Cambridge Vegan Market 2019
This Autumn, on Sunday, the 20th of October, we attended the Cambridge Vegan Market held at the Guildhall. These events aim to bring together the best local vegan products and organisations to help encourage and provide a more sustainable lifestyle. Proudly, The Vegan Market provides ‘a whole host of mouth-watering food stalls, eye-opening lifestyle brands, luxury cosmetics, ethical clothing, interesting charities and much more’. This was once a small market that begun in Cambridge back in 2016. It is now featuring markets to over 25 locations stretching the length and breadth of the UK. The best thing about this market is that you don’t need to be vegan to go in. Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian or just interested to see what Veganism is all about. Then it is a great place to gain information and try various products before buying. There are roughly 50 stalls showcasing their ethical and vegan-friendly products and services. So there is a great selection whilst wondering around the delicious cakes, tarts, luxury cosmetics, ethical clothing and superfoods. For sure you will find something that gets your attention and you might end up liking it.
What does ‘Vegan’ or ‘Veganism’ exactly mean?
Being vegan is not just about having a specific diet, it is a way of living. The definition of ‘Vegan’, according to the Vegan Society is seeking to ‘exclude, as far as possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to animals for food, clothing or any other purpose’. Most people who lead a vegan life have a plant-based diet, but they also avoid consuming products that are subject to animal cruelty as well as trying to be as sustainable as possible. So what does it mean to lead a sustainable life, well it is the practice of reducing your demand on natural resources by making sure that you replace what you use to the best of your ability.
If you are not vegan, then you most properly wondering what on earth do these guys eat? Well, a vegan diet is very rich in vegetables, nuts, fruits, grains, seeds, beans and pulses. There are countless ways to use these foods to create amazing dishes that are not too dissimilar to a ‘normal-meat’ diet. Whats more there are numerous products on the market now that replace meat, cheese and eggs. So there really isn’t anything that cannot be recreated in this kind of lifestyle. Furthermore, the Cambridge Vegan Market showcased some of these goods to help people understand what food they can eat whilst living a plant-based lifestyle. There really is a whole great deal of cakes, pasties, pizzas, curries etc., that are available in both the supermarket and restaurants, which makes dinning a lot easier.
And you know what? You don’t need to be 100% vegan! All it takes is to be a bit more aware of it’s main idea and whenever you feel like it, give it a go. One vegan day on an animal based diet, looks like nothing, but it’s already helping!
Veganism is all about living a life enriched life with delicious plant-based meals. Caring for the animals and people around you. Improving your health and wellbeing as well as reducing your carbon footprint. We just think that people should bear in mind, that big changes happen through small decisions. So why not give it a go? Even if it is something small. We hope that this post has given you some idea of how you could potentially incorporate some changes into your life for the better.