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World Vegan Day - Melbourne - 2019

Melbourne’s annual World Vegan Day event is packed with activities this year - it is sure to be the best year yet! Come along and check out the awesome food demonstrations, feast your eyes upon beautiful artwork, listen to live music, enjoy the amazing food stalls, and shop up a storm with vegan fashion vendors. There’s even a kids area - complete with story time, games and kids music. This family-friendly event - who’s theme this year is ‘Their Future is in our Hands’ - will be held at the Melbourne Showgrounds on 10 November. Showcasing the latest vegan finds for you to enjoy!

Where: Melbourne Showgrounds - Epsom Rd, Ascot Vale VIC 3032

When: Sunday 10 November 2019 from 10AM - 6PM

More Info: World Vegan Day Melbourne

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Naked Greens Market

A new sustainable market will be visiting Melbourne in November - the Naked Greens Night Market! Held at the funky Testing Grounds in Southbank, this mini eco-market will feature locally produced and cruelty-free goodies, organic produce and nifty vegan finds. With live tunes for entertainment, and food trucks to keep the troops full, you will be sure to have a great night out exploring this vegan-friendly market!

When: Tuesday 5 November 2019 from 5pm until 9pm (date TBC)

Where: Testing Grounds, 1 City Road, Southbank VIC

More Info: Visit @nakedgreensmarket on instagram for more info.

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Cafe of the Month - Mr. Robertson Cafe

The brains behind Mr & Miss have created a new gem in nearby Nunawading - Mr. Robertson Cafe. The decor sets a relaxed vibe, and the staff are nice and friendly. Coffee is on point - nice and strong, just the way I like it! There’s some good picks on the menu for vegetarian and/or ‘flexitarian’ mummas too, with generous portion sizes to boot. This will be a popular place for the locals over the spring/summer season for sure!

The Details 

Where: Shop G01/31–39 Norcal Rd, Nunawading VIC

Hours:* 

Monday - Friday: 7AM - 4PM

Saturday and Sunday: 8AM - 4PM

*Hours subject to change, please visit Mr. Robertson’s Cafe website for up to date opening hours. 

Playgrounds nearby:  

  • Wood Park Playground - 3 Wood Street, Nunawading

  • Cow Playground - 1 Wren Close, Nunawading

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Melbourne's Best Coffee Shops for International Coffee Day

October 1st is International Coffee Day…as if we needed another excuse to enjoy a good brew!! International Coffee Day is a chance to not only rejoice in our love for coffee, but also support coffee farmers worldwide.

Celebrate International Coffee Day with us by visiting one of Melbourne’s best coffee spots - we’ve complied our fave’s below, and many of these cafes also serve up some delicious vegan and/or vegetarian options too:

Kinfolk - Melbourne

Fabulous coffee, delicious organic dishes and a cosy vibe awaits you at Kinfolk. This lovely little community-minded cafe gives back to charity, and is staffed by a team of committed volunteers. Keep an eye on their website for special events too!

Where: 673 Bourke St, Melbourne

Hours: 7AM - 3PM Mon - Thurs

More info: Kinfolk

Seedling Cafe - Melbourne

With large selection of vegan and vegetarian options on the menu - plus amazing coffee - Seedling tops our list as one of the best spots in Melbourne.

Where: 275 Flinders Ln, Melbourne

Hours: 7AM - 4PM Mon - Fri

More info: Seedling Cafe

Market Lane - Melbourne

Melburnian’s are well familiar with Market Lane. This Melbourne coffee icon is a specialty coffee roastery, cafe and retailer in one - with locations across Melbourne.

Where: 8 Collins Street, Melbourne

Hours: 7AM - 5PM Mon - Fri

More info: Market Lane

Little Things - Blackburn

Little Things Cafe serve up excellent coffee, nourishing cold pressed juices and nutrient packed meals. There’s some great vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options on the menu, and profits from Little Things go to World Vision Australia - so you can sip away knowing your dollars are well spent!

Where: 78 Railway Road, Blackburn

Hours: 8AM - 3PM Mon - Sat

More info: Little Things

Small Graces - Footscray

Small Graces favours sustainable and seasonal local produce - supporting local farmers. This quaint cafe is allergy-friendly, with some great gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian choices on the menu too.

Where: 57 Byron St, Footscray

Hours: 7.30AM - 4PM Mon - Fri, 8AM - 4PM Sat & Sun

More info: Small Graces

Axil Coffee Roasters - Hawthorn

Axil Coffee is undoubtably one of Melbourne’s best. Good food, and even better coffee located in Melbourne’s East. They also have stores in Melbourne’s CBD and Chadstone.

Where: 677 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn

Hours: 8AM - 4PM Mon - Sun

More info: Axil Coffee

With One Bean - Oakleigh

Your online source for ethical and sustainable coffee beans, With One Bean works directly with communities to support their farmers and families. They also have a drop-in roastery and coffee shop located in Oakleigh - so you can pop in for an amazing coffee hit and pick up some beans for home too!

Where: 42 Regent St, Oakleigh VIC 3166

Hours: 7AM - 3PM Mon - Fri, 9AM - 1PM Sat

More Info: With One Bean Coffee Shop

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Nature Awareness Day at the Ashburton Food Forest

Do your little ones love exploring forests, woodlands and the great outdoors?

Ashburton Food Forest is located near the Gardiners Creek bike trail in the outer-Eastern Suburb of Ashburton. This thriving local community food garden was established in 2012, and is managed by a dedicated group of residents. Ashburton Food Forest helps to sustainably increase local food security, reduce food miles, demonstrate sustainable urban agriculture and develop community connectedness. Better yet, there’s even a fun little playground on the grounds too!!

Ashburton Food Forest often hosts fun family events for the community to enjoy. On Sunday 13 October 2019 they are holding a free Nature Awareness Day, providing a chance for families to discover the local flora with interactive educational opportunities and entertaining nature connection games. Join in the nature walks, games and meet like-minded families at this great community event.

When: Sunday 13 October 2019 from 10am until 2pm.

Where: 38 Winton Road, Ashburton VIC 3147

More Info: Visit Food Forest Ashburton for more information.

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Market Spotlight: Vegan Market @ Bunjil Place

The Mermaid Sorority Vegan Makers Market promises to be a great day out for the family. Mermaid Sorority Vegan Makers Market will feature a variety of ethical goods, eco-beauty products, organic and sustainable wares, live music and delicious food options from a range of food trucks offering vegan fare. Held at the beautiful Bunjil Place, the Vegan Makers Market will run from 10am until 3pm on Sunday 22 September 2019. 

The Details:

Where: Bunjil Place - 2 Patrick Northeast Drive, Narre Warren

When: Sunday 22 September 2019 from 10AM to 3PM

Visit the Bunjil Place website for more information!

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R U Ok? Day (2019)

This Thursday 12 September is R U Okay Day (2019). R U Ok Day is a national charity, inspiring people to meaningfully connect with those around them to help support anyone struggling with life.

Life is complicated and full of ups and downs. No one is immune to hard days. Sad news. Bad seasons. Difficult times. Stressors. Hardships. Life can throw you a sucker punch to the face, seemingly always when you least expect it. That’s why it’s important to check on our mates and loved ones. A phone call here, a DM there, a chat as you go for a lunchtime walk or a shared cuppa and afternoon tea. Any opportunity can hold space for that important conversation. So, if you’ve noticed that a colleague, a friend or a family member doesn’t quite seem themselves - why not dig a little deeper. You never know when your support may help to change someone’s day for the better.

Ask

Spending time with people you care about, and starting that conversation in a safe space, can help them to open up. A simple question such as - “you seem a bit quiet today, everything okay?” , “how’s things at home?”, “How are you feeling about XYZ?”, “I haven’t seen you out and about in a while, how’ve you been travelling?” - can pave the way for open conversation.

Listen

When you take the time to genuinely listen, without purely listening to respond, you can help someone feel valued and cared for. By letting the conversation unfold naturally the individual has the opportunity to share how they are really feeling, and it also gives you the chance to encourage them to explain points further. If the individual becomes visibly upset or angry, don’t take it personally. It can be hard for people to open up at the best of times let alone if they are struggling. There is value in silence, so don’t be put off by moments of quiet thought. Sometimes, just having someone show they care can mean so much.

Encourage

Is there anything you can do to help? Encourage them to think about what some of the next steps may be. Empower the individual to explore strategies that they can implement themselves (or with the help of others) to help them through.

Follow Up

Follow up and check in with your colleague, friend or family member. There may be times where you (and/or they) feel more assistance is needed, and in this instance there are many support services available - such as Lifeline, BeyondBlue, your local GP and/or your workplace Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

Today is R U Ok Day - and whilst mental health is as complex and diverse as we are as humans - I think this day is a great reminder to look out for our friends, colleagues and family - not just today, but every day.

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Our Pick of Melbourne's Best Organic Food Stores for National Organic Week

9-15 September 2019 marks National Organic Week - supporting sustainability and increasing awareness of the benefits of organic products. Buying organic helps to reduce your exposure to unwanted and potentially harmful chemicals in your food, household and beauty products - allowing you to support the health of your family.

“As consumers, you want food you can recognise and trust. Buying organic products supports food safety, health, good nutrition and the environment. Products that carry the logo of an accredited organic certification body are guaranteed to be genuine organic.” - Costa Georgiadis, Ambassador - National Organic Week.

Here in Melbourne, we are spoilt for choice when it comes to having easy access to a variety of organic food stores, organic beauty products and farmers markets carrying a wide range of organic produce.

So, how do you know if the food you’re purchasing is organic? Keep an eye out for one of the Australian Certified Organic logos, or if you are at your local farmers market simply have a chat to the farmer. Organic products are GMO free and also free from any harmful additives.

Why not go organic for National Organic Week?! Check out our pick of the best organic goods stores in Melbourne here! To learn more about National Organic Week visit organicweek.net.au

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