Inspiring testimony, why more people are going vegan and an overwhelming response to this year’s Cornwall Vegan Festival
Tintagel Vegan Friends tell you more!
This was the title of our first free vegan food tasting event in Tintagel, held in the Old School. And this question raised a great deal of interest, we were busy all day. Many people came, tried foods and talked with us about what we had on offer, sourcing products, the recipes, as well as aspects of seeking to live a more compassionate lifestyle.
We offered a variety of foods, some home-made, some ready made. We shared samples of cous-cous, roasted vegetables, houmous, sushi, sausage rolls, nut roast, curry, pasties, scones and a wide range of dairy-free cheeses. There were a number of tempting desserts on offer, so often lacking or unimaginative when we eat out. We offered truffles, cheesecakes, chocolate pecan tart, meringues, chocolate cake with coconut cream. We shared a variety of milks, accompaniments, breakfast cereals, etc.
We aimed to show that vegan food is exciting, flavoursome and no more expensive than any other way of eating.
Several companies were very generous in supporting the event, for example, Holland and Barrett, Tesco, and Pengenna Pasties, who gave us a big range of their products to share. We owe all these companies enormous thanks for their support.
We made up a small booklet of the recipes of the foods we shared, which sold out on the day! We had leaflets on different vegan related topics supplied by Animal Aid. Also, we made some of our favourite cook books available for people to peruse.
Most food was gone by the mid afternoon. We had many fruitful discussions, on recipes, on where to source products, on nutrition, how to remove gluten from some products, on the ethics of living vegan and the issues that surround it aside from diet. Since the event, people have shared pictures of food they have made from the recipe booklet, and given positive feedback about the things they tasted with new intentions to source items we shared they had not known about before.
Everybody was made to feel welcome and the event proved to be very popular. We are now planning a future event in Tintagel, and intend to do the same in other towns in North Cornwall.
In addition, Edwina is planning to create a vegan night, starting around Easter, every Friday night at Anniden in Tintagel, profits going to various animal charities. Look out for details of both…