Vegan Food Market launches on Station Hill. 


Reading played host to a new vegan food festival that took place on the Station Hill, beside the Thames Tower and vegivoresReading Station.

The monthly vegan market launched at Station Hill in Reading town centre on Saturday March 24.

Open from 10am till 4pm, the mini festival will be back every month offering a range of plant-based baked goods, savoury dishes, desserts and art.

Ethic Collective, set up by friends Philippa Stannard and Melony Lawrence, aims to meet the increasing demand for meat and dairy alternatives with some delicious and varied offerings.


They hope the festival will become a monthly feature in the town’s food calendar – alongside existing markets such as Blue Collar and Chow – offering a wide range of healthy dishes, desserts and artwork.

ethiccollectivePhilippa said: “Melony and I set up Ethic Collective last year with a shared desire to provide an alternative, ethical consumer experience in Reading, which supports local and small businesses.

“We are delighted that Stanhope has given us the opportunity to develop a dynamic retail hub at Station Hill, in doing so, offering a platform to the talented community of vegan and ethical businesses in Reading through our monthly market.”

Stalls that have already signed up include Chow and Blue Collar resident, street food company Vegivores, homemade fudge-makers Hartland Fudge and Silver Moon Food, who offer a large range of vegan alternatives.

Other Saturday dates that have already been planned are April 28th and May 26th.  

Philippa and Melony hope to create a plant-based hub in Reading, showcasing the amazing local and independent companies as well as start-ups.


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