As someone that’s born and bred in leafy green Surrey, I am always excited by anything vegan going on this way. From simple things such as finding a vegan sarnie in a shop to hearing about a vegan fair that includes local brands.
No shade on bigger brands (ily, too) but more local, smaller brands are where my interest lies, so when seeing the likes of LoveSeitan from Guildford and April’s Table from Weybridge on the list of stalls at Surrey Vegan Fair, I was on it!
The tickets were SO reasonably priced at just under £10 for a VIP ticket – I knew this festival would be great already!
On arrival, we were greeted by lovely, friendly staff, I even received a few compliments on my Kind Human Clothing vest – I was feeling the love and great vibes already! We were handed our VIP goodie bags and damn, I wasn’t expecting something that good for what I paid! A cute tote with “Plants Have Protein” on it, Koko Coconut milk, Clearspring Snack Organic, Perkier Coconut and Chia Quinoa Bar, Sweet Freedom Chot Pot and Ombar Coconut Mylk Buttons.
Also included was a copy of the amazing Vegan Food and Living magazine which I read all the time and a voucher for £1.50 off the amazing range from Oatly – Wow!
There were two rooms at this fair, one of which had talks, the other held all of the stalls. Unfortunately, I didn’t make it to any of the talks (I was too busy fan girling over brands I’d seen online and buying everything) but here’s the listing of the talks below:
Peter Egan – Opening address
Keith Squires – Key note speaker
Epi Vegan – The boundaries of veganism
Vegan Speak – Why we need diversity of opinion in the community
Jill Bennett – What’s lurking in your personal care products?
Not Dr. Tamara – Raising vegan kids realisitically
Bonafide Vegan – Top 5 tips in activism
The Vegan Angel – The path to health and compassion
Simon Plazolles-Hayes – Progress: From animal farmer to animal advocate
My friend and I did the once over, we stormed up and down the aisles seeing who was exhibiting and who we wanted to see. Hint – We pretty much wanted to see and try everything in depth!
There were so many amazing clothing/accessories stalls including The Roots Store and Kind Human Clothing. I was so glad to see a lot of people purchasing and wearing the same Kind Human Clothing vest that I have, it’s super cute! Take a lookie at it here.
A solid favourite brand of mine is Creative Nature. After being introduced to their Salted Caramel Flapjack by a friend, I became a massive fan. Their snack bars are delicious, healthy but full of flavour and sweetness which I love! My friend and I definitely purchased too many of these but they were on a great deal, so no regrets! I would highly recommend trying them out for a sweet treat.
Good Carma Foods are a brand I have followed across social media for quite a while so I was happy to see them there, as I hadn’t ever tried their products (Shame on me!) The lady herself, Charlotte was there. She was absolutely lovely, so chatty and informative, I walked away with the Garlic Flavour Fusion and the Spread Sensation – Reviews coming soon!
Based in Dorking, Cao Kitchen are another brand I had followed for a while on Instagram and was so excited to see. Their products tasted absolutely amazing and were beautifully presented. I purchased the orange and mint and am slightly concerned I’m just going to be eating them straight from the jar! Review coming soon!
Now, lunch was a big decision. There were so many delicious smelling foods but we finally decided on tofish and chips from Shakey Shakey Vegan – It was phenomenal! So filling and so flavoursome, we were so pleased with our choice. They also do battered sausages and battered Oreo’s, yum!
Cobham based Artisinal were there too selling beautiful fudge, cookies and some amazing chocolate, one of which was exactly like a Crunchie bar! I purchased their fudge which was amazingly creamy – Review coming soon!
Weybridge based April’s Table had some beautiful treats. I was so excited to finally try some of them as every event I’ve been to when April’s Table has been there, I’m always too late and they’re sold out! I purchased some coconut macaroon’s which I thoroughly enjoyed but definitely wish I’d got more… Look at those Almond Butter Caramel Bar’s – Wow!
The beautifully labelled products by Katie’s Nuttery made an appearance at this event also. Katie was so sweet and explained all of her products so thoroughly. I sampled all of the products and absolutely could not make up my mind. I purchased the Raw Cacao Hazelnut Mylk after much debate but will definitely be making an online order soon because the nut butters were on another level, I’ve honestly not tasted any that good before.
From delicious smoothies to decadent brownies, there was an amazing amount of choice at Surrey Vegan Festival. My friend and I really enjoyed ourselves and would really recommend for next year if you’re looking to try out some different products made by talented people.
Please do check out Surrey Vegan’s website for more information on this years festival but also their monthly vegan markets which are just as amazing!