The vegan movement may have previously been dismissed as a weird craze. It now appears not only to be a lasting trend but also a glimpse of the real importance of plants for humans.
With each passing year, more Malaysians are becoming environmentally concerned, and many are now happy to embrace the vegan lifestyle.
Although they have the greatest of intentions, Malaysians who are meat eaters may find it difficult to become vegans. If you have similar concerns, don’t worry; this weekend marks Malaysia’s first vegan festival, which will include some of the top vegan products in the country.
The Malaysian Veg Fest is sponsored by Veg-Hub, a local vegan food delivery platform. The platform aims to increase understanding of the vegan movement in Malaysia.
freemalaysiatoday.com quoted Veg-Hub founder Gulshan Rai as saying at the launch that her decision to go vegan was not an easy one. “It was difficult to find vegan items in Malaysia.” As a result, we decided to bring in all of the best vegan brands in the Klang Valley under one roof!
The festival’s roof is quite huge, as 30 vegan, vegetarian, and plant-based brands are presenting their wares in booths.
Many of these are household names in the vegan and vegetarian societies, while others are enterprising start-ups hoping to make a difference with their products.
Kind Kones, a vegan ice cream brand that uses coconut milk and cashew milk rather than dairy milk, is among the booths here.
While their ice cream has a different texture than dairy ice cream, it is just as delicious to the last bite.
Also, try the burgers from Nanka, a local startup that sells a surprisingly tasty meat substitute made from jackfruit. It’s surprising how much the jackfruit patty tastes like the meat version, and if you hadn’t been told, you presumably wouldn’t have guessed.
However, some vendors, such as Red Gold Dessert, are eager to promote their culture. This booth sells traditional Iranian saffron desserts with a healthy twist because they are sugar-free. Aside from sampling these exotic treats, you can have your name written in gorgeous Persian calligraphy on a personal card!
The Eesoy stall is directly adjacent and specializes in soybean desserts made from organic soy beans and organic cane sugar. Their beverages and taufufa contain no refined sugar or brown sugar, making them healthy alternatives to what you’d normally have.
The Malaysia Veg Fest includes more than just food stalls, with some textile brands also setting up shop.
For example, Chettinad Cotton Studio, for example, sells beautiful sarees made from banana threads obtained from plant leaves rather than the usual silkworm threads.
Each piece in their booth is handcrafted by indigenous people from the Indian state of Manipur, with a part of the proceeds benefiting them.
The same can be said for Greater Action’s textile products, which are made by Afghan refugees living in Malaysia. Members of this NGO repurpose donated fabrics rather than weaving clothes and fashion accessories from new fabric.
They accept most unwanted clothes and fabrics, so donating to them is a good way to clear out your wardrobe while also doing a good deed for the environment and moral standards.
There are also a few booths promoting ayurvedic treatments, among other things, for those taking an interest in alternative medicine.
Whether or not you are a vegan, the Malaysian Veg Fest is an outstanding chance to learn more about the vegan lifestyle and how to live a healthier lifestyle.
So this weekend, take a moment to stop by the festival and decide for yourself whether going vegan is the right decision for you!