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  • Apr 27, 2014 · 3:00 PM
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To celebrate the Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale, April 26 - May[masked], come to our Vegan Cakefest on Sun 27 April 2014 from 3 - 5pm
at the Holly Lodge Community Centre, 30 Makepeace Ave, N6 6HL (Bus route 214)
Hosted by Transition Dartmouth Park
Everyone welcome.
Proving that we can we have our ethical cake & eat it too!
Informal talks & demos on: desserts made with local foraged ingredients hear how George Walker produced a batch of vegan organic UK-grown flour how to reduce packaging (& cost) by making your own almond milk or oat custard other great things we haven’t thought of yet

What should you bring?

Well if you can make / bake a vegan treat or even a raw treat, please bring it to share, and if not, even more reason to come along and learn! is a really helpful website.

Think about using local, organic and/or fairtrade ingredients for the icing on the ethical cake.

Want to do a demo, make a suggestion, promote a relevant organisation or help out? Contact [masked] or call Gemma on[masked] 05.

Hints & tips

Good Stuff for baking

✔ English grown flour. A lot of labelling is shamefully deceptive - you may think you're buying UK-grown flour, but it's actually imported grain that's been milled over here. ✔ Organic European fruit & nuts. Silly to bring them all the way from America. ✔ Fairtrade organic chocolate & raw organic sugar. ✔ Known provenance. Even if our ingredients are grown in Timbuktu, it’s just nice to be told. Demand proper labelling. And watch out for ‘vegan’ foods from unethical suppliers. Use your buying power!

Unnecessary Stuff for baking

✘ Eggs: Yup - it’s a total myth that cakes need eggs. In fact yeast was originally used to raise cakes ✘ Soya milk: Let’s restrict our use of this highly packaged imported bean-flavoured water that’s been driven all round the country /continent. ✘ Lemon / orange juice: Use organic English cider vinegar instead for a bit of acidity ✘ Supermarkets: Totally incompatible with sustainability! Support your local independent retailers and keep the money circulating in your community. Or buy direct from small UK producers. can help.

Money stuff
Any donations will be split between VON (the Vegan Organic Network - who campaign to take animal abuse out of farming, & the Holly Lodge community centre who are generously hosting us. But it's not about the money. The idea is to have decadent fun without spoiling the party for the rest of the planet.
Useful links

Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale t-shirt design contest (Enter by March 2) Read about production of the first batch of Vegan Organic flour More than just recipes - Find out the truth behind the brands (Because the alternative is unfair) provides a marketplace to buy directly from small producers actively promoting vegan cake-eating in London Read about Transition Dartmouth Park How to forage floral ingredients

Printable publicity
For the cake without the bake lovely vegan caf in E5 vegan bakery open every day in SW9 vegan bakery open every day in NW1 online vegan cakes from NW10 sell online & at London markets.

Contact Email [masked] or call Gemma on[masked] 05.

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  • Anne

    Thanks to all Gemma & Mike's hard work & the delicious homemade goodies, it was a great success. Friendly & enjoyable.

    1 · May 1, 2014

  • Samantha

    Met some nice people & enjoyed some really nice cakes. the talks made me feel slightly guilty that my cake contained imported highly packaged 'bean water' (Sojade organic soya milk) and one poor lady was scolded & practically shooed away for bringing something with honey in it. I mean I know honey's not vegan & I don't eat it but jeez. Not the most welcoming atmosphere overall

    April 28, 2014

    • Oscar

      If the feelings of judgement are perceived, but not intended, there is nothing anybody can do about it, except yourself. That's why I avoid speculating what others might or might not feel and if in doubt ask. At least that's the strategy (to avoid any sort of hostility) that makes most sense to me.

      April 28, 2014

    • Samantha

      Yes, you’re right that I shouldn’t assume that everyone feels the way that I do but I’m sure a lot of people do. I once brought a friend (who eats meat) to a vegan event because she was curious and she felt so judged and uncomfortable that she wanted to leave and she’s a fairly secure person. I know I have a tendency to feel judged for no good reason but in reality not a lot of people have this self-awareness. This is why when some people simply hear that a person is vegan all they can think to do is search for leather shoes or something else to criticise or label us as weirdos, hippies or extremists. I just think because these events are open to everyone (not just vegans) it just needs to be acknowledged more how some people might be made to feel.

      April 28, 2014

  • Vicki J.

    Loved Cakefest

    April 27, 2014

  • debbie

    Mmmm - I've just made orange almond and chocolate almond energy balls for anyone who wants sweet treats that avoid refined sugar

    1 · April 26, 2014

  • Kari

    Hi Salim is it ok to turn up late? Also is it ok to turn up with just money for cakes but no cakes to offer? I have zero baking ability! Thanks, Kari

    April 25, 2014

  • Salim

    We try to avoid disposables.

    Could people bring a label of ingredients for their food (and recipe if they feel like it). If people would like recipes circulated afterwards, we need volunteers to collect them.

    Would anyone like to volunteer a demo?

    Place: Holly Lodge Community Centre, 30 Makepeace Ave, N6 6HL (Bus route 214) (it's a bit of a pain to find, so leave enough time)

    April 24, 2014

  • Anne

    We need YOUR DONATIONS (VEGAN ITEMS ONLY, PLEASE) for the Vegan Cakefest Raffle! So clear out your cupboards of all those unwanted gifts you've received or bake /make something suitable and bring along to the Cakefest. As last year, all raffle proceeds will be equally split between the Vegan Organic Network and the Holly Lodge Community Centre. Put this on your "To Do" list now!

    March 24, 2014

  • L.Galvin

    Hi Salim Many thanks for adding this.
    Can we also get it listed on the Vegetarian meet-up
    group as well.

    February 8, 2014

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