We’re now a week into January, and if you are anything like us you have embraced the new year with some healthy eating objectives after the debauchery of December. Veganuary, in case you didn’t already know, is a campaign to get people eating a vegan diet throughout January to highlight the benefits of a plant based diet.

We have personally seen the rise in interest in Vegan food over the past couple of years, and demand is definitely at it’s highest at our events for animal product free options. In light of this we have seen some amazing vegan traders burst out of the woodwork, so we thought we should give you a heads up of the dishes you can’t miss out on this Veganuary.

1. Epic Veg Kitchen

Tanzie from Epic Veg Kitchen  blew carnivorous minds at this year’s Devon Street Food Festival with her Mexican Mountain Burger. Sweet potato, pepper, chipotle and black bean patty with avocado and fresh coriander salsa, cashew sour cream and lettuce in a toasted bun – it’s safe to say that we went back for seconds…and thirds…and fourths. This is very high on the list of vegan dishes we recommend you try!

2. Pakora Pod

Mother and Daughter duo Amanda and Becky specialise in serving up delicious food that is no wheat, no gluten, no nuts, no dairy, no eggs and is both vegetarian and vegan. Since meeting these guys, Pakoras are suddenly extremely high on our list of cravings. They take a selection of vegetables to make a variety of Pakoras which are a spicy hand held snack coated on a chick pea flour and fried in vegetable oil. Served with locally made sweet chilli sauce and/or dairy free yoghurt dips, from The Mixed Vegetable Pakora with cabbage, carrot, potato, onion, ginger and green chilli to the The Green One with spinach, cabbage, kale, onion, potato and courgette – these are some very tasty vegan treats!

3. Manjula

These guys take vegan food and make it very exciting. Our favourite of their delicious offerings is their take on Mexican, serving up Thai and Indian inspired vegan burritos.

Thai Burrito:

Massaman Curry with Rice, Asian Slaw, Avocado and Jalapenos rolled up in a Large Tortilla Wrap

Indian Burrito:

South Indian Masalawith Rice, Asian Slaw, Avocado and Jalapenos rolled up in a Large Tortilla Wrap

You can find these vegan goodies touring the South of England – and we recommend you do!

4. Greazy Vegan

Who knew you could eat fried chicken whilst doing Veganuary?! Well, courtesy of Greazy Vegan you can still enjoy that experience. Their delicious vegan take on crispy fried chicken is truly something to behold. Based in Cardiff, these guys have gone from strength to strength in the city and prove that eating a vegan diet doesn’t mean you have to lose your favourite guilty pleasures. We’re talking vegan fried chicken, vegan hot dogs, vegan chicken wings – it’s almost too good to be true.

5. Renegade Kitchen

Falafel as you’ve never had it before. Renegade Kitchen take the vegan staple of Falafel and make it something you will end up craving for days. Serving up authentic Falafel in a couscous wrap with your choice of hummus, siracha, tahini sauce, fresh salad, homemade pickles and Sauerkraut – this is vegan food at its finest.

6. Makasih

Serving both vegan and non vegan offerings, Makasih’s Malay Vegan Curry is just the winter warmer you need for Veganuary! Roasted butternut squash, red onion and garden peas in a rich coconut based curry with basmati rice, pickled red cabbage, cucumber, coriander, toasted sesame seeds and fresh chilli slices. You can catch these guys and treat yourself by heading down to Sticky Fingers Street Food Market in Cardiff’s Brewery Quarter. We will see you there!

7. Little Leaf

Everybody loves pizza – vegans included. Little Leaf are based in London and are well-known and respected for serving up the best vegan pizzas. Influenced by the Italian flag, they offer The Red Pizza, The White Pizza and The Green Pizza.

The Red Pizza: The best seller. A blend of 3 vegan cheese, Italian tomato sauce, oregano and extra virgin olive oil.

The White Pizza: Salted potato, blend of vegan cheese, rosemary and garlic oil.

The Green Pizza: Homemade pesto sauce, zucchini and cashew ricotta.

You can catch them at Kerbs St Kats Market on 18th January.

 

8. Bearded Taco

The most imaginative and exciting tacos we have ever had the privilege of tasting. The vegan offering that we highly recommend from Sian and Jake is the famous ‘Let’s Avo Cwtch’. Californian gin and tonic tempura avocado served with a lemon and agave slaw, vegan chipotle aioli & fresh coriander – our mouth’s are watering already.

 

Happy Veganuary one and all!