Saturday, 10 June 2017

Magic Rock Tap

I have so many outstanding blogs, I don't really know where to start - so I'm going to start with the most recent event we went to and go from there!

Last week, we went to the Vegan Street Food Festival hosted at Magic Rock Tap. Magic Rock are in the process of making all their beers vegan - I believe only the cask beers are not vegan. To celebrate, they hosted a vegan food festival on Saturday last week, and they have one vegan food trader each weekend for the rest of the month!

I'm not a beer drinker but Mr Hatter is, and I love food, so we thought we'd go down and see what we could get our hands on.

The brewery is based in Huddersfield, and they have a bar on site, with space outside for plenty of food vendors and seating. The whole place had a really nice atmosphere - very chilled. It is located away from the city centre, and we walked through a lovely cemetery to get there after getting off the bus. And look at the weather we had for the day!

The food line up for the day was:

Mother May I
Wah Wahs
Street Cleaver (who had to pull out due to van difficulties)
Honest Crust Wood Fired Pizza
Kind Cake Co

I must admit, I was initially disappointed to see that only one of the vendors (Mother May I) was a fully vegan company. (Note that on the day, two of the vendors were vegan companies and Kind Cake Co stepped in at the last moment.) However, all of the vendors put on a great vegan menu for the day, so I can't complain!

We had a wander around when we arrived, to make sure we didn't miss anything we really wanted to try, and then got some drinks in. Mr Hatter had some Common Grounds (coffee porter), while I opted for a (rather expensive) cider. It was nice, but at £4ish for a bottle smaller than 500ml, I wouldn't be buying it again.

My first stop for food came from Wah Wahs - their "Mexican Red Lentil Kofta Balls tucked into Tacos" sounded too good to resist! I chose the hot sauce to avoid the coriander and boy, it was hot! Not too hot though apparently, as I ate it all! This was a really tasty and interesting meal. It had lots of flavours, which combined to provide a meal that I would happily buy again.

Mr Hatter's first port of call was Mother May I, as her can't resist the lure of Mac 'n' Cheese. This was some gooooood mac 'n' cheese! The crispy onion & herb topping was awesome.

Here we have Mr Hatter sampling a couple of mini drinks (Cannonball and Dancing Bear) between food:

After all that hot sauce, I fancied something sweet so we shared an emapanada from Yakumama. I had always thought of empanadas being savoury but this one was a sweet corn dough pastry filled with plantain and dark chocolate. It was something completely new, I couldn't liken it to anything I've tried before - which is great!

Next up was another round of drinks. Mr Hatter went back for a pint of the Common Grounds, and I thought I'd try the vegan wine!

I then decided I wanted more sweet stuff, as the empanada wasn't overly sweet and I fancied shoving some sugar into my face. I headed over the Kind Cake Co to see what they had on offer, and came back with a scone with jam and cream. I am a sucker for things like this - I used to love thick cream in my pre-vegan days! This is actually the closest I've found to clotted cream since going vegan - I have no idea how she made it but it was fantastic!

Mr Hatter fancied some salt next to go with his beer, so we got a couple of hot dogs with all the trimmings from Mother May I. This was a really tasty hot dog, and the addition of sauerkraut was a great idea! (There is a hot dog under there, I promise!)

Followed by another pint of Common Grounds (definitely his favourite of the day!) and another wine for me - rose this time!

We were getting pretty full now (and pretty warm from being out in the sun all afternoon), so we thought we'd get one last thing before we headed home. And that thing was CHURROS!! These were from Wah Wahs, and were fantastic. It was great that the chocolate dipping sauce was suitable for vegans as well, because it often isn't when you buy churros!

I feel a bit bad that we didn't get around to trying the pizzas from Honest Crust, as they did look amazing! We were drooling every time someone walked past with one! But we were full and tired, and it was starting to get pretty busy - so we felt that was our cue to leave. If we had stayed another hour or two, we would probably have got one!

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