Sampling the treats at Cambridge Vegan Market
I love a good market and there’s always a good one in the market square in Cambridge. However, I’ve not been to a vegan market before and I was very excited to see what was on offer at Cambridge Vegan Market in the Guildhall on Sunday 20th October. Although obviously, this event is now finished, you haven’t missed out. There are vegan markets taking place all over the country. Check out your nearest one by using this link.
My sister, who is not a vegan but likes a good day out, agreed to come with me to the market. So, we met up at the park and ride just outside Cambridge and came into the city on the bus. It’s a very convenient way to get into Cambridge and reasonably good value as the parking is free, you just pay for the bus. A return ticket cost £3 each and you can pay with contactless cards on the bus. Quick and easy.
Cambridge Vegan Market
The market took place inside the guildhall in Cambridge. I originally thought it was outside in the market square but fortunately, my sister spotted in when we were looking for the toilets. Which incidentally, are also in the guildhall. As a bonus, the usual Sunday market was also in full swing in the market square. Additionally, they had plenty of vegan items on offer there too.
Inside the guildhall, we headed upstairs, paid our £2 entry free. Again, contactless payment. I am being forced into the modern world which is a good thing I think. I’ve had contactless cards for ages but only recently started using them regularly. Once you start though it’s very easy.
Lots of vegan goodies
The first thing I spotted as we headed inside was this amazing range of vegan cakes. So, if anyone ever tells you that you need to give up all the nice things in life if you’re a vegan you can show them these photos. I had some absolutely amazing vegan meringues from this stall. Lovely light and crunchy on the outside, sticky and chewy on the inside. Perfect!
Probably my most exciting find of the day was this vegan fudge. For ages, I’ve been moaning that you can’t get vegan fudge anywhere. Only the other day I was telling Paul that someone should make it. Well, of course, someone already was making it but I just didn’t know about it. So now I do!
Moreover, what an array of flavours. I bought Toffee Apple Fudge, Rum and Raisin and Honeycomb but there were loads more flavours. Of course, I tasted them all and it was a hard choice. At £5 for 3 bars I thought it was also very good value for money. They are a small company from Southend-on-Sea but you can buy their fudge online as well by clicking this link. I bought my own fudge so this is just a personal recommendation. It was so good I had to pass it on.
Organic Veg Boxes
I met these lovely people on the Riverford Organic Veg stall and they kindly posed for a photo. They gave me a lovely tea towel and some organic apples for posting it on Instagram but I wanted to include them here as well as they were so welcoming. I’m always thinking about getting a regular veg box delivery and it would definitely have to be organic. I think it’s a great scheme and it would help us all to eat more local and seasonal food.
More vegan goodies
You might notice a bit of a pattern here with all the vegan sweet stuff but we all need a treat now and again. It’s not always easy to get hold of really nice tasting chocolate treats without buying online. So it’s nice to visit the market and be able to purchase in small quantities and try things out. I picked up various chocolate bars to try. This stall was run by vool.co.uk and you can also order their products online. Again, I paid for my own samples but I think they’re well worth a mention.
I don’t have any photos of the samosas I bought because I ate them all. However, they’re still very much worth a mention even without any pics for you to drool over. On their stall, Perfect Samosa offered a range of delicious samosas and packs of curry. I don’t think you can buy their products online but do look out for them if you go to any vegan markets in the future.
Not all Food
So you could be forgiven for thinking the market was all about food but there were other things there too. Greenpeace had a stall with interesting information on their work. Also, there was some great cosmetics and toiletries on offer. My personal favourites are Body Shop and Tropic which both have some lovely vegan smellies.
A Great Day Out
Finally, thanks to my sister who very kindly agreed to accompany me to the market. It’s always great to have an excuse to meet up for a chat and some lunch. She’s not a vegan herself but maybe after seeing all the wonderful products on sale she might be thinking about it now!