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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How Vegan Is Vegan Enough?

There’s this thing with vegans eternally trying to out vegan each other, not all vegans granted but a certain strain of nazi vegans that are always feeling the need to attack those they don’t deem as ‘vegan’ as them.

Vegan nazi’s who don’t wear faux fur condemning those that do, vegan nazi’s who only eat whole foods and won’t eat meat free substitutes to things like sausages and burgers condemning those that do. I mean, sometimes, you just can’t win.

As for the meat free substitute debate, well a lot of vegans, like me didn’t give up meat and animal products because they didn’t like the taste, it was to do with morals, being animal lovers and wanting to live cruelty free so what’s the problem with eating something that might taste similar but is plant based.

I’ve had meat eaters say to me that a vegan sausage can’t be a sausage because it isn’t made from pork, well since when did pigs grow in the shape of sausages? Pigs are animals, sausage is a shape, same goes for burgers or nuggets or goujons, they’re all shapes, I prove my point and it doesn’t matter whether they’re from seitan, tofu or vegetables, they’re cruelty free and taste delicious

So that being said, the question is, how vegan is vegan enough?

Well The Vegan Society’s definition of ‘vegan’ states:

Veganism is a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose.

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It’s about doing the best you can to live a cruelty free lifestyle.

Vegans don’t eat meat or fish or poultry, they don’t eat dairy or eggs or honey, they don’t wear leather or fur or wool and they don’t wear cosmetics that are tested on animals or contain any animal products.

I personally think the concept of humans drinking cows milk is just plain weird, I mean cows produce milk to turn baby cows in to big cows, why would anybody want to drink something that has the potential to turn them in to the size of a full grown cow?

A vegan diet is not only proven to be healthier for digestion, complexion and weight, a full vegan lifestyle is straight up healthier for the soul.

If you’re taking part in Veganuary on your bid to become vegan, good for you, just do the best you can, don’t be too hard on yourself if you slip up, if it’s easier, slide in to a vegan lifestyle gradually, you might just be more inclined to stick with it.

Apparently 2019 is going to be the year of the vegan and with all the major supermarkets upping their vegan game, there couldn’t be a better time to take the leap.

The Vegan Life Live show is taking place in March this year, I’ve been for the past few years and it’s a great day out and a perfect chance to sample products and get ideas.

Don’t listen to the nazi vegans or the preachy vegans, do the best you can to be as vegan as you can be and that’s a good starting point. 

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Look our for leaping bunny on cosmetics and household products. http://www.crueltyfreeinternational.org/LeapingBunny