Vegans and veganism. Usually regarded in social circles as some sort of pariah, and a fast track way to be a climate change connoisseur, one Belfast man against the odds is on a mission to make vegan eating in and around Belfast accessible and more importantly – enjoyable.
Last week entrepreneur Alan Wallace, the poster behind popular Instagram account @InstaBelfast, launched his Vegan Food Map at The Ivory Bar with flower walls and falafel flowing. At £4 a pop, the pocket-sized map has been a labour of love for Wallace who is a veteran vegan himself. Having removed all animal produce from his diet, Wallace found it difficult to enjoy eating out in Belfast when there were no spots, or obvious spots, where there was delicious vegan food.
Wallace then set about first finding out where the best vegan meals were, then began the process of convincing local businesses owners that there was a demand not only for vegan food – but a vegan map to find it.
Wallace said, ‘Many business owners were skeptical as they didn’t see the same need that I assured them existed, with a lot of perseverance – I managed to slowly but surely get locations buying into the idea. Business owners started to see the trend really kicking in and were eventually fully behind the map.’
Beautifully illustrated by Danni Simpson, the map reveals 18 vegan venues in Belfast where you can get delicious food on one side– whether you’re actually vegan or not. And on the other side, has the map you need to get to them.
Now available at the below stockists, this meticulously planned map will be helpful not only to local vegans and experimental non-vegans, but tourist ones, too.
Tony & Jens
387 Ormeau Road
Unique Ulster University
To find out more about the Belfast Vegan Map, you can follow them on their Instagram – @belfastveganmap
Author: Anna Louise Crockard