Firstly let me just issue a little apology, I know I know I’ve missed two whole days of blogmas! But this was not my fault! Its Shades. Yep that cute doggo stayed true to her name and threw some huge shade when she broke my laptop! So now its a case of just being able to post when I can. I am sorry. And I am trying.
But onto the good news on Sunday Naomi Bayle and Katie Lawrence made history by holding Gloucester’s first ever Vegan Christmas Market and within 5 hours they saw over 1500 people (not including kids) go through their gates at the stunning blackfriars. Every room packed with all different vegan friendly stalls were busy and it was so exciting to see! Due to the lack of vegan establishments in Gloucestershire there is always a negative vibe that travels with any events like this being held so I am so happy with the positive turn out. Finally Gloucester’s caught up with other cities and has entered the vegan game. £2 entry on the door with all proceeds going towards the dean farm trust (animal sanctuary) you just couldn’t argue with that one!
So here is a very quick summary of the event and ill get into the different stalls a little later!
The good points:
- Vegan food and food alternatives EVERYWHERE. Yes I am the proud owner of the last pack of vegan marshmallows but sadly they’re not for me. Heartbreaking really. Here’s my fave food and everything that got featured on my insta: Mmm you can taste the vegan
- Not just “a curry” actual vegan alternatives.
- People just happy to talk vegan and not a forceful preachy vegan in sight. You know my views on that.. “I am not an ill hippie who wants to challenge you” Oh and Alex from that post was volunteering there! Got to love her!
- Pure excitement everywhere!
- Vegan beauty at some of its best with all natural recipes! (I’ll come back to this with another post after I test out some products that I have gotten! bare with).
- Education for all ages including little ones.
The bad points (not really that bad more learning curves):
- Once you left you couldn’t go back in… so you couldn’t really try everything there unless you were ready for 20 meals in an hour. Like Lauren suggested maybe some hand stamps next time.
- A bigger venue, In one way this is actually a good point this was a very successful event but you did feel a little claustrophobic in some areas because it was just so packed.
- Again bigger venue = less queuing. I got there at 11 which was fine but I know people who queued for over 45 minutes to get in and when the events not on for that long it does leave you questioning if its worth it (it was but they didn’t know this!).
After speaking to Naomi I can say that she is very proud of the event and she should be! And hinted at maybe a summer event… PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!