The Botha’s Hill Vegan Market aims to promote the vegan lifestyle as well as provide a venue for vegan businesses to showcase their talents.
Speaking to founder of The Vegan Kitchen, Catherine Phillips, she said they already have a market at the Botha’s Hill venue that sells some of her vegan sweet treats and a few other vendors selling vegan biltong, marshmallows and Mexican street food, so she decided it would be great to have a fully vegan market where one could come and eat whatever is available without questioning what is in it and where they can showcase how delicious vegan food can be to non vegan people.
“We are planning on holding this event every two months. We had our first Botha’s Hill Vegan Market in March. It was a cold day, threatening rain and we did not know what to expect but we were pleasantly surprised. There was close to 500 feet through the gate and most of the food sold out by 12pm”, said Phillips.
When Catherine became vegan over eight years ago, she battled so much to find other vegan people to connect with and food to eat when going out so this event brings both those ideas together.
She says veganism is a growing trend for all the right reasons, the ethical animal abuse, the saving of our planet and for better health.
There will be about 42 stalls participating in this event, a few being The vegan Kitchen for sweet treats, Chef Rum for falafel wraps, Playing It Green for Mexican street food, Cornicopia Kitchen for biscotti and Kissing Cow for vegan butter and more.
“We have Debbie Fox and Zoe Papadakis (trail runner) who are vegan and they will be discussing various aspects of this lifestyle. There will also be two information stands, the South African Vegan Society and Anonymous for The Voiceless, where vegan curious people can learn more”, said added.
Entry is free.
The market is situated along the main road in Botha’s Hill, opposite the Fainting Goat Centre from 10am- 3pm.