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Back from a day of veganness

27. October 2008

Yesterday was World Vegan Day, and to celebrate the occasion, we went to the Abbotsford Convent, where there was to be a festival.

There were food stalls, many a table collecting cash, signatures and expression of volunteer interest for everything from boycotts to animal rescue.

Of course there was shopping to be had. I didn’t get to buy any T-shirts, but I got a button saying “Duck Liberation Front” (yay!), some tofu cream cheese and a round of Cheezly. mmmh, cheeseful goodness.
I also got some bread from the convent bakery, but I must say, it’s not quite as good as the one I can get from the Ceres market, although it comes close.

We also had some gelati from Fritz Gelato. It was great that I could actually look at their display and know i could eat any of those flavours I wanted. And tehy were gooooood.
Next time you’re at one of their shops, have the lychee-lime. It’s sublime! No, really. It is.

We rounded out the day by having lunch in the city, a thoroughly forgettable experience, but a nice finish to a hot and muggy day.

Overall, Vegan day was good, not great. I loved the venue but hated the fact that we were all crammed into the far back courtyard, which was way too overcrowded, making getting around hard, and since I was still on my cane, it was a pretty impossible task.
The inside area, aka the stall hall, was ridiculously overcrowded, hot and humid. I wanted to look at more stalls, but it was impossible.

So while it’s good to see that there are so many vegans or vegan-curious people in Melbourne (which was voted Australia’s most vegan-friendly city, to no one’s surprise), I wish we didn’t have to cram them into such a small space.
I’d rather pay admission fee and get more room to roam than have a freebie free-for-all.
Also, their showbags sucked. A lot. $5 for essentially just a bag with some flyers in it. Laaaaaame.

Even the veg day bag at the event in Northcote was better. And that wasn’t exactly a great event…

2 Comments leave one →
  1. dianecurran permalink
    27. October 2008 10:23 pm

    $5 to buy a bunch of ads. What a rip-off.

    Isn’t Melbourne supposed to be the most friendly city for everything?

  2. 27. October 2008 10:25 pm

    That’s because Melbourne is made from pure awesomeness.
    Also, Wicked.

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