VegFest Brighton this weekend was sizzling with energy as per; in every direction we found innovation, originality and enterprise. It was a total treat to wander round and delve into the mix of creative businesses, and take a sly peek at everyone’s shoes as they walk past, naturally. This list is by no means exhaustive, but here’s an intro to some of the awesome things we found at the VegFest.
Jade Green Vegan, Lifestyle Blog & Compassionate Clothing Line
We stumbled across Jade Green’s super cute t-shirt designs upstairs, in their dulcet pastel shades and sweet font. The t-shirts are printed using non-toxic vegan-friendly ink on cotton. Jade started her blog to show just how fun and easy it can be to live a kind life. We love her positive energy! Check out her vlogs for an all-round mix of vegan travel tips, recipes, beauty product recommendations and interesting insights into the life of rescue dogs.
Bohemian Chic Minerals, Vegan Cosmetics Line
Jameela Kosar has created a vegan and cruelty-free make-up line, brimming with gorgeous ethical cosmetics. She started off the business to find an animal-free formula that works for sensitive skin. We like the sound of the organic shea butter lipstick available in a multitude of shades and the mineral shimmer powder. Awesome work!
Gentle Gourmet Culinary Retreats, Vegan Cooking Holidays in France
This is exactly what we come to VegFest Brighton for! A leisurely retreat to Normandy, coupled with lessons in cooking up vegan cuisine; what’s not to love? The lodge is embedded in a sea of trees and even has its own brook. You can also pick fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs from their organic garden to use in the kitchen. This sounds like the ultimate luxury vegan experience, combining culture and enriching your skills in one fell swoop. Bravo.
Vegan Food & Living, Magazine
Vegan Food & Living is a brand new magazine to flip through on the hunt for new recipes & hot topics in the world of veganism! We signed up to a subscription on the spot. Our top picks from the scores of recipes include chocolate fudge doughnuts, easy Italian pesto bread and jerk tofu plantain wraps. Just writing them here is making us peckish again… Has we not come to VegFest Brighton, we wouldn’t have been able to pick up the first issue, so we’re super glad we found them.
Purezza, Vegan Pizzeria
We’re no strangers to Purezza. It’s the UK’s only plant-based pizzeria, and – what luck – it’s but a stone’s throw away from us in Brighton! And my goodness, they do make delicious pizzas. These pizzas are made by top Italian chefs, with more nutrition and less environmental impact than you’re regular non-vegan pizza.
Loving Hut, Vegan Restaurant
We’re long-time fans of Loving Hut, too. Here’s a fun fact: Loving Hut is the fastest growing international vegan fast food chain in the world, with branches in France, Germany, Spain, Austria, the US, Taiwan, Vietnam, Singapore, Indonesia, Japan, Hong Kong, London, Norwich and (luckily for us) Brighton. We can officially confirm that their vegan burgers are delish to the max.
Cocoafeliz, Luxury Organic Handmade Vegan Chocolate
Our eyes lit up when we found the rows of delicately ordered vegan chocolates, truffles and easter eggs from Cocoafeliz at VegFest Brighton. What’s more, they offer free delivery on orders over £5, so you can bulk-buy your vegan easter eggs in one go and support a small vegan business all at the same time. We think it’s definitely advisable to buy an extra easter egg for yourself, because, why not?
Mallows, Vegan Marshmallows
You may have seen these marshmallows in Holland & Barrett before as Freedom Vegetarian Mallows, and this is their funky new branding. They taste just like the real thing, but without the gelatine, making it a guilt-free treat. It was great to meet and chat to another vegan business owner, which is what VegFest Brighton is all about, really.
Ms Cupcake, Vegan Bakery
Their stall was one of the busiest, and it’s not hard to guess why – they had a table full of vegan cookie sandwiches and muffins galore. How could we resist? I had the carrot and cinnamon muffin, and it had maximum flavour and moisture. They were also cooking up savoury treats, including vegan mac & cheese, vegan chilli and vegan ‘pulled pork’ jackfruit, which is all the rage at the moment.
Beezlebab, Vegan Kebabs
Beezlebab made quite a splash at VegFest Brighton as one of their t-shirt slogans was ‘Seitanist’! We tried their vegan seitan doner kebab drenched in delicious garlic sauce and it sure did hit the spot. These guys are also based in Brighton, and they come highly recommended from us.
Pizzolato, Vegan Wine
This brand is run by the same family for five generations, and they use organic grapes. Isinglass (aka fish bladders) is usually used for the clarification of wine, but this company specialises in making totally vegan vino. Bottom’s up!
Mr Nice Pie, Vegan Pies
We love a good pie, and the description for their rich mushroom pie was alluring to say the least. We snuffled it away to save for later, as we’d already gorged on many of the vegan delights on the festival already, but it was well worth the wait. You’ll find them in Swansea, but also check their Facebook page on the regular to keep up to date with their whereabouts.
Were you at VegFest at the Brighton Centre this weekend? What other vegan brands did you discover?