London’s Stoke Newington is home to a wonderful array of enterprises. Yesterday, Abney Hall held their annual vegan market. It featured a brilliant selection of vegan goods and treats, and I wish I could have tried all of them! The event was a fundraiser for Stokey Cats… and dogs, a local volunteer group who help to find lost cats and dogs, as well as find a new home for those without one. Now, let me take you through the event and some of the glorious stalls that set up shop there.
The Organisers: Cafe SoVegan
Cafe SoVegan were the market’s organisers. They sell an array of delicious dishes such as vegan mac and cheese (which has been appropriately named “mac ‘no’ cheese”), and a lovely variety of seitan wraps. They hold an admired place on the Hackney food market scene, and once you try their food, you’ll understand why! For more info about Cafe SoVegan, including where to find them, click here.
The cafe’s owner, Michelle Pascal-O’Mahoney, also made this amazing cat for the raffle. It certainly looked too good to eat!
Stokey Cats… and dogs: looking out for local cats and dogs
Stokey Cats… and dogs go out of their way to help find and re-home lost and abandoned cats and dogs in Stoke Newington and in the surrounding areas. This also includes taking them to the vet for medical attention, as well as looking for possible foster carers to give them the love and attention they deserve. For more information about Stokey Cats… and dogs, or to donate, click here.
Next on our list is the lovely Vegan Delice, our favourite stop for vegan cupcakes and assorted treats. This family business sells cupcakes with oreos, nuts, chocolate, and raspberry, only to name a few. Apart from being based in their adorable bakery in Dalston, they have a mouth-watering online shop with cakes ready to order. Click here for Vegan Delice‘s website and here for their Facebook page.
Spanish cuisine is traditionally reliant on meat, eggs, and seafood. La Buenaventura is helping to change that with their wonderful selection of plant-based Spanish dishes. Their vegan chorizo and Spanish omelette are delicious! Click here to read more about this great enterprise, as well as to find out where you can find them next.
One Small Shop
One Small Shop sells organic and cruelty-free skincare, fashion, accessories and cute household products. Based in Hastings, this lovely business is also a frequent resident of the Hackney Downs Vegan Market which is held weekly. Katie was great to speak to, and it is evident that a lot of love and enthusiasm goes into the making and marketing of her products. There is a real charm about small businesses! To check out One Small Shop‘s online store, click here.
Happy Cat Coffee
Recently opened in Dalston, Happy Cat Coffee are award-winning. They not only sell some amazing coffee and tea, but also provide many plant-based milks for you to choose from. You’ll be smiling in no time, as their lattes are awesome! Check out Happy Cat Coffee here (website), here (Facebook), and here (Twitter).
LuckyLek is a lovely vegan patisserie and catering company founded by Nora Bergman, who graduated from the prestigious Le Cordon Bieu in London. Her collection of sweet treats are inspired by Mediterranean, French, and Eastern European cuisine. Perfect for any sweet tooth! For more info on LuckyLek, click here to like and follow them on Facebook.
Get ready for some serious cheese: Black Arts Vegan & I AM NUT OK
Yep, you got that right. Black Arts Vegan and I AM NUT OK sell artisan cheese! When going vegan, many are shocked at how many products (that aren’t necessarily dairy products) contain milk. So, enterprises such as these are brilliant for giving vegans the opportunity to enjoy cheese while still eating ethically. Click here to check out some of Black Arts Vegan‘s products, and click here to check out I AM NUT OK.
- House of Buckley – they sell scented candles that smell amazing! Website: https://www.houseofbuckley.com/
- Pig Out – an awesome food stall, available at various locations. Website: https://pigoutuk.com/find-us/
- The Well-Bean Company – vegan chocolate! Website: https://www.thewell-beancompany.com/
- The Little Vegan Cookie Co – vegan cookies! Website: https://littlevegancookieco.bigcartel.com/
- Tropic Skincare – more cruelty-free skincare products to stock up on! Website: https://www.tropicskincare.com/
- Lil Kimchi – Korean street food, based at the Hackney Downs Vegan Market. Their bento boxes are brilliant! Website: https://en-gb.facebook.com/lilkimchilondon/
So that’s my report of the Stoke Newington Vegan Market, and all of the wonderful enterprises that continue to enrich the lives of vegans (and non-vegans) across Hackney. Special thanks to Cafe SoVegan for organising the event!
Stay tuned for more hip happenings in Stoke Newington, my beloved hometown!
From Sophia with Love x