World Vegan Month Stall

2 Nov

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enjoying free vegan food

Gloucestershire vegan group had a fantastic street stall on Saturday 2nd November at Stroud Farmer’s Market to celebrate World Vegan Month. I can’t think of a better way to promote veganism than creating an opportunity for people to have a taste of all of the scrumptious food we eat – and what a spread we put on for the market crowd. We had platters of truffles and chocolate balls, trays of towering cupcakes, indian jalebis, tapenade palmiers, lentil croquettes, seitan sausages, raw food bars and cakes –  so much good food! As Stroud Farmer’s Market promotes local food we tried to make everything as local as possible, so we used local ingredients such as carrots, and raspberries to make cupcakes, and local shallots featured in savoury tarts. The response to our cooking from the public was overwhelmingly positive. So many people commented on how tasty the food was, and asked us for recipes. It makes me happy to think that many people’s first taste of vegan food was such a good one, and that hopefully we may have changed some people’s perception of what veganism is. It’s not all about denying yourself of taste –  it is about all the wonderful food you can enjoy, that doesn’t come from animal cruelty and exploitation.

Free food give away: mushroom & tarragon pithivier, savoury muffins, jalebis, boozy truffles, seitan cherry & sage sausages on sticks, lemon cupcakes, carrot & walnut cupcakes, raspberry & chocolate cupcakes.

Free food give away: mushroom & tarragon pithivier, savoury muffins, jalebis, boozy truffles, seitan cherry & sage sausages on sticks, lemon cupcakes, carrot & walnut cupcakes, raspberry & chocolate cupcakes.

Our stall had some beautiful cards created by a talented artist in our group – depicting farm animal sanctuary residents. The ones with Hosannah the Donkey on proved to be most popular. We also had a selection of vegan leaflets, plenty of recipe cards and vegan pledge forms for folks to take away.

Selection of handmade cards sold to raise funds for Evesham Farm Animal Sanctuary

Selection of handmade cards sold to raise funds for Evesham Farm Animal Sanctuary

We also sold tickets for a prize draw to win two hampers, full of goodies kindly donated by vegan-friendly companies – we had items donated by Goody-good stuff, V-bites, Clearspring, Meridian, Organica, Heavenly-Organics & Pulsin’ – which made up a most luxurious and enticing hamper. All of the proceeds from the stall went to Evesham Farm Animal Sanctuary – and we raised an amazing £300. Our hamper-winners were chuffed – one had three children who were eyeing-up the Goody Good stuff sweeties.

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One of the two luxury hampers brimming with vegan goodness

So a great day at the market, and some great work by all involved at Gloucestershire Vegan Group – we promoted veganism, raised the profile of our group locally, and created enough funds for Evesham Farm Animal Sanctuary to buy winter feed blocks for 200 sheep & 7 cows for two months. What a result.

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One Response to “World Vegan Month Stall”

  1. flavourphotos November 2, 2013 at 11:18 pm #

    The stall looks lovely, well done! I’m so with you on the idea of ‘not denying yourself’ but instead experiencing all the wonderful flavours that are on offer! I bet everyone involved is feeling really proud too 🙂

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