Veganuary has arrived at the Eden Project, the popular visitor attraction in Cornwall. The project which contains two biomes containing plants from many diverse climates and environments has launched a pop-up café at weekends during January. It is called the Vegan Kitchen, and it is specifically there to help people who are trying a plant-based diet in January. It is also there for the merely vegan-curious!
Becky Fenner, Eden’s Hospitality Manager, said: “Our vegan pop-up café gives visitors who are taking part in Veganuary or just looking for meat-free alternatives extra options when they come to visit Eden this month as well as making them confident that all the products in this one food stall are vegan.
“We already have a great selection of vegan options across our site and we would encourage our visitors to stop at any of these venues to give them a try.”
Veganuary which began in 2014 encourages people to adopt a vegan diet for the first month of the year – a good time to make new resolutions after the traditional overindulgence during the Christmas season. This year the initiative is the biggest ever following a television advertising campaign in conjunction with posters and billboards.
Eden already has a wide selection of vegan options in its eating places.
The project’s website advertises that the Eden Kitchen serves mushroom, leek and tarragon pie, and in addition has a beetroot, coconut and roast vegetable stew with a dhal crust.
Next to the skating rink, the Eden Grill features a Beyond Meat burger, made from pea protein. It is available at the same price as the classic burger to encourage more people to try it out.
In the Mediterranean Kitchen, there is a wide selection of vegan dishes. One favourite is a carbonara-style vegan pasta, beetroot and vegan feta risotto. It also has dairy-free pizzas.
The project also has Eden Pasty outlets with vegan pasties and falafel wraps.
All of Eden’s food outlets have a variety of sweet delights for vegans. From vegan carrot cakes and vegan raspberry and chocolate cakes to vegan ice-creams at Eden’s Ice Cream Parlour.
The main restaurant in the education centre will be introducing new meat-free meals in the next few weeks.
With all these vegan options available there is no strict need for the Vegan Kitchen. Nevertheless, it provides a focus for visitors who are wholly committed to not consuming any animal products.
The Vegan Kitchen serves sourdough toasties, sweet chilli and chickpea pastry rolls and stewpots. Naturally, there are vegan drinks such as hot chocolate, soya and oat milk-based teas, coffees and herbal lattes.
The project is housed in a reclaimed china clay pit about three miles from St Austell.