Dublin Veg Fest 2017 Review + Pictures 

Dublin Veg Fest is over for me for another year, and it’s been a great experience! I went yesterday with two friends and we left with light pockets and full bellies with bags of goodies weighing us down.

We got there before 11am and we’re in the queue for about 20 minutes, maybe 30, before we got in. We decided not to have breakfast so that we wouldn’t spoil our appetites for all the vegan yumminess ahead of us, but we were STARVED by the time we hit the food court outside.

Usually at vegan festivals we do a lap first before eating, but we made a beeline for the hot dog stand, V Dogs. The hot dogs were super yummy and so realistic, I swear no meat eater would be able to tell the difference.

After we were fed and watered we wandered around for a while upstairs where most of the vendors were. There was plenty there that I’d seen and tried before but there were a few new faces as well.

I gave the Wellnice pops a go, as I’d seen them advertised on Instagram a while ago and had no way of trying them before. They’re frozen juice oops made out of fruit and veggies. I liked the lemon and yellow pepper one but the other one I tried, kale and apple I think, wasn’t my cup of tea.

There was a brand called Sonnett selling at the event and they had a fantastic deal on; you could buy sample bottles of detergents and washing up liquids for just 50 cent apiece! And they were really decent sized bottles too! Brilliant deal.

I also got a t-shirt that says ‘Not your ma, not your milk’ for €15 and some amazing coconut based sauces from Asia Market. There were condensed mills, chocolate fudge, butterscotch and caramel sauces on offer for just €2 per jar or €5 for 3! FANTASTIC deal! So of course I bought 6 jars!

Another newcomer I met was Chocolatey Clare (great make, right?) who was selling flavoured milk chocolate with her sons. It’s hard to find vegan milk chocolate at the best of times, so I was thrilled that the quality was second to none. I picked up the peanut butter flavoured bar and my friend grabbed a minty one. She had it gobbled up before we even left!

Of all that I bought yesterday, however, the best thing was the vegan fried chicken from Moodley Manor. It completely surpassed my expectations, and even though the queue to buy it was an hour long, it was totally worth it. It looks exactly like fried chicken from the outside even though the inside is quite different, but the most important thing is it tastes exactly like it fried chicken well. It’s incredible.

I also donated money to the Back Into Daylight animal sanctuary and I was a little disheartened to see that I was the only name on the list. This was around 2 hours in to the festival as well. We have to remember that these festivals aren’t just a place to try yummy food and buy vegan goodies, it’s also a place where we congregate because of a common belief – that animals deserve to love their lives, that we don’t own them, that we should care for and protect them. Providing a sanctuary for animals costs money, and as vegans we should support the people running these sanctuaries as best we can. They can’t do it for free, so even if you can only donate a euro, that euro will be put to good use!

Overal, I had a great day and I tried lots of delicious food. I can’t wait until next year already! ✌🏻

Check out my full gallery of pictures below 🙂










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5 Irish Vegans You Should Be Following

If you’re not from Ireland, you may not think that there would be many vegans on our little island, but you’d be surprised! We’re a growing community. Although there are no official figures of how many vegans there are in Ireland, we can still hazard an educated guess just by looking at the numbers that attended Dublin Veg Fest and Vegan Festival in Belfast, which put numbers in the thousands. Plus, veganism in Britain has risen by 360% in the past 10 years. It’s onwards and upwards from here!

Anyway, whether you’re an Irish native or not, here is a list of 5 Irish vegans you need to follow!

Cosmic Colette

Cosmic Colette is a vegan YouTuber and body positive advocate. She posts very regularly and her content is always incredibly helpful and informative. If you’re looking for a mindful approach to vegan living and eating, make sure to check out her videos (and her Instagram feed – I always find out something new or get a positive affirmation for the day!)

Vegan Mammy

If you have kiddos running around the house and you’re having trouble converting them to a plant based diet, Vegan Mammy has some fantastic recipes on her blog. There’s something for even the fussiest of eaters!

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Source: veganmammy.com

Green Leafy Gael 

If you’re active on Instagram, you’ve no doubt come across Green Leafy Gael in the tags! She’s a Donegal native and a passionate vegan and healthy eater. If you’re looking for fab healthy recipes and lots of great information on vegan living and rejecting fast fashion, she’s your first port of call!

Irish Mountain Child

Otherwise known as Saoirse, Irish Mountain Child is a blog where you’ll find posts on many different things, but she writes a lot about living a healthy lifestyle and shopping ethically. I really enjoy her Instagram feed in particular, especially now as she’s gotten engaged and is exploring ethical wedding options like checking out the dresses at Oxfam Bridal.

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Source: irishmountainchild.com

Veg Huns

If you’re looking for a bit of vegan comedy in your life (and sure who isn’t?) as well as lots of tips on the best places to get vegan food in Ireland (and abroad as well), then make sure to follow Veg Huns on Instagram.

Irish Vegans

Do you follow any great Irish vegans? Let me know who they are in the comments below! I’d love to hear about them!

VLOG: Irish Vegan Festival & Exploring Belfast Charity Shops

Last weekend was Irish Vegan Festival so two friends and I bussed it up to Belfast, excited and hungry for some vegan yummies. Needless to say, we tried some delicious vegan food, but also some not so delicious food, but that’s to be expected. A vegan convention can seem like heaven, but you’re not going to like EVERYTHING!

I uploaded my vlog to my YouTube channel so you can see some of the beautifully presented food and awesome products on offer at the fest, but I’ll just do a brief recap here too!

We hurried and arrived at the Waterfront where the fest was held at 11.40am, buirish vegan festival t it’s better late than never, right? Unfortunately the bus times were against us – we got on at 9.3am and the journey takes about 2 hours. It didn’t make much of a difference as there was plenty to see and eat, but it took us a while to get our bearings and figure out how to get there.

Once we arrived we made a beeline for a hot food stall – Sgaia. I’m so glad we went here because their Eg and Bacon Brioche Burger was EPIC! I’d eat it EVERY day if I had the chance (so it’s probably a good thing it’s not widely available). Plus they had a great ticket system for serving people so we didn’t have to queue for an hour before getting our food (I’m reminded of tirish vegan festival he Moodley Manor stall at Veg Fest last year – we were in that queue so long the food was cold by the time we got it!)

We also tried a pastry that I initially thought was an eclair (no cream inside unfortunately!) that was pretty good, and we gave The Crazy Rabbit ice cream a try too. I picked tahini swirl, my friend Katie chose passion fruit and her boyfriend Jamie picked coffee. The coffee one was great but the passion fruit one was a little flavourless, whereas the tahini swirl just tasted TOO MUCH like tahini. For something that’s called ‘swirl’, it was just too strong a taste. However, it’s an Irish company and they just started up, so I’d definitely give their stuff a go again in the future! irish vegan festival

Katie and I gave a chilli sauce a go that almost burnt our tongues off and we tried some strawberry almond milk (though it wasn’t my cup of tea). We also picked up some very cute t-shirts (I picked one with the slogan ‘Eat Cake, Not Steak’ and Katie chose ‘Eat Jam, Not Ham’) for about £20 each, which is pretty steep, but we loved the design so much we ignored the protestations of our purses!

There was a VR experience at one of the stalls but Jamie gave it a go and it turned his stomach so Katie and I decided to give it a miss. We already know the horrors that animals face at the abattoir and have no desire to see it in action. It’s too devastating. However, this kind of thing would be excellent for opening the minds of some curious omnivores.

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The Waterfront space was a really good size as you could walk about among the crowd without feeling suffocated and there were plenty of areas where you could just sit and chill, including a kids corner. There were lots of bins (though it would’ve been nice to see a recycling system) and a good area just outside the stalls area where you can get a cuppa tea or a beer.

After the convention, we went exploring to check out a few charity shops. All three of us love a bargain and we could happily spend a long time in a charity store. We all managed to pick up a few steals – including a corduroy skirt for Katie, pyjamas for Jamie and a cardigan and shirt for me. Buying from charity shops and second hand stores is more environmentally friendly so checking them out before going to a mainstream store is a good rule of thumb!

Overall I had a great time and I would go to the festival again so props to the organisers for all the hard work! I hope that Farplace Animal Rescue made plenty of cash to help the FIV+ cats they take care of!

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? 😀

I’m hoping to get some vegan merch (perhaps 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 room 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. Stay tuned for the video, which I’ll post on my YouTube channel a few days after the fest 🙂

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

Talks and Demos 
11:00am – 12:00pm Introduction to veganism Stephen Walsh
12:00pm – 1:00pm ‘Why vegan’ 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 – 2:30pm Go Vegan Campaign Sandra Higgins
2:30pm – 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 DxE’s 3 pronged approach; protest, open rescue and community building.
3:15pm – 4:15pm Heres to you, you and you Richard Deboo Living poetry and prose in performance, a celebration of being vegan
4:15pm – 4:55pm – Bangor Community Kitchen Laura Mashal Talk on vegan food waste

Vegan 1 Year Today | My Veganniversary

Today is a big day for me – it’s my veganniversary!

I can’t even recognise the person I used to be. I’ve not only lost 2 stone in weight, gotten my cholesterol back to a normal level and my skin has cleared up, I’ve also become a more positive and compassionate person. I care more about the earth, the animals and my health than I ever have before and I feel like I’m currently the best version of myself. Going vegan was the best thing I ever did!

I put up a video on my YouTube channel talking about all the changes that I’ve made and how I’ve grown as a person since I went vegan. Give it a watch below:

When is your veganniversary? Let me know in the comments!