The sun is out and our calendars are quickly filling up with events that celebrate the season. There’s nothing quite like enjoying a lazy summer Sunday at the park among friends with a picnic basket and a chilled glass of wine in hand. This exact feeling is what makes the Vegan Hippie Connection Market so alluring, with ample lawn space to lay out a blanket and lie low while enjoying a healthy vegan breakfast, brunch or lunch to kick-start the week ahead.
With over 50 stallholders, the market has a welcoming community feel as vendors are happy to offer some insight and advice into the vegan lifestyle. To name but a few, regular food vendors at this market include: All Things Soy, Vegeata, The Village DeVine, Irene’s Gourmet, The Flipside and Ethical Edible – Vegan Cakes will satisfy every craving, while offering you a healthy alternative to have you coming back for more.
I popped in around lunchtime and my eyes led me to the far end of the food vendors, where Vegeata was serving up beer-battered organic tofu tacos with smoky chipotle avocado aïoli, purple slaw on an authentic GMO-free corn tortilla, served with fresh organic coriander leaves and lime wedges. I’m no fan of tofu, so I was hesitant at first, but the lady taking my order had me sold at “deep-fried”. Biting into the taco was without a doubt an umami burst of flavours, and the freshness of the ingredients was a treat to my palate – and my health.
As I wandered along, and with it being a scorcher, I eagerly awaited cooling down with something delicious and thirst quenching. Going for a pink drink, the rose syrup and lemon freezo was my first choice and refreshingly delightful. To end off my lunch, I treated myself to wheat-, dairy-, egg and pretty much guilt free pancakes. While I kept it classic with cinnamon sugar, The Flipside also offers the loaded pancake, with imitation cream, preserves or syrup, topped with nut and seed dust. If this is the vegan lifestyle, I must admit I’m considering taking the step forward.
Although primarily a food fair, arts, crafts, jewellery, clothing, crystals and natural beauty products are some of the goodies you can lay your hands on as well. “The profit is donated to animal rescue shelters, in the spirit of giving back and being a voice for those with no voice,” explains an organiser, Benita Reid. Being fairly new in Jozi, this market definitely creates a space filled with passionate individuals sharing not only peace and love, but consciousness of all living beings and delicious superfood!
By Hasmita Amtha