Yesterday I headed down to Tynemouth for their annual Food Festival with demonstrations and lots of little food stalls to try out. Today I thought I would share my experience with you. At first I was a bit hesitant due to the lack of vegan places around the area however I was rather surprised. I even managed to find somewhere for lunch!
The event took place at the English Heritage site, Tynemouth Priory, which over looks the river Tyne and the North Sea. In the morning it was rather wet, raining and cold but by the afternoon it started to perk up. I first went to see a demonstration by a lovely lady at Davenport’s Chocolates that was showing guests how to make a chocolate flower. The next demonstration was from Bob at Sachins in Newcastle City Centre. Personally, I’ve heard a lot of good things about that restaurant and I think they may be some dishes suitable for the northern vegans. They demonstration was for a chicken curry however the recipe could easily have been changed for a vegan one.
It was then time to take a stroll round the stalls. To my surprise there was a quite a selection of vegan options however most of them were chilli sauces, oils, cheese and pies that had little tasters. The first stop I made was at Wheatberry. Described as a “local business delivering fresh, home made food to your door”, they had a lovely selection of salads and dips on offer to try. I just couldn’t resist trying a few of their salads so this is where I got my lunch from. I can’t quite remember what I had but I know it was the 3 salad box deal with my choice of dressing, sprouts and hummus for £5. The quality was amazing and the whole thing just tasted delicious and like I was in vegan heaven.
I also brought a gorgeous pot of their Raw Red Pepper Hummus, which if your local you should try at least once because it tastes much nicer than that processed stuff you get from Sainsbury’s or Tescos. Try it with some toasted pitta or crackers and you have the perfect afternoon snack. After having the lunch time salad, I might even try the hummus with my classic go to salad for something a bit different.
Do you know how the beauty boxes are all in season? Well the next stall was basically a vegan and veggie friendly version! Riverford offer an organic food service delivered straight to your door. You can view their website here that tells you a lot more information but I think it is brilliant for fruit and veg lovers who aren’t in close distance to a groceries.
The one thing I really miss since going vegan and living a more healthier lifestyle is chocolate and in particular chocolate favourite things. I know that I posted my Good Apple review the other week that you can read here but Sunderland is a bit of a trek just for cake for my when I am not at university. No Muu seemed to be the answer to my prayers with vegan friendly chocolate brownie, rocky road and flapjack so you can tell the tasters went down when I visited the stall. All their chocolate is vegan friendly too including the veggie marshmallows which is just brilliant. Friends take note as my birthday is coming up! Oh and please don’t judge the Thomas the Tank Engine plate, I ran out of the good ones…
The last stall I stopped at was Scented Melts that sold soy wax melts that you can put in oil burners. A bit link the oh so famous Yankee Candle tart burners. I treated myself to the Lush ‘Rockstar’ wax melt as it smelt extremely strongly of Snow Fairy which is one of my favourite Lush scents. It is bright pink, glittery and makes your room smell gorgeous for ages after burning. For 80p you really can’t go wrong!
I know that the event is taking place today so if your in the local area of fancy a day out, I definitely recommend it. If not there is always next year!
Have you ever been to a food festival before? What are your thoughts on them? Let me know in the comments.