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Foraging and the Living Green Vegan Market

So last weekend was a literal foodie-weekend. I was pumped. Excited. Maybe even a little impatient but I was counting down until I could visit foodie-truck heaven Saturday, in The Forage; and then Vegan heaven Sunday at the Living Green Vegan Market.
Both did not disappoint.
The Forage is basically a bunch of local food trucks and cafes, set up in a big circle with some entertainment and then piles of hay bales and rustic tables dotted around to eat your purchases at comfortably. The sun was out and bright and hot on the Saturday and Wee Man and I were able to find parking and walk up to the truckies.
I knew ahead of time that the Forage was catering for those with food intolerances and choices such a gluten free and vegan. So of course it suited me well. I devoured a gluten free crepe with apple, banana and cinnamon, ohhhh it was good!


Wee Man on the other hand went complete opposite and enjoyed a fried chicken waffle cone from Fricken which he loved and was happy to pose with for photos. We also had a Blue Magic pressed juice from Naked Pressed Juice Co, which was literally perfection, I want more of it.
The sun was a stinker and it was a perfect Saturday to be out and about.
The Forage was held outside at the Little National Hotel and was the perfect size for the amount of food trucks and visitors. So luckily the weather was good as any rain would most definitely put a dampener on the event. The really lovely thing about the event was the opening and closing time, an early afternoon beginning of 2pm and a nice early close, in time to get the kids to bed at 7pm. Definitely add to your 2019 list of foodie visits.

 

On Sunday morning we were up early and ready to be at the Living Green Vegan Market for its 10am open. I was worried about parking but luckily was still in luck from the day before and found one easily just outside of Albert Hall where the market was taking place.
There were a multitude of stalls and businesses set up. Some opposing animal cruelty, some in support of orangutans, books stalls, make up and cosmetics and then of course all the foods. Sweet food, savoury, hot, cold, home bakes, cakes, slices and dumplings.
I let Wee Man be treated to S’mores vegan dumplings for breakfast and I had the most delicious raw nori wrap from Organic Energy, which came with an almond dipping sauce.
We purchased some delicious raw slices from Rainbow Nourishments along with some bliss balls. Veganarchy was also at the event and I purchased a couple of gluten free cupcakes.
This was a lovely event, although I did find I was comparing it to World Vegan Day in Melbourne which is a huge larger event so part of me was disappointed with the size and variety but realistically I should just be happy there are vegan events like this to attend.

Again I would be sure to add this to your 2019 foodie list.

Carrot Cake Bars

These are absolutely divine. 
Super rich, moist and full of goodness! These bars are easy to make, vegan, gluten free and are a perfect breakfast or snack.
You will need-
10 pitted dried dates, blended
10 dried apricots, blended
1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
3 carrots, grated
1 tbsp each sultanas, pepitas, crushed walnuts
1 & 1/2 cups gluten free self raising flour
Pinch cinnamon 
1 tsp vanilla essence
Preheat oven to 180 degrees.
Mix the blended apricots and dates with the grated carrot & melted coconut oil.
In a separate bowl mix the flour, cinnamon, vanilla,  pepitas, sultanas & walnuts.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry and thoroughly combine. 

Spread the mixture into a shallow slice tin. Using wet hands to flatten and spread the mix is easier than using a spoon or spatula.

Bake for 30 minutes and then leave to cool in the tin for 5 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely. 
Slice into 18 pieces.
76 calories & 1.6 grams of fat per serve.