World Vegan Day is an annual event that has been running for 25 years, thanks to the growing popularity of veganism. Celebrated across the world, the day aims to celebrate veganism and raise awareness of the benefits of veganism for humans, animals and the environment.
Veganism is the practice of abstaining from the use of animal products – with a focus on diet, but also in other products too. The philosophy of veganism centres on the idea that animals shouldn’t be used as a commodity, although people also practice veganism for environmental reasons. Farming is a major contributor of climate change, and many environmental organisations advocate vegan diets as a method of helping to fight climate change.
Although veganism has modern benefits, the practice can be dated back centuries. One of the earliest known vegans was the Arab poet al-Maʿarri, who lived from 973 to 1057. His reasons for being vegan related to health, animal welfare and his belief in reincarnation.
To celebrate World Vegan Day, we have launched a red pepper, quinoa and lentil burger served with a spicy tomato relish as a special available throughout November in The Lock Bar and Kitchen. Our autumn menu also features a delicious sweet potato and black bean vegan burger, served with guacamole and big chips.
Quinoa is one of the most popular foods among vegans, thanks to its incredible nutritional value. As well as being high in fibre, it also contains amino acids, B vitamins, calcium, fibre, iron, magnesium, potassium and vitamin D. The Incas even believed quinoa was sacred, calling it the “mother of all grains”.
Red peppers have a lot going for them too. Incredibly high in vitamin C, they also contain B vitamins, folate and powerful antioxidants.
Lentils are also a great source of protein, fibre, calcium, folic acid, magnesium and polyphenols – which help the body prevent various serious diseases.