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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

 

Afternoon Tea @ The Queens Hotel, Leeds – guest blog by Lucy Reynolds

After many a time strolling past the  advertising board outside the Queens Hotel, gazing at the offer of a fancy afternoon tea, I decided to treat my mum to a visit when she was up in the glorious North. The Queens Hotel is a well known establishment in Leeds, looming large just outside of Leeds train station in all its Art Deco glory.DSC_0083
Upon entering the hotel bar area, we were quite shocked to find ourselves in the midst of a wedding reception. I thought that I’d got the date wrong but found out that we were correct and that the wedding reception wasn’t private so members of the public were also just sat in the bar having drinks too. It all felt a little awkward, especially when the wedding singer did a slow and sexy version of ‘You’re the one that I want’ from Grease; some songs just aren’t meant to be slowed down!
The saving grace was the friendliness and polite nature of the staff, who made us feel very welcome. The bar area was very grand and ornamental yet looked a little tired; however, watching drunken wedding goers fully made up for this.

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We were offered tea or coffee to drink, and both were served with a big smile by our charming waiter. Our afternoon tea platter came next, and definitely looked the part, stacked high with goodies.

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As much as the child within me wanted to forego the sandwiches to get my sticky paws on the cakes, I found restraint and started with the selection of dainty finger sandwiches. 

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Our selection consisted of Yorkshire ham, smoked salmon and cream cheese, egg mayonnaise and the ubiquitous cucumber sandwich. Now obviously everyone knows that mayonnaise is the work of the devil (it’s egg sauce people!) so those foul creatures were rejected straight away. The other sandwiches were lovely though – the fillings were generous and the bread was soft, fresh and tasted like it had been baked in house. 
Our next layer offered up sultana scones, raspberry jam and cream. Anyone who knows me well knows I love a good scone (pronounced sc-own, not sc-on, you southern pansies) so I was slightly disappointed by the Queen’s hotel’s version as they were too dry and the cream was whipping cream, not clotted. It was tasty but not indulgent – it definitely needed tea to help to wash it down.

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The last layer of treats offered up Almond, fruit and banoffee tarts. The almond tarts were wonderful: moist, rich frangipan filling with a thick jammy base. The fruit tarts looked better than they tasted, with an appetising glazed top covering a slightly tasteless custard underneath. The banoffee tarts were super sweet and not to my taste but I’m sure if I’d have started with them, I’d have been more enamoured, as by this time we were particularly stuffed. Also, banana is evil – but everyone knows that, right?

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All in all, a really pleasant experience: I’ve had better afternoon teas, but the staff were lovely and the surroundings, whilst a little worn, are still quite grand. An interesting one off.

Queens Hotel
City Square
Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS1 1PJ
0113 243 1323
http://www.qhotels.co.uk/our-locations/the-queens/