Plant Powered Expo

Last weekend I popped along to the first London Vegan expo of 2020. The Plant Powered Expo.

Although on a smaller scale than some of the other expo’s like Vegan Life Live, or Veg Fest, it’s timing was perfect for anyone who might have just completed Veganuary and decided to continue the plant based lifestyle.

Occupying one hall at Olympia, the expo had everything from vegan food tasting (I must have eaten my body weight in vegan cheese and chocolate), cookery classes, speakers, lectures, music and shopping to an art exhibition.

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I went first thing to avoid the rush and although it was quiet at that time, it still took me almost 2 hours to have a good look around, shop and of course eat!

Often you see the same exhibitors doing the shows, which is great because you can stock up on all your favourite vegan goodies under one roof but with the vegan boom, there were so many new and innovative companies and products on show too. I made a little Eden Perfumes purchase at the Viva La Vegan stand (Click for more on Eden Perfumes) and stocked up on pepperjack cheese from Follow Your Heart. 

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Just some of the new products I discovered are Veggie Sheet who provide Nori style sheets made from carrot, radish, tomato, pumpkin and spinach, tomato was my favourite, a great alternative for sushi making but also for spring rolls and samosas, they’re available on Amazon now and Unlimeat who are a Korean brand yet to launch in the UK but are a meat alternative made from brown rice, oat and nut, delicious!

I also managed to finally get my hands on some Marigold brand Tuno which I haven’t tried yet and a Mummy Meagz vegan creme egg from the Newcastle based Alternative Stores stand, I’ll definitely have to pay them a visit next time I’m in the toon and before you ask, I bit off the top and licked out the middle of course! How do you eat yours?

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After walking around the show and visiting the Art Of  Compassion exhibition where I bought no 1/250 of a limited print from the very talented Philip McCulloch, I’m going to frame it for my Mum for Mother’s Day, to go in her healing  hut (I’m banking on her not reading my blog and finding this out in advance . . . ) it was time for lunch and deciding what to have was tough. I really wanted to try a burger from The Green Grill and had worked up quite an appetite as, as well as walking around the show, I’d also been to the gym in the morning but as it was a bit early, I opted for what I thought would be a lighter option, a hot dog from Pig Out – well it didn’t turn out to be all that much lighter topped with mac n cheese, but it was worth it! 

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After consuming all of this, you’d think I wouldn’t to eat for the rest of the day but you’d be wrong, I went home and sat down with a cup of tea and cake, the Oggs chocolate fudge cupcakes that were in the goody bag – I did share though, I didn’t eat both!

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Hmmm, maybe I should sign myself up to that Vegan Runners group what were exhibiting . . .

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Plant Based News Presents OMN!PORK

The wonderful team over at Plant Based News put on an OMN!PORK tasting event tonight at Neat Burger.

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I first heard of the brand recently after seeing a clip on the news while I was in the gym of people sampling at a tech fair in Hong Kong and had being dying to try it myself.

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The tasters on offer tonight were Meat x Omnipork Tacos, Neat x Omnipork kimchi sliders, Sloppy Joes and loaded chilli cheese fries.

I managed to get in early, the DJ was already in full swing and I sampled the goods before it got too busy.

I can’t decide what I loved most, the tacos, I’m a sucker for Mexican food, or the sliders but to be honest everything was delicious and there were drinks on offer too,being a vegan vamp, I went for the obvious choice, the blood orange lemonade and it was divine!

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OmniPork is developed by food-tech company RightTreat, a subsidiary of Green Monday. An established food science team in Canada spent two years of comprehensive research to create this nutritionally superior pork substitute, comprised of a proprietary blend of plant-based protein from peas, non-GMO soy, shiitake mushrooms and rice for complete protein. It contains 0mg cholesterol, is antibiotic-free, hormone-free, cruelty-free, and 86% lower in saturated fat and 66% lower in calories than traditional pork, while being much higher in fiber, 260% higher in calcium and 127% higher in iron. 

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Since its launch, OmniPork has won support from renowned chefs around the globe. In Mainland China, OmniPork has partnered with acclaimed restaurant chains like Wagamamas, Taco Bell, and Tsui Wah. In other regions, numerous restaurant partners have launched dedicated OmniPork menus, including: Ming Court at Cordis Hotel Hong Kong, One Harbour Road at Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, Shatin 18 at Hyatt Regency Hong Kong Shatin, You & Mee at Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok and Baan Thai Family Recipe Restaurant, headed by a Michelin-starred chef. OmniPork has also launched in Singapore and Taiwan with tremendous success, with many hotels and restaurants redesigning their local dishes with OmniPork.

I’m hoping it takes off here in the UK too.

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Thank you Plant Based News and Neat Burger for hosting such a fab event, I’ve very glad I braved trekking into central on a cold January evening for this!

Proceeds from the event went to Veganuary

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https://neat-burger.com/

https://omnipork.co

Mind Body Soul & OM Yoga Show

The wonderful team over at Prime Impact Events & Media were generous enough to offer me 5 pairs of weekend tickets for the Mind Body Soul Experience to give away to my readers in a competition and also invited me along to the show at Alexandra Palace.img_2604

I woke up yesterday morning  (Saturday) with an annoying cold so after a cup of echinacea tea I popped along  to the show for what I thought was going to be just a couple of hours not actually realising that the OM Yoga Show was at the same venue and the tickets allowed entrance to both so ended up sucking it up and battling through and stayed for most of the day and was in my element!

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I have a formula when it comes to big shows, I start by doing a lap of the aisles to get a feel for what’s there and then I double back later on to do my shopping so I started the morning with a walk around the Mind Body Soul Hall and there really was so much to see, buy and do, from crystals, jewellery and vegan make up  to Tibetan singing bowls, clothes, incense, soy Reiki infused candles and art. Or if shopping wasn’t your thing, you could opt to get your fortunes told via palmistry or tarot, you could get your auras read or relax whilst indulging in a massage or heal with a spot of Reiki.

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After my initial lap I’d worked up an appetite and was spoilt for choice as there were lots of delicious vegan offerings but having heard of Vausages before, I’d been dying to try one of their hot dogs for a while so was delighted to find them there so it HAD to be done, I kept it pretty traditional with the Cumberland and I have to say, it was the BEST vegan non frankfurter style hotdog I’ve had yet.

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After lunch, it was off to make a few purchases which ended up being a selenite unicorn horn wand, for no other reason than I love unicorns, a clear quartz pendulum and some Himalayan salt for my bath.

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I didn’t get involved in any of the workshops that were available, most of which were free although a few you had to book and pay for but I did walk past one of the belly dancing workshops whilst it was on and wished I had turned up at the start so I could have joined in, I’m definitely going to look at learning to belly dance in 2020!

The only bugbear for me with shows is that I can’t stand pushy sales people that pounce on you and this was certainly the case with some of the stands and I know that they’re there trying to make money but I for one am much more likely to stop and make a purchase if I’m left to peruse in peace, if I need help, I’ll ask for it. The same as when I go to any shop when as soon as I walk in the door, they’re on me asking if they can help, I mean, do I look like I don’t know how to shop?

On the flip side though, there were a few stands I was interested in where the only person manning the stand was busy doing a reading so I didn’t want to interrupt and they didn’t have visible price lists or booking sheets so the only way to find anything out I guess would have been to be lucky enough to time walking past in a gap between their clients, which I wasn’t and didn’t so unfortunately didn’t get a chance to have my fortune told although my friend Natalie read my palms for me recently so I’m good . . . 

On my way through to the OM Yoga hall, I stopped at the chill out zone complete with sound bath courtesy of Paiste Gongs, it was my first sound bath experience and although just a taster it was relaxing and something I’ll more than likely try again.

On entrance to the OM Yoga show, I instantly felt guilty about slacking off from yoga recently, I’ve never seen so many flexible people in once place before, from people hanging from hoops at the X Pole stand to people taking part in the multiple yoga classes that were taking place.

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Unfortunately as I didn’t know that the OM Yoga show was on, I wasn’t wearing yoga clothes so couldn’t join in any of the classes but I have been inspired to get back in action and have already booked myself in to 2 yoga classes next week, Namaste.

A also purchased a new bamboo based top to wear to yoga from the Nissim London stand that says David Attenborough For World Leader, I love it, not only for the statement on the front but also because it’s fully sustainable and made from certified, renewable wood sources.

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New yoga/gym clothes always make me more excited about exercise so totally justifiable!

Again there was so much to buy and I could have shopped way more but I’m trying to stick to the ‘buy less’ principle and let’s be honest, how many yoga mats does a girl really need? 

A thoroughly enjoyable day out, even with my cold, not only are my chakras back in balance, I was also able to pick up the latest issues of Vegan Life, Plant Based and OM Yoga magazines for just £1 each, bonus.

Goody bags were packed packed with treats, products form Weleda, hand crafted soap from LovEve, bath bombs from Shobu, crystals from Lava Artworks, crystals, lavender and palo santo wood smudging sticks from The Mystic Wolf and lava stone bracelets from Freyas Crystals.

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Oh and I woke up this morning (Sunday) and cold – gone! Was it zapped by yesterdays Reiki session? Who knows but it’s possible.

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Portobello Live Sustainability On Screen Film Festival – May 6th 2019

 

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Back in May this year, Portobello Live hosted its very first Sustainability On Screen Film Festival and I was invited along as a co host by the man behind it Richard Hobday @theveganactor (who is also coincidentally one of my costars in  a film called Clownface that should be out next year) along side Clare Every @thelittlelondonvegan and JP  McCormack @portobellovegan

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Portobello Live  is a community Music and Arts Festival celebrating the talent, heritage and diversity of Portobello Road in west London, supported by Mick Jones (The Clash), and Don Letts (Big Audio Dynamite). 

The new SOS Film Festival was a trailblazing event dedicated to celebrating a sustainable and vegan ideal: a healthier, compassionate, environmentally friendly lifestyle.

The festival screened some thought provoking and hard hitting screenings of short and feature films, showing the impacts of how our diet, consumption and how we live is affecting the world and local communities we live in.

Some of the films screened were award winning from award winning directors and documentary makers. Topics included vegan and plant based diet, climate change, waste, pollution and environmental sustainability.

The aim was to explore how our every days lives affect climate change, pollution and the health of communities and educate on how to reduce this.

Films shown
World Premiere of Vegan Planet – James Hoot, Filmmaker

Down To Earth – Rolf Winters
73 Cows – Alex Lockwood
The Hudson – Lizze Outside, Adventurer & Environmentalist 
The End of Meat  – Marc Pierschel Filmmaker
Urban Mermaid – Lyndsey Cole, Adventurer Environmentalist

 

Panel Members
Derek Sarno, Vegan Chef and mastermind behind Tesco vegan range Wicked Kitchen

Romy London, Vegan Food blogger and influencer
Cath Kendall, Vegan activist 
Dr Gemma Newman, GP and plant based health specialist 

Do check out the films if you can. All made by people who really want to make a difference.

I have to say the most warming for me was the Bafta winning 73 Cows, it really shows how people can make changes, that they’re possible if not always easy, a very inspiring story.

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Sponsors

Vegan Life Magazine www.veganlifemag.com

Boundless activated seeds and nuts www.weareboundless.co.uk

Gift bags on the day were sponsored by Plastic Freedom www.plasticfreedom.co.uk and contained vegan and sustainable goods.

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