Sydney’s Good Food Month draws to a close next week and will move to Melbourne where the event will continue its ever-growing green regime.
The Fairfax Media event runs throughout October each year and celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity in the form of food.
In 2016, the event has seen more vegan-friendly options than ever, pointing to an increasing yearn for food that is predominantly plant based.
“This was the first year that I really enjoyed the Night Noodle Markets in Hyde Park (as) there were vegan only pop-up stores and even the more mainstream outlets are starting to provide vegan options,” Lucy Edmunds said.
The 23 year old from Manly says she became a vegan when her father was diagnosed with cardiovascular disease in 2012.
“It wasn’t so much a moral choice for me; it was more health driven.
“I made a conscious decision to eat a more vegetable based diet and I guess the veganism was just a natural progression from that decision,” she said.
Skepticism of a vegan diet often expresses concerns of zinc, iron, calcium and protein deficiencies, but according to nutrition experts at vegan.com, these fears may be unfounded.
“The myth that vegans risk deficiency has largely died out.
“There have been virtually no instances of vegans falling victim to acute protein deficiency as grains, beans, nuts and vegetables all have surprisingly high levels of protein,” they said.
As Australia’s vegan community continues to grow, it is likely that a greater variety of vegan-friendly options will become available.
Good Food Month concludes at the end of October but will return in 2017, ready to cater for a growing number of vegan consumers.