Last week I attended the North East Vegan Festival on the 4th March at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland, and I thought this would be the perfect first post in English.
For those who don't know what it is, it is a festival that takes place 3 times a year in Newcastle upon Tyne, Gateshead and Sunderland. Luckily Sunderland was the first location and we took a break from our uni work on that Sunday to spend some time away from books and screens, and spend some nice time discovering the entire vegan world. Regardless of whether you are vegan, vegetarian or not, I think these events are a great opportunity to support and promote very small businesses, get to know new people, and try products that you would never find in the supermarkets. It is also the perfect place to educate yourself about all the issues around animal cruelty and animal industry, but also discover a whole new world of unique, hand-made items/food.
The event took place at the Stadium of Light, and the first floor was full of different stalls. To start our tour off, we stopped for some vegan cupcakes which where delicious! My boyfriend got the orange and chocolate one and I got the oreo one.
As a big lover orange and chocolate, my boyfriend couldn't resist buying one of these tablets, which were only £1 each from Besos Food and Drinks, which all products are cruelty free and made with Spanish ingredients. They also had a vegan alternative to Baileys that was very tasty!
We then went to the other side of the corridor and found a stall with lots of incense, creams, oils, stones, candles... And I have to admit that these type of products are my weakness. So I ended up getting a bo of incense for £1.50 and a pink clay face mask for £6.95 from Ancient Wisdom. I bought the incense as a gift for my mum, but I have tried the pink clary face mask and I have to say that I am in love. This face mask is for sensitive and dehydrated skins and smells amazing! It is also very easy to use, and you only need to mix 2 teaspoons of powder with some water, and it only needs to stay for 5-10 min. I never liked to use creams on my face to hydrate it, so I think this is going to be part of my skin care routine from now on.
Then I got myself this cute T-shirt for £15 from Uncaptive Ethical Clothing, which is a brand that creates completely organic and vegan clothing. They are socially and eco conscious, so they only provide clothing that has been made with organic cotton, which is better for the environment, and their suppliers are accredited by the Fear Wear credibility, which means that the clothes have been made with fair labour.
The next T-Shirt I bought is from Wear your voice for £11, run by very passionate owners about the environment and society, and their T-shirts speak out for them. As soon as I saw this T-shirt I felt that connection to nature and it expresses how alive everything is around us. It is called 'Mother Nature' and what the designers wanted to show is that nature doesn't need humans to survive, but we need nature to survive, therefore we need to act as the guardians instead of destroying it.
However, this Festival wasn't only about food, supplements, protein or clothing, it was also about health and lifestyle. We then found the stall where the guys from Centred Chiropractic where offering free short consultations and got our spines checked. We felt how professionals they were and we decided to sign up for an information session and a free full consultation at their clinic, which was an offer they had available only for those who attended the Vegan Festival.
These are only a few of the stalls that were at the Vegan Festival, but we also had the opportunity to have a chat with Super U, Calder's Kitchen and a Greek food and ingredients supplier which we didn't manage to get information of but gave us the name of The Urban Terrace Kitchen, a food stall that uses their products and it is surprisingly close to where I live and it is in my bucket list of places I would like to eat in!
I am so glad I had the opportunity to attend this event, because I didn't have the chance to go last year, and I didn't want to miss it this time. It was such an eye-opening experience where I got the chance to meet so many small business owners and their products, trying new food and getting information about what we can do to improve our lifestyle and not damaging the environment.
I encourage you to visit all these websites if you want to find out more about them, and if you would like to know more about the Vegan Festival and their upcoming events throughout the UK visit their website here.
Hope you enjoyed this post as much as I did, and see you in my next post in English!