I was allured there then by Cheltenham Vegan Fair, which I thoroughly enjoyed that I wanted to go again and we did so last weekend.
Unlike last year, when I wore my raincoat, this day was one of the hottest in the year.
This is a photograph of CheltenhamTown Hall where the Vegan Fair was hosted. I should have shared another photograph by the afternoon when the queue was very long. The organisers had to implement a rule 'one in one out'. We were fortunate, as we were actually there early, so early that you can see from the above photograph the Cheltenham Vegan Fair banner was not even up then. We were also the first 100 people through the door and got a bag of vegan goodies (which included the Perkier Quinoa Bar and Pulsin Raw Brownie Bar below).
Here is a link to the traders at Cheltenham Vegan Fair 2017, however I noted many of the vegan stalls present last year were missing this year like Harding Catering ; Raw Happy. Juiciful Catering; Fair Foods Catering and the producers of the best ever vegan New York Baked 'Cheesecake' Hardcore Vegan Catering Unless & Artisan 'Meats' were also missing. I have to confess I was a little disappointed by this as I was looking forward to indulging this time round - rather than just admiring, but there was still enough to interest me and made it worth the trip.
Judy Barber was there with lots of raw food.
Judy Barber (not the person above - that is one of her colleagues) was also doing a talk on Raw Food.
There were two stalls new to me,
One was called Peace and Bake - vegan brownies, tiffins and pies. I was tempted by some of the pies such as
but was reminded by D that I had a whole load of homemade pies in the freezer at home.
The other was Happy Daisy with these wholesome handmade pies. Many pies these days including vegan ones are made with machines and pressed into foil containers, I much prefer these handmade honest ones like these and the flavours are more interesting too such as Creamy Curried Jackfruit and Mushroom Strogonoff.
I was ever so pleased so see Flamingo Bakery there.
I chose to treat myself to their cookie sandwich with a mint filling (see above third image). They actually even have a vegan bakery in the city.
The Cheltenham Vegan Fair was a successful event, below are some photographs I managed to snap before it got busy. Liek I said earlier, the organisers had to implement a rule 'one in one out'.
The next time I am in Cheltenham, I will make an effort to go to Vinnie's Eatery - The first plant based and wholefood eatery in Cheltenham. Just as well, as I was teasing D that we should move to Cheltenham and open up a veggie place as there is a distinct lack of them. Good luck to Vinnies Eatery.
Letttices were there with their vegan cheese and so was The Naturally Vegan Food Company with these awesome Smoked Cheez Balls - very tasty.
Tiger Nuts, Tiger Flour and much more
Pistachio Nut Butter
Various flavoured Nut Butters
Friends of the Earth
We took a wander around the city taking in the sounds and sights.
Fantastic bicycle displays
When we got home, we wanted something easy to make.
So I made Aglio Oli Courgetti. with my homegrown courgettes. Simple.