On Saturday 27th May we went to Newport Market’s first vegan fayre, hosted by the veggie/vegan street food stall Sicily to Seattle in conjunction with Dean Farm Trust. Vegan and ethical traders from all around came to show off their wares and the party was crashed by an extra special guest…
What is the Taff & Yank Vegan Fayre?
The Taff & Yank vegan fayre was the first vegan fayre in Newport, brought to us by Newport Market traders Sicily to Seattle. The event was in support of Dean Farm Trust, who run an animal sanctuary in Chepstow.
Who was there?
The event had loads of traders – food, charities and merch. There was also a talk by the Associate Director of Viva! and author of Pod, Tony Wardle. Check out the list of traders below:
- Simply V
- Vegan Pizza Co.
- Mr Nice Pie
- Vic’s Vegan Bakes
- BeWilder Nature Photography
- Lynne Rogers – Tropic Skin Care
- The Welshman’s Lunch
- Babita ‘s Spice Deli
- Tiny Rebel Newport
- Friends of the Earth (EWNI)
- The Really Good Box
- Reseiclo – Rescued Wood
- Sicily To Seattle
- Le Pub
- Forever Living Products, UK
As if that wasn’t awesome enough, Wales Green Party’s deputy leader Pippa Bartolotti (who is the Green Party candidate for Newport West) strolled in with a merry band of activists!
What we bought.
At first we decided to scope out all of the stalls before deciding what to buy. My willpower didn’t last that long! We bought four cupcakes from The Welshman’s Lunch (pictured below). My favourite was definitely the moist and sumptuous chocolate beetroot cupcake. I wished I haven’t agreed to cut each cupcake into thirds so we could all try a bit of each!
Next was some coffee and burgers from Sicily to Seattle (the Fuzzlord is pictured above). Their Dusty Ape speciality coffee hails from El Salvador and is perfect in an americano with sugar free vanilla syrup. I had a Classic 1-1-3 burger – this is easily the best burger I have tried since cutting back on meat and dairy. If you have a stubborn carnivore in your family, buy them one of these and neglect to mention it’s vegan. I did not want to ever stop eating this burger! The others had Fuzzlords – we’ve been buying these for a while now and they have a firm seal of approval from my daughter.
Unable to resist trying just one more thing, I picked up a “pepperoni” pizza from Vegan Pizza Co. The cheese was so melty and delicious that I ended up scoffing much more than I’d told myself I would when I was buying it.
To take home, we bought Moroccan Tagine and Drunken Mushroom pies from Mr Nice Pie and some vegan squirty cream from Simply V. Never miss a chance to buy the vegan squirty cream!
We also nibbled on some free samosas from Le Grub. They were gorgeous and it was lovely to chat to the staff about the new venture coming up. I hope they release details of their new venue very soon because I can’t wait to try more of their food!
Our best Taff & Yank moments.
Firstly, we reused some plastic packaging for the cupcakes after The Welshman’s Lunch ran out of cupcake boxes. I can see why they were so popular! Secondly, finding out more about Le Grub. Newport needs more venues like this. Chatting to Pippa towards the end of the fayre was pretty cool. Last but not least, the vanilla americano. A vanilla americano is always a Best Moment. All of the food was amazing – I couldn’t fault any of it!
Our worst Taff & Yank moments.
Pretty much the only downside was that there wasn’t enough space in my stomach to try a bit of everything. I have made a mental note to try Babita’s Spice Deli FIRST at the next event I go to. I was gutted that Raw food Rosie’s had to pull out (hope she feels better soon) but other than that, the fayre went smoothly! Also, I ate myself into such a food coma I forgot to buy a Keep Cup from The Really Good Box.
Don’t miss out on Taff & Yank updates.
The next Taff & Yank fayre may be as soon as Autumn, so make sure you like Sicily to Seattle’s facebook page to stay up-to-date.