There are only a few things I love more that food in the world and most of them are people so this is a huge deal for me.
My first vegan festival!
I’ve been planning this trip for months. Stalking their facebook events page and waiting in hope that someone I know is going too so I could hitch a ride. Luckily for me, that’s exactly what happened! Fueling myself with my chia breakfast bowl, topped with banana and honey coffee in hand, I grabbed my camera (and business cards) and set off for this mornings foodie adventure.
Bearing in mind that vegan food is not just for vegans – it’s for anyone who wants to be cruelty-free and animal-friendly! Not to mention it tastes spectacular to encourage others to eat more vegan-friendly. I knew I was in for a great day.
Arriving at the venue was fairly difficult as it wasn’t signposted like I would’ve imagined.
What’s new on the vegan menu?
Nothing is new per-say, vegan food is just fruits and veggies. Natural food a plenty! Not necessarily healthy as most of it was fried and covered in pastry but that’s neither here nor there. There was plenty to choose from, pies, pastries, tarts, quiches, rice dishes, salads, curries and that’s just the savouries!
The first stop on our food tour was the second stall in the hall. Mr Nice Pies.
It took a lot of pushing and shoving to get the front of the trays to see what choices there were. I was surprised to see so many had already gone! We had arrived 40 minutes after the doors had opened and already 30+ pies had been sold! Mr Nice pies sell five different types of pie, all are filled to the brim with different flavoured veggies and sauces. The options were;
- Bountiful butternut curry
- MoorishMoroccann Tagine Pie
- Rendang Pie
- Drunken Mushroom Pie
- Sweedy Todd Pie
They also sell across the country at different markets and events but, if you can’t wait that long, you could order directly from their website and facebook page for £
3 each or 4 for £10 and a surplus shipping fee. Me and my Mr. had four of their delicious pies, the Moroccan, two of the Mushroom pies and a Curry pie too. We’ll update you once we sink our teeth into these bad boys during the week. Hopefully with a big plate of veg and gravy. Yum!
The first section of the hall covered a few sweet treats, chocolate cakes, cupcakes, tray bakes, chocolate brownies, cookies, biscuits (from vieforvegan), breakfast bars and Chelsea buns! There really was plenty to choose from and it was burning a hole in my pocket. I had to pull myself away from the pizza ovens.
Create your own vegan pizza had filled up the hall and it was making me hungry!
Buffet Style eating
My Mr. hadn’t had his breakfast so curry and burgers were on his list when we found the Home Kitchen Vegan. Buffet style, they offered vegan indian food which had really built up a que in the hall. Luckily, it was near the exit so it lead into the corridor. There’s too much to list on their menu but the highlights seemed to be the mixed vegetable and rice dishes and humungous samosas! For a £10 tray you could have a selection of everything they offered. From the que of people with their trays they were certainly making their money today!
The Chaat man had the healthy food, good for you! The room was mostly pastries and starchy meals so it was refreshing to see a healthy and gluten-free version for those who struggle with their dietary needs. I for one was super excited to see a shredded broccoli salad with Mediterranean veggies, something I make for myself on the rare occasion.
Special mentions were to lakeside ethical treats who covered every type of breakfast bar and snack alternative for you to stock up on!
What I learned from my first vegan food festival
The hall was crowded, I mean hold your breath and suck your gut in to move around – kind of crowded. I was honestly really suprised! Gladly so, it wasn’t just trendy teens or activist vegans. There were some young children, new couples and young teens who looked as though they just wanted to see what was going on in there. It seemed to appeal to everyone.
The hall was a fairly large small but with over 40+ vendors and at least 200 people moving through the crowds. It really showed how popular a plant-based lifestyle has become. I’m not going to say I wasn’t nervous walking into such a big crowd of people. Epecially since I’m relatively new, would they be able to tell? Would anyone judge me? Silly little things that made me worry but there was no reason to. The stall holders were all welcoming of my photographing their gorgeous food and all willing to explain their secret ingredients. Cashews in the ‘cheese cake’? Delicious!
The food was flying off the stalls. Even after 40 mins of the doors opening, most stalls had very visible stock already gone! Some had sold out of certain pastries, cakes and pies. Which was gutting but as I over heard from another passer-by. ‘Atleast there are more vegans coming in to the hall , shame there’s no spiced broccoli ones left’ anything? The prices were as expected, a little bit more than the typical but with everything being hand-made and vegan, it’s no surprise that a burger would cost £3.50. Especially when they taste so good and are animal-friendly, what’s £3.50 when you’re saving a life?
I would definitely go to more of these amazing events. I’d take more money and stock my freezer up with pies and savoury meals. Tesco sells similar products for similar prices but supporting local small vegan businesses is far more important to me. I’d definitely recommend any new vegans or anyone transitioning, going to an event near them.
Even if veganism isn’t on the cards for you right now, perhaps a more plant-based diet could be! See what food is available and it helps you to realise what options you can have when making the swap. I wrote a piece about my transition into veganism, and I have covered a step-by-step guide to making the transition easier for anyone interested. I hope you all have a wonderful week,
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We all have this idealised Idea of the perfect partner – I am no exception, not at all.
To have someone that you can share your life with and not only feel happy but feel safe with. That’s what many of us, yes – I know, not all of us, strive to achieve. Some of us may put careers, hobbies and self-care first. Setting the foundations to a happy life before finding a partner is very positive and probably the way I’d want to do it. Finding out what you want out of life before you settle down is important but it doesn’t always happen that way. Sometimes love finds you first and you have to work out who you are with the one you love.
When I was younger all I wanted was a man with dark thick facial hair – mmhmm! Someone taller than me who could put his arms around me and keep me safe. I wasn’t asking for much and I was relatively happy to scribble my little love hearts on a piece of paper, patiently waiting for the right man to arrive…
The perfect man
For me? I always wanted him to be…
Strong; Whether that be physically or not. He’d definitely have to be strong emotionally. I’m a wreck. I need someone to support me, keep standing up straight when I’m not feeling strong enough to support myself.
Hair: Unkempt – rough and ready!
Eyes: Any colour but they have to have that ‘deep longing stare’ someone who smiles when they look at you. Of course eyes only for me.
Lips: to say honest and thoughtful things. A person who you can laugh with, share secrets with and be your real self with.
Heart: for me and his family. Someone who takes time out to really share their life with those around them.
and that was what I wanted. A checklist of traits that summed up the partner I wanted in life. It became something to compare men by. Which is certainly the wrong way to go about things. Men aren’t as black as white, just like women. We don’t all act the same way and think the same way and we’re certainly not all perfect. So a list can be a guideline, you want someone who likes what you like, sure! But don’t cross off a man who ticks 9/10 of the boxes because he has blue eye’s and not green.
Love is not a checklist and if it was, farting would definitely not be on it.
haha! We all have our irk – something that winds others up around them. Mine is correcting people, the stupidest grammatical error and I’m on it like a shot (baring in mind my grammar and pronunciation is dirt poor). It winds everyone up and it’s certainly not on anyone’s list to have a girlfriend or wife that constantly points out how dumb they sound. So, If he can forego that. Then I can forgo farting and shaving over the sink.
A woman like me wouldn’t tick the right boxes for a man like him.
That’s almost the point though isn’t it? We idealise the perfect partner to a point where we are no longer Ideal for them. I want a man who’s active and healthy and positive…but I’m not really all of those things all of the time. It’s about finding someone who checks the boxes you need in life and hopefully you can work on the rest of the things together.
I always thought that my checklist would go unticked until I realised I didn’t even need the checklist. The description above is more than just an ideal, it’s the real thing. I am very fortunate to have found my perfect partner. He ticks all the boxes (and all of my boxes) and we found each other at such a young age. It’s not just rare, it’s a bloody phenomenon. I rarely speak about him on social media or on the blog but it’s coming up to valentines and I really wanted to do something for him.
I rarely speak about him on social media or on the blog but it’s coming up to valentines and I really wanted to do something for him. Describing him in such generic terms doesn’t do him justice – At all. He’s an amazing person, supportive and caring above all …and he’s really helped my little pocket of the internet to flourish. Keeping me sane through my issues, keeping me safe and loving me regardless of how whiney I am. Not to mention, giving me the time and space to do my nutritional courses and educate myself to be able grow the blog over the past few years. So I really couldn’t be here writing about health, without him.
I hope you all have a wonderful valentines day, whether that be with your perfect partner or by yourself. Take the time to reflect on what you need out of life and not what you expect to get by each milestone.
-My dream is to share my life with someone who has the same dreams as me. My best friend and partner. It’s not to say you even need a partner in life. If your dream life is owning a cottage by the sea then make sure you are focused on keeping your dream alive. Be positive and focused and achieve your dreams.
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Not every month do we get a new clothing line but one month after new years is the perfect time to get your hands on any new fitness apparel. The new year inspires new designs and when most people are looking to shape up for summer the shops are full of new gear. Here are my top picks from some high street names.
The big boy in the fitness league. Yes, you’ll be paying a more premium rate but for that you get style, comfort and more selection than most.
Nike promote a new collection each season so your choices are never limited. If you’re short on budget you could look at 2016’s outfits, they’re typically 50% off a year after release.
Just like Nike, Adidas is the staple in any health junkies shopping list. They offer a huge range of clothing, stylish, comfortable and affordable (mostly). So be sure to browse what’s new in Adidas.
I mentioned this brand briefly when I attended the clothes show 2016, They had a massive stall and a brilliant range of good quality and competitively priced clothing. Targeted at men, however, they do have quite a selection of womens clothing online – I wasn’t a fan of their sports bra’s though.
New look has only recently (in the past few years or so) been recognised as a high street chain where fitness and fashion are one in the same.
Offering affordable and comfortable fitness apparel. They might not have much choice but they put 100% into the clothing they put on the market.
Victorias Secret may be a bit more stylish then practical but they’ve branched out into to more ‘high impact’ so you can now have style and comfort.
They come in a bit pricier then other bra’s on the market but Victorias secret new high impact range are super comfortable and well worth the £33 you pay for them!
Glamours official Trend watch for 2017
If my apparel guide didn’t quite tickle your fancy you can browse glamours 2017 trend watch.
They have some
gorgeous outfits for gym’s and outdoor workouts! There are of course hundreds of brands that cater to fitness clothing such as;
- Sports Direct Own Brand
The issue is, these brands are catering to a market they’re not really in. The quality and comfort of a brand that directly caters to health and fitness (such as the brands in my list) will directly influence the price you pay.
You can get the best of both worlds by shopping in places like Sports Direct and JD Sports and even TKmaxx for the UK market. They offer all of the high street fitness apparel from last year, giving you a 30%-70% discount!
So when looking for your next set of leggings or sports tops make sure you go for a brand that reflects what you want out of your workouts. If you want the latest clothing that’s comfortable then you’ll have to pay a bit more, if you’re looking for a great outfit that’s comfortable and you’re budget isn’t very friendly. Go for last years outfits!
It’s your health but you can look good too.
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