Vegans show fresh food ideas in Bendigo

Bendigo foodies were treated to a delicious day of tasting at Bendigo Wholefoods on Saturday, minus any animal products.

Vegan biscuits, lamingtons, cupcakes, pies and pasties were among the goodies on offer at the vegan bake sale.

Organiser Zerin Knight said the bake sale, in its second year, aimed to raise awareness of the vegan way of life.

“For me, it’s about raising awareness about all the delicious food that you can get without harming animals,” Ms Knight said.

Vegans abstain from the use of animal products and their diet excludes meat, eggs and dairy products.

But the bake sale aimed to show there are still plenty of good foods to eat as a vegan, Ms Knight said.

“It can be a bit challenging at first because you have to find alternatives for butter and for milk, but once you get into the swing of things, you learn to use herbs, spices, flavouring and you end up actually being a better cook.”

Ms Knight was a vegetarian for 18 years before switching to a vegan diet about two years ago.

She said people become vegans for a range of reasons.

“Some people are doing it for the love of animals, some do it for the environment, others are doing it for their health,” she said.

“The number of vegetarians and vegans are increasing worldwide and again that’s because of a range of reasons but it’s really good to see that happening.”

Ms Knight thanked Regan Kemp and Darren Murphy of Bendigo Wholefoods for hosting the bake sale.

The event raised $970 for Edgar’s Mission, a not-for-profit sanctuary for rescued farm animals in Willomavin, near Kilmore.

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