Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Booming and Busy Bristol VegFest 2015

I had a good time in Bristol at the weekend, what made it even more enjoyable was the company of my nephew and niece.  Before heading down to the Harbour side for Bristol VegFest, we went into Stokes Croft not only to check out the graffiti art, but also to get some breakfast at Cafe Kino.  Then we winded our way to the city centre, when we decided to wander through St Nicholas Market and I treated myself to some Psycho Chocolate Chilli Salted Caramel with Naga Jolokia from the Hot Sauce Emporium. 

When we eventually got to Bristol VegFest it was super busy, I knew it would be so as I attended last year too.  Anyway, I had to go round twice, maybe even three times to absorb what was there, but I am sure that I miss loads in the hustle and bustle.  It was also quite hard to take pictures, so I only have a few to share.
The fabulous Ms Cupcake aka Melissa Morgan in person who was more than happy for me to take a photograph of her.  I have her The Naughtiest Vegan Cupcakes in Town, but have to admit that I have yet to bake from it.  The selection below has me tempted and I am not overly a cupcake girl, but I am happy to bake them for others.  

From baked vegan cupcakes to raw cakes and raw pizza from Paradise Unbakery which I was truly bowled over by. 
I really did not know where to look first.   Everything looked amazing.  
These were perhaps the most beautiful raw vegan cakes I have ever and I mean set eyes upon
 And you could see that they were truly made with love and edible flowers.

My nephew was tempted to try the Raw Thai Nam Home Coconut Water from Coco Face
I have box of vegan Marshmallows from Ananda's to make at home, but it was good to try a sample of how the successfully made vegan marshmallow would taste.

There were so many vegetarian and vegan caterers on site, that we were spoiled for choice of world wide cuisine.  I was really tempted by Brownins Caribbean vegan food, but the free samples of vegan cheese crackers and chocolate had me feeling quite content, that I wasn't quite ready to eat lunch. 
There were massive queues for the Happy Maki  (that specialised in vegan sushi wraps) and The Loving Hut, and as much as I would have loved to tried their offerings (of vegan 'fish' and chips with 'fish' sauce), I don't have the patience to line up for food.  
I was excited to see The Spotted Leopard there, but look forward to enjoying their grub some other day when I am in Bristol.
Momentarily I lost D, but when I looked back again he appeared with a cone of Smoked Jerk Spices chunky chips from The Happy Chippy.  I must admit, the last thing I expected to eat at the Vegfest was chips!
I have to admit, I did not come back home laden with goodies, just a few things amongst them Bengal Spice Tea and Koko Dairy and Soy Free milk, but all in all it was a good day and one I would be happy to do again, come next year. 


  1. Those flower treats are almost too pretty to eat! Of course, if one was right in front of me I might think otherwise!

  2. That looks fantastic, I wish I could have got there for a day.

    It's funny although I love the look of cupcakes, indeed most cakes, it's something I just don't eat. If I have to have a 'sweet nibble' while I'm out and sometimes you just 'have' to don't you when you stop for a coffee, I usually opt for shortbread or a scone with butter.

    Somehow I have completely lost my sweet tooth.

    It looks like you had a great day.

    1. So lovely to hear from you Sue, its been a while. I have to be in the mood for cupcakes too. I hope you find your sweet tooth again.

  3. So many lovely things to discover! I do love a food festival, but normally struggle with decent veggie food to eat while there, this would be perfect! Thanks for sharing!

    1. So many options here, you would have been spoiled for choice.

  4. Wow - elaborate decorations on those cup cakes (and, the lady in the 3rd photo, from the top). As always, your website makes me hungry, unless I visit right after dinner :)
    Glad you had a great time, Shaheen!
    Have a Beautiful Day!
    Peace :)

  5. Even if you don't buy much, these food fairs are a good opportunity to see some new things and pick up some ideas. Just like you, I hate having to queue for ages to get food.

    1. I agree Mark, I don't really buy much when I venture to food fairs, mostly go for the inspiration. PS its good to know you like me in not wishing to queue for food either, no matter how hungry I am.


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