Way back in July, as soon as I booked my flight to move to Melbourne, I began to look at what vegan-related things were coming up that I could go to. Coming from Jersey where not much goes on, I was excited by the possibilities of going to vegan events. As luck would have it, I found out that World Vegan Day was taking place on the 23rd of October and whilst it seemed ages away, I stuck the date in my diary and waited.
Today, finally, World Vegan Day came around. For the last few weeks I have been following WVD on all social media channels, waiting in anticipation of what would be happening. As it turns out, a lot. From hundreds of vegan stalls selling everything from make up to pet food, to tonnes of food stalls, cooking demonstrations, talks, and even vegan speed dating, there was plenty for me to enjoy.
I made sure to check what I really wanted to see and got the times saved in my calendar. Having been obsessively checking the WVD Facebook page for days, I also saw their post about the vegan goodie bags, $20 each jam-packed with $135 worth of stuff. Last year they sold out in 2 hours so I knew we needed to get their early.
Opening at 10am, we managed to arrive by 10:10. Knowing the goodie bags sold out so quickly last time, that was first on our agenda, and we had a quick scout around to find them. As it turns out, even just 10 minutes after opening, there was a huge line already forming for those who wanted to get their hands on one. After a quick 5 minute wait both myself and Sam had one each. Filled with vouchers, chocolate, soaps, pet food, books and loads of other great stuff, it was well worth getting in their early.
Next up it was time to start walking around. There were so many amazing stalls, mostly food related, which meant lots of taste testing. I came on an empty stomach and I’m glad I did, because there was so much yummy stuff to taste. After stuffing myself with lots of chocolate samples, I grabbed a vegan sausage roll which was delish.
At 11:30am was the first cooking demonstration we wanted to attend. Hosted by Vegan and Killing It, Rhiannon Howell showed us how to make a scrumptious chocolate mousse tart.
It looked incredibly easy to make and will definitely be one to try soon. To accompany, she made cookie butter, raspberry shards, raspberry gel and raspberry dust. Seriously, look at it!
We also got to try a piece and there’s no way you’d know it was vegan. You can find the recipe for her vegan chocolate tart on her YouTube channel, if you want to have a go yourself.
After that we went back in to the main hall to have another mooch about. More taste testing went down, as well as the purchase of some vegan t-shirts, kale chips and vego bars (FYI, vegan or not, if you’ve not had one of these before you need one in your life).
Even though I was full up on chocolate tasters, I was craving something savoury. There was seriously so much choice and so many delicious food options that it was a difficult to choose. I ended up with some vegan nachos that I shared with Sam, because nachos are life.
Finally, we went for another cooking demonstration, this time by Zacchary Bird, who was making his now infamous ‘CFC’ cruelty free fried chicken. This is his vegan version of KFC and was made of jackfruit. It was a relatively long process and is definitely not healthy (but then, KFC isn’t) but honestly tasted amazing. It looked just like chicken and if you’re ever trying to convince a meat-eater that you can have anything as a vegan, then this is the recipe to do it. Zacchary was also so entertaining to watch.
All in all it was a fantastic day and so nice to be around so many like-minded people. If you ever get the chance to head down to a vegan event like world vegan day, even if you’re not yet a vegan, I’d 100% recommend to do it. You’ll be amazed by how many vegan alternatives to your favourite things are out there, and how easy a vegan life can be.
Oh yeah, and I think we did quite well with our vegan goodies; here’s just a taster of what we got from our goodie bags and what we purchased throughout the day.