Catford Vegan Festival

The first ever Catford Vegan Festival is here

The SE6 event costs zilch to attend and will convert even the most hardcore meat-lover

Over meat? Or just trying to be a bit, um, vagan? You’re in luck: a one-dayer is hitting south-east London that celebrates all things plant-based, ranging from delectable-sounding street food to local beers.

Catford Food Market and Plant Bass LDN are collab-ing on this free festie on 15th July. Lovers of seitan will be heading straight for The Nooch – they’ll be dishing up wheat gluten sarnies alongside pulled jackfruit burgers. Wondering what nooch is? A magical meat-free substance (aka nutritional yeast) with an umami flavour profile.

Those with a sweet tooth will have cravings satisfied by ice-cream aficionados Black Mylk, with cruelty-free offerings including honeycomb and pine nut, black sesame and seasonal fruit. The scoops are created from a base of cashew and rich coconut milk. Yum. If cakes are more your thing, MissFlits will be on hand with ethical products such as chocolate hazelnut sponge with a rich chocolate ‘butter’ cream.

Humus, bread and olives at Catford Vegan Festival
Palace Culture. Photo: Catford Food Market

Other traders include Oh My Gulay with Filipino delights, Palace Culture and their fermented dairy-free fromage and Terra Ferment with cultured veggies.

Thirsty? Brixton-based Clarkshaws Brewing will be serving vegan bevvies, plus Catford Cornucopia will be pouring Tom Cat Six gin (made using six botanicals including peppery juniper and fiery Scotch Bonnet peppers) and easy-drinking Catford Pride pale ale will be available by the bottle.

There will also be talks throughout the day spreading the vegan word and promoting the area, along with cooking demonstrations and live music.

The legume-soaked festivities end at 5pm, but for those not ready to call it a day then, mosey over to the shopping centre where Plant Bass LDN will be carrying on the party into the evening with DJs and plenty more herbivorous goodies. Tickets will set you back just a tenner.

Get yourself down SE6-way and discover the power of plants. As if you need us to tell you that.

Catford Vegan Festival, July 15th, 10am-5pm, at Catford Broadway SE6, more info here. After-party, 5-11pm, at Catford Shopping Centre SE6, tickets here.

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