Australia

Passion Fuelled by Plants: Q+A with Jimmy van der Linden of VegMeUp

Jimmy van der Linden has re-discovered his culinary mission here in Melbourne. After a lengthy career as a chef in the Netherlands, Jimmy moved to Melbourne with his family and decided to change the trajectory of his career during Melbourne’s COVID lockdown last year. Now, Jimmy is on a mission to show people how easy …

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Small Cakes with Big Flavour: Q+A with Nicole Wright of Fresh + Frosted

Nicole Wright is in the business of making small cakes with big flavor. Her vegan cakes and treats business, Fresh + Frosted, is a hit among Sydneysiders at the Sydney Vegan Market where her creations sell out like hotcakes. But there is a subliminal reason why her cakes and treats are so popular.  She has …

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Hats Off to Vegan Salsa: Q+A with Max Jared Einsohn of Top Hat Salsa Co.

Happy food dances will always ensue when Mexican vegan food is involved and it’s common for Melbourne’s vegans to head to restaurants and bars around town to get their fix. But what happens when Melbourne vegans want to emulate authentic vegan Mexican flavours at home? Melbourne vegans can now rejoice because Top Hat Salsa Co. …

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Café Culture: The Grassroots of Mainstream Veganism in Australia

The number of cafes across Australia has expanded dramatically in recent years. According to IBISWorld, the success of cafés in Australia is the result of “strong consumer demand for high-quality and convenient food and drinks”.  Specifically, the number of cafés in Australia rose by 1.5% between 2015 and 2020. What is special about the café …

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Vegan Cheese and More: Q+A with Melissa Murphy-Webster of AVS Organic Foods

Non-vegans lament they can’t eat cheese if they decide to go vegan. However, the vegan cheese movement is booming. AVS Organic Foods’ founder Melissa Murphy-Webster has been at the forefront of commercial vegan cheese-making in Melbourne since 2013. In recent years, her artisan vegan non-dairy cheese company has expanded to food products including sausage rolls …

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Can We Save Animals and Support Vegan ‘Influencers’ at the Same Time?

This week, a developing news story about a prominent vegan animal rights activist and known influencer emerged. According to reports, the vegan activist invested a substantial amount of money into digital currency. It was alleged that the money was collected from fans and crowdfunding patrons. The vegan activist’s actions have since sparked debate about whether …

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