On November 10th it was World Vegan Day here in Melbourne, Australia. A huge community festival featuring the best in vegan food and products from Australia. It is nearly my one year anniversary of becoming vegan so I was super keen to go along and find some new products to try out.
From the moment you walked in you could smell the fresh veggies cooking. This site made my mouth water. A whole BBQ with nothing but veggies. Yum yum.
The first stall we visited was Mr Nice Guys which you nerds know is my favourite cake shop. There were cupcakes, cinnamon swirls, brownies... way too much yummy to handle. Liam kept laughing at me as I forgot were I was and asked if there was any dairy or egg in the cakes. Derp! It is a very weird feeling to know you can eat anything you look at. Normally I look at food but never really crave it because I know I can't eat it. All of a sudden a little voice spoke "Go forth Cazz, go forth and eat the entire room".
This store smelt amazing. High Tea In The Bath make vegan soaps made to look like food. I loved the huge black forest cake soap and the little carrot cakes. So adorable. I have been using the same two brands of body wash since becoming vegan so it was rad to find a new product to try.
It was way too crowded in the tiny hall so we headed outside to watch some belly dancing and line up for an hour to get delicious food.
Liam got a mixed plate with a bit of everything and I got a veggie burger and cauliflower fritters. Totally worth the wait to eat. I was well and truly full after eating lunch and decided it was time to head home. I nearly fell asleep on the hour trip home.
It was inspiring to see soo many people out there eating, learning and having a great time. I often feel like I'm alone in this, but the day showed me there are heaps of vegans out there. The down side was that because it was so busy I couldn't really stop to look at stores. I mean it was that busy that you couldn't even move in the exhibition hall. Hopefully next year they move it to a larger venue. Luckily they have a full list of exhibitors on the WVD website so I have done a bit of online shopping. I did come home with some yummy treats from Mr Nice guys: a cinnamon swirl, brownie and a new burst of motivation. I can't wait for next years event. I wish World Vegan Day was everyday.