Friday, 2 February 2018

Eating Out: Vegucation Night Markets

I got to attend an extra little vegan market in October, the second annual Vegucation Vegan Night Market. This was a much smaller market compared to the Brisbane Vegan Markets, but had some fun stalls, as well as some information talks and a lot of literature available. It was a small venue, and pretty laid back - there were some chairs on the grass and lots of people having picnics.

It was on a Saturday evening, and started at 5. I finished work at 4pm that day, but a short six minute drive from the location. So to fill in time I popped into The Green Edge (which was on the way there) to pick up a few staples and spend some time reading my book with this yummy Gingerbread Hot Chocolate. Normally they made it as a Gingerbread latte, with coffee. I've had it as just a gingerbread latte with soy milk only before, though I needed something with a bit more flavour. The chocolate and gingerbread combination was a winner!

Gingerbread Hot Chocolate at The Green Edge


And then on to the markets. I had a craving, so I knew I wanted to start my evening with some of the mac and cheese from Green Street Foods.

Mac and Cheese from Green Street Foods at Vegucation Night Market


There was a small hall, where they were doing talks and had a lot of information. They were also selling a few food items as examples of what you can easily make on a vegan diet. I could not say no to this cheesy stuffed sausage, wrapped in puff pastry. As I was about to eat it, I wished I had some tomato sauce. There was tomato sauce inside! Perfection.

Cheesy Stuffed Sausage in Pastry at Vegucation Night Market


I was keen to try a selection of different flavours of momos from Tibetan Momo Cafe, especially the mushroom and tofu. The plate also some mixed vegetable ones, and some pumpkin ones. Unfortunately, these weren't great. The dough was really thick, some of the fillings were barely warm. So not a great experience. But I know a lot of people love them, and I have sampled some from there before that were good, so I am guessing this was just an off night?

Momos (vegetable, mushroom, pumpkin) from Tibetan Momo Cafe at Vegucation Night Market


By now you should know that I love ice cream! And I was pretty excited to get to try a new to me ice cream stall - Space Bars. They make the ice cream in front of you using liquid nitrogen - magic! They use a base of Bonsoy and coconut milk, and were kind enough to let me try a sample to make sure that it was not going to be too coconut fatty for me. It wasn't! They had a couple of flavours to choose from, and I went with chocolate topped with cookie crumbs. It was really good! Though it did melt quite fast. And my commitment to cones meant that I got some pretty sticky hands, but worth it!

Chocolate Ice Cream with Cookie Crumbs from Space Bars at Vegucation Night Market


I got a few goodies to take home as well. I was excited to try a Cake Girl Doughnut, which I had seen a lot about. They normally have stalls at markets down on the Gold Coast. They have gluten full and gluten free options, of course I went with full of gluten. I had the peanut butter pretzel one. I shared it with my parents. The doughnut itself was a little underwhelming, it seems that the icing is where most of the flavour lies. It was fairly sweet, but was a nice mix of peanutty goodness and salty pretzel.

Peanut Butter Pretzel Doughnut from Cake Girl Doughnuts at Vegucation Night Market


Finally another little treat from the raw stall Bliss & Co. Today their coconut free offering was the Rocky Road, which was a lovely (though delicate) chocolatey bar full of nuts and fruit.

Rocky Road from Bliss & Co at Vegucation Night Market


That was the second year that these markets have been held, and it was a fun evening out. They are more low key than the Brisbane Vegan Markets, with a bit more emphasis on education. Going early was the right decision, as it started filling up quickly as the night went on!

Cute Kitty Photo of the Post

Dim Sim


One unimpressed little Dim Sim. We could do with some good thoughts from everyone. Dim Sim is going in for an ultrasound next week, because she has had an increased liver enzyme over her last two blood tests. My boss thinks that it is unlikely that anything bad will be found. But of course I am freaking out. Just over a year ago Sahara had her ultrasound that found her GI cancer, which was not what the ultrasound was even for. I hope my little black baby will be OK!

7 comments:

  1. Thinking good thoughts & sending hugs to you & Dim Sim! <3

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  2. Oh, Dim Sim!! Sending good thoughts and positive vibes! Also, that mac & cheese bowl, sausage, and doughnut need to get in my belly.

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    1. Thank you.
      And it was some pretty epic food!

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  3. These market posts always get me, Brisbane is clearly where it's at for vegan market eats! Sending so many good thoughts to Dim Sim, poor little thing <3

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    1. It is almost too much. Too many markets. I am overwhelmed! Who would have though that I would have this problem living in Brisbane!!

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  4. "spend some time reading my book with this yummy Gingerbread Hot Chocolate."
    That is cute. I love just hanging out like that with books too =)
    That mac n' cheese looks SO GOOD!
    Ice cream made using liquid nitrogen? That sounds super cool. And looks delicious.
    I would like to eat the Rocky Road too. Yum.
    Such good looking eats. Too bad some were a little disappointing, but it seems like a good experience overall.
    I a super late to the game on this... I think I remember reading that Dim Sim is ok though =)

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