Taste of Grampian

by - June 10, 2018

Taste of Grampian is a one day food and drink festival in the north east of Scotland, giving visitors the chance to sample a wide range of local products. Of course this isn't a vegan festival (and is in fact sponsored by a few meat companies) but I was visiting with family in the hope of finding some signs of progress in response to the growing numbers of vegans.

The festival ran from 9am-9pm on 2nd June at Thainstone, just outside Inverurie, and there were over 200 exhibitors with live music, family entertainment, demos, drinks and a craft marquee. I had a good look around and although it wasn't clear where I could expect to find vegan options from the map I was pleasantly surprised to find a few vegan brands and businesses who had expanded their ranges to include plant based options. Here are a few as featured in the photos:

  • Deliciously Dates - a Dundee based business which offers a yummy selection of energy bites, date chutneys, stuffed dates, date syrups and more.
  • Rockin Robyn's Bakery - our favourite from the Dundee farmers market! We chose some delicious rocky road cookies but you can read our cupcake review here.
  • Aunt Marie's Kitchen - traditional Scottish tablet but they had just introduced an almond based vegan one, the sample was lovely.
  • Hungry Squirrel - a wonderful selection of nut butters. We had some of the cookie dough cashew one before at Christmas, it didn't last long in our house!
  • Foodstory - Aberdeen's well known veggie cafe had a cute food truck offering coffees, lunches and brownies. I didn't get anything from here as we had plans to visit them the next day in town but it all looked very tempting.
  • Casa di Gelato - we heard that Portsoy Ice Cream were launching a new vegan salted caramel flavour but the queues were so long we didn't manage to try any! Luckily we found this little Casa di Gelato ice cream cart which had a refreshing but creamy rhubarb sorbet.
  • Cake Control - we found a tiny vegan stand selling a range of cakes and wholesome savoury options including mini macaroni pies and chickpea quiche salad boxes. We had a little picnic of these goodies for lunch!
  • Blushberry Botanicals - located in the craft tent this indie natural cosmetics brand is going to be at a few of the upcoming vegan festivals and is one to watch. The lip butters are good enough to eat and we're so excited about their new products launching soon.
There you have it! It was great to see some options among the many non vegan friendly and hopefully that will continue to change in future.

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