Preparing for Irish Vegan Festival 2017

It almost feels like yesterday when I went to Dublin Veg Fest last year, so it’s weird for me to think that I’m going to my second ever vegan festival tomorrow – Irish Vegan Festival!

Cork Veg Fest is on at the same time (the same people who ran Dublin Veg Fest) and they kindly offered me tickets to go, but I’d already bought tickets to Irish Vegan Festival and made plans with friends to go so I had to refuse. If only I could be in two places at once!

I’m really excited to check out all the latest vegan food and products, though my wallet isn’t as thrilled. It’s a good thing I got paid this week, because I can see myself going a little crazy! Being in a big room filled with other like minded folk browsing tables and stalls filled with vegan stuff and NOT having to check the ingredients on anything? I mean, it’s kind of like vegan heaven right? ๐Ÿ˜€

I’m hoping to get some vegan merch (perhapsย from the organisers, Farplace Animal Rescue, who help cats with FIV+) and try some delicious food with good friends. I’m going up with two vegans, Katie and Jamie, and possibly another friend called Casey (though she’s not sure if she’ll be able to make it yet – fingers crossed she can!) We’re going to get the bus up at 9.30am and back down at 5.30pm (so I can put money I would’ve spent on a hotel roomย towards vegan yummies instead!)

I’ll be vlogging my trip so I’ll be sure to get lots of shots of the food and atmosphere for anyone who wanted to go but couldn’t.ย Stay tuned for the video, which I’ll post on my YouTube channel a few days after the fest ๐Ÿ™‚

I know there’ll be loads of vegan food there, but I’m just in the habit now of always taking a little bag of snacks with me – inside will be a Cashew Cookie bar from Nakd, some Lotus biscuits and a little packet of raisins – just in case! I’ll also pack a few pears and some water for the bus journey up! I imagine we’ll have to queue for a while, so I don’t want to go hungry while I’m waiting!

The sunny weather has basically disappeared now so although I want to be comfy, I also don’t want to risk wearing something light and then being cold! I’ll see how the temperature is tomorrow, but I’ll probably end up wearing a coat!

Here’s the programme for anyone interested:

Music
10:15am โ€“ 11:00am Didgeridoo Belfast with Terry McDonald and Shakti Tribe Belly Dancers
11:00am โ€“ 12:15pm Mellow Strings Guitar Duo Jonathan
12:15pm โ€“ 1:00pm Didgeridoo Belfast with Terry McDonald and Shakti Tribe Belly Dancers
1:00pm โ€“ 2:15pm Mellow Strings Guitar Duo Jonathan
2:15pm โ€“ 3:00pm Didgeridoo Belfast with Terry McDonald and Shakti Tribe Belly Dancers

Talks and Demosย 
11:00am โ€“ 12:00pm Introduction to veganism Stephen Walsh
12:00pm โ€“ 1:00pm โ€˜Why veganโ€™ Ethical, Environmental and Health by Cliff Grant Focusing on ethics, nutrition and health and the harm caused by the meat and dairy industry and common misconceptions with regards to a healthy diet and nutritional requirements.
1:00pm โ€“ 2:30pm Go Vegan Campaign Sandra Higgins
2:30pm โ€“ 3:15pm DxE DxE Northern Ireland Direct Action Everywhere community and I will be presenting the evidence that supports why non-violent direct action is effective as well as discussing DxEโ€™s 3 pronged approach; protest, open rescue and community building.
3:15pm โ€“ 4:15pm Heres to you, you and you Richard Deboo Living poetry and prose in performance, a celebration of being vegan
4:15pm โ€“ 4:55pm โ€“ Bangor Community Kitchen Laura Mashal Talk on vegan food waste

Vegan Sushi Day in the Sun

I’ve been thinking as of late about how lucky I am to have vegan friends around me. It makes being vegan in an omni world infinitely easier, and it also means that if I want to give something new a go, I have a group of people totally on board to try it with me.

One of these things is vegan sushi!

vegan sushi

I saw a few pictures of gorgeous rolled nori with all sorts of yummy veggies on Instagram, and I knew I just had to try it. Last week on one of Ireland’s very rare sunny days, I met at my friend’s house and we got cooking!

We cracked open some bottles of apple and elderflower juice and some wine and relaxed a little in the sun while the sushi rice cooked. You can’t really use regular rice for sushi as it’s just not sticky enough, so shop around the health food stores or just browse your supermarket and I’m sure you’ll find a pack.

vegan sushi

While your rice is cooking, cut up whatever you want to wrap into your sushi. We decided on smoked tofu (YUM!), peppers and mango (plenty of the mango disappeared while we were cooking!)

We all had a go rolling the sushi once the rice was done, though we soon learnt we should have left it to cool a little bit more before trying to roll it. My friend Katie happened to have some old Uncle Bens mats that rolled it perfectly (though we put down some clingfilm to stop the rice sticking in the grooves of the mat!)

It was a little messy and took a bit of practice, but we ended up making some pretty awesome sushi if I say so myself. We never really let the plates fill with the delicious little rolls until the end of the cooking sesh (we were starving hungry!) but I managed to get a picture or two of the finished product before they were gobbled up.

vegan sushi

It was such a fun day so if you’re a vegan looking to get a little adventurous with your food choices, try a sushi day with your friends (who don’t have to be vegan –ย some of my friends are still omni and they really enjoyed the food!) or family.

Have you had vegan sushi before? Let me know in the comments! ๐Ÿ™‚

Win 2 Tickets To Cork Veg Fest On May 13th!

Competition time! ๐Ÿ™‚

Cork Veg Fest is coming up on May 13th and it’s set to be a fantastic event! I went to Dublin Veg Fest last year and I had a fantastic time (you can watch my vlog of the day at the bottom of this post!), so I fully expect Cork Veg Fest to be just as good, if not better.

Not only will there be stalls and stalls of delicious vegan food and products, there are some really cool speakers lined up including Patrick Baboumian, one of the world’s strongest men, the world’s strongest vegan and one of the faces of PeTA. As well as Baboumian, the Vegan Mammy will be speaking at the event and so will Fiona Oakes, vegan super athlete.

cork veg fest

There’s something for everyone!

How to win, you ask? Head on over to my Instagram to enter! All you have to do is like the competition photo and follow @dublinvegfest, which is the official account of Cork Veg Fest. And that’s it! You might as well try and enter – someone has to win! ๐Ÿ˜€

Best of luck!ย 

Update: The winner is nadya_in_ireland! Congrats and thanks to everyone for participating! ๐Ÿ™‚