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It’s all about the plant-based meals on World Vegan Day

Today is World Vegan Day, and as well as delicious plant-based meals on many menus, there is karma in the air.

William Sitwell, the editor of upmarket UK magazine Waitrose Food, has resigned after outraged reaction to a BuzzFeed News story on Monday.

The article revealed that Sitwell responded to an email from freelance journalist Selene Nelson pitching a “plant-based meals” feature by proposing that she consider a magazine series about killing vegans and force-feeding them meat. Nelson told BuzzFeed News she was left shocked at the hostility of the email. “I’ve never seen anything like it.”

In Wellington, the attitude to veganism is more positive with many players in the hospitality scene embracing vegan options, from high end restaurants like Ortega and Logan Brown to a huge range of Indian and other Asian eateries.

In celebration of World Vegan Day and their second birthday, Pomegranate Kitchen have announced the release of their new vegan baklava (made with coconut oil and no honey). Plus, they really need a new blender, so with National Baklava Day coming up on 17 November they are doing a fund-raising PledgeMe with boxes of baklava (not all vegan) on offer for pledges.

Basque Rooftop Bar in Courtenay Place celebrate World Vegan Day from 5.00pm tonight by teaming up with Eagle Brewing NZ, Double Vision Brewing and Deep Creek Brewing Co to match nine different beers with individual vegan food pairings. They will also be cooking up a vegan paella on the rooftop to go with any of their beers on tap.

A couple of blocks away, Chow – which has always offered vegan options – has gone even further and made Tuesdays vegan-only dates after the concept proved so successful at Wellington on a Plate.

The Vegan Vault – New Zealand’s first all-vegan monthly community night market – showcases local vegan restaurants and vendors from 6.00 to 9.00pm on the first Saturday of the month. Created by Kristine Bartley, owner of vegan bakery Sweet Release Cakes and Treats on Willis Street, it aims to cater the best cruelty-free food and merchandise from the capital and beyond, with live music from 6.30pm and the opportunity to support animal based charities. All food onsite is dairy free, egg-free and vegan by default, with nut-free, gluten-free and raw treats available at some vendor stalls. There is a gold coin entry on Saturday (kids get in free) at the gates of Clyde Quay School, 27 Elizabeth Street, Mt Victoria, with benches and tables for eating and socialising, access to toilets, cashout option at the gate and recycling and compost bins. You are welcome to bring your own reusable cups, utensils and containers. Email [email protected] with any queries.

Sweet Release was also a winner in the second year of the SAFE Eat Kind Awards, recognising excellence in vegan eateries and announced today. Sweet Release won its Themed Cuisine award for its vegan cheese cave and plant-based, sweet-treat hot spot.