I recently wrote a post on vegan markets in London and how they’re on the rise. The good news is that it’s not just in London that we’re now seeing vegan markets emerge, it’s in the commuter belt towns such as Reading too.
In 2017 Reading held it’s first Vegan Festival, which was a roaring success. Riding that wave friends Philippa Stannard and Melony Lawrance – the brains behind the Ethic Collective – started a monthly vegan market. The market brings together vegan and ethical businesses from the area into the heart of Reading.
You’ll find the market at Station Hill next to the Biscuit Tin Cafe, RG1 1NF.
The market is held monthly, usually on the last Saturday of each month between 10am and 4pm. The next one is on the 26th of May 2018.
What you’ll find at Reading Vegan Market
Cakes & Sweets
If you’re looking for jaw dropping beautiful cakes then head over to Cocolico’s stand. I continue to rave about Céline because she is a truly talented pastry chef. Her creations are little pieces of art and they taste heavenly. If you’re planning a dinner party then these cakes would truly impress.
Tiny Sarah’s Cakes
Where to start? Brownies, cupcakes, rocky roads, peanut butter slabs of goodness and more. You’ll find it all at Tiny Sarah’s Cakes. Just hold yourself back from buying one of each.
If fudge is your sweet treat of choice then Hartland Fudge will be the stand for you. They have an array of flavours, ranging from your standard chocolate to brandy tiger nut cream. They also sell toffee apples and vegan crunchies. You’ll definitely get a sugar rush form this stall!
Silvermoon Foods is another Reading based business who create homemade vegan cheeses. My favourite is the Chèvre Za’atar which is a take on goats cheese, but the Herby Blu is a close second. It’s very creamy and for those who weren’t a fan of blue cheese previously you may like this one as it’s very mild.
Nutkin was a brand that i hadn’t heard of before. They make their vegan cheeses from a mix of cashew and macadamia nuts. Here we have their spreadable and their charcoal cheeses. The charcoal cheese doesn’t look that appetising but don’t be put off, it tastes good with a subtle charred flavour.
If you’re heading to the market for some grub then you’ll have a range of options to choose from. Here are a couple of my favourites.
We Are Vegivores
I couldn’t write this post without mentioning We Are Vegivores. Kevin and his team make hearty, flavoursome and warming meals – perfect for this awful weather at the moment. They’re also at the Blue Collar Food Market in Market Place each Wednesday and Friday, so i get my fix from there when i’m able to work form home.
Earth Pot Foods
In the mood for Caribbean food? With a steel drum playing in the background i’m sure you would be. If you like pulses, nuts, coconut and plantain then Earth Pot will be your jam.
Sara from Qitiji has some impressive handmade designs. Each piece of artwork has a message. You may even recognise some of them as they were used in the Sunday Times Style magazine. I think they’d make the perfect gift, especially when framed.
Tipple on Tap
Tipple on Tap offers a range of vegan wines. Buy a bottle. Fill it with wine. Drink at your leisure. Return & refill. Simple. You’ll be sorted for a while.
It’s a dream come true to see so many vegan business entrepreneurs in Reading and the market is a perfect opportunity for them to showcase their products. Philippa and Melony have done a fantastic job bringing them all together. I take my hat off to you both. It must take a lot of time and effort to pull this together but the vegan community is very grateful for it.
The businesses mentioned in this post are not an exhaustive list of all the stalls at Reading Vegan Market, there were plenty more and i can only see it growing as demand for ethical vegan products rises.
If you’re in the area – vegan or not – it’s well worth popping down to Station Hill to peruse the stalls. I’d be surprised if you didn’t walk away with a cake or two…or three. I challenge you!