On Sunday Leicester welcomed its very first vegan market, held in the historic covered market in the city center. So how was it? In a word: awesome. I was completely bowled over by the vast offerings of all the different stalls, and seriously impressed by the large turnout. Who knew there were that many vegans in Leicester?! I can honestly say, I felt very proud of my adopted hometown this weekend.
Very frustratingly for me, I forgot to charge my nice camera before I left the house so all photos were taken on my iphone. Either way, you should get an idea of the scale and variety on show from the market.
First up – hot food! I made sure to hit up as many of the hot food stalls as I could. I had been juicing and eating really healthy all week in anticipation for this blowout, and it did not disappoint. Ok, maybe except for the fact that The Vegan Grindhouse sold out before 1pm. But they’ll be back in Leicester in a few weeks, so I can’t grumble too much. Besides, I was pretty full after having southern fried seitan (Temple of Seitan), a pesto veggie quesadilla (Mex it up) and a garlic mushroom pizza (Vegan Pizza Co). Each dish I tried was amazing – these guys really know what they’re doing and I’d be hardpressed to find a meat eater who wouldn’t be happy to scarf down one of their plates of food.
I also made sure to stock up on snacks for later while we were there, including various mock meats and some of the best vegan cheese I’ve ever tasted from both Annie Mae’s and Lettices. And can I just give a very special mention to Currant Affairs who made the best chocolate brownies I’ve ever eaten? Seriously well done guys, you have outdone yourselves.*
*edit: the brownies were actually a contribution from Chocoholic in Leicester. You seriously need to get on these.
There were so many great stalls selling a variety of non-food items as well, such as clothing, candles, art and more. There were also several charities set up, happy to talk to anyone about the work they’re doing to help animals in Leicester and further afield.
The only thing missing was a beer stall. Or any beverage stalls for that matter. It took ages to hunt down a stand that was selling drinks. So next year let’s get one beer stall and one coffee stall and I’ll be happy.
In all, it was a great day even despite the cold and damp weather. The Leicester Vegan Community have said they would like to make this a recurring event, but there aren’t any solid plans at the moment. As soon as there are, you can be sure I’ll be shouting about it!
Did you go to the vegan market? What did you think?
For a list of all the vendors, check out my previous blog post here.