COME SEE The Newcastle Vegan Market, Newcastle & Hunter. Australia.
NEWCASTLE VEGAN MARKET: THE GUIDE
REGION: Newcastle & Hunter.
ACCESSIBILITY: Private car & public transport.
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Early in the morning when the food is hot and fresh.
LOCATION: THE STATION in the center of Newcastle* | 164km or 2:20 From Sydney CBD* Open in Google Maps
WALKING DISTANCE: 5 minutes from street or secure parking.
TIME REQUIRED: 1-2 hours.
TOURIST RATING: Popular niche market | 7/10
*Times are approximate and depend on traffic
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NEWCASTLE VEGAN MARKET: THE EXPERIENCE
As told by Jackie Te-Aroha.
We just happen to be in Newcastle the weekend of the vegan market and after having already experienced its sibling in Sydney we were keen little soy beans 🙂
The market has an incredible laneway of tastey foods, conscious fashion and homewares, local artists, political stalls plus a DJ sending feel good vibes in every direction.
The Newcastle Vegan Market (NVM) market is currently being held once every second month in an event space known as The Station during its activation phase. Long story short, the station is the old Newcastle train station terminal that has been restored and revitalised as a community hub til early 2020 when they hope to continue landscaping the area to meet with the old Newcastle bus depot. So get in while it’s still got a home, homie!
The day was hot. I’m talking 32 degrees at 9am. We arrived about quarter past 9 and I was surprised to see there was already a crowd gathering. I think everyone else had the same idea we had; get in, get food, get out.
We entered the marketplace via one of the small boutique stores along Scott Street. It was a little book store enclosed within the newly refurbished heritage building. Stepping back outside into the heat we went straight for the food.
The first thing we tried was a butter jackfruit pastie. Pastry was light and flaky but the filling could have been more filling. Worth a mention not a rave.
Then we spotted I should have been souvlaki and it was a done deal. We always have high expectations because of the standards set by Staazi and Co an Adelaide Yiros van turned shop front. And I can happily say that Id rate it. Both are meat imitations rather than replacements and are both the best tasting fakies I’ve had to date. I should be souvlaki is marinated for 60 hours then cooked to perfection to provide a little nugget of deliciousness.
Once our cravings were satisfied we agreed on a brisk browse. One of the stalls that caught our eye was that of a young freehand pen artist with incredibly detailed illustrations. Her designs were well themed, beuaitully thought out and completely original. We spotted some astrological prints and purchased the Leo and Sagittarius ones. Zade wants to hang them in the van and I think they’ll create a nice homely touch. PS I love when she nests.
The Newcastle Vegan market is a great opportunity for anyone experimenting with meat free alternatives as well as any foodie in general. Veganism is growing rapidly in popularity and it’s nice to see more specialised events and support for the niche lifestyle to bring to light their positive ethics rather than the usual focus of their rejection for socially constructed diet ‘norms’ and I think is a much better approach to introducing alternative diets rather than those blindfolded guys with the TVs that aim to shock… So well done Vegan NSW. Well, played.
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