The PETA vegan food awards have just been announced for 2019. Now in its seventh year, the awards are something of a benchmark for vegan food and show clearly how far this sector has come.
Vegan food is now firmly part of the mainstream. If a curried sweet potato butternut squash and spinach vegan pie can win the Supreme Champion award at the Melton Mowbray British Pie Awards and if a vegan pizza can win first prize at the prestigious Campionato Mondiale Della Pizza then times truly have changed. I would argue that the change is irreversible now with demand for delicious vegan food from vegans and meat-eaters alike.
PETA aims to highlight some of the most delicious offerings and personally I intend to try some of these new foods myself. Why wouldn’t I?
Unsurprisingly Greggs wins the award for Launch of the Year for its sausage roll. This product has been credited for an upsurge in Greggs’ sales and its share price. As a result of its success, Greggs is now actively looking to increase its vegan offerings. A shoo-in for Launch of the Year I would say.
The award for the best ready meal was given to Aldi’s I Am Vegan Yellow Thai curry which retails at £1.99.
Hellmann’s Vegan Mayo is also no surprise, as is the winner of Best Vegan Sausage: Sainsbury’s Choriszo’s Style Shroomdogs.
Wagamama, which has been making strides in pioneering vegan choices, wins the best cake award for its Mango and Matcha Layer cake.
The best pizza is the Zizzi Jackfruit Italian Hot which will not be available until 15th October. The pizza includes vegan jackfruit pepperoni, spicy harissa, roquito chillies and non-dairy mozzarella topped off with fresh basil. I am putting the launch date down in my diary.
Cafe Nero wins the best sandwich award for its sun-dried tomato and pesto tostati.
Starbucks puts in an appearance for its Vegan Mac and Cheese. It’s a variation on the tradition macaroni cheese made with butternut squash, spinach and dairy-free cheese topped with parsley.
Costa wins the cookie award for its chocolate, caramel and hazelnut cookie.
For those of you who are generally annoyed at not being able to find croissants, try out the best pastry winner: Carluccio’s Croissant Vegano. A croissant made from a traditional Italian sourdough recipe. If you’re at one of Carluccio’s 77 locations you can also try one of their vegan pain-au-chocolats too.
Fray Bentos, a very traditional company wins the Best Vegan Pie award.
As for the ice cream, well it’s the Magnum Vegan Classic – a delicious vanilla ice cream covered with vegan chocolate. I bet most readers will already have tried it!
Time for me to now go out and try the “best vegan bacon” by THIS Isn’t Bacon. If PETA says that the “texture, flavour and look are right on the money” well that’s good enough for me.