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Published January 1st 2019
Some great vegan events around Sydney this January
Veganism is becoming more and more popular here in Australia and there are several reasons for this. I am not a vegan, or even a vegetarian anymore, however, I love vegan food when it is made into tasty and varied meals.
More and more people seem to be removing animal products from their diet in order to combat specific health problems. Others claim that they get general improvements in energy and vitality and say that they feel so much better since changing to this diet style. There are more and more accounts of successful vegan athletes and sports stars as they change to a plant-based way of life.
Being vegan is supposedly also one of the best ways we can protect our planet. It is said that we can reduce our environmental impact because eating a plant-based diet can cut down our greenhouse gas emissions. It can also possibly reduce pollution, prevent deforestation and save animals from extinction.
For the majority, a love of animals is one of their main reasons for changing to this way of life. Some people want to make a difference in the world, while others would like the challenge of this new way of life, and many combine veganism with their New Year's resolutions! They may see it as the healthiest way to start the year.
Health is perhaps the second most common reason that people try veganism. It can help with lower cholesterol, lower your blood pressure and possibly reduce the risk of diabetes and heart disease.
THE END OF MEAT This event will be held on Friday 18th January from 6 pm to 9 pm. Held at Govindas Cinema & Restaurant, 112 Darlinghurst Road, Darlinghurst, this is a documentary film envisioning a future where meat consumption is something that is in the past. Animal welfare is on the decline, however, humanity seems to not be able to break the habit in so many cases.
Meat producers have launched their own vegan products; 100% vegan supermarkets have opened and many food manufacturers are adding and labelling vegan options.
In The End of Meat, filmmaker Marc Pierschel tells of the effect a post-meat world would have on the environment, the animals and ourselves.
It is a very interesting film and there will be live music, chocolate tasting and a delicious Indian buffet dinner! Cost is from $39 approximately and you can book here.
NATURAL WEIGHT LOSS WITH JAPANESE FOODS This will be on 20th January and will be taken by Yoshika. It will be at Loft and Earth, 70 Bronte Road, Level 1, Bondi Junction, from 10 am to 3 pm.
This is a 5-hour in-depth course and is a combination of Weight Loss 1 and Weight Loss 2 menus to make this a 1-day intensive course. Here you will get superfoods to everyday foods and you will learn the ways of healthy meals that naturally help with weight loss.
You will also learn how to use konnyaku/konjac in your meals to help you feel fuller and healthier
The cost is just $280 for this event with chef Yoshiko Takeuchi and you will get a 5-hour intensive hands-on workshop. You can find out more and book at this site.
FREE FILM N' FOOD EVENT
This will be on 22nd January, from 7 pm to 9 pm. It will be on at Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts, Lvl. 1, 280 Pitt Street.
It will be presented by Dominion and is footage from hundreds of recent investigations into animal use across Australia. Some of this information has been captured by drones, hidden and handheld cameras over a seven-year period and it explores six primary facets of our interaction with animals:
It was written, produced, and directed by Aussie Farms founder Chris Delforce,
It is rated MA15 plus, so children under 15 must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian. The film will be followed by a delicious FREE supper. The food will be provided by The Chocolate Yogi and Funky Pies, who are donating some of their products for you to taste at this event. You can find out more about them, about this free event, and book at this site.
THE ACCIDENTAL ASIAN VEGAN
This will be held on Wednesday 23rd January. from 5.30 pm to 8.30 pm. The venue is The Essential Ingredient Newcastle, Junction Fair Shopping Centre, 200 Union Street, The Junction.
In this class Chef, Simone Prestini will show you how to make some delicious, tasty vegan Asian dishes!
You will make three different types of dumplings, spicy sambal, a pan-fried protein, chilli, shallots, soy sauce and vegan mayonnaise. Also, make a fresh and spicy Asian salad with rice and crunchy nuts.
This course will cost $160 and you can find out more as well as book at this site.
7-DAY VEGAN INTENSE COOKERY COURSE
This will be given by popular vegan chef Alan Whykes and it will be on Sunday 20th January to Saturday 26th January 2019. It will be held in Bondi.
The 7-day Vegan Intensive will teach you a lot about the foundations of tasty vegan cooking in the shortest amount of time. It is a carefully-structured course of 50 hours of hands-on cooking and theory covering soups, salads, finger foods, main courses, grains, baking, desserts, dairy replacements, fermentations, raw food and presentation.
You will learn heaps more at this fantastic course and you can find out more by clicking on this link.
All food and equipment will be provided and the chef is a Fusion Level 2 Certified Trainer who also has a Bachelor of Education and 6 years' experience as a cookery teacher.
You can book here and costs are all-inclusive and are:
Standard - $1200
Concession - $990
This is an unusual course and will be on 31st January from 6 pm to 9 pm. The venue is Picking Intensive in Marrickville and it will be given by Alex Elliott-Howery (co-owner of Cornersmith)
It will be a three-hour hands-on pickling intensive event for those who love to pickle things and possibly for those who grow their own vegetables!
Alex will teach you about different pickling traditions and techniques from all over the world and how to use them in your own cooking. You will make such things as sweet, savoury and whole varieties, and Alex will explain how to match the right vinegar to the right product.
The cost will be $200 and you can make your bookings and learn more about this event at this link.