Na­ture’s treats at ve­gan mar­ket

Visit and learn about a plant-based diet

The Independent on Saturday - - LIFESTYLE - ARTHI GOPI [email protected]

FROM cakes to falafel, indige­nous plants and or­ganic cloth­ing, KwaZulu-Natal’s grow­ing ve­gan com­mu­nity now has its own mar­ket.

Ve­g­an­ism, ac­cord­ing to Wikipedia, is the prac­tice of ab­stain­ing from the use of an­i­mal prod­ucts, par­tic­u­larly in diet, but also in one’s life­style.

Ve­gan food prod­ucts are made us­ing only plant sources.

Or­gan­iser Catherine Phillips, a ve­gan of eight years, said when she started her ve­gan jour­ney, there were few food of­fer­ings.

“I strug­gled to find places that catered to a ve­gan diet and I could hardly find cakes and desserts, which I love. I started my own cater­ing com­pany, The Ve­gan Kitchen, to cater for this, and made all sorts of foods. I then had a stall at a lo­cal mar­ket and the in­ter­est grew,” she said.

With a grow­ing in­ter­est in ve­g­an­ism, Phillips said she de­cided to start a proper ve­gan mar­ket, where there would be no doubts over whether a prod­uct was ve­gan or not.

“We had the first one last year and there were about 30 to 40 stalls with many items such as foods, plants and can­dles that were all in line with ve­g­an­ism,” she said.

The mar­ket will next be held on Sat­ur­day, Fe­bru­ary 9, at the Golden Hours Fam­ily Mar­ket venue in Dur­ban North.

“We had a great re­sponse to the first mar­ket, and had many peo­ple who weren’t ve­g­ans come by to see what was on of­fer. There are many dif­fer­ent stalls, some ed­u­ca­tional, where peo­ple can learn about ve­g­an­ism and its phi­los­o­phy, which is to do as lit­tle harm as pos­si­ble.

“Our prod­ucts are not tested on an­i­mals, we pro­mote a gen­tler, kin­der way of do­ing things. More and more peo­ple are in­ter­ested in ve­g­an­ism from a health point of view and, as mes­sages are spread on so­cial me­dia, more peo­ple are be­com­ing aware of it,” she said.

For up­dates on the ve­gan mar­ket, fol­low the KZN Ve­gan Mar­ket page on Face­book.

The mar­ket is open from 10am to 3pm.

Mar­ket Face­book page

WITH a grow­ing in­ter­est in ve­g­an­ism, Dur­ban North’s ve­gan mar­ket is the ideal spot to learn more about a plant-based life­style. You can also taste some of the ve­gan treats such as cakes, casseroles and fresh pro­duce. The mar­ket will next be held on Fe­bru­ary 9 at the Golden Hours Fam­ily Mar­ket venue in Dur­ban North. | KZN Ve­gan

CATHERINE Phillips, or­gan­iser of the ve­gan mar­ket, says it has some­thing to of­fer ev­ery taste, and en­cour­ages peo­ple to visit to learn more about ve­g­an­ism.

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