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This three-day festive market is a vegan Christmas miracle

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Hackney Downs will be home to three whole days of vegan Christmas fare this December. 

We all know that Christmas is a wonderfully social time, full of food, booze and more food and booze.

But although alpine-style markets and festive pop-ups are great for creating Christmas cheer, they’re usually centred around food (often meat and cheese-based), which if you’re vegan, can leave you feeling rather under-represented (and hungry).

This is why it’s such bloomin’ great news that this year, vegans are being given their own three-day Christmas spectacular, thanks to blogger, Fat Gay Vegan.

Located in East London (Amhurst Terrace, E8 2BT) from Friday 22 December to Sunday 24 December, the Hackney Downs Festive Vegan Market will see some of the best vegan street food vendors in town gather to serve up a delicious array of animal-friendly treats.

As well as snacking your way around the three-day extravaganza, you can also pick up plant-based groceries and cracking Christmas gifts, which should please both your vegan and carnivorous pals alike.

Hackney Downs Vegan Market 

See below for a the vendor line-up and tips from Fat Gay Vegan: 

Friday 22 December (3-9pm)

Temple of Seitan – “superstar vegan street food heroes also selling take home roasts for this market!”

Young Vegans – “do not miss out on their festive pie with mash, gravy and crispy onions”

Fussy Chilesaurus – “nutritious and incredibly tempting soupless ramen bowls and noodles”

Silver Moon – “artisan handcrafted vegan cheeses”

Soapy Fairy – “gorgeous handmade soaps that are perfect for gift giving”

Viva La Vegan – “t-shirts, magnets, cards, perfume and all manner of gifts”

Cafe SoVegan – “local street food champions selling juicy seitan wraps plus take home cheese sauce”

The Vegan Treaterie – “handsome tins of biscuits and shortbread for last minute presents”

World O’ Burger – “the new burger superstars of the London street food scene”

Dee’s Table – “Jamaican comfort food that will leave you intensely satisfied”

The Sunny Spoon – “the very finest French patisserie including festive gift boxes”

The Little Vegan Cookie Co. – “gorgeous cookies for a friend (or yourself!)”

Vegan Bunny – “handmade vegan candles in glass jars with lids (so many beautiful scents)”

Baking Bad – “stunning baked goods, cakes, and all manner of goodness”

Vegan Delice Donuts – “freshly cooked hot donuts from one of our most popular traders”

Zero Waste Club – “biodegradable goods such as bamboo toothbrushes and holders”

Clarkshaws Brewery – “Brixton-based brewery selling beer, mulled wine and take home mini kegs”

Saturday 23 December (10am-6pm)

Temple of Seitan – “superstar vegan street food heroes also selling take home roasts for this market!”

Young Vegans – “do not miss out on their festive pie with mash, gravy and crispy onions”

Eat Chay – “Vietnamese street food that has the entire city talking”

Big V London – “our regular burger traders with queues as big as their food”

Vegan Delice Donuts – “freshly cooked hot donuts from one of our most popular traders”

Cafe SoVegan – “local street food champions selling juicy seitan wraps plus take home cheese sauce”

Makeup Without Malice – “glorious selection of kind make up”

Viva La Vegan – “t-shirts, magnets, cards, perfume and all manner of gifts”

Mouse’s Favourite – “one of the most-loved cheese makers in the capital”

The Sunny Spoon – “the very finest French patisserie including festive gift boxes”

Soapy Fairy – “gorgeous handmade soaps that are perfect for gift giving”

Zero Waste Club – “biodegradable goods such as bamboo toothbrushes and holders”

Vegan Bunny – “handmade vegan candles in glass jars with lids (so many beautiful scents)”

Clarkshaws Brewery – “Brixton-based brewery selling beer, mulled wine and take home mini kegs”

Sunday 24 December (10am-5pm)

Temple of Seitan – “superstar vegan street food heroes also selling take home roasts for this market!”

Young Vegans – “do not miss out on their festive pie with mash, gravy and crispy onions”

Lazy Boy Kitchen – “decadent comfort food including mac n cheese”

Dee’s Table – “Jamaican comfort food that will leave you intensely satisfied”

The Sunny Spoon – “the very finest French patisserie including festive gift boxes”

Clarkshaws Brewery – “Brixton-based brewery selling beer, mulled wine and take home mini kegs”

Pig Out – “famous for their stacked hot dogs”

The Little Vegan Cookie Co. – “gorgeous cookies for a friend (or yourself!)”

Vegan Bunny – “handmade vegan candles in glass jars with lids (so many beautiful scents)”

Baking Bad – “stunning baked goods, cakes, and all manner of goodness”

Vegan Delice Donuts – “freshly cooked hot donuts from one of our most popular traders”

Zero Waste Club – “biodegradable goods such as bamboo toothbrushes and holders”

Fat Gay Vegan, aka Sean O’Callaghan, has been running weekly vegan markets in Hackney Downs for almost a year (the anniversary is another reason to celebrate) and this is his second annual Christmas version. After the roaring success of 2016 where 5,000 hungry people turned up in one day, Fat Gay Vegan says that this year’s market has been “expanded to ensure all visitors have an enjoyable experience”.

Find out more details on the Facebook page and spread the animal-friendly joy by bringing along as many friends as you can muster. 

Here’s to a very, merry vegan Christmas!

Images: Facebook / Eat Chay

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Megan Murray is a digital journalist for stylist.co.uk, who enjoys writing about London happenings, beautiful places, delicious morsels and generally spreading sparkle wherever she can.

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