26 Oct Review: London Vegfest 2017
So on the 21st I visited London Vegfest for the second year in a row, and it seems like this event just gets better and better each time. Unfortunately, I wasn’t being a particularly good blogger that day as I used my phone camera instead of my Nikon, and I didn’t take many photos in general… Woops.
Being such a foodie, I find that one of my main motivations for attending Vegfest is to try and buy as much vegan food as possible (and my photos definitely reflect that), but there really are so many other reasons to come here. There are around 280 stalls and 23 caterers overall.
There is an abundance of charity stalls and so it’s a great opportunity to donate to deserving causes. I really like to use this chance to donate to a charity that I have not come across before, for example, this time I donated to Greek Animal Rescue. I find it so much more convenient too, as I’m always so unlucky with paying/sending money online – something always tends to go wrong!
There’s also various talks, and demonstrations taking place throughout the day, and there were some truly inspirational guests this year, for example, James Aspey, and Earthling Ed. There was an art section where you could browse some amazing work, and so much other stuff that would satisfy anyone’s interest – there really is enough here to keep you busy for the whole day!
So, of course, I went back to one of my favourite vegan places What The Pitta (I really can’t help myself), and it was great to see that their stall was so popular. They were selling one of their huge doner wraps, a drink, and baklava for £10, and this is a pretty good price in my opinion, especially if you’re sharing with someone else. Just having half of one of their wraps is definitely enough to satisfy your hunger.
Another new favourite of mine is Eat Chay, which I’ve talked a bit about before. They basically create vegan versions of some traditional Vietnamese and Korean foods. Until Vegfest I really didn’t know that I needed a Korean BBQ baguette in my life – but I really did, it was so delicious and flavoursome. I really hope these guys get more recognition – they totally deserve it! I’m yet to try their iced coffee, but it’s my mission to do so very soon! They’re at the Boiler House every weekend in Brick Lane Market.
I also tried Jake’s Vegan Steaks, which I had, surprisingly, not heard of before, but they were definitely popular – the queues were huge! I had the steak sandwich and I’d totally recommend trying it, even the salad and sauces were incredible.
The crowds can get quite overwhelming at times, but it’s so good to know that an event like this is becoming so popular; around 14,000 people visited this year!