think I just assumed they’d have spoons n shit. I did have an old pair of tongs for my other filo dessert but my mousse cake needs a cake server or spatula! I didn’t get to try much, I think also by the time I got to the tables I was so over sugar from all my experiments that I chose a few little things for the kids. I got an awesome little bit of peanut butter fudge for myself though, I think it was a prize winner too!

  5. I only just came across this now!
    We had this years bakesale sunday just gone. The queue were kept to a minimum with a shiny new ticket system and had lots of games and picnic spots set up, more food stalls and iron chef! Lots of fun things to do and see and from feedback received, it seems no one waited more than 15 min for cake!
    I hope you made it along this year and if so i cant wait to see your review and beautiful pics.

    • waaah no sorry I didn’t go this year! I made it to the VMAD sausage sizzle at Brunswick Bunnings but not to CERES. Still a bit bummed to have missed out, the ticket system sounds really good (I spent an hour and a half in the queue last year). Sounds like it was a really nice day 😀

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