One of my favourite events of the summer is Bristol VegFest. It is one of the best vegan festivals in the UK featuring food, beauty and lifestyle products, cooking classes, lectures, live entertainment and music followed by a music festival in the evening. It is a fun weekend for vegans, meat eaters and everyone in between. This year was no exception.
Food & Drink Buys
|Ananda’s Orang E-Tang Round Up
I have seen Ananda’s Round Ups online for a while. Gelatine-free versions of the Wagon Wheel but a kazillion times better. I was too eager to eat this (it didn’t even make back over the Severn Bridge) so sadly did not take a picture of this side on as this bad boy was FAT! Loads of marshmallowy chocolate orange goodness. This was even better than it looks. I really want to try Ananda’s other products as their marhmallows look perfect for campfire season.
|Turmeric Latte, Vegan Egg & Pumpkin Seed Oil|
Instant Turmeric Latte, Sweet Revolution – I am obviously a huge tea lover so glad I discovered this brand. Not only did they taste good, they are full of health benefits too. I tried their matcha and chai flavours as well as the turmeric (it was a hard choice.) This dried coconut milk based drink lasted a lot longer than I expected and I have already placed another order for matcha and chai.
Vegan Egg, Follow Your Heart – I was actually given this as a freebie. I adore the egg box design. I have tried this in the past from one of the first The Vegan Kind boxes back in 2013 (see my review HERE). I have not eaten this yet but plan on turning it into either a garlic mushroom based omelette or a poached egg breakfast sandwich. Mmmmm.
Pumpkin Seed Oil, Pepo Papa – One of my partners buys. This stuff is really nice to cook with but my favourite way is to just drizzle it. The health benefits of this stuff are incredible so I am very glad he bought it for me to eat. Mwahaha!
|Green Superfood, Amazing Grass|
Green Superfood, Amazing Grass – Another company I have heard great things about but the price tag always put me off. I had a sample of the watermelon flavour at the festival and when I was told it was any 3 for £10 I was sold (these are usually over £20 each!!!) I am yet to try the other 2 flavours but the watermelon flavour is really nice. The texture is good too. Smooth, not gritty. I drink this in the morning for a caffine boost and it makes me feel less guilty about skipping vegetables *Oops*.
Smellys, Fashion & Political Buys
More freebies. The Fox sticker went straight on my partners van.
|Harper’s Candles & Fit Pit|
Wolf Wood, Harper’s Candles – I already knew I would be buying another Harper’s Candle at the festival after trying their Jaffa Cake candle in the past. It was love at first smell. All natural, handmade soya wax candles in a whole host of aromas. A percentage of the profits go to the Jerry Green Dog Rescue charity too!
Fit Pit, The Green Woman – When researching natural deodorants, I came across Fit Pit over and over again. To be honest I was not expecting much from this brand. Whilst there products are scented (unscented is also available), they did not smell very strong. Regardless I thought I’d give them a go as they were £6 for 3. I am so, so glad I actually tried this as… THEY WORK! I was surprised and I actually feel bad for doubting them in the first place. Watch this space as there will be a full review coming soon.
|Kale ‘Em With Kindness, Plant Faced Clothing|
T-Shirt, Plant Faced Clothing – Finally, another purchase by him. Ethical clothing with a statement. I think this top is amazing and so does he. He wears it when he does gigs and always gets comments.
Purchase of the day?
|Korean Fried Cauliflower Balls, FFS! Dirty Vegan|
Oh my God! They were even more delicious than they look. Just looking at this picture brings back the taste and makes me drool. Fried cauliflower in a Korean based sauce. No wonder the FFS! Dirty Vegan stand had a constant queue. I am going to be trolling the internet for a similar recipe.
There were so many delicious samples and I have since followed multiple brands on Twitter who I discovered at the festival. To name but three:
Cocoa Libre – Amazing range of vegan chocolates in loads of flavours. Their mint one is incredible.
Acorn Vegetarian – A vegetarian restaurant in Bath, makers of Harth Chocolate Truffles. I deeply regret not buying a box or ten as these were amazing. They had such a soft, melt-in-your-mouth texture with just the perfect amount of salt.
Scoff – Makers of vegan fudge. Cherry bakewell fudge?!? YES YES YES!
Sadly this year may have been the last VegFest Bristol will see in a while (read about they are leaving Bristol HERE), but all is not lost as VegFest will still be continuing it’s annual shenanigans in Brighton and London.
Have you been to any of the VegFest festivals? What is your all time favourite festival purchase?