CAMRA run a beer festival in Colchester a couple of times a year which usually includes a few vegan beers.
However at the recent 2019 Colchester Winter Beer Festival there were some definite upgrades!
There were 14 vegan beers from All Day Brewing, Ampersand, Calverley’s, Crafty Beers, Dominion, Leigh on Sea, and Other Monkey. That’s 7 breweries with at least one vegan beer on offer.
Vegan beers were really well labelled. As in previous years the festival programme has a (v) next the name of the beer to indicate it was vegan. So you read the programme and then played ‘spot the beer’ among those on offer at that session. So green labels clearly indicating that a beer was vegan that stood out across a crowded hall were most welcome.
Vool have popped up at Waffle On in Clacton before and had a delightful time. Hence it was a great location for our first pop up of 2019.
While it’s always lovely to get out and about with our array of goodies while chatting other vegans we did have an ulterior motive.
Yes! We are ruled by our bellies and were tempted by the thought of buying our lunch from Waffle On’s extensive menu of vegan junk food.
Still it wasn’t all us stuffing our faces (although we might just have skipped dinner). Our table was crammed with products old and new – thanks to a supplier order arriving on Friday night. And what products went down well with Clacton Vegans? Pernigotti Gianduiotto snack bars were popular as ever. Cult brand Candy Kittens jelly sweets were well received in sour watermelon and fizzy peach flavours. Plus our new filled vegan pasta in 3 flavours must have graced a few dinner dishes on Saturday.
And up next?
Our next outing is the Feel Good Fair at Honywood School on Coggeshall on 10 February, but you can indulge your junk food craving anytime by visiting Waffle On – or ordering from our online shop.
At Vool HQ we were very pleased to hear that Good Souls Bakery is now offering you a Food to Go service.
We shared space with Emma and the Good Souls crew at Cafe No. 9 in Colchester for most of 2018. Customers dropping by to stock up on vegan squirty cream or grab a post gym Vego bar often caught us with out mouths full! Deciding which delicious dishes we’d enjoy for lunch was one of the pleasures of sharing the space.
Personal favourites included black bean soup, savoury scones and farinata. Hence it’s great to see that these feature on the Food to Go menu. There are also with a selection of delicious cakes and bakes. The menu available on the Good Souls Bakery website describes each item and indicates if it is gluten free. Prices are as always very reasonable. So vegan pistachio and raspberry brownies costing just £12 for 15 serving. A loaf of homemade bread is priced at around £2. Happily my favourites are all there so I’ll be clearing some space on my freezer so I can enjoy at my leisure.
And by my leisure I obviously mean all those meals that I can’t find the inspiration or energy to cook!