LONDON – A FRIGHTFULLY GOOD PLACE FOR VEGANS TO PARTY!
In London, we vegans never need an excuse to party but this weekend was pretty spectacular: what with Friday being Hallowe’en, Saturday World Vegan Day (and not forgetting 2014 marking the 7oth Anniversary of the Vegan Society!) and with Sunday being the Festival of the Day of the Dead for our friends overseas in Mexico, there was nothing for it but to put on three frightfully good days of vegan celebrations in the capital and party, party, party….
Always one to put in the witching hours, I took to my broomstick and spent an incredible three days sampling some of the best events that London has to offer to dedicated vegan party goers.
FRIDAY 31sT OCTOBER 2014 – HALLOWE’EN.
Friday saw me in full witch gear, flying down to the London Vegan Meetup Hallowe’en party, hosted by lovely Laura and held in the dungeon of popular, central London veggie restaurant, Tibits, who thoughtfully offered a spook-tacular range of delicious, all-vegan dishes on their buffet that night. After all, it’s well known that vampires often fancy a bite after dark, and vegan ones are no exception….
Fangs to all the ghouls and boys who attended, and here are just a few highlights of a scarily good night out.
Nice spooking with you ……
Vegan meet ups are always out of this world ….
Spider Man found us on the web ….
It’s always good to catch up with “old fiends” …
And the last word on the Hallowe’en Party goes to poetry competition winner, Alex.
SATURDAY – 1st NOVEMBER 2014 WORLD VEGAN DAY
Saturday saw an unseasonably warm November day and the perfect chance to enjoy the Brixton Walkabout – a regular monthly fixture of the London Vegan Meetup scene. The day was extra special being both the second anniversary of the Brixton Walkabout, run by popular hostess Jess, and World Vegan Day itself.
Brixton itself was choc-full of vegan chocolate, cakes – courtesy of Trina’s and Ms Cupcake, Ethiopian fayre, Scoff Sweets ….. Need I go on?
But the icing on the vegan cake that afternoon was a fabulous fun-filled World Vegan Day party held at local hostelry The Dog Star, which saw an amazing afternoon of rock ‘n’ roll dancing led by Sarah-Jane, raffles, a charity auction featuring vegan goodies including Plamil chocolate and Tropic Skincare products, musical chairs, singing contest …..
And if that wasn’t enough, when all the fun and games were over, there was nothing for it but to head up north to our favourite vegan cafe, Kabaret at Karamel in Wood Green, for a special World Vegan Day Drinks night, hosted by Fat Gay Vegan. Here we were blessed by talks from two vibrant queens of the vegan scene: Louise Wallis, co-owner of Kabaret at Karamel, who initiated World Vegan Day 20 years ago, and Joyful Vegan and Author, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, who was visiting from across the pond and who was, happily, able to join us for the celebrations.
A hearty range of food was on offer from Gourmet Burgers, to Pizzas and Spicy Sausage Casserole followed by a fabulous vegan chocolate cake. Yum!
And with dancing scheduled to go on till 2.00 am, these plant-fuelled vegans clearly had no shortage of stamina ….
A sweet way to start the day at Trina’s cake stall …
The auction was choc-a-bloc with prizes. Thank you, Plamil!
And yet more auction prizes. Goodie, Goodie ….
Sold to the highest bidder ….
SUNDAY 2nd NOVEMBER 2014 – DAY OF THE DEAD PARTY
You’d think with all the late-night shenanigans of Friday and Saturday, those vegans would be wiped out. Not a bit of it. Even if some of us were feeling half-dead afterwards, it really didn’t matter, as Sunday saw an amazing Mexican Day of the Dead (Dia de Los Muertos) party, back at Kabaret at Karamel and hosted by the tireless Fat Gay Vegan.
In any case, we were quickly revived by the most amazing vegan Mexican buffet, lovingly prepared by two specially-imported Mexican chefs, and which included wave after Mexican wave of vegan goodies: tasty black bean soup, enchiladas, tortillas, guacamole … And those with a sweet tooth were well rewarded by delicious vegan rice pudding, sugar skulls, Scoff sweets, and chocolate to die for from Cocoa Feliz.
Other treats along the way were a cookery demonstration featuring a fabulous Brazilian quinoa dish, made by our dear friend Vanessa of Essential Vegan, a talk by Emma of Veganbnb Travel on vegan holidays in Spain and Guatemala, an encounter with a Mexican wrestler and his hot Kankun chilli sauce – the joint was indeed kicking. Muchas gracias to all concerned.
Anyway, here I am to spill the Mexican beans ….
Fighting for the last enchilada ….
Some like it hot …
Not mushroom in my tummy … !
Mixing it up with Vanessa, the Quinoa Queen!
Mmmmm. Nice buns!
Thumbs up for a really great party!
So there we have it! Three days of vegan celebrations in the capital.
Think we’re all going to slow down now the weekend’s over? Not a bit of it. London is vegan party town and we intend to keep it that way!
Join us for lots of fun vegan events in London at
London Vegan Meetup http://www.meetup.com/londonvegan/
London Vegans. http://www.londonvegans.org.uk
Find out more about veganism at the Vegan Society http://www.vegansociety.com/
For vegan resources in London (restaurants, events etc), check out Vegan London http://www.veganlondon.co.uk
Tibits Restaurant, 12-14 Heddon Street, off Regent Street, London W1B 4DA Tel: 0207 758 4112 http://www.tibits.co.uk
Kabaret at Karamel, Chocolate Factory 2, Coburg Road, Wood Green, London N22 6UJ 020 8829 8989 http://karamelrestaurant.com/
Trina’s Delicacies http://www.trinasdelicacies.com/collections/vegan-cakes
Ms Cupcake http://www.mscupcake.co.uk/
Vegan Sweets and Chocolates
Scoff Sweets http://www.scoffsweets.co.uk/
Cocoa Feliz http://cocoafeliz.com/
Colleen Patrick-Goudreau http://www.joyfulvegan.com/
Brazilian Vegan Food
Essential Vegan http://essentialvegan.co.uk/
Vegan Mexican Sauce
Vegan Holidays to Spain and Guatemala