Shows and events
Matthew Pearson

Vegan Nights 2nd Birthday Party: September 5th 2019

A popular East London vegan street food market and party, Vegan Nights celebrates its second birthday on 5th September 2019. Come along for stall after stall of the best vegan street food in the country, wash it down with drinks from the 100% vegan bar, then check out the covered warehouse dancefloor where DJs spin cruelty-free reggae, roots, grime, house and bashment tunes until 11pm. Two might not seem like a huge number birthday-wise. But in the context of vegan parties, it’s worth celebrating. These guys were pioneers when they set up their festival-style night of plant-based eats and beats back in September 2017. The whole project has grown so much since the first night they put on: Vegan Nights events currently stretch out across 50,000ft2 of the old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane. The clue’s in the name. This isn’t a place about tote bag shopping for strange spiky cabbages or mixing your own muesli. This is all about the night. It’s about going out with your pals. It’s a place where being vegan gives you something extra, it doesn’t take it away. There’s an emphasis on dirty vegan stuff, late night eats and fast food...but there’s more besides the burgers, the loaded fries and the kebabishes.

It’s a party and a celebration. And because it’s their birthday, they’re going bigger than ever before. Here’s a little taster of what you can expect to find...

The Food

The list of street food vendors confirmed for the Vegan Nights birthday bash is sure to get anyone excited. Big names like Jake’s Vegan Steaks, Pig Out, Cupcakes and Shhht, and Wholesome Junkies are all coming along, making the line up one of the most eclectic and innovative yet. We’re particularly excited about Yo Dough coming down from Birmingham with their deep fried vegan cookie dough. Read that again and weep. Happy dairy-free tears. The Hogless Roast guys have come up with something new: the UK’s first 100% plant-based hog roast roll. Their plant protein ‘hog’ is deliciously smoky; it comes topped with salty crackling and tangy apple sauce...all stuffed in a toasted roll. Order one with a side of their mini hash browns and you’ll be happy as a pig in... Phung Kay Vegan! Their vegan takes on Chinese dim sum classics are inspired. The two chefs behind this plant-based venture are super passionate about the food they’re making and prioritise experimenting on new recipes as their mouthwatering Instagram shows. Fresh from freshening up the options at Netil Market in London Fields and Sourced Market at St Pancras Station, Dappa are at Vegan Nights this year. Their plant-based soft serve ice creams come generously drizzled with sauce and topped with nuts and choc and all the good stuff. Made from almonds and cashews, the soft serve is super soft and creamy - ideal for when you need to cool off and satisfy a sweet tooth in your group.


Get tickets on their website. General admission is a tenner, but you’ll find deals for those who buy a few at a time. If you’ve bought multiple tickets, make sure you have your whole group with you when you enter.

The Rules and Facts

Kick off is at 5pm and the place closes at 11pm. Last entry is at 10.15pm. But that will be a pretty intense 45 mins run round all the stalls, stuff your face as you go, grab a beer, quick dance and go. You may be able to get tickets on the door, but it’s subject to availability. Given that their first year saw 3000 folks descending on what was then a 500 capacity venue, it’s safe to say you may want to book online in advance. This event is for all ages. Under 12s even get in free. But you should know that the music is pretty loud, it gets pretty packed and alcohol is served at all Vegan Nights events. So, you know, earplugs are a maybe, keeping an eye on them is a must. Don’t bring any of your own food or liquids into the event. Bring empty bottles and containers only. Some traders even offer discounts if you’re using reusables. There is a water point in the venue. You can bring a dog. But they have to be into loud music. And vegan. Just kidding on the second one. Vegan Nights events are no reentry and tickets are non-refundable. There are no cloakrooms available, so leave your big bags back at home or the Airbnb. If you can’t make their Birthday party on the 5th September, make sure you get down to their party on 31st October 2019 at the same venue. They’re celebrating World Vegan Day and Halloween. There’s a fancy dress code. See if you can guess what it is. So we hope you have a blast at Vegan Nights 2nd Birthday Party. Looking for a little more info on green living in London? Look no further.

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