After months of waiting for the perfect weekend, I finally got my ass down to the Hackney Downs Vegan Market. It is situated in the courtyard of Hackney Downs Studios surrounded by Vintage record shops, clothing pop ups and contemporary ceramic stores. There were a variety of vendors fulfilling the desires of burger lovers, donut fiends, pie and mash obsessives and cookie enthusiasts. Read on to see what I sampled, tested and loved!
Hackney Downs Vegan Market:Temple Of Seitan
There is no trip to Hackney without Temple of Seitan crossing my mind. I still have not made the time to visit their permanent base at the Temple Of Hackney so knew I couldn’t resist grabbing a bite. Unfortunately the famous breaded fried chick’n was not on offer but rather an alternative of a Festive Sub; roast chick’n, herb stuffing, cranberry sauce, gravy and crispy onion pieces or the Chick’n BLT; roast chick’n, ‘bacon’, ranch mayo, tomato and lettuce in a roll. I opted for the latter and enjoyed the lashings of ranch mayo with the soft sub roll and crunchy fake bacon strips. The roast chick’n was succulent and herby making this all round delicious choice!Hackney Vegan Downs Market: There were a variety of vendors fulfilling the desires of burger lovers, donut… Click To Tweet
Hackney Downs Vegan Market: Big V London
After eyeing up the other vendors, Soph had her eye on The Big V London. I was in no way discouraging her choice as the burgers looked incredible. They had a few on offer to choose from such as the Classic, Classic Cheeseburger, Holy Smoke (ft. smoked cheese and bbq sauce), Classic Facon & a ‘halloumi’ kind too! We opted for the Classic V Facon Cheeseburger: a poppy seed bun with a seitan mushroom patty, slow roasted tomato relish, burger sauce, vegan cheese, maple facon and picked red onions. It was bursting with warm and sweet flavours from the relish and facon and the oozing melted vegan cheese topped off the delicious ingredients that made up the burger itself. I cannot wait to give these a try again!
Hackney Downs Vegan Market: Dough Society
Did somebody say 100% Vegan fried brioche doughnuts? Dough Society are vegan because they give a shit and boy was the proof in the pudding (doughnuts). With 6 flavours to choose from and a peanut butter brownie I had my eyes upon, it took a while to make up my mind. As I miss Krispy Kreme donuts on a near weekly basis, I knew the Maple Doughnut could be the closest I would get to their Original glazed and hell yes I was right. I felt like I was consuming my 2000kcal allowance in one moment but my cares subsided – this was pure vegan heaven. The fried outer, gooey centre and sweet glaze was indulgent but wonderful.I felt like I was consuming my 2000kcal allowance in one moment but my cares subsided - this was pure vegan heaven… Click To Tweet
I took home the Chocolate Cookie Dough Doughnut for Chris (along with half of my maple glazed – I can share sometimes) had a few bites and enjoyed the chocolate which added depth and sweetness. I am not a huge fan of cookie dough, I was never a cake mix bowl licker either however I am pretty sure it was a damn good mixture with choc chip pieces to top it off!
Hackney Downs Vegan Market
Kinda Co. & Young Vegans
Aside from stuffing our faces with meat-free delights, we tried and tested some delicious samples. Kinda Co. an Artisan cheese company who sold a delicious cheesy nacho dip alongside dairy-free feta, cashew cheese and Greek style too. The dip was cheesy, smooth and light – a great addition to any nacho and guac dish you choose to make! Next stall along was Hell Yum a cookie vendor that had delicious samples of their chocolate chip kind, Matcha as well as an rosemary infused guy. We sampled a trial of their vegan marshmallow which was gooey, sticky and goddamn tasty, something we look forward to her making and selling! Alongside these stood the perfect winter warmers, Vegan Pie & Mash from Young Vegans. They were selling a choice of Seitan and ale pie, all day breakfast, curry or sweet potato – what a choice! They have been on my to-try list for a while now so a trip to Camden to their cafe is must needed!
Have you been to Hackney Downs Vegan Market?