Sunday, 2 November 2014

North East Vegan Festival - NEVFEST 2014

North East Vegan Festival 2014

Today we spent a good few hours at the North East Vegan Festival at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland. It was my second vegan festival this year and I had high hopes.

Andrew had surprised us to VIP tickets, and we'd been dreaming of room upon room of vegan delights for weeks - especially after a particularly disappointing run-in with a Hilton hotel earlier this the week, which started with me being told the 'vegan option' was a bacon sandwich on gluten free bread, and ended with no soy milk. NO SOY MILK.

We weren't disappointed. Four rooms of stalls from cakes to candles to confectionery and everything in between, plus a bar complete with live music - score! It was hard to get good snaps because parts of the festival were so incredibly busy (I'm looking at you and your delicious smelly stall, Harper's Bizarre!) but I did as much sneaky snapping as I could.


North East Vegan Festival 2014

Locally brewed vegan ales and beers from Hill Island Brewery.

North East Vegan Festival 2014

Authentic artisan cider from The Real Cider Company.

North East Vegan Festival 2014

Koko coconut milk - my plant milk of choice (the chocolate is delicious and the original is great in tea and coffee)

North East Vegan Festival 2014

Andrew getting in on some beer action at the bar...

North East Vegan Festival 2014

...and then deep in thought completing his NEVFest questionnaire.

North East Vegan Festival 2014

North East Vegan Festival 2014

Raw chocolate from Criollo - that chocolate cheesecake looked divine.

North East Vegan Festival 2014

North East Vegan Festival 2014

Delicious coconut everything from Coconutty

Tyne Cheese at the North East Vegan Festival 2014

After a lengthy discussion about how we have yet to find a vegan cheese we really like, we stumbled across the Tyne Cheese company - vegan cheese made from cashews and soy. The original cheddar was deeeeelish, so much so that they'd sold out by the time we arrived! We'll definitely be buying some of this and would highly recommend.

Ok I'm not even going to apologise for all of the photos that follow because this, ladies and gentlemen, is what vegan heaven must look like.

Big Fat Vegan Bakery at the North East Vegan Festival 2014

Big Fat Vegan Bakery at the North East Vegan Festival 2014

Big Fat Vegan Bakery at the North East Vegan Festival 2014

Big Fat Vegan Bakery at the North East Vegan Festival 2014

Big Fat Vegan Bakery at the North East Vegan Festival 2014

Big Fat Vegan Bakery at the North East Vegan Festival 2014

The photos don't even do this stall justice. I turned the corner and just about had a heart attack and the delicious array of delicacies before me. These cakes looked gooood and they were all bigger than my head which is really what I look for in a cake. Thank you, Big Fat Vegan Bakery, for making all of our doughy, icing-smothered, cream-filled dreams come true. It was very hard to choose just one.

Wheatberry at the North East Vegan Festival 2014

And for something a little less calorie-heavy, salads, spreads and sprouts from Wheatberry.

North East Vegan Festival 2014 haul

Here's our haul - pretty good, huh? Of course I went for the chocolate doughnut, Andrew opted for this 'cream' filled number (which I believe was called a 'chocolate king'.) I also snapped up a Vego bar (best chocolate ever), dairy free parmesan, soy condensed milk, chocolate-covered cinder toffee from Lakeside Ethical Treats (which didn't even make it through me writing this blog post), chocolate marshmallows from Ananda Foods and this really cool collapsible drinking bottle:

The Collapsabottle

I know, I'm so easily pleased.

Roll on NEVFest 3!

Emily x

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