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January has been officially taken over by the vegans.

If you haven't heard of Veganuary yet – it's when people sign-up to take part in going vegan for the month of January.

Veganism is, of course, more than just a diet but the food is a massive part of the lifestyle.

That's why Dublin will host the Vegan Foodie Festival from January 24 to 27.

In its second year, the festival aims to show how easy and accessible it is to be vegan around the capital – and all at a special discount for participates. 

SHEmazing spoke to the organiser, Katy Morgan who explained that 22 vegan restaurants will be taking part this year.

"We have 22 vegan or vegan-friendly restaurants on board, one beauty salon and two vegan bakeries," she said.


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Although the festival is currently Dublin-based, Katy hopes to expand and bring it to other cities in Ireland this year.

If you've taken part in the popular foodie event last year, make a note that for 2019 you will need a ticket.

The tickets are €2.50 each and Katy advises to hold onto the one you buy for the entire festival. 

Katy explained: "Tickets avail of all the special offers. All you need to do is to get a ticket and visit as many participating places with one ticket."

"Show it before making an order and inform them that you are here to celebrate Vegan Foodie Festival," she added.


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Restaurants such as Brother Hubbard, Take A Veg, Sova Vegan Butcher and McGuinness's (Camden St) are all taking part in the foodie event. 

Participating restaurants, takeaways and cafes will be offering festival goers entertainment, new set menus, discounts and other special offers.

So whether you're a vegan, plant-based, trying Veganuary or just fecking nosey – this festival is open to everyone and anyone.

To be honest, you had us at the mention of food and a discount.

You can get more info on the event and tickets here


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Our relationship with food is always evolving and we always look forward to locking our lips around something new.

The good people at Deliveroo have assembled to predict five food trends that will dominate our plates for 2019.

Based on their food expertise – the future of food looks vegan, low-waste and drool worthy.

1. Healthy Frozen Savouries


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Clearly the lovely people of Ireland have ignored any advice of avoiding avocado in order to afford a house, as the food platform has seen a massive demand for the tasty fruit and of course, the food God that is hummus. 

But for next year, it looks like we will be tucking into savoury and healthy ice creams, but it'll be vegan and veggie variations that we will be obsessing over.

2. Root to Tip Cooking


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The sense of urgency to reduce our food waste is a prominent problem on our minds this year and the conscious eco-effort is being brought into the new year. 

Root to Tip Cooking, involving the use of the full vegetable is a method of days gone by but will return and bring cooking back to basics.

Deliveroo predicts that restaurant partners on the platform will introduce innovative ways to reduce daily waste, by using the likes of root vegetable leaves to make tasty and flavoursome pestos to accompany dishes – big high five for this one.

3. Fermented Food and Drink


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They're good for your gut and they've been popping up all over the place in the last 12 months.

Their popularity has been seen by the food delivery service with the rise of pickles and sauerkraut. 

Breaking through the fermentation process for 2019 will be more orders and variety of kombucha – AKA the holy drink for the ole gut. 

4. Flexitarianism


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The vegans are coming and nothing is stopping their rise. Vegan-friendly options have exploded on Deliveroo, increasing by 100 percent.

73 percent more vegan orders were placed on the platform in 2018.

And it looks like it isn't slowing down any time soon, as Deliveroo predicts an increase in Flexitarianism, where customers will dip in and out of meat dishes in favour of #MeatlessMonday and #GreenSunday.

5. Sea Snacks


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According to global trend forecasters, sea vegetables and greens will become a regular addition to diets next year.

Get ready to tuck into kelp noodles to puffed savoury snacks made with algae.

And it doesn't come as a huge surprise as they've already seen an increase of 59 percent in seafood orders.


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So what are you looking forward to chowing down on in the new year?

And are there any trends you would like to see left behind in 2018?

Either way, our love of food will never waver. 


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Ice cream lovers, vegans and lactose humans assemble.

Tomorrow, Saturday November 24, Ben and Jerry's are giving out FREE vegan ice cream.

The ice creams Gods are collaborating with three vegan joints around the country to celebrate World Vegan Month – which, FYI, is this month.

November has been taken over to become a big vegan lovefest, which celebrates veganism and plant-based diets worldwide.


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So where can you get this beautiful treat, I hear you cry?

Garden of Vegan in Ranelagh, Dublin, Loving Salads in Cork City, and The Lighthouse in Galway City will all be part-taking in the event.

You'll get to sample and indulge in three glorious flavours: Chocolate Fudge Brownie, Chunky Monkey and Peanut Butter & Cookies.

If you didn't have any plans for tomorrow – you do now, happy munchin'. 


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Foodies assemble! Dublin's Vegfest is back.

In it's third year, this vegan festival is looking oh-so tasty.

Whether you're a vegan, plant-based b*tch or just nosey AF about the lifestyle, Griffith College is where you want to be this weekend.


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The two-day event will be bursting with famous speakers, informative talks and most importantly – our biggest joy in life, food.

The Food Village will be jammers with cuisines from around the globe, divine sweet treats and all those sought-after vegan products. 

If you're headed to this holy grail, I recommend bringing your fat trousers, cash as not all vendors take card and gorging on the fried chick'n that will make you question your entire life.


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As for the speakers, you may know a few familiar faces.

Grab a seat and listen to best-selling cookbook author Áine Carlin ( RTE's The Afternoon Show), Holly White (The Six O Clock Show) and Paul Knapp ( Ireland AM's Fire Fighting Chef). 

And for all you health and fitness junkies, German' strongest man Patrik Baboumian is there to talk all thing plant-powered protein. 


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Dublin Vegfest organiser, Pears Hussey gave SHEmazing the low-down on all the other elements of the festival – and be prepared to get your hands dirty. 

"We've packed the schedule with cooking and skin care demonstrations. People can feel the burn at the hot sauce competition, and get a vegan themed tattoo at the Tattoo Parlour (temporary only)." 

"If you work out or aspire to you can meet the Athletes panel. The Art of Compassion Gallery will exhibit Vegan Poster Art. Amy True will share conscious hip hop tunes," said Pears.

Bringing the Vegfest to close on Saturday, there will be an after-party, which is a great way to socialise and possibly find a vegan boyfriend – haha jokes, they're impossible to find and if you do stumble upon one they're usually already taken. – No vegan love for you.

But Kiruu will be supplying the tunes and it should be a fab way to end your day.


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Veganism seems to be popping up all over the place, so we put the question to Pears about the lifestyle growing in Ireland.

"The growth of really good vegan food producers across the Island has taken off. Demand for information on eating and living vegan across social media is making traditional media outlets take interest. That's a good thing. Restaurants and shops increase their vegan options almost weekly," he said.

"There is a need to embrace people that are curious or passionate about making lifestyle changes and eating vegan. To gently support and say "Hey look at all this really tasty foods and things we can do to live healthier, happier lives." That's where we and our partners come in providing that experience in a fun way over the two days. It's an exciting time," he added.

The Dublin Vegfest will be held in Griffith College on September 22 and 23. 

You can get your tickets here.


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Veganism has become pretty popular these days, with the number of vegans in the UK rising by 360 per cent in the last 10 years, according to a recent study by The Vegan Society.

With this in mind, we're sure there are plenty of Irish people willing to try the vegan lifestyle, which strictly prohibits the consumption of any animal by-products. 

Veganism has been cited to improve the health, aid weight loss and be better for the environment than a carnivorous diet according to its followers. 

Here are a few tips to get started if you want to give it a try: 

8. Watch a few documentaries.

There are plenty of documentaries out there about the reasons for going vegan, and plenty of videos about how to do it efficiently.

Films like Earthlings, Cowspiricy and Vegucated have been credited for turning many people on to the vegan lifestyle. 

A warning though, these flicks expose the grim realities of the meat and animal by-product business and may be a bit much for squeamish folk. 

7. Order PETA's free vegan guide

Animal rights organisation PETA is a huge promoter of the vegan lifestyle.

They have a free Vegan Starter Kit for those interested, all you have to do is head to the website and give your address, and the kit will be sent out to you anywhere in the world, completely free. 

6. Make small swaps

Making small steps like swapping cow's milk for soy or oat milk and switching crisp flavours can take your diet from carnivorous to vegan. 

There are tonnes of options to try when it comes to milk and cheese alternatives. 

5. Try new things

Speaking of these alternatives, don't be afraid to branch out of your comfort zone and try some new taste experiences.

While almond butter and hemp seeds may not sound the most appetising, trying vegan alternatives is so important in order to maintain a balanced plant-based diet. It's not just about eating salad!


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4. Consider why you're doing it.

There are people who move to veganism for ethical reasons, those who do it for health reasons and those who do it to lose weight.

Having a clear motive for your transition will make sticking to it so much easier. 

3. Ditch dairy. 

People cite the amazing benefits of minimising their dairy intake. 

Ditching dairy is a prerequisite for the vegan diet, but it can also help clear the skin and put an end to bloating. 


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2. Consider your non-food choices.

A lot of people who choose veganism for ethical reasons look further than their diet when it comes to incorporating the message into their everyday lives. 

Some avoid leather or products made at the expense of any animal, and actively avoid beauty products that test on animals or include animal by-products. 

1. Keep an eye on the carbs.

When going vegan or even vegetarian, it can be easy to rely on pure carbs to keep yourself going if you haven't taken the time to look into new food choices. 

This can leave your plates looking pretty beige, so make sure you're getting plenty of variety into your diet. 

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The vegan boom is well under way, with vegan options making their way out of speciality health stores and into major supermarkets and corner stores. 

Veganism is on the rise, as consumers eschew eggs, dairy and meat in favour of mycoprotein and coconut-based substitutes. 

The lifestyle has been named on many of the food trend lists for 2018, as the food industry responds to the demands for more mainstream options sans animal by-products. 

For those not in the know, a vegan diet eliminates all animal-based items from the menu – so that's no eggs, dairy, honey or meat. 

Instead, the vegan concept focuses on running a healthy body on a cruelty-free and sustainable plant-based diet. 

'Brands should also expect to feel more pressure to develop vegan options,' says Toronto-based food agency THP.

While veganism was already on the rise in 2017, the food industry should see a further increase in interest in the vegan lifestyle, judging by the frequency of the appearance of veganism on these trend lists. 

'Already proven to be a major hit in 2017 with the increased availability and variety of vegetarian and vegan meal options in restaurants, diners are slowly embracing animal-free diets as a health-conscious effort,' says  International Taste Solution, after placing veganism third on their food trend list. 

More and more, people are choosing to fulfil their protein and nutritional needs without animal-derived products.

'The demand for high-protein foods continues, and with more of us choosing a flexitarian diet it’s no wonder there’s such a buzz around new plant-based proteins,' according to UK supermarket chain Waitrose.

'Whether with pulses, shoots, grains, seeds, soy or even algae, everyone from tiny start-up companies to big brands is looking for clever new ways to add a protein punch.'

Flexitarianism, a key food trend in 2017, is also set to see a spike in 2018.

This method of eating involves eating a mostly, but not strictly, vegan or vegetarian diet, such as being veggie all week and then indulging in a dairy and meat-based meal on the weekends. 


It's World Vegan Day, and veganism is on the rise.

Once the sole territory of surfing Aussie Insta babes and hemp-wearing free thinkers, veganism has infiltrated the diet and lifestyles of the masses.

Recognised as a heart healthy and sustainable diet, going plant based is gaining popularity in Ireland. 


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According to data from Deliveroo, orders for vegan food in Ireland have increased by 137pc in Ireland in the past year. 

While you may assume Dublin would be the vegan hot spot, it's actually a west coast county which takes the crown. 

Galway is hailed as being the vegan capital, leading the pack when it comes to plant-based eating. 


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'Deliveroo customers clearly love to order vegan food, with orders more than doubling this year,' said Deliveroo's Joe Groves.

'Galway is leading this trend with more vegan orders made than any other city in Ireland.'

The most popular vegan order on Deliveroo is the majestic Vegan Burger from TGO Falafel Bar in Galway.

This is followed by the Spiced Dish of the Day with Rice from Cornucopia in Dublin, the Vegetable Spring Roll from Malay Kitchen in Cork, and the Super Green Smoothie from Cocu in Dublin.

These are just ahead of another Galway order, the Rock My Beets Wrap, also from TGO Falafel Bar, Galway. 


Veganism may seem like a bit of a fad, enjoyed by tanned travel Instagrammers who never seem to have a problem picking a raw coconut over a slice of pepperoni pizza.

There has been quite a lot of debate over the lifestyle choice, with some feeling it truly is the best way to nourish your body, and others feeling that cutting out so many aspects of the food pyramid isn't right. 

Now, a new study has shown that people who eat a plant-based diet end up slimmer than those who prefer a diet heavy in meat, eggs, dairy and animal fats.

Those who consume lots of fruit and vegetables, grains, pulses, olive oil and who enjoy potatoes (in all their glorious forms) have a significantly lower chance of becoming obese in the long run, which kind of proves what we've all known for eternity, that fruits and veggies are some of the healthiest foods out there. 

The study, presented at the European Congress on Obesity, examined the nutritional data of 16,181 people who were not obese at the start of the research.

The subjects were tested on their diets, and those with diets where animal by-products were consumed were more likely to become obese than those who maintained the plant-based diet over 10 years. 

'Our study suggests that plant-based diets are associated with substantially lower risk of developing obesity,' said Professor Maira Bes-Rastrollo, from the University of Navarra in Spain, who presented the study.

'This supports current recommendations to shift to diets rich in plant foods, with lower intake of animal foods.'

However, the chairman of the National Obesity Forum Tam Fry did not condone removing all forms of animal by-products from the diet.

'Clearly you shouldn't cut out unprocessed food such as fresh meat, diary or fish entirely but, as the research student suggests, keep them in check.'

'Our ancestors found cabbage and cauliflower much easier to catch than cows, and thrived on the diet.'


Beyoncé, Lea Michele, J. Lo and even our own Roz Purcell are just some of the stars who've shunned meat and dairy to keep themselves fighting fit.

While in theory a vegan diet sounds relatively simple, in practice it can be a little more complicated – all that recipe planning, for one. 

Blogger Amy Mulvaney gave veganism a go for a month to see if it was for her or not, and here's how she fared…

I’m a meat-eater, a chocolate lover and a cheese fiend. So when I told people that I was going vegan for a full month, the reaction was pretty much the same: “Are you crazy? But what are you going to eat?”

But after doing a bit of research on veganism and seeing the effects it can have on your body and health, I had already decided that it was worth a try, despite being just a little terrified.

One month of nut butter, almond milk and tofu on, here’s what I learned

1. Preparation is key
With so many foods eliminated from my diet, I knew that the only way I would survive was if I planned things out properly. I stocked up on plenty of fruit and vegetables, rice and pasta, and set out all of my meals from books like Deliciously Ella Every Day.

2. It’s not as expensive as you might think
Aside from picking up pricier products like miso paste and nutritional yeast, after the first week my food shopping wasn’t expensive and was pretty minimal. I didn’t waste as much food as I usually would, and everything in the fridge was eaten.

3. Google is your best friend
In fear of eating something that wasn’t vegan, I Googled everything before it crossed my lips. You’d be surprised at which foods are not vegan, including certain breads, pastas and treats like crisps.

4. Eating vegan doesn’t have to be boring (and it’s kinda easy)
I found it surprisingly easy to omit meat and dairy from my dinners, and really enjoyed making new dishes. Vegan stir fries, veggie burgers and tomato pasta are dishes that I’ll definitely keep eating, even though the month is over. Obviously some meals take longer than others, but overall I made sure that whatever I was making didn’t take longer than 20 minutes.

5. I didn’t lose weight or have heaps of energy
Being totally honest, I didn’t experience the boundless energy and lift in my mood that a lot of people do when they go vegan. My mood and energy stayed pretty much the same, as did my weight.

6. People don’t react too well when they hear you’re vegan
Even though I was only vegan for the month, a lot of people couldn’t help but hide their reaction to my new lifestyle. They made it pretty clear that they thought it must be “terrible” to live that way, before scoffing when I told them it wasn’t that bad.

7. Eating out wasn’t tortuous… honestly
Whenever I was eating out throughout the month, I made sure I looked at the restaurant’s menu online and had a look at what I could eat. Most places were happy to cater to what I needed, and the food I ate was delicious. Saying that, not many cafes care if you’re vegan or lactose-intolerant, and don’t stock soy or almond milk, which is very annoying at 9am on a Saturday when you desperately need a coffee.

8. Just because it’s vegan doesn’t mean it’s healthy
Most refined sugar is vegan, as are many biscuits and sweets like Oreos and Hob Nobs. So while it might seem like anything that’s vegan is healthy, that’s really not the case.

9. Eating enough is difficult
I wanted to make sure that I was eating enough of the right foods throughout the month, as some vitamins and minerals don’t readily exist in a vegan diet. I had to make sure I ate consistently throughout the day and didn’t leave myself hungry and low in energy.

10. Overall, it was a positive move, which I might even continue. Maybe.
As I said, I wasn’t even vegetarian before I went vegan, so this was a pretty big change for me. Through a lot of preparation and planning (I carried nuts everywhere), I found that I had fewer moments of despair and cravings than I thought.

At the start of the month, I didn’t know what to expect. Would I hate it? Would I want to stay vegan for life? Now I’m at the end, I’m still not sure where I stand.  It was interesting in theory, but in reality I found the whole thing a bit tedious – constantly checking the back of packets for ingredients and not being able to be spontaneous with eating out can get tiring.

I now know, however, that meat, dairy and animal products do not have to form part of every meal I to eat. I’ve really enjoyed trying new foods, stepping outside of my comfort zone and fuelling my body with wholesome and nutritious food. While being vegan was something I really enjoyed doing for the month, I don’t think I could stick to the label of being vegan for life.

I’d be pretty happy, though, to say that I’m a part-time vegan. Now that’s something I can stick to.

Amy Mulvaney blogs about all things lifestyle, beauty and fashion over on What She Does Now.


It’s the eating plan that’s seriously in vogue: no meat, no dairy – just healthy, wholesome vegan meals and snacks.

But while eliminating processed foods and oodles of red meat, cheese and cream can probably only be a good thing, veganism can also be associated with orthorexia: a potentially damaging fixation on ‘clean’ eating.

One young woman who is a testament to that link is Jordan Younger, a 25-year-old blogger and author who boasts some 125,000 Instagram followers.

“The obsession with my diet took up my every waking hour,” Ms Younger told the New York Post this week. “It was stopping me from leading a normal life full of social activities and other interests.”

At 1.63cm tall, at her lowest she weighed just 47.5kg. She explains that while this isn’t “skeletal,” she was nevertheless “textbook example of an orthorexic”.

A native of LA, Ms Younger became vegan in her final year of college, not because of ethical reasons to protect animals, but after experiencing undiagnosed abdominal issues.

“In the beginning, it was very cleansing and detoxing, and I had this rush of adrenaline,” she says.

However, she soon found that she was exhausted all the time. That and her bloating and constipation issues returned. Still, she continued to follow her strict regimen and was compelled to religiously post everything she ate on her popular Blonde Vegan blog, which she kicked off shortly after graduation.

That pattern could have proved fatal, but her turning point came in June 2014 when she admitted to a friend that her periods had stopped.

The pal, who had also suffered from orthorexia, recommended she reintroduce fish into her diet. Within a week of eating a small portion of salmon, Jordan was menstruating again.

A dietician later confirmed that fish and eggs would boost her poor nutrient levels. Not wanting to lie to her fans, Ms Younger announced on the Blonde Vegan that she was “transitioning away from veganism.”

And that’s when all hell broke loose. Her site crashed and thousands of followers ditched her. She also received anonymous death threats. “It was shocking,” recalls Jordan.

Still, two months later, she relaunched as The Balanced Blonde, which now features a wider-ranging choice of tips and recipes.

“These days I live without a label, which is much more freeing,” she explains. She doesn’t even know her current weight, but considers herself a healthy size.

“I still eat a lot of fruit and vegetables and smoothies, but also fish, eggs and sometimes red meat.”

She even tucked into pizza and pasta on a recent trip to Italy. “Now I’m all about balance,” she says.

Jordan Younger is also the author of Breaking Vegan: One Woman's Journey From Veganism, Extreme Dieting, And Orthorexia To A More Balanced Life, priced at £12.99 from amazon.co.uk