It was World Vegan Day on November 1st and to celebrate we held a tasting activity for students to learn about veganism and try some delicious vegan cakes, sorbets, cheese and crackers.
What is World Vegan Day?
World Vegan Day started in England in 1994 when the then President of the Vegan Society, Louise Wallis, was tasked with marking the 50th anniversary of the society. Wallis decided to celebrate the 50th anniversary on November 1st and to observe World Vegan Day on that date henceforth.
What is veganism?
The practice of not eating foods derived from animals and typically of avoiding the use of other animal products.
Why be vegan?
Many choose to be vegan for animal rights reasons like opposing factory farming practices. Others, see it as a healthy lifestyle choice and some choose to go vegan for the environment as eating animals is arguably a leading cause of climate change and other environmental issues.
What did our students’ taste?
- Belgian Dark Chocolate Cake
- Lemon Sorbet + Passionfruit Sorbet
- Crackers with Organic Cashew Cheese
What did our students think?
“This is my favourite cake!”
“I think this is actually better than the original”
“I can’t stop, it’s so good”
“Can I keep the jar?”
“Where did you get this?”
“I could be vegan”
All the food was finished off and everyone had their own favourite food item from the tasting. Afterwards, students stayed around to socialise and enjoy yet another beautiful spring afternoon in Bryon Bay.
How is the vegan scene in Byron Bay?
Byron Bay is a vegan’s paradise with several excellent restaurants, eateries and shops to cover breakfast, lunch and dinner. Additionally, the farmers market and health food stores offer delicious local, organic, and sustainably produced foods for home cooking.
Here are some of the most popular vegan-friendly restaurants in Byron Bay
[Paraphrased from the No Bones website] “On a mission to change the way people think about vegan food. Our goals include becoming 100% carbon neutral and to make sure we’re using as much Australian made/grown produce and products as we can, to reduce our environmental impact. Our wines and beers are all Australian for the same reason and we are on a mission to phase out a lot of international spirits and replace them with Australian made instead. This is our little contribution to decreasing freight associated with our business. As you probably already know a plant-based diet goes a long way towards fighting climate change and every meal counts.”
“Our fresh menu is made from scratch with wholefood ingredients including the best hand cut, spiced chips in the shire. Exclusive craft beer, herbal cocktails, and elixirs”
“Exceedingly Healthy. Exceptionally Delicious. At Manna Haven Café Restaurant in Byron Bay, we take pride in serving you with healthy and delicious vegetarian food made from fresh and local produce. Our extensive ‘grab and go’ vegetarian menu is sure to please with a range of fresh salads, tasty mains, mouthwatering desserts and smoothies. Most items on our menu are plant-based, and we also have a large range of gluten-free options available.”
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