I spent Sunday at the Sydney Vegan Market in Marrickville chowing down on ALL the vegan treats that I could handle. I had everything from chocolate filled crepes, southern style burgers, egg-free omelettes to popcorn 'chicken'. Yes, I had to take a little nap afterwards... FOOD COMA.
The market launched Nov. 19 and runs every third Sunday of the month between 9am and 4pm. As well as food, the market also stocks ethical fashion, skincare, florists and a tonne of other stalls. There was even a kitten cuddle tent and a dingo cuddle tent with money going to the respective animal charities! Tip: get to the market early as the popular stalls sell out quick and have massive queues!
It's so refreshing to witness the rise of vegan/veggie events like this and see how many new plant-based cafes are popping up. There is a HUGE shift from when I went vegetarian 20 years ago (yikes!) and found it difficult to even get a meat-free option, let alone ever imagine a restaurant that was 100% free of animal products. I became used to stodgy risotto and goat's cheese tart options on the menu - neither of which appealed.
When I was 20 I spent a few months living in San Fran and, as luck would have it, I landed an apartment above a vegan restaurant. It was my first exposure to a vegan restaurant and that summer I ate the best food I had ever eaten, tried new food combinations and exposed my tastebuds to brand new flavours. I returned to Ireland wishing we had similar cafes so that it would be easier to be vegan (or as close to it). Fast forward 10 years later to the present day, and there are AMAZING places to eat back home in Ireland (I will cover some in a future post) and around the world, making living a cruelty-free lifestyle much more attainable.
Words like "compassionate", "ethical" and "conscious" are everywhere these days, people are becoming more aware of where their products come from... and more importantly caring. Documentaries like 'What The Health' and 'Cowspiracy' are inviting conversation between friends and colleagues, and making us think about what we put on our plate and in our bodies.
Now that I am living in Sydney, I am getting the opportunity to explore new cafes and go to these wonderful markets. The next Sydney Vegan Market will be happening in January (the third Sunday of the month) so definitely pop along if you're in the area.
The list of vendors changes but here are some of my favourite places so far (click names for links):
- Soul Burger (their 'Fish' burger is the best burger I have EVER had)
- Monchay Kitchen (their burgers are amazing)
- The Pilot (selling 'black butter' which is made from black tahini, tastes soooo good on apples as a snack)
- Kogi Coffee (because you always need a coffee)
- Maker Sydney (for their s'mores and cupcakes)
Keep an eye on my INSTAGRAM (@kellebelleyoga) for my posts on yoga, sustainable living and vegan/veggie eateries in Australia, Ireland & London.