World Vegan Day Melbourne 2015

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World Vegan Day Melbourne! The number one event on many a vegan’s calendar here. We had the added fortune of the nearby train line being opened for the event which was pretty big– a good sign of the times changing I say!

There were new food stalls, some launching on the day and old favourites too. This year’s WVD also had a dedicated Fitness Zone and fashion show which were pretty exciting– I love seeing how WVD grows every year! There was an art exhibition, kids space and rides, food demonstrations, presentations, music and entertainment, speed dating, not-for-profit stalls and of course products/services stalls.

Because this is really photo heavy, I won’t include a lot of text. I’ll let the pictures do the talking wherever possible!

It was impossible to photograph everything and I do apologise to those I’ve left out. There were also photos that didn’t turn out well (or I couldn’t crop out unfortunate facial expressions– as someone who is always snapped in the background of photos with a severe constipated look and often accompanying body position, I will look out for you) It was pretty tricky running from one spot to another to take pics, especially when there were stalls, people and scheduled events I wanted to check out.

Please leave a comment below (I don’t have to publish it if you prefer, just mention it in the comment) or contact me on faye[at]veganopoulous[dot][com] if there is anything you would like to bring to my attention about the photos!

I had a fabulous time and really enjoyed the sense of community. Thank you to the WVD crew for allowing me to go in early and for all your work setting up the event! And a big thank you to everyone involved with stalls, demos, presentations, volunteering, everything!

I hope you enjoy this look at World Vegan Day in Melbourne, 2015. Please feel free to share this blog post on social media– Melbourne’s World Vegan Day is a winner and I’d love the world to see how we do it here 😀

xxxx

Faye

FOOD GLORIOUS AMAZING WONDERFUL FOOD (WHERE WE LOOK AT PHOTOS AND IMMEDIATELY REGRET NOT EATING MORE)

Looking at these, yes, I regret not eating more. Below we have pies from Half Pint Vegan Dairy; pre-toasted toasties from Toastie Temple, featuring cheese from Damona Divine Cow Non-Dairy Cheese and handmade artisan bread from Little Earth Bakery; the most delicious samosas from Krishna On Barkly Indian Restaurant (located in Footscray); hot dogs and fries from Lord of the Fries:

World Vegan Day Melbourne 2015

Woking Amazing (top three photos, below) had their launch at WVD. I’ve been waiting to try a vegan dim sim for 3.5 years now (i.e. the time I’ve been vegan). I finally got my wish and am happy to advise that you go stuff your face with these. They were excellent. Also shown are the beautifully colourful Vegilicious grilled meals (this grill smelled sooo good); self-serve chili sauce on top of your meal from Fina’s 2 Vegan Restaurant in Fitzroy; mixed plate by Dosa Joy; serving up wraps and fries at Soy Division:

World Vegan Day Melbourne 2015

Mantra Lounge serving up delicious food; Rice and Dice‘s vegan meals (dumplings in the back); awesome potato masala dosa by Dosa Joy; lovely fresh BLT rolls from Half Pint Vegan Dairy; another awesome plate from Lavana Wholefoods:

World Vegan Day Melbourne 2015

We have so much creative talent here in Melbourne when it comes to vegan food and baking is certainly no exception! Von’s Vegan Bake House had so many wonderful treats today like a baklava cake (top left and bottom right, below); black sesame matcha layer cake with white chocolate frosting (top right); coconut sponge with caramel frosting:

World Vegan Day Melbourne 2015

The Compassionate Kitchen‘s cakes and slices are a favourite with my family. Today I finally got to try their raw ferrero cake, shown below with their iced tea (which came in super handy because it got pretty stuffy in the pavillion at some points). Delicious as always! Their banana bread is ace too:

World Vegan Day Melbourne 2015

Check out the hours of work that have gone in to these creations by Oh My Vegan Bakery. Just beautifully done:

World Vegan Day Melbourne 2015

Monika from Vegan Cakes By Monika had what I think would have been the most awesome WVD job: making cakes for the kids zone! Here’s one of her sweet creations. Photo credit to Chris Thomas:Vegan Cakes By Monika with photo credit to Chris Thomas

The Decadent Desserts Company make my favourite fudge (as in, I buy some for others but ending up eating it on the tram ride home). You can also find them at market stalls such as the Queen Vic; Half Pint Vegan Dairy launched some new fab flavours at WVD and I’m looking forward to trying them:

World Vegan Day Melbourne 2015

Ice cream and more good food! More evidence we are pretty spoiled here in Melbourne. Below we have Zebra Dream Ice Cream (I still can’t work out which is my favourite flavour); apple cider and iced teas from Those Girls; fresh flavoured popcorn from Organic Popcorn; your icecream reward from ever-popular Fritz Gelato after queuing a while:

World Vegan Day Melbourne 2015

Pana Chocolate‘s beautiful cakes and taste testing; chocolate apples from Merry Cupcakes; chocolate and Buckinis from Loving Earth:

World Vegan Day Melbourne 2015

Cupcakes and yoyos from V Series in Kew:

World Vegan Day Melbourne 2015

Bake Mixes are all organic, vegan and you simply add your own liquid ingredients; Raw 4 The People raw snacks and bread alternatives; most excellent cheeses from AVS Organic Foods; kale chips, cookies, granola and other treats from Highwood Health Retreat; loads of treats sold by Vegan Perfection; dried fruits and nuts from Happy Fruit (you can also find Happy Fruit at farmers markets); flavoured plant milk sampling from Rebel Kitchen Australia; Bruce Cost Ginger Ale; Kombucha!; Pura Veda samples from Conscious Foods:

World Vegan Day Melbourne 2015

Elizabeth and Issy from Nestar and Miss Sweetie with their hand panned chocolates; the action at Coconut Hub; organic cold pressed juices from Babou Juice; Chooh La La back for another WVD; Red Balloon Candy Artisans and their hand crafted sweets:

World Vegan Day Melbourne 2015

VEGAN FASHION AND BEAUTY

This year’s WVD Melbourne included a fashion show, including fitness wear by Vegan Fitness Model Crissi Carvalho:

World Vegan Day Melbourne 2015 Vegan Fitness Model

I don’t know the names of the designers featured below sorry, but there were so many beautiful clothes, hats and shoes:

World Vegan Day Melbourne 2015

World Vegan Day Melbourne 2015

Adorn Cosmetics and their lovely staff had a stall today and seemed quite busy (I love their concealer); soaps from The Australian Natural Soap Company; Ere Perez also make beautiful cruelty free natural cosmetics; Vegan Tree Owl create skincare and beauty products like lip balms, soaps and perfume; Melbourne made Bella Belle Nail Couture polishes:

World Vegan Day Melbourne 2015

More creative talent on display with gorgeous hand made jewellery and accessories! Shown below are Project Triceratops; reincarting rubbish with WozWaste; earrings and sweet animal figures sold by Futuro Vega*Pop; jewellery, wallets, bags and more at Jubly-Umph:

World Vegan Day Melbourne 2015

Backpacks from BeeKeeper Parade; the Vegan Style stall included many gorgeous bags and shoes; Matt & Nat bags at the Orange Oranges stall; beautiful prints of animals on purses and wallets at the Animal Kind stall; droolworthy Scarlett Vegan Bags; stunning cork bags and necklaces at the Alteration Atelier stall (sorry, I have no additional info on them):

World Vegan Day Melbourne 2015

Vegan footballs and more from Vegan Wares; The Vegan Box‘s new tasty donut shopping bag; hand painted brooches for Vegetarian Victoria by Heidi & Gretel; Edgar’s Mission magnets; more Vegan Style shoes:

World Vegan Day Melbourne 2015

THE FITNESS ZONE

Vegan body building legends! Billy Simmonds of Prana ON gave a great presentation on veganism in the mainstream. He was also loudly cheered on by a large crowd during his fitness challenge! Robert Cheeke was part of the Vegan Transformations Panel and could also be found at his stall with vegan apparel and his fantastic book Shred It!

World Vegan Day Melbourne 2015 Robert Cheeke and Billy Simmonds

The Vegan Transformations Panel: Crissi Carvalho from Vegan Fitness Model; Simone Collins from the Evolved Generation team and Amanda Riddles of A Very Small Vegan Kitchen; body weight calisthenics by Luke Tan and DC Cordtz; the crowd in the fitness zone and the plank challenge contestants:

World Vegan Day Melbourne 2015

FOOD DEMOS

I didn’t get to see many of the food demos unfortunately! Shown below are Luke Tan and Emilie Tan, with Lucy Stegley from Evolved Generation and Raw Events Australia; Yoko from Shoku Iku in Northcote; Dinesh from Mantra Lounge with Zac Bird. Zac launched his new Nicecreamery at WVD:

World Vegan Day Melbourne 2015

MUSIC

There was a full schedule for the music entertainment and I made sure to go and watch Abolicion:

World Vegan Day Melbourne 2015 Abolicion

World Vegan Day Melbourne 2015 Abolicion

Krishool smiled a lot through his set!

World Vegan Day Melbourne 2015 Krishool

I only caught the last bit of JAIID‘s set– there was so much going on at WVD!

JAIID World Vegan Day 2015

I’ll finish up with a bunch of images with scenes of World Vegan Day.

World Vegan Day Melbourne 2015

World Vegan Day Melbourne 2015

World Vegan Day Melbourne 2015

World Vegan Day Melbourne 2015

World Vegan Day Melbourne 2015

COOL BAGS AND STUFF

World Vegan Day Melbourne 2015

And I’ll finish with awarding The Inaugural Veganopoulous Best Item Of Clothing Award to the person shown below in the mega brilliant watermelon top. There’s no prize, and I didn’t actually plan on such a contest until I saw this top but it’s so cool that first place was awarded instantly and no correspondence was entered in to, my relatives were not eligible to enter, etc etc:

World Vegan Day Melbourne 2015

I hope you enjoyed this look back at Melbourne’s World Vegan Day for 2015. If you’re not from Melbourne, come and visit during this time of year 😀

Happy World Vegan day, world!

36 thoughts on “World Vegan Day Melbourne 2015

    • hi Russell, yep it was a great day 🙂 I don’t know of any central one-stop-shop source listing all the events going on, but there’s a sidebar on my blog with upcoming Melbourne events. I hope it displays properly on smaller devices! If you’re in Melbourne, there’s the World Event To End Animal Cruelty on Nov. 15th 🙂

    • I felt so silly taking photos of bags so I actually asked the chicken bag holder if I could take a photo! The dimmies were really, really tasty 😀

  1. This is absolutely wonderful, very well done Faye! I couldn’t attend this year and so I thoroughly enjoyed your report. I have been following your blog but never commented but I’ll use this opportunity to say how helpful your blogs have been and how much I enjoy reading. Your photos are great and I always get a smile from your down to earth style of writing. Thank you for all your work! Em

  2. I must book this time off next year for an Aussie holiday! Wow! What an amazing event and what a lot of work you put into covering it! <3 Don't feel silly taking pictures of bags, I love seeing what other people carry around 🙂 Following links from your page I had no idea there were annual fatalities during the Racehorse cup 🙁 I would definitely make sure I stuck around for the WEEAC November 15th event.

    • I reckon next year’s WVD will be even better, they get better every year. There’s the big horse race on today and a picnic protest is going ahead. It’s just urgh how especially in Melbourne you’re told from an early age that this race is the be all and end all. I hope your folks had a good time here!

      • She did, thanks for asking -though she just missed WVD as she was already back in Canada. Thank you for the tip that she go to The Cruelty Free Shop for Leigh Drew’s cookbooks. They proved to be harder to find than I had anticipated but she did find one there and another somewhere else so she brought me back both! They are beautiful, fun and full of inspiring recipes. I could even hear a bit of Aussie pride in my mom’s voice as I flipped through them 🙂

  3. An unreal day, unreal blog!!! So much good food, I forgot to take photos but now I can read your blog for the memories!!

  4. Oh my, it all looks so amazing! The little Brisbane event was nothing at all like this, not even a little, not even a stall beyond the bake sale stall. Depending on what weekend they go with next year (because WVD will be on a Tuesday… oh lord, it will be on Cup day, interesting) I am thinking that I might come down for the weekend if it lines up with my weekend off work. 😀

    • thanks! I feel like I need a massive break from the computer now– it was literally a day’s work getting this published!

    • thanks! I had a good time but it was pretty tiring I admit, especially as I was holding my heavy bag and a WVD show bag 🙂

  5. Wow, you really covered the event in great detail. I’m impressed! And very hungry now… The baked goods look incredible. I wish I could get there this time of year…or any time really. 🙂

    • It’s a great time of year to visit though yet again the weather is crazy– beautiful warm spring days but yesterday we had loads of rain (some flooding here and there). Our summers are way too hot and urgh for me to recommend people visiting but October/November and March/April/May are the best in my opinion 🙂

  6. Hi there! This is a gorgeous round up of the day – so vibrant…and so huge! And I am so grateful you took some photos of the outdoor eating area with the picnic tables, blackboard message, etc! I styled this area and my husband had our camera on the wrong setting so our photos didn’t work out! Would you mind if I shared these photos and included your name in the caption? If not, that’s totally fine, it’s just nice seeing these beautifully captured photos 🙂 xo

    • yes you’re very welcome to use them! I loved how that area was styled, in fact if we get the opportunity to fill in feedback forms and such that was going to be one of my remarks! People were commenting about how good it looked 😀

  7. Fantastic photos! My bf and I attended and were blown away by how huge it was! We are from Perth, so not use to seeing so much pro-vegan people and things in one spot! I was fantastic! There were so manythings we wanted to buy but could nto due to luggage weight restrictions going home BUT most of the stall holders had online stoers, so problem solved! Getting food was tricky, as the lines were massive, stuff was selling out, etc. I like that there was a fashion parade but was dissapointed to see that all the female models were the typical thin-to-super thin types. No curvier ladies. :/ I will have to blog about the event and share my photos soon.

    • There’s stuff I regret not buying but I was there all day and had nowhere to store purchases. Next year I should take an esky on wheels or something! We have another event on the 15th with some of the same stalls so this time I can stock up on cheese 🙂

    • As I mentioned in my post, it was hard to photograph everyone (and I offer apology in my post for that), or some of the photos just didn’t turn out. I don’t think many people (including stall holders) would have been happy with some of the photos of themselves!

  8. What a wonderful account of the day, I wanted to make the trip down this year but plans fell through. I want to visit next year for sure!

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