One of the reasons that I attend events like Vegan Life Live is to discover vegan-friendly brands. At the moment there are so many emerging that it’s hard to stay on top of new releases. Attending vegan events is a way of getting up to speed and doing a bit of sampling along the way. We like to try before we buy!
5 brands that I discovered at Vegan Life Live
Clive’s, which started in 1982, make yummy gluten free pies in their bakery located on the top floor of a converted woollen mill in Buckfastleigh, South Devon. Nearly all the pies are vegan, and they’ve just added a new range of vegan tarts. They also sell a vegan pasty and roll, a gluten free vegan nut roast and vegan ready meals. All their food is hand prepared in small batches to ensure the best quality.
http://steps2stardom.com.au/author/ahill/page/114/ Where to buy
You can buy Clive’s products from the following places, but the range of products that each sells varies.
- Holland & Barrett
- Abel & Cole
- Shop at Goodness Direct
linked here Soffle’s
The founder of Soffle’s is Sophie, who created oven roasted Pitta Chips as a tasty beer snack. Since then more seasoned varieties of Pitta Chips have emerged such as Chilli and Garlic and Rosemary and Thyme, alongside a range of delicious, vibrant hummus pots.
Where to buy
You can buy Soffle’s Pitta Chips at the following locations. I have not however located their hummus.
- Harvey Nichols
- Wholefoods Market
The Loving Earth story is an inspiring one. Loving Earth was started in 2007 by its founders Scott Fry and Martha Butler in Melbourne. They had an ambition to support farming communities around the world by finding ways to commercialise their commodities in a way that not only honoured them, but also allowed them to do what they’d been doing for thousands of years.
Initially they spent time in Mexico and after much research returned with the ingredients to create their very first chocolate bars. Their apartment was their HQ for their raw chocolate business, but demand for their produce grew quickly and they soon outgrew that.
They now have a range of dark, milk and white vegan chocolate, some flavoured and some plain. You’ll be sure to find something that tickles your fancy.
I’d recommend reading their full story as it’s inspiring. I haven’t done it justice in this short paragraph.
Where to buy?
- Holland & Barrett
- Planet Organic
- The Vegan Kind
Ms. Cupcake aims to bring ‘free from’ cake to the masses. They want to raise the profile of a vegan diet, whilst educating the local community on how they can create ‘free from’ cakes for themselves.
Now I had heard of Ms. Cupcake before Vegan Life Live, but i’d never tried any of their products. When we arrived at the event we headed straight to their stand as we were keen to try one of their cookie sandwiches. I can report back that the cookie sandwich that i tried was DIVINE. Yes it deserves caps. I’d highly recommend trying them.
Where you’ll find Ms. Cupcake
You’ll find Ms. Cupcake in Brixton but you can also order cupcakes from their website online.
Norty Puds were launched at Vegan Life Live this year. They’re the brainchild of Best Raw Vegan Cake finalist, Elspeth Humm of Elspeth’s Kitchen. Norty Puds come in three delicious flavours, Chia Me Up, Salted Choc and Bana-Norty.
You won’t find dairy, gluten, egg, soya or refined sugar in any Norty Puds. Instead they focus on wholesome and nourishing ingredients, which makes them indulgent without any of the naughtiness.
You can find more information on Norty Puds here.
Where to buy?
Norty Puds will be available at the upcoming VegfestUK Brighton event on March 24-25 at the Brighton Centre.
There you have it. Five new brands that i’ve discovered which are either wholly vegan or have a large range of vegan products. From sweet treats, to savoury snacks, to wholesome pies. Who said that vegan food was boring?