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Colchester Beer Festival

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.
Vegan labelled beer at Colchester Winter Beer Festival 2019 - photo by vool.co.uk
Vegan food - Jackfruit stew by Organic Alex - on sale at Colchester Winter Beer Festival 2019 - photo by vool.co.uk
  • Not only was there hearty jackfruit stew with pakoras on offer at the session I attended but there was also vegan dessert on the form of pecan pie and brownies.

If you attended then don’t forget to take 2 minutes to fill in the feedback form to let CAMRA know that the vegan ‘upgrades’ were well received. If you didn’t make it to this one then you’re in luck as the next Festival is at the end of May.

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Food to Go from Good Souls

Delicious vegan food from goodsoulsbakery.co.uk

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.

Vegan food from Good Souls Bakery - goodsoulsbakery.co.uk

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!

Visit the Good Souls website and have a look for yourself at the delights on offer, then place your order.