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World Vegan Day Melbourne 2015

Serious face bit: You are welcome to use my photos but please provide credit and link back to my blog. Thank you! Aaaand snap back to happy face with jazz hands because this is a happy post!

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:

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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:

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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:

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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:

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

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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:

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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:

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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:

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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!

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World Vegan Day Melbourne, 2014

* You are welcome to use my photos but if you do, I’d appreciate it if you could link back to my blog. Thanks! This is also one very photo-heavy post!

World Vegan Day Melbourne! 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.

FOOD!!!!!!

Vegilicious:

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Al Nada Lebanese Bakery:

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Perfect Pebble:

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Chooh La La:

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Dosa Joy:

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Enlightened Cuisine:

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The Lord of the Fries WVD Chicago dog:

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Invita Living Food:

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Funky Pies:

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Mantra Lounge:

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The Vegami Smoky Spiced Pepperoni is the best vegan pepperoni I have ever tasted:

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SWEETS!!!!

Mister Nice Guy’s Bake Shop:

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The Compassionate Kitchen:

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Zebra Dream Ice Cream:

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Radhey Kitchen and Chai Bar:

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OMV Bakery:

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Merry Cupcakes:

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Pana Chocolate:

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MORE FOOD STALLS!!!!!

Impala & Peacock:

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Vege2Go:

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Sugarcane Juice:

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Coconut Hub:

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Simply Vegan Cuisine:

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Aussie Pops:

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Ghost Kitchen:

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Fry’s Family Foods:

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Half Pint Vegan Dairy:

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Classica International:

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Juanita’s:

Juanita's stall

Mojo Kombucha:

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More Foods:

More Foods stall

A Vegan Smiles:

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Blossom’s Organics:

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Inner City Hippie:

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Global Green Vegetarian Food Mart:

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Life To You:

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Sea Shanti:

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Mad Cowgirls Vegan Grocery:

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SAORI Premium Japanese Sauce:

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NON-FOOD STALLS!!!!!

Adorn Cosmetics:

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Hello Vegan:

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Vegan Style:

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Vegan Wares:

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Animals Australia:

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Animal Kind:

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The Australian Natural Soap Company:

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WozWaste:

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Jubly-Umph:

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Bed & Broccoli:

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Beagle Rescue Victoria:

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Coalition Against Duck Shooting:

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Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses:

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K9 Aid:

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The Cruelty Free Shop:

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The Vegan Box:

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Pets Haven Foundation:

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Freedom Hill Sanctuary:

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Soi Dog:

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TALKS AND DEMOS!!!!!

Leigh Drew made some recipes from Greenilicious (a great cookbook, same with Veganissimo!):

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Phil Wollen gave a brilliant 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:

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COOL VEGAN BAGS I SPOTTED

A bag by RARE Bags:

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MUSIC!!!!

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MY WVD SHOPPING TRIP!

A new necklace from Hello Vegan:

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Tea tree soap from The Australian Natural Soap Company:

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Kinda Cheese Nut parmesan from A Vegan Smiles (tastes so good I have to stop myself from eating it with the spoon already):

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A mixed four-pack of Bruce Cost Ginger Ale:

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A badge from We Love Life:

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A glass smoothie jar with straw from The Raw Food Store:

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The Vegami Spicy Smoked Pepperoni, I could have eaten the whole sample dish:

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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:

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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):

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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):

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For DeeW’s birthday I bought her this sweet coin purse from Animal Kind:

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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!

giant pie at Melbourne Showgrounds

Did you attend World Vegan Day today? What did you get? What did you eat?!

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World Vegan Day 2013, Melbourne

Today my sister and I headed off to World Vegan Day here in Melbourne.  The start time was advertised at 10am so we figured we’d “get there early before the crowds”.  About fifty million other people had the same brilliant idea.

It was difficult to take photos inside as there were people everywhere and I was conscious of stopping the flow of traffic in the aisles, which unfortunately (in my opinion) were a bit too squishy.  It was a good decision to leave the kids at home and I felt for the people with prams! Personally, I preferred last year’s set up outdoors (though some people prefer the indoor arrangement).  I don’t like crowds much and I had a shopping basket with me today and at times it was really difficult to move around. So I apologise for the lack of photos:

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First off: lunch!  I feel a bit silly not knowing the name of this business, but my sister and I had some dumplings and shared a Vietnamese pancake.  Both meals were delicious:

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We polished it off with a Bounty (coconut flavour) gelato in a waffle cone from Fritz Gelato:

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Here are some of the exhibitors.  One of my go-to stores, Global  Green Vegetarian Food Mart in Braybrook:

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Gorgeous soaps from High Tea in the Bath:

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I bought a stainless steel straw, though I was eyeing off the glass straw:

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The fabulous Al Nada sweets were on offer:

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I came home with a stainless steel straw for my juices and smoothies, a Mac and Cheese from Bed and Broccoli and some Fresh Ginger ginger ale.  I tried all the ginger ale samples and decided the Jasmine Tea was my favourite, though all were delicious:

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Ideally I would have liked to do a few more laps of all the stalls as I felt I had rushed through due to the crowds but I started feeling a bit too ‘over it’ (ditto for my sister) and so we decided to go home.  I do appreciate the work involved in organising an event like this, but for me last year’s outdoor setup was lovely as lots of people were lounging around on picnic blanket.  There was more room for the queues too.

Now on to the info about Loving Hut Northcote that is opening soon.  An exhibitor told me that the Northcote restaurant will feature more European style dishes like pasta.  I’m pretty sure she said French and Italian influenced.  I’m curious to see what they’ll be serving though we still don’t know when they’ll be open for business.

Did you go to a World Vegan Day?