Birmingham Vegan Food Fair 10/11/2007

November 2, 2007 at 6:26 pm 3 comments

cookery demo at vegan food fair

In case you didn’t know already, there’s a free vegan food fair on Saturday 10th November, 10.00am- 4.00pm, at All Saints Church Hall, Kings Heath, Birmingham, B14 7RA.

There will be two cookery demos, which (apart from the free food of course) I think will be the main highlights of the day.

The organisers need volunteers for pre-event leafleting, and setting up stalls and washing up on the day. Contact them for more details.

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  • 1. Plant Killer  |  November 10, 2007 at 9:36 pm

    Edit: Just to set the record straight, apparently there was a lot of good, vegetable-based foods to sample, with no fake meat in sight. Unfortunately however, the organisers/volunteers underestimated the amount of people that would come to the fair, and ran out of this food quite quickly. The event was partly sponsored by Alpro who donated loads of soya mince and tofu chunks – this was used as a backup when the food ran out. The following commenter obviously turned up after the ‘good’ food ran out and sadly this is reflected in his comments.

    – Vegan Brum

    I was very disappointed at this food fair. It was advertised as a ‘free food fair’, implying that all the food was free. But there were burgers and cakes on sale. I didn’t try the cakes that was on sale but the burger was quite sloppy and although it was fairly tasty it was underseasoned. There was barely any salad on it – no tomato just a bit of lettuce and vegan mayo. No chilli sauce? No pickled gherkin? No chutney or relish? And no chips or potato wedges?! I think there was too much of an animal rights presence as well, as ssoon as I walked in I was asked if I wanted to get involved in hunt sabbing. I thought what is this a food fair or an animal rights fair?!

    As for the free food, it was all substitutes; mince, ‘chicken’ chunks, ‘ham’ slices on litle crackers with a bit of tomato on top. meat substitutes dont make meat eaters like myself think “wow this is amazing” they just make me think ‘yuck’. Another thing that disappointed me was that despite the fact that i it’s a vegan food fair, there were barely any vegetables to be seen, just meat substitutes. That seem a bit ironic.

    I heard they are planning another one well I hope they get it right next time.

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  • 2. Vegan Brum  |  November 10, 2007 at 10:01 pm

    Yes the website (click here) does indeed say “Sample a wide range of delicious, healthy, cruelty-free and eco-friendly food, and it`s all FREE!!”

    SO it was a bit of a surprise to see food on sale when the event’s website says that the food is “all free”.

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  • 3. tree hugger  |  November 2, 2008 at 11:22 am

    sorry to hear about your burger experience ! You must have gone to the wrong stall :(
    My daughter got a burger with the works on it , granted no gerkin but hey hoe !
    I got myself some chips etc so they were on offer ! I know that they were also selling ‘fish’ with the chips.
    I have to say though I was also a little dissapointed with the fair as a whole ! It was in too cramped in, not enough room. And as for the talks, one of the talks was a completely obvious attempt by the society to hard sell their supplements ! Very disappointing and it did come across as being badly planned, the talk that is , not the fair ! It came across as saying that in order to be a vegan you will have to take supplements, which was a totally shame, not to mention slightly untrue ;)
    I was disappointed also by the amount of ‘ yeast filled’ fake meat on offer. I was there from the doors opening and there was ‘some’ other stuff on offer the the over all was rather yeast fakey meaty stuff.
    all that said, I loved it, apart from the shameless self plug for vegan society supplements, ahem, sorry the talk about vegan nutrition ;)
    Yup , was a good fair all in all, very enjoyable !

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