There is no need to stop trying new things when you get back from holiday. No matter where you live, there is always something new to discover. Living in London, we are incredibly fortunate that there is always something going on and somewhere new to try. Vicky has been vegetarian and dairy-free for the past three years and since we have been together she has gradually introduced me to the world of plant-based living. To broaden my vegan education we attended Vegan Nights on Thursday 4 July 2019 at the Truman Brewery on Brick Lane.
WHAT IS VEGAN NIGHTS?
Vegan Nights is the perfect place for the plant-based community to socialise, party and explore the best vegan food that London has to offer. Since launching in 2017 Vegan Nights has grown in popularity and is now a monthly feature at the Truman Brewery. Each month’s event has a different theme and hosts a wide selection of food stalls serving only plant-based street food. Inside Vegan Nights, you will also discover an ethical market selling a range of products from vegan candles to notebooks as well as a number of bars and brands handing out free tasters. To round off the night there are a number of DJs and a large dance floor to dance the night away.
MAKE SURE YOU GO HUNGRY
A lot of people go to Vegan Nights for the party but we definitely go for the food. The Vegan Nights organisers arrange such a wide range of interesting food stalls that it is difficult to narrow down your options. We wanted to try everything! We started tentatively by sharing a cheese and pesto toastie from Heart Melts Toasties. Vegan cheese can be a little bit hit and miss but this was some of the best vegan cheese we have tasted and whoever thought of pesto in a toastie deserves a raise!
Having done another loop of the market to peruse the options, we finally settled on a decision for our main course. I went for a ‘beef’ brisket burger from the Vegan Smokehouse made with big chunks of seitan that had been marinated and cooked in a rich BBQ sauce. The burger was served with slaw and the seitan tasted smoky and sweet, very much like BBQ meat. Vicky opted for a ‘chicken’ wrap from Wholesome Junkies. The wrap was huge but, while flavourful, it could have been more generous with the ‘chicken’.
After all that food we didn’t think we had any more room but the desserts looked so good. It was impossible to say no and thank god we didn’t. Pudding was our favourite! We both went for deep-fried cookie dough from Yodough served with ice cream and topped with our favourite biscuits. I went for a Biscoff topping and Vicky went for Oreo. They were amazing! Such a decadent way to end our splurge.
If you have any vegan friends coming over, both Oreos and Biscoff biscuits are accidentally vegan and great with a cup of tea!
As a non-vegan, I was worried at first about attending Vegan Nights. What if I didn’t like the food? What if the rest of the crowd could tell I wasn’t vegan? Are these shoes leather? It turns out that these fears were completely unfounded. Vegan Nights is a great night out for vegans and non-vegans alike. For vegans it must be so refreshing to be able to order anything you like from any stall at a street food market. For non-vegans like me, it’s the perfect opportunity to see just how good vegan food has become.
Vegan Nights is back this Saturday (3 August 2019) from 6pm at the Truman Brewery on Brick Lane. The team are also launching Vegan Days this weekend which will be running on Saturday and Sunday from 11am until 4pm (6pm on Sunday).
Have you been to Vegan Nights? Let us know in the comments below.