By Anna Currenti
At 3 am on January 1st, 2019 I stood in McDonald’s after a night out staring at the menu thinking: what am I supposed to eat now? As of January 1st 2019, I became a vegetarian. Being a vegetarian is something that I’ve always wanted to do, but being honest with myself, have always been too lazy to commit. For me, I wanted to be a veggie for the animals’ well-being, as I do like the taste of meat. So, on January 1st I painfully watched my friend eat a chicken burger, but I was determined that I was going to do this. Spoiler: I have been successful.
I’ve found it really easy to be a veggie, with meat substitutes such as Quorn and Tofu, I can barely taste a difference. One of the biggest challenges for me was Sunday roasts, as roasts are my thing. I didn’t want to have settle for a nut roast when I knew there must be meat substitute roasts somewhere. I did some research and found a restaurant called ‘Bun Fiction’ on the same street as the Bristol Old Vic. It is entirely vegan and I can confirm that they do one of the best roasts I’ve ever had. I had the “Tofu Turkey”, which came with all the usual roast trimmings, and it tasted no different to any roast I’ve had before.
I do not claim to be a vegan, but I do make an effort to try to include some veganism in my diet. Last year I started drinking Soy milk (which I now prefer) and non-dairy butter, it’s not much, but it’s a start.
I was scrolling through Facebook the other day and “House of Veg – Bristol Vegan Street Feast” came up on my feed. It is an entirely vegan food festival. I noticed that Bun Fiction (the place where I’d had the amazing roast) was going there, along with many other vegan food companies that looked delicious, so decided I had to attend.
The first place I went to was the ‘Bun Fiction’ stall where I had a Korean fried seitan ‘chicken’ sandwich, which was a special they had created for the day. It honestly could have passed as chicken. My friend who I went with, who had also recently become a vegetarian, bought some sweets from a company called ‘The Vegan Candy Co.’ They had every sweet you could think of, and they tasted so good.
All the desserts were placed in one area, which was a very clever idea as I couldn’t buy a cupcake AND a brownie. The cupcake was by a company called ‘Crumpet Cakes’ and it was Oreo flavour. This shocked me as I remember in primary school people trying to freak each other out by saying that the white cream inside was made from some part of a pig, apparently not. I know I’ve been saying this phrase a lot, but it was one of the best cakes I’ve ever tried. The brownie was also incredible, I gave some to one of my non-veggie friends and they approved.
The final stop of the day was at a stall called ‘Don’t waffle’, where I had, shockingly, a waffle. It was topped with Nutella (which wasn’t actually Nutella), whipped cream and strawberries.
The day was all round lovely, as everyone working there was super friendly, and it just goes to show that Vegan food can taste just as good.