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North East Vegan Festival

Sunday, 15 November 2015
So today I went to The North East Vegan Festival, it was really good to see so many charities and people selling ethically good things. I'm not a vegan myself but it's something that I'd aspire to be soon, so it was great to see food alternatives and I did a bit of shopping, of course.





The festival was full of different food stalls ranging from Indian, Chinese, fusion foods and ice creams. Grace tried Vegan duck, which sounds quite strange and I don't really know what it was but she said it tasted nice. I had a pesto super food Panini and it had vegan cheese in; to be honest it tasted slightly weird but it did taste like a type of cheese. 
There was a stall that was making freshly pressed peanut butter!! I love peanut butter so when I saw this I was amazed. They basically roasted the nuts and then ground them down into a paste, so it was 100% peanut. I thought this was amazing considering a lot of butters have palm oil in, which is a huge contributor to deforestation. Obviously we can all make our own peanut butter but if you're worried about palm oil, try Meridian. 
Vegan ice cream is so delicious, I mean I love any ice cream so I'm probably bias. I had salted caramel and it was so yummy, there was caramel sauce in the middle, which made it even better.




Obviously I had a browse in the beauty section and the first place we stopped was Alkamy
They make soy candles, room sprays, hand cream and lip balm. I picked up this nutty coconut balm to try and then she gave me a 10% off. I'll be going back to their shop to pick up Christmas gifts because the balm is amazing! It's buttery and smooth of the lips and you can really feel it sitting on your lips and protecting them, plus it smells incredible. 




Then Grace popped over to this stall, which was a stall ran by Inspire Holistics and they sold Neal's Yard products. She was a really lovely woman, who gave Grace all these things for £3.50! I thought it was so generous of her and the products are lovely. If you struggle with stress or anxiety I'd recommend looking into holistic treatments, especially Lavender, she told Grace that it really helps and it also helps with sleep. 



Upstairs there was a crafts centre with a lot of different, handmade jewellery and candles. I picked up these 'wishing acorns' for me and my mam. There a was a cute, old man selling them and the even told me what woods they were. I presume he made them and he just seemed really happy I'd went over. I love how you can see the wear on the wood and they are not quite perfect, it just makes them a bit more special. 

I had a really lovely day and I'd recommend finding a festival in your area! Even if you're not vegan, it's great to pop down and try the things on offer, sample some food and just have a wander around. 

Sophie X

8 comments

  1. Looks like such a nice festival, definitely going to be keeping an eye out for any in my area x

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    1. Aw it was, I'd really recommend them Xxx

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  2. This festival looks amazing! I also would love to be a vegan but I am way to picky!

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    1. Hahah I know what you mean! It see,s really hard to do Xxx

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  3. Ah I could never be vegan, I went vegetarian for a week and got SO HUNGRY! The ice cream sounds deeelish though, I would love to try the salted caramel one - seeing as I'm lactose intolerant which would be perfect for me! YAY :D wish there were more of these options around where I am!

    Cherie / sinonym

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    1. Aw I know what you mean! I've been veggie for a while now but I do find I have to eat way more to be actually full, it's annoying! Ooo you should, it's lovely Xxxx

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  4. Looks like you had a wonderful time! I'd love to go to a festival like this one day! I'm not sure if I could become a vegan... I'd be tempted by too many things!!!

    xox

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    1. Aw same! It seems really hard to sacrifice so many foods, I'd give it a go in uni when I'm poor hahaha!!Xxxx

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