Nature’s treats at vegan market
Visit and learn about a plant-based diet
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.
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.