Yesterday was the fifth annual West Midlands Vegan Festival, at the Civic Hall. Last year was a fantastic day, so we both made sure we were free again this time, and after looking forward to it for so long, it was certainly no disappointment. The hall was packed – three rooms lined with stalls, caterers and samplers, and aside from it being a struggle to make your way through the crowds, the atmosphere was alive, busy, and so positive.
We bought cake from a couple of stalls, the legendary Twilight bars from another (they’re like Mars bars, only better), an Advent calendar, vegan honeycomb chocolate, picked up lots of leaflets and magazines, won sandalwood incense and three tins of Amy’s Kitchen soup on the tombola (we are the soup queens, seriously – we won some last year too), and got a much-needed savoury lunch from a tempeh chef called Beet The System. The whole family were helping out, taking orders and making salad – I had a “TLT” (tempeh, lettuce, tomato on rye bread) and Naomi had a marinated “bahni” wrap. I’d never tried tempeh before, only tofu, but it was good. It has a nutty taste, and I liked the chunky texture.
After a few hours spent looking around, we headed out of the crush for coffee, and to walk off the masses of free samples. Later on at my place, with Earl Grey tea and a Zac Efron film on TV, I tackled the spiced date cake by Cottage Cupcake Co. One of the best things I’ve ever tasted!!
It was a really good day. The event seemed well-organised, and everybody was working so hard. It was great that so many people turned up, and I hope that a good number of them were non-vegans and vegetarians who were impressed with what they saw, and ate. We don’t really need encouraging to go back next year. If nothing else, it’s our job to turn up and win all of the soup.
- Miss Kent xox