Saturday, 19 March 2011

Brighton Veg Fest 2011

Today was Brighton Veg Fest & it was awesome! They've held this event here before but sadly their previous venue, The Brighton Centre, refused to let any outside caterers make food & insisted on doing it themselves. Sadly this resulted in such horrors as mashed un-seasoned silken tofu salad sandwiches which clearly have no place in the world let alone at a vegan fair!

I was actually working at the fair this time around. I've always been a fan of Ms Cupcake's delicious cakes & having met her in person, I'm a fan of Ms Cupcake herself. So when she asked me to help out on her stall at this year's fair I was super excited.

We got there early to set up the stall & I was extra excited to be able to choose my cupcake from any of the 12 flavours of the day.


Alongside the cupcakes (which include gluten free options) Ms Cupcake also had a selection of bakery style cookies, Cuppa Cupcakes & homemade lemon curd on the stall.


The cookies were perfectly soft in the centre & crispy around the edge & they were available in both Choc Chip & Walnut Choc Chip. I was very excited too see Ms Cupcake's Lemon Curd, as far as I know nobody else in the UK makes a vegan lemon curd & it's great to be able to just pick up a jar rather than stirring your own for hours over a hot stove.

Cuppa Cupcakes are a genius idea, they're a layered cake & frosting concoction which can be eaten with a spoon - perfect for munching on whilst wandering around a busy vegan fair or for snacking on on the train home without smearing frosting all over your face. This picture of the cuppa cupcake doesn't quite do it justice - they're brilliant!


I've said it before & I'll say it again, the lighting in my house is shit!

Of course I got some breaks during the day & I spent my time hunting down the best vegan food! First off I had to head over to the Wheaty stall as soon as I spotted this...


...vegan doner kebab! I'd tried this at Paris Vegan Day but sadly I left it too late there & they were running low on kebab & they were completely out of salad, there was no way that was happening again. I practically ran there!

This thing was much larger than it looks in the picture, in fact, I couldn't finish it in one go. I can confirm that once I'd removed the lettuce this was just as delicious microwaved 7 hours later!

I ended up taking another break when I saw someone walk past the stall holding a slice of pizza & I realised I had to have one too. Thankfully Ms Cupcake understands the need to hunt down food & didn't mind me running off in search of the cheese covered slice.

This was made with a decent amount of Cheezly & a not so decent amount of sausage. In my opinion though pizza is all about the tomato sauce & the cheese so I was very happy with it, especially because it was only £1.50. The base was quite soft in the middle but it had a great crispy crust - yum.

I've been relaxing on the sofa for a couple of hours now & my day is about to be complete because I'm going to eat this delicious cupcake.


I carefully carried this lovely looking Ferrero Rocher cupcake home in my cup-a-cake carrier (these are available on Ms Cupcakes stall at Greenwich Market now or soon at the new shop) & I'm very excited to be getting to eat my favourite cupcake again.

I had a whole lot of fun today & I loved working with the cupcake crew! I'm also really excited for Ms C & the gang as their first real bakery storefront is opening in just under two weeks, I'm already looking forward to visiting.

24 comments:

  1. That's an impressive cupcake. I find old hummus tubs just the thing for transporting single cupcakes - you'll need the big ones if you have a lot of topping though, of course!

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  2. That all looks so so so amazing, i love the cupcake in a cup idea!

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  3. Two years ago I was at the Brighton Vegan Fayre (it seems to have changed its name) and I ate so much food, with so many samples, that I found myself in a world of trouble later on in the day. But I rallied back for some bangers and mash at the vegan pub place. Fond memories!

    That is sad about the catering - who would think mashed silken tofu would be a good thing in a sandwich? Silly!

    Looks like you had some great eats though! The cupcake is gorgeous.

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  4. Looks like fun. Rockin' cupcake!

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  5. Ferrero Rocher cupcake? Genius idea! And I love the idea of the cuppa cupcakes.

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  6. Ohh the Veg Fest looks like so much fun! I'm glad you got to try a few of those yummy vegan treats. I'd love to try more of Ms Cupcake's baking when I get the chance, too. The Cuppa Cupcake looks awesome!

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  7. oh my WORD! i almost died when i saw that vegan doner kebab. that looks incredible. wish LA had something like that.

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  8. So lovely getting to meet you, and totally unexpected too :)
    Where were the ferrero Rocher cupcakes? I guess they were the first to go...
    Ms Cupcakes told me she was thinking in opening a store in Brighton as soon as she can, can't wait!
    Take care and se you again soon hopefully xxx

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  9. OMG! It all looks so good! We don't have anything like that here in NV. I am drooling!
    Blessings, Debra
    Raw Vegan Diet

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  10. I hope Ms Cupcake comes to the Bristol veg fest too!

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  11. All this food looks amazing, yet again, so hungry! I would love to try a vegan kebab... do they have any shops/restaurants that do them?x

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  12. Ohhh my gosh, that all looks so delicious, I wish this convention was somewhere in Ontario, Canada !!!!!

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  13. I was there too and it was great! Got to watch Bold Native and I bought a dozen of Ms. Cupcakes cupcakes also! Love them! Was going to give them out as gifts but ended up slicing off a piece of each one and eating them myself! Thanks for the wonderful post! Great pictures!

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  14. I can't believe you helped out at Ms. Cupcake's stall. I am envious! And vegan döner - yum!

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  15. wow, couln't get to the brighton fair, but looking forward to the bristol one in may. yummy cupcakes, hope she's in bristol!

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  16. Looks like a great day! I am definitely going to go to Ms Cupcakes shop next time I'm in London. And, those little single carriers are ace, I got some for Christmas a few years ago, you can fit a muffin in too if you put it in upside down!

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  17. Pizza is all about the toppings for me. Pile 'em on!

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  18. YUM! I know someone who took the bus from Glasgow to Brighton especially for this and she mentioned something on Facebook about the big donair spit! Awesome!!

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  19. Holy shit, why wasn't I there?! Seriously. Dammit!

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  20. Ah, what fun! There should really be more Veg Fests worldwide, because cupcakes like that need to be shared. They look incredible!

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  21. That kebab looks amazing. I still weep over the loss of Cheezly in the U.S.!

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  22. All of your pictures were totally drool worthy! Especially that vegan kabob. I want to request that we get one of those in Tucson, stat!

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  23. HOLY CRAP!! thats a dynamite cuppa cupcake!! <3 YUMSSSS :P

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