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Vegan food fiesta
Whether you're just curious about vegan food or you're a devotee to plant-based living, you have to make your way to the Big Vegan Market on Saturday 11th May and Sunday 12th May at the Royal Exhibition Building.
There will be over 200 stalls of food, drinks, fashion, craft and skincare which are allvegan.
If you're not too sure what vegans are all about, then here's a crash course. Vegans love delicious food, just like the next person, but they only eat food that is plant-based. It's like vegetarianism, except vegetarians may eat dairy and eggs.
A vegan doesn't eat any dairy, eggs, or any other product that originates from an animal. So the vegan diet is completely plant-based.
Now, that doesn't mean it lacks in flavour, because vegan food is absolutely amazing and if you haven't tried it before, you should give it a go!
You can't go past Honey dee loukoumades if you are looking for the ultimate indulgence. Honey dee is a family owned and operated business and their Greek loukoumades truck won the 2017 "Donut Fest People's Choice Award".
They use a tried and tested family recipe to make their Greek loukoumades (a traditional Greek donut) and they like to remain innovative by constantly developing unique and contemporary flavour combinations for their menu. These delectable loukoumades are egg-free and dairy-free and they are handcrafted using only the highest quality ingredients.
At the Big Vegan Market, they ensure that their product is 100% plant-based and they will have a range of vegan toppings on offer such as: Canadian maple, cinnamon and walnuts, Vetella - a chocolate hazelnut spread made in Melbourne that's the closest thing you will get to Nutella (no palm oil), salted caramel, homemade strawberry jam, cinnamon sugar (an old favourite), and Golden Gaytime - dark chocolate, caramel toffee, vanilla (vegan) ice cream topped with Golden Gaytime biscuit crumbs.
Another kind of delicious is the soul food of Fork Mama.
It is more than just food, it is a completely revitalising superfood experience.
Fork Mama does the rounds serving up delicious food at music festivals and markets. The food is Thai inspired wholesome 100% plant-based superfood. Try their Noodle Soup with braised 'duck' or 'chicken', shitake mushrooms, fresh bean shoots and fresh coriander.
There will also be many vendors selling vegan clothing (clothing made from non-animal products), vegan skincare and incredible social enterprises like Kakadu Plum Co.
Kakadu Plum Co. celebrates Indigenous culture through food. Purchases of a range of their products allow them to make a contribution back to Indigenous communities. Founder of Kakadu Plum Co., Tahlia Mandie said, "We believe in an Australia where our Indigenous culture is celebrated and honoured every day."
We've all heard of superfoods from around the world, like quinoa and Acai Berry from South America, but very few people are aware of the amazing health benefits of bush foods used by Aboriginal people for over 50,000 years! There are incredible native fruits that are rich in antioxidants and Kakadu Plums have 5 times the amount of antioxidants found in blueberries.
You can check out the amazing range of vegan foods on offer at the Big Vegan Market or you can shop online at www.kakadupumco.com
Kakadu Plum, Lemon Myrtle and Macadamia Chocolate by Kakadu Plum Co.