VEGFEST 2017

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It was my best friend Michaela McCreesh Birthday (@kaylamccreesh) so I decided to surprise by taking her to Vegfest with me. Michaela is not Vegan but is Vegetarian, she is one of my friends that is open minded and up for trying new things, our friendship is majorly based around our love and appreciation of food. This is why I decided to document the whole experience.

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We had such a great day at Vegfest, meeting new people, learning about their companies, their range of products and getting to try samples. I’ll be taking you through some of the companies that were there on the day and giving you some information about them.

PREMAE:

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Premae UK is world renowned for in 2012 becoming the first luxury Vegan approved beauty brand to receive an Allergy UK award and to be ‘free-from’ creating a new niche of skincare products free from Tree Nuts, Soy, Wheat, Oats and Gluten (as well as all parabens, petrochemicals and SLS Free).

The brand is aimed at women and men of all ages who wish to build their confidence with beauty products suitable for sensitive skin.

They had a whole range of products and we tired a few on our skin, leaving it feeling well moisturised and noticeably softer. This is a great brand ran by some lovely people

For more info

website: http://www.premaeuk.net

email: ceo@premaeuk.net

instagram: @premaeuk

BAKING BAD 

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Baking Bad is a Vegan Cakes, Cupcakes and Freakshakes business based in London. They have a fun selection of treats including galaxy cupcakes, chocolate lined cookie shot glasses, unicorn cupcakes, rainbow cakes and even flying cupcakes, as well as some delicious brownies.

This stall really stood out with its vibrant colours and logo. The person behind the stall was dressed in a unicorn outfit, so this stall was screaming fun and extremely eye-catching.

We did not get to try the magical cupcakes but we tried the brownie samples and they were full of chocolatey flavour and pleasantly moist.

For more info

website: http://www.bakingbadvegan.com

email: hello@bakingbadvegan.com

instagram: @bakingbad.vegan

MR ORGANIC 

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Mr Organic make good, honest food with a positive approach at every stage of food production. Coming from three generations of Italian tomato producers, Mr Organic began making their award-winning range with their own organic crops.

Mr Organic offer a fantastic range of products,

Tomato Basic sauces such as Organic tinned Plum tomatoes, Organic Tinned Cherry tomatoes, Organic tinned chopped tomatoes, and a range of Organic Passata sauces.

Pasta Sauces such as vegetarian tofu ragu, vegetarian seitan ragu, vegetarian soya ragu, Olive and Capers pasta sauce, roasted garlic pasta sauce, Bolognese, Basilico and Arrabbiata.

Pesto selection such as chilli and garlic, red pepper, sundried tomato and classic basil.

Free From Stir In Sauces such as Tomato and Olive add in sauce, Grilled Pepper add in sauce and Grilled Aubergine add in sauce.

and a range of Egg Free Mayonnaise, Pasta, Rice, Oils and Vinegars, Ketchup and Salsas, Dried Mixes, Beans and Pulses, Fruit Conserves and Chocolate Spreads. 

Mr Organic offers a large selection of Organic and Natural, Vegan and Vegetarian, Gluten Free foods. The website is also great to visit for lots of recipe suggestions. Mr Organic products are not available to buy from their website but they are sold in many shops such as Waitrose, Ocado, Abel and Cole, Wholefoods, Holland and Barrett, Budgens, Plant Organic, Amazon, As Nature Intended and The Vegan Kind Supermarket.

For more info:

website: http://www.mr-organic.com

email: hello@mr-organic.com

instagram: @mr_organic

SUNITA FOODS

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Sunita pride themselves in producing high quality foods combining authenticity and a wide range of flavours with ingredients sourced from respected farms in the heart of the Mediterranean.

Sunita Fine Foods offer a lot of products such as Halva, Fruit Juices, Tahini and Spreads, Sesame bars, Olives, Pates and Spreads, Pesto and many more

I tried the Black Olive Pate and completely fell in love, I used to adore Tapenade, this is the closest taste I’ve found to it since becoming vegan. This is definitely one to try. I will talk more about this in my Vegfest review video and post.

For more info:

website: http://www.sunitafoods.co.uk

email: jan@sunitafoods.co.uk

instagram: @sunitafinefoods

Nutty

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The Nutty Group are makers of Gluten Free, Vegan and Organic smoothies, juices, fruit teas and nutty nibbles. 100% fruit and veggies, no added sugar, salt, preservatives or artificial colourings, not from concentrate. They use nuts, seeds, vitamins and nutrients.

We tried the Gluten Free Coconut and Almond bites, they had a texture like rice krispies with a pleasant sweetness that did not overpower, quite chewy yet crisp giving you a crunch. All the juices are cold pressed, with a good balance of sweet and sour. I tired the Pomegranate juice, I love Pomegranate so appreciated the flavour, smooth to drink and refreshing. Michaela tried the Carrot and orange which she found very strong she said “such a kick to it, it punched me”

For more info:

email: http://www.thenuttygroup.co.uk

email: enquires@thenuttygroup.co.uk

instagram: @thenuttygroup

CHEWSY

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Chewsy is the only 100% natural and sugar free chewing gum in the UK made with only 5 natural ingredients sourced from trees. That means no aspartame, no artificial flavours or sweeteners, no preservatives, and no plastic gum base.

Made with natural chicle gum base for a soft chew, and sweetened with natural xylitol for healthy teeth. And because we only use natural ingredients, our gum is completely biodegradable and better for the planet.

Tasted surprisingly nice we tried the Lemon flavour, I do not buy chewing gum as I have never enjoyed the texture of chewing gum, I found it too leathery but chewsy as a pleasant soft chew almost like having a sweet bon bon.

For more info:

website: http://www.chewsygum.co.uk

email: hello@chewsygum.co.uk

instagram: @chewsygum

NUTURAL WORLD

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Nutural World is dedicated to bringing out healthy products made from nuts and seeds. contains no oil, no sugar and no salt. Their products include Almond butter, Almond and Coconut spread, Cashew butter, Coconut cream, Hazelnut butter, Hazelnut and Carob spread, Macadamia butter, Pecan Butter, Pecan and Figs spread, Pinenut butter, Pistachio butter, Pumpkin seed butter and Dates and Walnut butter.

We tasted the Hazelnut and Carob, tasted abit like Nutella but a healthier guilt free version, the spreads were different and fun, the catch is that it is healthier than a lot of shop brought spreads. I recommend you give these a try.

For more info:

email: http://www.nuturalworld.com

email: admin@nuturalworld.com

instagram: @nuturalworld

MY SNACK 

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MySnack UK have in store dried fruit snacks, both sweet and savoury which include freeze dried fruit and vegetables and dried coconut chips. These are healthy snacks made from fresh fruits with no preservatives or additives. All products are gluten and lactose free and 100% Vegan.

We got to try the sweet fruit chips and savoury. This is a nice guilt free snack to have, They have a nice crunch and yet smooth to eat. They are very crisp and light with a sweet after taste.

For more info:

website: http://www.mysnack.co.uk

email: mari@mysnack.co.uk

instagram: @mysnackuk

FREAKS OF NATURE 

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A new range of delicious puds made purely from plants. Crammed full of fruits, nuts, coconut, natural nectars and cacao but free from dairy, gluten, soya, white sugar and artificial additives, these desserts are designed to make people free great not guilty.

We tried both the cocoa loca (chocolate ganache topped with hazelnut) and mango fandango (vanilla posset with mango and passion fruit). This had to be one of my fav vegan desserts at Vegfest, the combination of the intense thick creamy chocolate with digests so smooth on the tongue, with the crunch of the hazelnut topping is match made in heaven. The sweetness of the vanilla balances in harmony with the fruit puree. I could not pick a favorite between them as I equally enjoyed both. If you haven’t tired this, you are in for a treat when you do!

For more info:

website: http://www.freaksofnature.com

email:dominicarennard@freaksofnature.co.uk

instagram: @freaksofnaturepuds

TYNE CHEASE 

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Tyne Chease make artisanal, 100% plant based, organic, gluten free, nut based cheases in the north east of England. Their entire range of award winning cheases are raw, cultured and inspired by traditional methods – just without the dairy.

They have so many ranges to pick from I tired the Za’atar Spice which had a smooth texture with a lovely kick of spice. If cheese is some thing you used to love and miss this is a brand for you, it has more of a cream cheese texture then chedder, the smoothness with the spice work, the chease taste is not over powering, very moreish indeed.

For more info:

website: http://www.tynechease.com    email: info@tynechease.com    instagram: @tynechease

THE PROTEIN BALL CO.

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The Protein Ball Co have created all-natural, high protein snack. The Protein Balls are handmade in Sussex by the sea. As well as being healthy and nutritious the protein balls are gluten free, wheat free and contain no soy, GMO’s or added sugars. They come with two vegan protein sources, which include organic pea and organic brown rice.

This is a great on the go snack to give you a quick energy boost, great for adults who want to improve on their protein intake. The package is very fun which would appeal the kids too, perfect size for snacking. I love protein balls so I am all for these. I prefer to make mine homemade but if you can not always do that then these are the perfect find.

For more info:

website: wwwtheproteinballco.com         email: lucy@theproteinballco.com  instagram:theproteinballco

OOOMEGA

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OOOMEGA 100% plantbased Flax drink. OOOMEGA Flax drink is packed full of health giving ingredients – vitamins for healthy bones and teeth, flax seed oil for omega 3, and the lowest calorie content of any other dairy alternative.

Original, Original Sweetened and Macchiato OOOMEGA Flax drink are the flavours. We tired the Macchiato which was delicious, very creamy and fresh, reminded us of a baileys flavour but non alcoholic.

For more info:

website: http://www.ooomega.eu/en/   email: info@cfh.eu   instagram: @ooomega_uk

GOOD 4 U

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Good 4 u have a large range of products such as Fresh Sprouts (Lentil Sprout Mix, Super Sprouts and Quinoa Sprout Mix),  Roasted Seeds ( some including Super Seed Sprinkles, Omega Super Seeds and Coconut Super Seeds. There are 7 types of Roasted Seed products), Super Bites (these are like small protein balls, they come in 3 flavours, banana and cocoa, cocoa and orange and coconut), Super Bite Kids (these are also protein balls but targeted to kids with two flavours, banana and cocoa & strawberry and vanilla) and lastly Super Seed Snacks (flavours include apple and cinnamon, cranberry and apricot, bombay spice, goji and mango & coconut and berry)

Good 4 u is a brand I was familiar with before going Vegfest I had brought their Fresh Sprouts and Salad Super Seed for my salad topping. We tired their Super bites down at the Vegfest these are moreish and sweet, small and handy on the go, I could also see the kids snacking on them. We also had a sample with Hummus on a cracker with Fresh Sprouts on top that was a delicious mix that works so well.

For more info:

website: http://www.good4u.co

email: katie.ferguson@good4u.co.uk

instagram: @good4unutrition

CUPCAKES & SHHHT

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Cupcakes and Shhht make a variety of gluten-free, vegan, raw baked and refined sugar free sweet treats, as well as their savoury menu in their cafe, located at Unit 10, The Artworks, Elephant and Castle, Elephant Road SE17 1AY.

They had an impressive table at Vegfest full of fun and colour, We did not get to try anything but their products where selling fast to some very happy customers.

For more info:

website: http://www.cupcakesandshhht.com

email: info@cupcakesandshhht.com

instagram: @cupcakesandshhht

HODMEDOD’s 

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Hodmedod’s work with British farmers to provide pulses and grains that are more sustainably produced. Their range of organic and non organic pulses and grains includes quinoa grown in Essex and Suffolk, Carlin peas, green peas, yellow peas, spelt, naked barley, fava beans, lentils and linseed. They make gluten-free pulse flours, delicious pea and bean snacks, canned ready to eat beans and peas, fermented ‘umami’ beans, naked barley flakes, puffed quinoa and more. Their aim is to help create lower impact, more diverse farming systems and to promote diets rich in pulses and grains.

For more info:

website: http://www.hodmedods.co.uk

email: hello@hodmedods.co.uk

instagram: @hodmedods

SMOO-V

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This is a dairy free superfood smoothie, we tired samples they were so delicious with eye-catching packaging. They are a new company so not more info out yet but defo worth looking in to as that sample was so nice, refreshing and bursting with goodness.

For more info:

website: http://www.supersmoo-v.com

email: hello@supersmoo-v.com

instagram: @supersmoo_v

TOFUTURE 

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Tofuture have created a unique and stylish Tofu press that removes the water from unpressed tofu simply and effectively. Tofu is one of the most versatile, healthy and delicious foods around, but to get the most out of tofu you need to press it. The press is compact and easy to store and the outer tub can also be used as a container to marinade the pressed tofu. It is also BPA free.

For more info:

website: http://www.tofuture.com

email: admin@tofuture.com

instagram: @tofutureltd

TURMERIC LATTE MIX 

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This is a healthy drink full of healing spices. Add it to warm or cold drinks of your choice, or fresh juice. Turmeric Latte Mix consists of Turmeric, Cinnamon, Ginger, Cardamom, Chili, Vanilla and Black Pepper. The mix is 100% Vegan and free of preservatives, caffeine, sugar, nut and gluten.

I have a packet of this at home and mix it with warm coconut milk, if you don not add a sweetener the taste can be intense and overpowering. Some people may like that and some people may not, depending on my mood how I have it, I try and avoid using agave syrup to sweeten. Even if you find the flavour overpowering there is no question of a doubt how good this is for you.

For more info:

website: http://www.turmericlattemix.co.uk

email: team@turmericlattemix.com

intragram: @naturesharvest

CREATIVE NATURE 

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Creative Nature’s vegan bars have won more Great Taste Gold Stars than any other cold pressed range. The bars include Apple Pie high protein flapjack, Cocoa Orange high protein flapjack, Ginger Teatox Detoxing flapjack bar, Goji Goodness energy flapjack bar, Raw Cacao energy flapjack, Peanut protein snack bar and Salted Caramel high protein flapjack. All bars contain no gluten, dairy, wheat or soya. Creative Nature also have baking mixes and superfoods such as raw cacao, maca powder, goji berries, hemp protein, pink himalayan crystal salt, spirulina powder, bitter apricot kernels available.

I really enjoy these bars and usually buy them when I am on the go, I tired the salted caramel flavour that day for the first time, it had a nice sweetness which was not to sickly and nice after taste. I also brought the raw Cacao powder that I been using and is perfect for baking.

For more info:

website: http://www.creativenaturesuperfoods.com

email: matthew@creative-nature.uk.com

instagram: @creativenaturesuperfoods

BUDDHA BEAUTY 

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Buddha Beauty Skincare offers a range of vegan skincare products and home fragrances, handmade by vegans for all to enjoy. Their range of skincare has been developed using ingredients from suppliers who have never tested on animals and Buddha beauty pride themselves in offering products that are salon quality but at affordable prices. They have a salon based in Manchester where they use their range of beauty products.

I tried their lip balm and it hydrated my lips with moisture, which lasted surprisingly long as i tried so many samples. The smells coming from their stall was so pampering and refreshing. I loved their designs very simplistic and chic.

For more info:

website: http://www.buddha-beauty.com

email: llewelyn@buddha-beauty.com

instagram: @buddhabeautyskincare

CONSCIOUS 

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Conscious have a range of award winning, truffle like chocolates which are created from premium quality, ethically sourced, raw and primarily wild ingredients. They are free from gluten, dairy, soya and refined sugars.

We tired a few different ones coconut crunch and nutty, the chocolate was very over powering which made it hard to taste the flavours but it had a pleasant melt in the mouth texture.

For more info:

website: http://www.consciouschocolate.com

email: emma@consciouschocolate.com

instagram: @consciouschocolate

PERKIER

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Packed with all natural wholefoods including Goji berries, Coconut, Cacao and Chia seeds, to provide nutritious energy, fibre and 5g protein per bar, free from gluten, palm oil and no cane sugar. You can find them in free from aisle of Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Whole Foods, Ocado, Amazon, Holland and Barrett and other great health food stores.

We could not stop eating the samples they were so delicious and full of goodness, I was given a sample box so you will hear detailed review in my next post. Yes I ate them all and they were completely delicious the only fault they have is they finish too soon leaving you wanting lots more.

For more info:

website: http://www.perkier.co.uk

email: ann@perkier.co.uk

instagram: @perkierfoods

COCONUT ISLAND 

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Vegan snack bars made from coconut/cashew nut butters and cocao. All the ingredients are raw and organically sourced. Gluten free and sweetened with coconut palm sugar. Comes in five flavours: Date and cherry combined with dark chocolate, Raw Chia boost, Lime and Chilli, Cardamom and Apricot, and Vanilla.

when you hold the bars they have a very firm consistency and as soon as you put them in your mouth they break down into a pleasant smooth melt, you can really taste the coconut base and the other flavours mix well with it.

For more info:

email: fryscoconutisland@gmail.com

instagram: @fryscoconutisland

RAW AND WILD 

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Raw and wild offers one of the most nutritionally packed nuts. They are pre-sprouted and dehydrated to preserve all the vital enzymes, minerals and nutrients. The activation process breaks down complex starch, neutralises the phytic acid found in all the nuts and seeds and ignites the ‘life force’ of the nut.

These nuts were different it was my first time trying them and they were moreish, great for snacking, would go well with some fruit, or to mix with other nuts. The flavours give it a extra touch.

For more info:

website: http://www.raw-wild.co.uk

email: yiannis@raw-wild.co.uk

instagram: @rawandwildco

RAW FOOD ROSIES

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Raw food rosie’s sells dairy free and vegan artisan tree-nut products. Raw Food Rosie’s only use the finest raw, organic and natural ingredients and use natural methods to preserve and enhance their quality, to create healthy and delicious plant based alternatives to traditional dairy products, that are not only great for the body but environmentally friendly too.

We tired these cheeses which where so creamy and smooth, and full of flavour, did not taste like cheese but was a nice substitute, would make an amazing addition to any vegan cheese board.

For more info:

website: http://www.rawfoodrosies.com

email: rawfoodrosies@hotmail.com

instagram: @rawfoodrosies

NATURES PLUS 

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Natures Plus manufacture many health supplements including: Source of Life Wholefood Multi-vitamins, Pure Proteins, Spiru-Tein, AgeLoss and Herbal Actives. At Vegfest they were showcasing their organic, vegan, wholefood range; Source of Life Garden. These organic and vegan plant based proteins include: Almond, Pumpkin, Sunflower, Pea, Paleo and Vegan Power Meal.

We tired the Almond Protein and Vegan Power Meal which we ended up taking home (I will be touching base on this in the review). The powers where subtle and mixed with fruits or other flavours will be disguised, smooth to drink. They also had Magnesium which we also picked up that day.

For more info:

website: http://www.naturesplus.co.uk

email: rclark@naturesplus.co.uk

instagram: @naturesplus

JOLLYUM

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Jollyum make Vegan Ice cream which is free from dairy, eggs, gluten and refined sugars. Their flavours are: Summer Strawberry, Maple and Pecan, Double Chocolate and Passionfruit and Chocolate.

These were delicious and guilt free, I tried the Maple and Pecan which was so creamy and flavoursome. They can be found in Holland and Barrett.

Fore more info:

website: http://www.jollyum.com

email: andrew@jollyum.com

instagram: @jollyum_icecream

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New Roots is a Swiss start up founded by two young ethical vegans that were tired of hearing people say they couldn’t live without cheese. What makes New Roots different is that they make cheese following traditional cheese making methods. They offer a selection of aged and fresh cheeses, along with a camembert and a ricotta cheese. All their cheeses are made from raw, unpasteurized cashew nuts, water, vegan probiotic cultures and Himalaya salt.

This had to be the best Vegan cheese at Vegfest and that I have ever tried. We tired the Camembert which was so delicious, the outer casing was just like normal camemberts and the creamy gooey inside was bursting with cheesy nutty flavour that completely reminded me of the really thing but better. The ricotta was so soft and silky which a moreish after taste. completely love this brand. These products will bring life to any vegan cheese board.

For more info:

website: http://www.newroots.ch

email: info@newroots.ch

instagram: @new_roots

THE TOASTED SEED COMPANY

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The toasted Seed Company is a family run business from the Cotswolds. They hand toast all their seed products, combining their secret recipe, high quality nutritious seeds and natural vibrant flavours.

The owner is a fellow Iranian, lovely man explained to me he hand makes all the products. They toast a variety of seeds such as Hemp, Sesame, Sunflower and Pumpkin, which all have so many health benefits, this brands seeds are so moreish and delicious, the smaller packaging makes it the perfect snack to eat on the go, you can also use them in your dishes sweet or savoury.

For more info:

website: http://www.thetoastedseedcompany.co.uk

email: info@thetoastedseedcompany.co.uk

instagram: @thetoastedseedcompany

COCONUT MERCHANT 

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Coconut merchant are passionate about sharing ethically sourced natural foods with the world, from natural kitchen staples like coconut oil, to more unique options like their Organic Coconut Jam, they have the UK’s widest range of coconut products.

I was familiar with this brand before going to Veg fest as I had previously brought their products. I love coconut and this brand delivers high quality products that will bring great taste and flavour.

Fore more info:

website: http://www.coconut-merchant.com

email: info@coconut-merchant.com

instagram: @coconutmerchant

SO FREE CHOCOLATE/PLAMIL FOODS 

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So Free is a Plamil Foods product. Plamil Foods offers a range of Vegan products such as Organic Vegan chocolate bars , no added sugar range, organic chocolate spreads,  seasonal fun christmas products, milk alternatives (organic soya) and a range of egg free mayonnaise.

This is another brand I was familiar with as I buy their Egg Free vegan mayonnaise, which is delicious. I tried there So Free chocolate products for the first time at Vegfest these were amazing if you fed them to someone and didn’t tell them it is Vegan they would have not known, the milk chocolate is one of the best vegan chocolates I have had, this definitely in my top list of Vegan brands to try out.

For more info:

website: http://www.sofreechocolate.co.uk

email: info@sofreechocolate.co.uk

instagram: @sofreechocolate    @plamilfoods

WING YIP

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Wing Yip are one of the leading suppliers of genuine Oriental groceries to catering foodservice as well as the general public. They stock a wide range of foods from countries such as China, Thailand, Japan, Malaysia, Korea, Vietnam, Philippines and India.

I usually shop there for great prices and products, I stock up on my natures charm vegan coconut condensed milk from their stores, they also do fresh, frozen and ambient products. Great store with some Vegan gems, I can spend hours looking around.

For more info:

website: http://www.wingyip.com

email: charlie.kaye@wingyip.com

instagram: @wingyipstore

NATURES CHARM 

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Natures Charm is one of my favorite vegan brands, they stock a range of products that include Coconut condensed milk, coconut evaporated milk, coconut whipping cream, coconut caramel sauce, coconut salted caramel sauce, coconut butterscotch sauce, coconut chocolate fudge sauce as well as a range of tinned Jackfruit.

I am a happy customer that always purchases their coconut condensed milk which tastes divine. I tried the canned Jackfruit for the first time at Vegfest, they had made a pulled jackfruit with a sauce from Wip yip and it tasted so nice, I am used to eating Jackfruit cold and fresh, to have it seasoned and hot was surprisingly delightful, the textures and flavours worked so well, if you have never tried, what are you waiting for?

For more info:

website: wwwnaturescharmveganproducts.com

email: export@chefschoicefoods.com

instagram: @naturescharm

PUDOLOGY

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Pudology are vegan, dairy and gluten free, made with rich Belgian chocolate, the smooth ganache is enhanced with Madagascan vanilla and non dairy coconut milk that ensures the puddings are rich, creamy and full of flavour.

Pudology has many flavours such as Banoffee Pud, Millionaires Pud, Chocolate Pud, Chocolate Orange Pud, a natural coconut yoghurt and a mango and passionfruit coconut yoghurt. We tried the chocolate orange pud which tasted so flavoursome like a terry’s chocolate orange, wonderful think smooth texture which leaves you with a memorable aftertaste.

For more info:

website: http://www.pudology.com

email: nicola@pudology.com

instagram: @pudology

MS CUPCAKE 

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Ms Cupcake is the UK’s first entirely Vegan bakery. Based in Brixton, this shop is such a treat for me, I love popping in and picking up a delicious cupcake or vegan sandwich. These cupcakes have been enjoyed by my non vegan friends.

I had previously tried the ambassador (which is like a vegan ferrero rocher inspired cupcake), the salted caramel cupcake (which had a rich creamy icing with a sweet sticky caramel sauce running through the middle, one of my favorites), the gingerbread latte, (which was such a balance of the sweet gingerbread flavour and coffee aftertaste which evens out the overpowering sweetness), another favourite was cherry black forest cookie (wow this was heaven, with a crispy smooth cookie dough that is baked to perfection, sandwiched between a creamy middle covered in a sticky cherry sauce and a whole cherry surprise in the middle). I even enjoyed their sandwiches, this is a shop I love to visit so many amazing vegan treasures to try.

For more info:

website: http://www.mscupcake.co.uk

email: info@mscupcake.co.uk

instagram: @mscupcakeuk

FOLLOW YOUR HEART 

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Follow your heart have products are all vegan, gluten free, dairy free, preservative free and non-GMO. They have many high quality products such as Vegenaise, Soya Free Vegenaise, Organic Vegenaise, Grapeseed Oil Vegenaise, Sriracha Vegenaise, Organic Vegan Caesar salad dressing, Vegan Honey Mustard salad dressing, Organic Miso Ginger salad dressing, High Omega Vegan Bleu Cheese salad dressing, Vegan Egg, Mozzarella Vegan Gourmet shreds, Cheddar Vegan Gourmet shreds, Pizzeria Blend Vegan Gourmet shreds, Soya Free Pepper Jack style slices, Soya Free Smoked Gouda style slices, Italian style shredded and Italian style grated.

I purchase the Organic Vegenaise from Wholefoods, this is my go to vegan mayonnaise brand, the taste and consistency is just like the real thing. It was my first time trying the Sriracha Vegenaise which they gave us in a potato salad, it was so creamy which a pleasant chill kick, another delicious product I tried at Vegfest was the Soya Free Pepper Jack style slices, these had a cheesey taste with a pepper kick such a smooth moreish balance.

For more info:

website: http://www.followyourheart.com/uk

email: slowa@followyourheart.com

instagram: @followyourheart

BUTE ISLAND FOODS 

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Bute Island Foods produce their own award-winning Sheese brand of vegan friendly, kosher and gluten free cheese for all to enjoy. There products are Creamy Sheese (in original style spread, cheddar style spread, chive spread, garlic and herbs spread, spring onion and cracked black pepper spread, sweet chill spread), Sheese (in blue style, cheddar style with caramelised red onion, mature cheddar style, mild cheddar style, red cheddar style, smoked cheese style, white cheese style, Edam style, Gouda style, Greek style, Wensleydale style with cranberries), Sheese slices (mozzarella style slices, mild cheddar style slices and white cheddar style slices), grated sheese (grated mozzarella style, grated mild cheddar style, grated mature cheddar style, grated hard italian style) and their vegan meat alternatives of vegan smoked Chorizo, vegan mock ham, vegan Morcilla, vegan italian gourmet Mortadella.

This is another brand i buy from and was familiar with before veg fest the sample we tried on the day was the cheddar style spread which was very cheesy and full of flavour, this is a great brand for cheese alternatives, most brands can be disappointing that is not the case with this one, each product delivers a quality substitute cheese. I have not tried the vegan alternative meats but that is something I will be looking forward to.

For more info:

website: http://www.buteisland.com

email: guy@buteisland.com

instagram: @buteislandfoods

SUGAVIDA 

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Wholebeing health foods introduces SugaVida, one of the world’s leading brands of organic Palmyra sugar. Its nutritious and packed with vitamins and minerals, harvested from the Palmyra tree in Southern India.

This brand is known for selling healthy sugar, what we tried at Veg fest was their Turmeric latte (which is popular and known for it’s health benefits, supporting digestive health, powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties), there was 3 flavours to try, the original, Ginger and Cardamom. All of the m tasted nice but the one that stood out for me was the Cardamom flavour which left a warm and perfectly spiced aftertaste.

For more info:

website: http://www.sugavida.co.uk

email: info@sugavida.co.uk

instagram: @love_sugavida

LOVE SEITAN 

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love Seitan is homemade using natural ingredients to their secret recipe and is free from oil or other fats, added salt, sugar and other nasties you would often find in commercially produced seitan. Seitan is 100% plant based protein rich food made from wheat protein, it is low in fat and free from cholesterol. Love seitan comes in a range of flavours such as original, classic, smokey, curry, Italian and chilli.

I had heard of them but had not tried their products until Vegfest, they really are a satisfying meat substitute, chewy moist and full of flavours, my favourite was the chilli and curry. There is so many ways you can enjoy the seitan, they even have lots of recipe ideas on their website. If you have not tried this it really is worth giving it a go.

For more info:

website: http://www.loveseitan.com

email: sswindon@gmail.com

instagram: @loveseitanuk

MOO FREE

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Moo free chocolates are organic, 100% Vegan and free from dairy, lactose, wheat, gluten and soya. They have a large number of flavours such as mint, orange, honeycomb, banana, original, cranberry and hazelnut and caramelised hazelnut.

I brought these bars previously from Aldi when they had them in, I got the banana, original and honeycomb. The honeycomb is a plain chocolate bar topped with crushed pieces of honeycomb which gives it a moreish rich crunch, the banana is also a plain chocolate bar topped with dried banana pieces this blew my mind and works so well, the original is plain but i used it in my baking and grated on top of my hot porridge. It has a smooth texture that melts in the mouth as chocolate should do what I also like about this brand it does not leave that dark chocolate vegan aftertaste that many vegan chocolate companies do. They also have so many fun products for kids to enjoy as well as adults.

For more info:

website: http://www.moofreechocolates.com

email: cs@moofreechocolates.com

instagram: @moo_free_chocolates

LIBERTO    

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Liberto was created by two foodies who felt strongly that high quality, wholesome gluten free foods should be something everyone can enjoy with out compromise. These products are all gluten free, non GMO, high in protein, organic, suitable for coeliacs and vegan.

They have products such as Organic dark chocolate protein shake with sour cherry flavour, Organic vanilla flavoured protein shake, coconut and lemon flavoured organic protein shake, organic black bean fettucine, organic black bean spaghetti, organic edamame fettuccini, organic edamame spaghetti, organic spaghetti sauce, organic and vegan chilli sin carne, organic pate normand and organic pate de provence.

I was sent a sample pack by Lavida Foods which is one of Liberto’s distributors, I will be will making recipes and doing reviews on their products. What we tried on the day was their edamame fettuccini this was different, as it looks like pasta you expect it to have the same taste and texture but it doesn’t, it is more chewy and light then pasta which i preferred as it doesnt leave that heavy feeling pasta does, this is a lighter healthier choice.

For more info:

website: http://www.loveliberto.com

email: office@lavidafood.com

instagram: @loveliberto

G AND G VITAMINS

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G and G vitamins is a family owned business with over 50 years experience. They produce more than 100 unique, premium quality nutritional supplements, vitamins, minerals and botanicals, including a certified organic and vegan range.

There product directory includes Amino acids, Antioxidants, Botanicals, Daily packs, essential foods, omega oils, microlife, specialist blends, sublinguals, earth dust, vitamins and minerals.

For more info:

website: http://www.gandgvitamins.com

email: info@gandgvitamins.com

instagram: @gandgvitamins

CHICP

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ChicP was set up to bring healthy, colourful dips to the food market, all dips are sugar free, vegan, gluten and dairy free, healthy dips and use raw vegetables.

There is 5 different flavours currently which are carrot, ginger and turmeric hummus, beetroot, horseradish and sage hummus, herby hummus, peanut butter, banana and cocoa hummus and banana, avocado and cocoa hummus.

WE tired the herb one which was light and fresh flavoured, the beetroot and turmeric had a healthy kick, and the sweeter ones where different in a pleasant way.

For more info:

website: http://www.chicp.co.uk

email: hannah@chicp.co.uk

instagram: @chicpfood

SUMA WHOLEFOODS

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Suma is the UK’s largest independent wholefood wholesaler/distributor, specialising in vegetarian, vegan, fairly traded, organic, ethical and natural products. They are a workers co-operative committed to ethical business. All their products are diligently sourced, all vegetarian with many products suitable for vegans. They stock organic versions of everything they can, support fair trade as a licensee of fairtrade foundation and all their bodycare, cosmetic and household products are cruelty-free.

There was such a great selection of things down at veg fest we was spoilt for choice, I got the vegan sausages in baked beans. I have since had them and completely in love will be buying that in bulk. Check out their website for all the amazing products they sell.

For more info:

website: http://www.suma.coop

email: newbusiness@suma.coop

instagram: @sumawholefoods

TEN ACRE 

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The entire range of Ten Acre hand cooked crisps and handpicked popcorn are packed full of flavour and taste, and come with market-leading Free From Plus credentials. All of their crisp and popcorn flavours are Gluten Free, Dairy Free and MSG Free; as well as being Vegan, Vegetarian, Halal and Kosher certified.

They sell hand cooked crisps in flavours such as sweet and sour, sweet chilli, salt and vinegar, cheese and onion, salted, spicy, bbq, chicken, black pepper and pastrami. The hand picked popcorn flavours are wasabi, sweet and salty, lime and sea salt, sour cream and chive, fennel and lemon, strawberries and cream and cappuccino.

This is a brand I have bought from in the past, I discovered their brand from Aldenham Country park, and have been a big fan since, the crisps have the most perfect crunch and I had missed the cheese flavour which is so intense and on point this is a better brand then a lot of crisp brands with high quality crunch and flavour.

For more info:

website: http://www.tenacrecrisps.co.uk

email: villagestore@tenarcecrisps.co.uk

instagram: @ten_acresnacks

INSPIRAL 

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InSpiral  products include Kale Chips, Granola Bites, Crackits, Superfoods and much, much more  which are organic, vegan, raw and gluten free.

The inSpiral ethos has always been about wholesome and compassionate, healthy, plant-based nutrition that tastes great. Inspiral believe food is much more than just fuel; it forms the very basis of a complete conscious lifestyle choice in order to abundantly feed the body, mind and spirit.

For more info:

website: http://www.inspiral.co

email: info@inspiral.co

instagram: @inspiralled

THIRD WAVE NUTRITION 

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Third wave nutrition’s vision is to develop and make available a range of premium plant-based nutrition products with the highest possible quality via thorough research and ongoing education. They truly wish to set new quality standards in the health industry and provide transparent education to both the consumer and the health professional.

Their products include Plant based synergy protein natural, plant based synergy protein vanilla, plant based synergy protein chocolate, plantforce mag osted natural, plantforce mag osted exotic lemon, plantforce magnesium natural, plantforce magnesium passionfruit, plantforce rice protein natural, plantforce rice protein vanilla, plantforce rice protein chocolate, plantforce MSM.

This company has the most loveliest team of people that are completely passionate about the health and of their customers and the quality of their product. I have to say this is one of the best plant based proteins I have ever had, I use this regular and even bake with it. I will be posting reviews and recipes from this brand.

For more info:

website: http://www.thirdwavenutrition.com

email: info@thirdwavenutrition.com

instagram: @thirdwavenutrition

TOFURKY 

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This company make meat substitutes for vegans selling a range of products such as slow roasted chicken, deli slices, gluten free vegan pizzas, veggie burgers, dogs and links, sausages, diy and ground meats, pockets and tempeh.

At veg fest they were promoting their new line of Tofurky sandwiches that came in 4 flavours, ham style salad, chipotle chick’n, chick’n and sweetcorn and TLT (Tempeh, lettuce and tomato). we tried the TLT which was so moreish we wanted to buy some but they had all sold out that is how great their sandwiches were.

For more info:

website: http://www.tofurky.com

email: info@tofurky.com

instagram: @the_tofurky_company

KOKO 

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Koko has versatile, great tasting, dairy free alternatives made from freshly pressed coconut milk, naturally free of lactose, cow’s milk protein, soya and gluten, Koko milks are nut free (coconuts are a fruit not a nut) and packed in a nut free environment, Koko’s calcium and fat levels match to semi-skimmed milk, free from artificial flavours, preservatives, GMO and colouring. Koko is suitable for vegans, vegetarians and coeliacs.

My go to brand is Koko, this is my first choice milk to use, koko coconut milk original and buy their yogurts, my favorite is the strawberry or raspberry flavour. I did not know they also do butter which I tried at Vegfest for the first time, I thought the coconut flavour would overpower but it really does not it is a perfect balance of flavour and spread, this is now my butter of choice. completely love this brand, they deliver amazing quality and flavour.

For more info:

website: http://www.kokodairyfree.com

email: info@kokodairyfree.com

instagram: @kokodairyfree

MARI GOLD 

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Marigold have produced vegan bouillon powder, as well as their low salt and organic stock cubes and gravy mixes. They also stock marigold braised tofu and engevita. They imitate textures or flavours of both meat and cheese while delivering great nutrition. The Engevita with B12 especially useful in supplying a vitamin profile hard to find in a vegan diet. It is also gluten free and high in protein.

I buy and use marigold’s nutritional yeast. This is a product I use often which is of great flavour and nutritional benefits.

For more info:

website: http://www.marigoldhealth.co.uk

email:aishap@marigoldhealth.co.uk

There was many more great brands there on the day which I have not had a chance to write up about I fully recommend to anyone that is Vegan, lactose intolerant, vegetarian  or curious about vegan lifestyle to go to events like Veg fest as it introduces you to alot of companies that you would not have heard of or come across. I am looking forward to writing more reviews on these brands and trying out recipes with their products. I hope you find this useful and enjoyed.

Much Love

Azita x

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