Australia

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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Explore the Wonderful World of Wetlands in Victoria

This week was a milestone for wetlands across the world. February 2 marked the 50th anniversary of the Ramsar Treaty, the global conservation agreement to protect wetlands of international significance. February 2 is thus World Wetlands Day. Iconic wetlands around Australia such as Kakadu, the Coorong in South Australia and Eighty Mile Beach near Broome …

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Melbourne’s First Vegan Pizzeria: An Interview with Red Sparrow Pizza

Melbourne is famous for its multicultural cuisine and a fondness for Italian food. Melbourne is also the third most vegan-friendly city in the world. So it makes sense that Melbourne has a vegan Italian pizzeria. Red Sparrow Pizza is Melbourne’s first 100% vegan pizzeria, with locations in Prahran and Collingwood. Red Sparrow Pizza founders and …

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It’s a Cruelty-Free Summer. So, Here’s What Yours Can Look Like!

Hot summer streets are paving the way for heavy and dry days here in Melbourne this week. While we’re in the middle of a scorching summer, we’re midway through Veganuary and it got me thinking. Why can’t we have a cruelty-free summer? Why can’t we channel that warm summer vibe and send it outward into …

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