The first Christmas edition of Viva Las Vega’s vegan food festival took place in December last year. It was located at Gare du Nord in Rotterdam. Gare du Nord is an organic vegan restaurant in an old train compartment. How cool is that? And they even grow vegetables in their own garden.
It was within walking distance from the station. As maps and directions are not Wing M’s strongest points, we went way off track. So, Wing H. came to the rescue!
The weather was rather cold and gloomy, but that didn’t affect our moods. The food trucks, Christmas lights and cosy fires made us feel warm inside. We first walked by the food trucks before going into the food plaza.
There was a food truck that sold fries and other snacks. They had a big display of their fries in a paper cornet. We couldn’t help ourselves and had to find out what it was made of, so we went over to touch it. The fries were squishy like a soft sponge. A woman standing behind us was smiling at our action.
Inside the food plaza were even more stands that sold vegan food and goodies. The place lacked a bit of a Christmas feel and there wasn’t enough space for people to move around. We felt very crammed when it was crowded. But we’re sure the volunteers already did their very best to provide all the necessities for all the visitors!
It’s always great to see so much variety of vegan food. We came in quite early, so we wanted a good sized wrap to still the hunger. This friendly man tried his best to accommodate our needs and customised the Roti Wrap for us. Instead of the curry potatoes with onions, we got marinated soy pieces with parsley. It was a bit salty, but still very tasty!
We can’t remember where we bought this chocolate coconut donut, but we just couldn’t resist getting one. As we took a bite, we were pleasantly surprised by the yellow colour on the inside. The texture was so fluffy and it wasn’t too sweet. The melty chocolate glaze with coconut shreds really topped it off. We could’ve easily eaten a few more of this.
Loving Hut vegan waffle
We wanted to eat a warm waffle, because we hadn’t eaten one for ages. So we bought one at the Loving Hut truck. The waffle was really bland/tasteless without the agave syrup and didn’t have a ‘waffle’ flavour. It was ok, but not too impressive.
Vegan chai latte with marshmallows
Now this was literally the best cup of chai latte we’ve ever had. The mini marshmallows on top looked super cute too. It had been a long time since we had marshmallows, so we wanted it so badly! This tiny cup was expensive, but it was absolutely worth every penny.
Professor Grunschnabel vegan ice-cream
It seems that it has become our habit to finish off a Vegan Food Festival with Professor Grunschnabel’s ice cream. We were instant fans of their unique ice cream flavours after the first time we tried it. This time we got the Madagascar Matcha (coconut milk, Japanese green tea powder, Bourbon vanilla and lime juice) and Siam Horapa Coco (coconut milk, Thai basil, galangal, lime leaf, lime and roasted coconut). The matcha flavour was very strong and a bit bitter, but very delicious. We absolutely loved the horapa (Thai basil) flavour! The lime and basil added a nice scent to the coconut. The unique ingredients really complemented one another.
Heavenly cupcakes matcha cake
We couldn’t just leave without some cake. So we wanted to buy the matcha cake from Heavenly Cupcakes. Though we had our doubts whether they gave us the right one, because it looked and tasted more like a carrot cake. Nonetheless, we still enjoyed it every bit. And look at that glittery Christmas tree, isn’t it pretty?
The food festival had a very cosy vibe, but it was rather small inside the food and gift plaza. We really enjoyed photo shooting around the place. The most memorable thing has got to be the chai latte. Wish we could have another cup, but too bad there’s no Christmas edition of the vegan food festival this year. Hopefully, there will be one in 2017. Merry Veggie Christmas everyone!