London Viva! Vegan Festival
I went to my first Vegan festival yesterday. I'm not a vegan, nor am I a vegetarian but I like to believe I'm a conscious eater, is that a used term or have I just made that up?! Besides the chocolate fondant I inhaled on Friday night which was washed down with a glass of questionable vino (we all have our vices), I'm a relatively healthy eater and I'm always curious to find natural alternatives to the corporate branded products.
The Festival was in the Brent Civic Centre near Wembley, we decided to drive there convinced the dozens of carparks surrounding the mammoth retail outlet next door would make life easy...? Wrong. Tottenham Hotspurs have moved into Wembley Stadium for a season whilst White Hart Lane is being rebuilt and low and behold, it was match day so every carpark was full. After a driving tour of Wembley, we found a pay and display space and raced off to the civic centre with 2 hours of play time on the clock.
The organisers - Viva! a charity established in 1994, campaigns against the suffering of farmed animals and aim to convince people to reduce their meat, fish, dairy and egg intake. For a small entrance fee of £5 each, they're doing a pretty good job and despite it being a match day, the turn out was successful. The festival showcased a varied selection of products including ethically sourced clothing, vegan cosmetics, jewellery made from healing stones and food to take away or eat in. Here are a few pictures of the day..
One of the most recent food/drink trends to gain huge popularity is fermentation. Most commonly known is sauerkraut and kimchee and also recently discovered is a fermented tea called Kombucha, which has been consumed for thousands of years in the East. Fermentation creates antioxidants which can kill harmful bacteria and help the digestive system.
Ever heard of Seitan? This is the main ingredient in this steak substitute. Its made from wheat, high in protein and when marinated and cooked, becomes similar to the look and texture of meat.
Refined sugar, wheat and dairy free, cakes and chocolate to satisfy any sweet tooth and looked mouthwatering!
Our 2 hours were up and the race to get to the car before the traffic warden was on. Although it hasn't convinced me to convert, it has confirmed how I feel about ethically sourced animal products. Lets face it, most of the meat we find in the local supermarket is of poor quality so it's time to make more of an effort to look for the good stuff or if its not easily available, just not eat it.
Peace Out. x