Sunday, 11 August 2013

One Year of Veggie Velo!

Our First Year Anniversary at Veggie Velo.
There is so much to talk about!

Thank you to everyone who have made Veggie Velo a success, we are really grateful for the support we have been shown by the citizens of Adelaide, by the Adelaide City Council and our friends and families! There are too many of you to thank individually but we hope you all know we appreciate your support and encouragement and couldn't do it without you.
 We had a 1 year Anniversary party in Lindes Lane off Rundle Mall to celebrate, and were really happy to see so many customers and friends come and help us party. The weather was as equally inviting (!!) as one year before when we launched Veggie Velo, but we had quite a few more customers this time. Big thanks to James,  Darren, Sam and Danni for helping us on this day! Flamin' Weiner and Smooth Revolution are amazing bicycle food vending businesses.

James at Smooth Revolution showing age and size is not an issue for making a good smoothie!
Danni sampling a vegan hotdog from Flamin' Weiner
Darren and Sam at Flamin' Weiner, Thanks guys!

It was so great to see so many of you! Thank you for coming!

Thanks Mum and Dad Watts

Thanks Jess and Kerry!
Conrad and us saying Hi and 'We miss you' to Chloe!

Mark and Sarah with Smudge Monkeys
Thank you for the present Sophia!

 We were excited to show our new Cake Bike for the first time! 
Cake Bike is all vegan all the time, with our apple crumble on display alongside amazing treats like Salted Caramel brownies and Orange Blossom Sesame cake. 

First Cake Bike customers! Woo!

We also had our friend at the Flamin’ Wiener selling veggie hotdogs, and James at the Smooth Revolution giving away his amazing pedal powered smoothies. As party hosts we gave away free cakes to everyone who came and had a burger for lunch, and we were really happy so many people took advantage and tried some tasty treats. 
Thanks especially to those of you who gave us presents. We were spoilt! Thank you!

Cake bike is my new favourite ride! So glad that I have restored my old blue cargo bike into a sweet ride! We want to promote a vegan diet and through cake bike we can show people that you don’t need dairy or eggs to make amazing sweets.

Being so busy with the burgers, I can’t cook all those extra cakes, so I wanted to feature the cooking of some beautiful local bakers on my bike.

Pixie at Tasty Goodness (Tasty Goodness on Facebook) has years of experience in vegan cooking and has the most extensive vegan catering menu we have ever seen. We loved her cakes from day one, having tried them at the 2012 Vegan Festival in Adelaide, then at The Elephant Walk Café and The House of Donkey. We are very happy to have her bringing us the amazing choc chilli mousse tart, gluten free cheesecake and more.

Ricky from Gourmet Brownies is the living proof that you don’t need  any butter to make a good brownie. His vegan brownies are wicked, always with different flavours, just the right size, and very addictive.

There will be more to come and we hope that you can enjoy the benefit of a vegan diet, even if it’s only occasionally for you.

This year we have seen the councils new guidelines put in place for street vending, and new council fees set up for vendors. There was a lot of discussion about fairness and costs and we are really pleased with the result. Personally we feel street food vending makes Adelaide a better place, it enhances outdoor spaces which otherwise may not be used to their full potential, and brings food to people in places that might ordinarily not be reached. We are really happy with the positive support from the Adelaide City Council and the Splash Adelaide project, as we feel they are successfully helping to bring this city to life and providing great opportunities for people. We know in other states the laws vary greatly for street food vending, and we think overall in Adelaide there is an open minded and supportive attitude and we love it! We hope the citizens continue to voice their opinions as this is how changes are made.

For the next few months we have some exciting events coming up that we are looking forward to. Spring and summer should be a little more enjoyable for outdoor dining too!


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