Not content with being a centre for historical attractions, quaint tearooms and Hollywood Blockbuster filming hot spots, Ely is now gaining a place on the map for its specialist markets.
Yesterday’s Ely Vegan Fair – the city’s first – drew massive crowds from across the region, wanting to try some animal free treats.
Vegans, veggies and meat eaters alike commented on the high standard of food, ranging from vegan Scotch “eggs” to Caribbean street food and cakes galore. On the event’s Facebook page, many people are already calling for the fair to be a regular feature.
Stallholders included Joanne Penny, Broken Spoon, The River Kitchen, Raw + Delicious, A Vegetative State, Vegan Sweet Tooth, Organic Alex, Moonbeam Food Company, Lick Caribbean, Gourmet Vegan, Wandering Yak, Jo Clark, Food! By Lizzi, Audrey’s Cakes, Arbonne Cosmetics, Gaia’s Kitchen, Kemp-Beer, L’Atypique Wines, Tropic Skincare, Novi + Stand-Up, Minkie Moo Bakery, Moriaty’s Tea and Coffee, Curry with Love, Replete Flatbreads, Sun and Moon Juice and Moral Munch.
The crowds were also entertained by face painting and live music from Ely busking legend Jacen Bruce.
Ely Vegan Fair is the latest in a series of specialised events organised by Ely Markets to bring people to the city centre and enjoy a vast range of high quality produce.
From November 17, Ely Markets will be hosting another new event, called Ely Festive Lates, getting shoppers into the Christmas spirit. Festive Lates will run every Thursday in the run up to Christmas, from 4.30pm to 8.30pm.
For more information about Ely Festive Lates click here.