Tested and Approved: Ghent’s Vegan Summer Fest
The plant-based kitchen has no secrets to a worldly city like Ghent; it has so much to offer when it comes to vegan food. It is, no doubt, the best place in Belgium to host a large-scale festival fully devoted to everything vegan.
This year marks the fourth edition of Vegan Summer Fest with a new location as the number of visitors keeps increasing. We couldn’t resist joining this vegan food party!
We tried out many mouth-watering dishes, but there was just too many to taste it all. Even for our hungry bellies! These are some of the amazing things we tasted.
Text: Mona Naudts, photos: Devi Codron
Indian Spice Hut
The first food stall that caught our eye was Indian Spice Hut. The Indian food stall prepares all kinds of traditional East and West Indian dishes. Most of their snacks contained spicy vegetables, wrapped in a fried crust.
Each of the snacks was served with its own sauce, which was a tasty extra! The guys of Indian Spice Hut were so kind to explain to us the origin of everything we tasted.
At this place, we had a hot dog that looked just like the real thing. Eatmosphere offered different toppings and sauces to go with the hot dogs. The owner hinted that the ‘cheese’ sauce was his favorite, so we followed his advice and were happily surprised by the cheesy flavor!
Right next to Eatmosphere we bumped into Pacha Greens. It's a company that cultivates micro vegetables. Their vegetables are bursting with flavor and they can be the finishing touch to every dish. They used them as a topping or on bread, but we thought their taste was so rich you could eat them just like that. Nothing else needed!
Here, we also discovered something that was completely new to us: wheatgrass. It’s a natural source of vitamin A and C and contains calcium, magnesium, and bursts with nutritional value. We took a shot of the juice and were surprised by the sweet taste of it.
At the end of our day at the vegan food festival, we went outside to have a drink in the lovely evening sun. Our bellies were filled to the brim with good food, but then we spotted the V-BOX stand. This food truck sold the most magnificent looking milkshakes. They call them freakshakes, because they are so over the top.
We tried a banana milkshake with caramel, whipped cream and a donut on top. And believe us, it tasted even better than it looked! The milkshake was such a sugar bomb that we didn’t risk to ask for the number of calories. But then again, Vegan Summer Fest happens only once a year, so why waste the day caring about a bit of sugar, right?
See you next year!