Wow, where did February go? Last month I spent two days helping my good friend with her cake business for Vegan Life Live at Alexandra Palace. The event was packed with hundreds of stalls selling food, clothing, cosmetics and health products, and there was a full schedule of cooking demos as well as talks on health, plant-based fitness and activism.
The ‘Cakes from Me’ Stall
My friend started her home baking business a couple of years back and, when I became vegan, she very kindly went on a quest to make me the perfect vegan cake. I was very pleased to become her chief taste-tester throughout all of her trials (difficult job, but someone had to do it), and I was over the moon when she finally nailed the most amazing cake recipe! Since then she has been making bespoke vegan cakes for all occasions. Check out her Facebook page ‘Cakes from Me’ which showcases some of her amazing designs.
We had so many great compliments about the texture and flavour, and received lots of interest from people looking for wedding and birthday cakes, so it was a real success!
I visited Vegan Life Live for the first time last year, but it was a completely different experience to go as an exhibitor. It was fantastic to get to talk to so many new and aspiring vegans, as well as people who were curious to find out more about the lifestyle. It was also great to meet other stallholders and see the event unfold. I particularly enjoyed watching the comments wall fill up over the two days, with so many younger people participating.
I got the opportunity to attend Earthling Ed’s inspiring talk on the Sunday, where he spoke of his personal experiences and vision for a kinder world. He received a well-deserved, standing ovation and there were lots of teary eyes by the end. Ed Winters is one of my vegan heroes and his approach to activism is outstanding. He is an incredible ambassador for animal rights and I thoroughly recommend checking out his website and YouTube Channel if you’re not already aware of his work. His recent series of videos addressing the common excuses used to justify eating animal products are really insightful.
I enjoyed taste-tasting lots of the goodies on offer from chocolate to seitan to vegetable crisps to pies, however I made sure I left room for lunch! On the Saturday I decided to try an arancini burger from the Arancini Brothers, which was soooooo good I didn’t want it to end (hence the reason there is no photo – will most definitely be making my way to one of their restaurants in London soon). On the Sunday I tried a vegan doner kebab from What The Pitta (learnt my lesson and took a photo whilst it was being made). Loaded with spiced soya, salad, vegan tzatziki, hummus and chilli sauce, the portion was so huge and filling that it kept me satisfied right through to the evening.
Vegan Fairs and Festivals in the UK
If you haven’t yet been to a vegan fair, I recommend visiting; it’s a great opportunity to try new food / vegan products, ask questions and get involved. The Vegan Directory has a list of all vegan festivals and fairs in the UK, and a Facebook Page to keep you updated with the latest. The Vegan Womble also has an events page on their website, so it’s well worth checking both.