Hello kitty cats,
What’s new? I hope wherever you are right now the weather is as lovely as it is here in Brussels. The sun is out, the sky is blue and les terraces are full!
This weekend was full of delicious vegan chocolate, and I can safely say that today I’ve really stepped up my fruit and veg game! On Saturday, the first two vegan chocolate workshops took place at the wonderful Laurent Gerbaud Chocolatier. We had a blast, and it was great to see so many people enjoy themselves! We’ll be doing another one later in the year, and I also have a couple more Brussels-based vegan events on the horizon (but shhh… more on that to follow) so to stay updated please sign up to the vegan Brussels events newsletter here.
We started off with an introduction led by Laurent as he told us about his passion for chocolate and how he got started. Did you know he made vegan chocolates for the Dalai Lama when he visited Brussels? Pretty groovy eh?! We all took turns in filling our chocolate moulds using the melted chocolate machine (which smelt amaaaazing) before we added our toppings. I really like the acidic and savoury flavour injections with my chocolate, so my chocs had lots of cranberries and ginger – YUM.
Whilst we waited for our chocolates to set in the fridges, we had our very own vegan chocolate tasting session. OMG – this was incredible. I’m not going to lie, perhaps I was a little too enthusiastic in the first session and ate them all, but after a walk around the royal park I was fit as a fiddle and ready to start all over again! Needless to say, no lunch was required!
Our minds and tastebuds learnt all about the different manufacturing methods, blends and types of chocolate that is out there as we sampled commercial all the way up to rare variations.
The success of the workshops over at Laurent Gerbaud Chocolatier really highlights how important it is for non-vegan businesses to embrace new trends (I know veganism isn’t a trend btw) in the markets, and of course to reach out to new clientele. Of course, those companies that are 100% vegan and cruelty-free are bloody fantastic, but it is also nice to see vegan options in standard eateries, vegan products in supermarkets and cosmetics shops etc.
I feel really passionately about this because it allows vegan and cruelty-free products/food/elements to get in front of the people who don’t have a vegan lifestyle, but could be interested in aspects of it.
Anyway, here’s a selection of photos from Saturday’s chocolate extravaganza! Thanks so much to everybody who came – it really was fantastic to meet you all!