Sydney Vegan Market is like vegan heaven on Earth, and this month’s market was the perfect way to start off the new decade; vegan style!
Run and curated by Vegan NSW, the Sydney Vegan Market features everything from fresh food and homewares to coffee and fashion. With all things plant based, cruelty-free and vegan, you will be edging for the next market to be held.
Luckily for us the market runs on the third Sunday of every month, with every market unique in its stalls, food and live music.
The first Sydney Vegan Market for 2020 saw stalls come together for a better future, featuring eco-friendly and sustainable companies such as Eco Vegan and No More Plastic with single use alternatives, as well as a huge range of Vegan eats and take home goodies.
A Sydney Vegan Market favourite which featured in their thirteenth market day was Neo Australia; an Australian grown certified organic, vegan and gluten free natural skin care and herbal tea company.
Based on Ayurvedic recipes and formulas, Neo Australia creates “teas that make you feel better every day,” so says stallholder Mona.
“It’s so good to see a variety of food and the trend that’s catching on as well as the belief of standing up against animal cruelty and testing,” Mona said.
“We’re happy to see it grow. It used to be really hard to get vegan or vegetarian food and products but now there are so many options.”
The Sydney Vegan Market also sees extremely talented crafters and creators come together in the Sydney vegan community.
There was even a horticulturalist present with their Greener-Me floating plants, offering workshops on creating unique hanging plants using sphagnum moss.
Brand new homewares company Aggre also featured at this market, presenting the coolest most unique handmade recyclable products.
Based at her studio in Redfern, Nikola Sparkes started Aggre as a rebellion against the issues of landfill and general unaffordability of products in the Sydney vegan sphere.
Using cement and concrete pigments, reclaimed timber and recyclable materials to hand-make her products, she aims to provide her clients with items that they will feel connected to; just as she has after being educated on the war on waste.
“Glass can’t be recycled anymore, it’s just too expensive. Aggre is a great option because it is affordable, unique and super strong,” she said.
Only having been in operation since November last year, Nikola really enjoys regularly featuring at the Sydney Vegan Market.
“The environment here and the crowd are such a nice community to be a part of.”
Okay – now to the food. The Sydney Vegan Market never fails to feature the best of the best when it comes to vegan food in New South Wales.
This month’s market included the decadent Greenberg & Co Cakes who create custom vegan specialty cakes made ready to order, as well as the almost too delicious vegan cheeses from Dilectio.
“Our mission is to transform our love for fine food into products that are not only delicious, but also nutritious, pure and sustainable while being entirely plant based,” said co-founder Mark Sponberg.
A company who believes there are many ways to live a vegan lifestyle, Dilectio are allowing people to indulge in the food they love without going against their vegan ethos.
Our choice for lunch was something we had never seen before; tapioca crepes from Taoca. With four different options to satisfy every taste bud, this unique eatery scored a ten out of ten from us!
The markets also include interactive activities such as talk circles, Pilates and community yoga. With live music and entertainment and things to do all day, the monthly markets are not to be missed.
The next Sydney Vegan Market will be held on February 16 at The Entertainment Quarter.
Visit sydneyveganmarket.com for more information.
Written by Talya Jacobson | Photographs by Alexander Robinson.
About the Author
Talya is a journalist and a professional photographer from Sydney, Australia. She works as a freelance writer and photographer, with a strong belief in vegan lifestyle and a love for food, music and lifestyle.
She is a lover of all animals, dreams of getting a little Border Collie pup one day soon, and is very excited to be a part of the growing global vegan movement.
You can find Talya over at www.shotbytalz.com or on Instagram @shotbytalz / @talzisme.
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