The Great Yorkshire Vegan Festival Photoblog @ the Queens Hotel, Leeds

The Great Yorkshire Vegan Festival, the first of its kind in Yorkshire took place at The Queens Hotel last Saturday.

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There were so many fantastic food events going on that weekend, but unfortunately I was going to miss most of them due to prior commitments. One thing I did have time to attend very quickly was this and I’m pleased I did. Being a big carnivore it could be very easy to dismiss an event like this, but being a lover of food/blogger it was another great opportunity to find out more about what produce is on offer for different dietary requirements.

With just an hour to check out 115+ stalls showcasing a multitude of vegan products it had to be a short and snappy visit.

Of course an important part of the festival was to develop the awareness of animal charities and organisations, such as IAPWA and Animal Aid. If I’d had more time I would have wanted to find out more about the things going on here but unfortunately, I could only really get around to take photos of the stalls.

Here is my photo blog of many of the food stalls that day, apologies to any I have missed out!!

All proceeds from admissions went to the IAPWA animal charity.

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Ms Cupcake London’s first entirely vegan bakery, 100% vegan, lots of wheat and gluten free goodies too!
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Birdhouse Tea Company selling loose leaf teas and herbal blends from Sheffield.
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My Cupcakes are based in Nottingham, everything is made and baked by hand then decorated with handmade decorations from home. All  the cupcakes are 100% Vegan & Gluten Free and fair trade products are used where possible.
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Global Tribe Cafe – the Leeds city centre cafe with their vegan sweet treats.

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That Old Chestnut – popular Leeds based vegan bakery, who take pride in using local, sustainable and ethically sourced ingredients.
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Inkwell Arts Cafe based in Leeds, known for producing good food using locally grown fresh vegetables and herbs, many are grown from seed by garden volunteers.
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Suma – UK’s largest independent wholefood wholesaler/distributor, specialising in vegetarian, fair trade, organic, ethical and natural products.
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Veggies – with their selection of onion bhaji, samosa, pasties and a whole lot more!
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Pie Meister  – based in Hebden Bridge had a range of vegan wheat and gluten free pies in a variety of fillings, also pakora and bhaji.
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MKS Food Distribution – a family-owned business with a plethora of olives, Turkish delight, nuts and dried fruits.
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Tropical Wholefoods – selling their sun-dried fruits which are free of preservatives and added sugars. Working Fairtrade and providing technical advice to their partners is also a big part of the business.
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The Homemade Vegan with a selection of cute pizza rolls, e.g. Chipotle and avocado and Lemon, basil, ricotta and black olive.
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The Grove Cafe – well known cafe had a selection of Vegan fritters.

Such a great event which was very well attended, it was heaving when I arrived! I wish I’d had more time to explore things in more depth, there’s always next time!

After visiting the festival I looked into Vegan eateries in and around the Leeds area, here’s a list of the ones I found, I’m sure there are lots more:

Global Tribe CafeLittle TokyoRoots and FruitsHansas  – Leeds city centre

Inkwell Art’s CafeNichols Vegetarian Delicatessen – Chapel Allerton

The Cheerful Chilli – Otley

Prashad – Drighlington

The Veggie – Ilkley

The Grove Cafe – Cardigan Road

Filmore & Union – Moortown and Leeds city centre

Are there any great vegan eateries I have missed off my list, I’m sure they are? 

The Queens Hotel
City Square
Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS1 1PJ

 

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