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! ✌🏻
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