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Local vegan producers
Last week I talked about being vegan and some of the things to look out for like B12, iron etc. I was also asked about veganism by Notts TV interviewer Kate Chaplin
This week I thought I’d showcase a few local Nottingham vegan producers who are making great vegan food not far from you! I have met them all personally and have eaten their produce on a number of occasions. Maybe you can add to the list and we can let everyone know what’s out there for existing vegans and perhaps others who want to give it a go
Sweet Vibes Baker: Chamiah Goulbourne
This is her story…….
My journey to veganism began while working and living in Austria. I was working as an English teacher although it was unpaid in return for my teaching qualification. So no income and high living expenses. It made sense economically to cut food costs by cutting down on meat which I didn’t miss at all. Vegans in the family educated me around ethical and health implications of eating animal products.
On return from Austria I felt I couldn’t settle into the life I’d had before. I knew I wanted to do something more creative and centred around food but couldn’t quite figure out what. It was also around this time I developed severe allergies, face swelling, eczema. Inclined to look for a natural remedy I cut dairy and sugar from my diet, which eventually worked.
I started baking again, which had been a passion since my mid teens and since I could no longer eat commercially available sweet things I began adapting and developing recipes to contain no refined sugars and use foods which had naturally occurring sugars instead. I was amazed and excited with the ways in which I could use these new ingredients. And so Sweet Vibes Baker was born. I got the recipes taste tested by 50+ people at a time; tweaking and adapting from the feedback I received.
I created an instagram page and facebook..although I had never used social media before. Designed my own logo and things went from there. I started getting custom orders and was contacted by a local vegetarian cafe, Folks and Fable in Bingham
Many of the products incorporate fruit and veg which I get from local stores, markets, allotments of friends, family and neighbours gardens. Cakes are sweetened further with syrups such as maple and agave.
The idea behind the brand is a stripping and reverting back. Reverting back to nature, to locally home grown produce, to natural ingredients. I didn’t want to go down the cutesy cupcake route which is what I think people generally assume when you tell them you’re a baker. I wanted to stay away from that as I think it can sometimes be a little style over substance which would undermine the whole brand. It was also important the products tasted good, not good considering they were vegan or considering they were sugar free.
You can find me at markets and fairs around Nottingham and the East Midlands. Sneinton Vegan Market, Leicester Market, Sherwood Market, Notts Green Fest.
I also supply Folks and Fables with donuts and the newest vegan/vegetarian cafe in Nottingham: N0.12 Hounds gate. I want to expand so I’m currently in talks with other shops and cafes around Nottingham. As well as supplying cafe’s I take custom orders, birthday cakes and events.
In the future I would like to combine the conscious eating element of the business with conscious living through events, pop ups, workshops, classes, books. Eventually I will have my own space where people can eat, take part in yoga and meditation workshops and receive alternative therapies. So it would be great to work with people who have the same goals or experience in these areas. I’m very interested in working with children, through work I’ve had experience with almost every age range but think to make a real lasting change the key is to get in as early as possible. Plus younger groups are so rewarding to work with, seeing effects and change can be instant.
Overall I’m very excited with the opportunities coming my way and the directions in which the business can expand. Immensely proud of the progress this little business has made in just 13wks from start up and can’t wait to see what will happen next.
Luisa’s guilt free chocolates
This poster tells Luisa’s story
As you know I deliver healthy vegan cookery classes in my West Bridgford cookery school. It is hoped that both Chamiah and Luisa will appear as guests chefs. If you’d like to attend please contact me 07946 301338 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For balance I’d like to showcase a savoury vegan producer
Vork Pie made by Sophie Neill
Sophie produces handmade vegan pies and snacks, and can be found at vegan fairs and local farmers markets. They regularly attend West Bridgford and Beeston Farmers Markets and the Vegan market in Sneinton. And their gorgeous pies and ‘scotch eggs’ are also sold at a number of local eateries including the Peacock and Johnson Arms Pubs and Debbie Bryan cafe
But If you want one or several Vork Pies (they freeze very well) get to the venues early as they sell out very quickly!
I absolutely love Sarah’s pies, they make a very quick and tasty meal and have been a part of my diet for the last few years. It was only a month ago that I tried the smoked hummus and beetroot ‘scotch egg’ It was so full if flavour.
Let’s keep supporting local producers