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Review of Folk music night for #WorldVeganDay 2017 in #Todmorden

What a fun night we had! Over 70 people filled the Fielden Centre in Todmorden to watch and dance to the energetic Lazlo Baby, headlining our celebration of World Vegan Month 2017!

World Vegan Month support acts
Video and photography by Harriet and Ronan Quilty

We opened the evening with Raw Rob and Clem Fandango (vegan musicians from our group), then moving deftly into the country blues part of the evening with the meticulous vocals and guitar playing of Steve ‘Manifold’ Anderson, decorated with blues harmonica melodies.

World Vegan Month crowd
Video and photography by Harriet and Ronan Quilty

Dinner was served in the form of home-made tater pie and mushy peas, followed by a variety of cakes made by some of the group’s generous volunteers and Kind Cake Co. (thank you again!). Although the food was all vegan, many of the people who attended were not, and it was a wonderful opportunity for everyone to enjoy plant-based food without drawing direct attention to our principal topics of being healthier and kinder to the world and those who live in it.

World Vegan Month lead acts
Video and photography by Harriet and Ronan Quilty

Back to the live folk music! As we graced into the Irish section, we were serenaded by the haunting singer Trixxi Corish. Shortly after, our very own Phil Reed delighted us with his use of a loop pedal with bodhrán and whistle development. Finally, we reached the dizzy heights of the night and danced the last hour away to the energetic and addictive five-piece experience that is Lazlo Baby.

Once again, we would like to extend our enormous gratitude to the people who donated their time and effort to making this event possible.

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Scary dairy outreach in #HebdenBridge!

Last week, some of our volunteers hosted a stall in Hebden Bridge to talk about the first annual World Plant Milk Day. They offered taste testers of ice creams, chocolates and various plant-based milks, with access to information about why you might want to buy these products. People were receptive and interested, offering positive feedback.

World Plant Milk Day 2017 stall in Hebden Bridge
World Plant Milk Day 2017 stall in Hebden Bridge

Thanks to Viva! for help with providing some of the materials.

Probably the widest range of vegan cakes and desserts in Yorkshire — Steel City Cakes in Sheffield

A question to all who have cut out eggs or dairy from their diet: Have you ever seen such an amazing selections of cakes, asked if there were any vegan options, then been bowled over with the answer “all of them”?!
 
If you think it’s too good to be true, get yourself over to Sheffield and tuck into Steel City Cakes. (A bit far away from the three valleys, but good for a day trip.) We enjoyed the Oreo and the white chocolate and rose choices (shown), both were incredibly light and moist. There were gluten-free options, doughnuts and tarts which we’ll try next time, not to mention the milkshakes.

Please note, we have not been asked or paid to promote this business — it is just the opinion of the author.

New frozen #vegan products at @Morrisons in #Todmorden

It may be raining, but you can still enjoy the approach to summer! Morrisons Todmorden have extended their vegan-friendly frozen range. Three new ice creams (also gluten-free) and several new burgers and sausages. Look out for the tubs of Swedish Glace still, further down the aisle.

Todmorden Choral Society spring concert 2017 catering

Catering for Todmorden Choral Society spring 2017 concert
Some of the savoury dishes served. Inset: the sweet dishes.

Yesterday (30 April 2017),  3 Valley Vegans was asked to cater for the Todmorden Choral Society spring 2017 concert at Todmorden Town Hall. After the performance of Herakles, a new oratorio by Tim Benjamin, supper was served.

We are delighted to have been invited by Cllr Anthony H. Greenwood JP, and are indebted to the volunteers who prepared and served the tasty finger food dishes. The entirely vegan catered event was very well received, especially the bruschetta and chocolate ‘crack’ dishes. Thanks again, Hilary, Andrew and Angie for cooking, and Elizabeth, June and Phil for serving.

The ‘profit’ that 3 Valley Vegans made from this catering activity will be donated to Animal Aid, a charity who campaign peacefully against all forms of animal abuse and promote cruelty-free living.

Choral savoury dishes
Clockwise from top-left: curry pasties, bruschetta, ‘egg’ and cress butties, ‘cheese’ and grapes, sos rolls, sliced ‘meat’ baps, falafel wraps, corn fritters.
Choral shortbread
Shortbread, with vanilla creme icing and fresh fruit.
Choral chocolate crack
Chocolate ‘crack’ (warning: very more-ish)