world vegan day in melbourne

Today is World Vegan Day! Merry vegan Christmas to all my fellow plant munchers. I celebrated by going to the vegan fair in the Melbourne show grounds – I nearly gave up so many times on the way, but I persevered!

I was going to go by bike, but I realised it was a lot further than it looked on the map, so I gave up and was going to go to Starbucks and play with my phone instead. I have a tendency to just do the same thing all the time that I’m really trying to break, so I was pretty disappointed in myself. I am trying to work on not being so negative about new experiences! So I decided it was a great opportunity to do something new, even if it did turn out to just be ok. So I hopped on the tram instead and made my way to the show grounds after all!

All in all I think it took me about an hour and a half, so when I walked in I was definitely hoping for something amazing to make it worth my while. My friend who had been there earlier in the day said that it was pretty poppin’, so judge my surprise when I walked in and there was just one guy talking about animal rights to a crowd of about fifteen people, some Falun Gong practitioners, and three non food related booths. My disappointment was tangible. I did the quickest rounds around the room ever, and was just going to go back to the city – I was telling myself to be proud that I didn’t flake out, at least.

Luckily, on my way out I heard some music, and I thought I’d go and explore where it was coming from, and it turned out that all the fun stuff was actually in a different part of the show grounds. There were all the food booths I’d been wondering where the hell they were! I strolled around for a bit and just basked in the atmosphere – I’ve never been that close to that many vegan cakes at the same time. It’s a pretty beautiful experience.

I don’t know how much I actually enjoyed it – it was nice to get me some of that cake, and being able to buy some things that aren’t widely available (I got some vegan meringues!) but there wasn’t that much more to it, I thought. I might just put it on the list of things I’m glad that I tried and leave it in the past!

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