I had a busy family week-end but I managed to make a quick visit to VegFest London at Kensington Olympia.
VegFest UK was bringing for the first time in London around 180 stalls of the latest vegetarian and vegan products plus cookery classes, a Living Raw prep zone, talks and presentations, yoga workshops, live comedy and music, kids’ activities, a celebrity quiz, all led by top entertainers and experts in healthy living and self-development.
Unfortunately I was not able to attend any of the workshops or talks. Instead I did a lot of food tasting and saw a bunch of exciting companies. It was very inspiring and made my (not-so-new-anymore) flexitarian lifestyle feel right.
Vegetarian and vegan food is exciting, tasty, healthy, humane and good for the planet! I met a few vegans complaining that they were missing cheese (especially on pizzas!) yet you could find brands such as Vegusto offering some good vegan alternatives.
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I was really impressed by Muscolo di Grano (wheat muscle) and its organic vegan roast. Don’t be put off by their name or their website. As meat substitutes go, this one is absolutely delicious and sure to transform the vegan and vegetarian BBQ scene! Made from wheat and lentils it has the taste and texture of meat. Personally I cannot fault it.
Muscolo di Grano is an all-Italian tasting vegan food made with wheat and lentil flour combined. More nourishing than seitan, soy or tofu, the high-protein content of lentils is mixed with home-grown olive oil, basil, mint, oregano, laurel and rosemary, and acquires a unique and irresistible “Mediterranean” taste. Muscolo di Grano‘s can be ordered from their website. Even though it is in Italian, they are delivering in the UK.
All hail to kale!!! Another great find was rawLicious kale chips. I have been experimenting in my kitchen with kale chips but these were so much crispier and tastier with flavours such as Double Pepper Twist, Indian Spice Twist, Oh So Cheesey and Thai Chilli Twist. A snack without guilt. Vegan, packed full of goodness, low in calories & carbs & high in vitamins A, C & K, calcium & folic acid.
RawLicious‘ range also includes raw crackers and raw protein. All products are raw, organic (where possible), vegan, gluten free, dairy free, wheat free with no additives or added sugar. Yet they taste delicious!
Conscious Chocolate was new to me even though they have been around since 2004.
All of Conscious Chocolate‘s organic raw chocolate bars are made and wrapped by hand in Forest Row, East Sussex. Conscious Chocolates are guilt free, dairy free, gluten free, soya free and free from refined sugars. All their chocolates are approved and certified by Organic Farmers and Growers, Vegetarian Society and Vegan Society. Conscious Chocolate use premium quality, primarily wild, organic and raw ingredients: raw organic cacao powder, raw organic cacao butter, raw organic coconut butter, raw organic carob and raw organic agave nectar. They then add a variety of organic, wild, sundried fruits, nuts, superfoods and therapeutic essential oils to their innovative chocolate bars range.
My favourite included Love Potion No9 (with organic maca & essential oil of rose) and Chilli Hot (with organic cayenne chilli pepper).
It is inspiring to see so many vegetarian and vegan products that look, feel and taste good. I am definitely looking forward to the next edition of VegFest London. Maybe then I will be ready to take the Vegan Pledge.