Let me launch right in by writing about some of the amazing small businesses that I met at FarGo Village last weekend. FarGo hosted their bi-annual vegan fair which is always a massive favourite of mine – I make a point of going there to support the tenants and FarGo themselves as much as possible.
Stands with Something to Say that Stood Out to Me
What I LOVED about Sunny Soul Up was their ethos – 100% recycled clothing which helped to save turtles. Literally, what’s not to love? These t-shirts are made up of 40% recycled plastic bottles, and 60% organic cotton. What fascinated me is that each shirt contained between 2 and 12 bottles and they were SO SOFT.
The lady from Ethical and Unique told me started crafting with plastics years ago, and then realised what a mistake she’d made! She immediately started changing to completely natural, ethical and cruelty free sources to create her beautiful necklaces and jewellery. Ethical and Unique jewellery reminded me of buried coins from Roman times – they were all so traditionally created. Some even reminded me of warriors’ shields!
Robbie at Cow Eggs was ever so sweet, and SO talented! I absolutely loved her watercolour renditions of pets – they had so much character, I just had to buy a card and a notebook! I might have to get a portrait done of my hamster…
Sophie (of Sophie Vujko Illustrations) was ever so lovely! She started off illustrating and then moved onto supporting animal rights within her up-cycled denim jacket designs – they were so sweet and all had vegan slogans on… I especially loved the pig in a teacup that said “Too Sweet to Eat!”
Honourable mentions include Sophie Hyam who put on a fabulous vegan food demonstration for us; Tropic who helped me find a moisturiser to suit my skin that was sustainable and smelt amazing and Chaaboo who make beautiful handmade tea scented soaps that also smelt incredible – I had to buy a Chai Tea one!
Now for what you’re all waiting for… THE FOOD!
The choice of food available at FarGo’s Vegan Fair was so vast that I ended up having a double-lunch plus tons more sweet things! I couldn’t help but want to try everything! It made me happy to know that it was guilt-free dining!
The first stall I’d like to shout about is LoveKimchi – they had some of the BEST Korean food I’ve ever tasted (all pictured above). I took one mouthful of their kimchi ramen and I HAD to buy myself some! The flavours were incredible and I loved this couple’s passion for their food!
There were SO many choices for sweet treats at the vegan fair – some of which you’d be so surprised to know are vegan! The cakes were so well presented, there were donuts the size of honeydew melons which I bought from The Doughnut Pod, and crepes made by the wonderfully named Bloods and Crepes lads who were great fun to chat with!
Treat yourself Vegan at FarGo Every Day
Let’s not forget the permanent tenants of FarGo – these guys are there all week and are the beating heart of FarGo itself. Many of them offer vegan options all year round so there’s no excuse for not visiting any day of the week if you’re looking for vegan choices.
- BackHaus a huge selection of vegan cakes and food
- Rock’n’Roller Parlour use MUK vegan hair products and dyes
- Bubble Boba can make almost all of their drinks vegan
- Choc ‘n’ Roll offer vegan gourmet chocolate options
- Olivia’s Handmade bath bombs are Vegan friendly and Cruelty Free
- Twisted Barrel are a fully vegan brewery
- Container No.8 have their own vegan cheese making kits
- There’s also FarGo’s very own vegan store – The Green Unicorn!
Overall FarGo’s Vegan festival had a really nice balance of food to eat there, food to take away and trinkets and goodies to buy for yourself or as gifts. It gave small businesses a much-needed voice and face-to-face presence and there were so many passionate people there with the same ethos – cruelty free and ethical living!
Written by Amy Turner of WritingIntoTheEther.com in association with CovBloggers
Read the blog on Amy’s website here: https://www.writingintotheether.com/its-easy-being-green-fargo-village-vegan-festival/