7 Reviews

First Review by AndyTheVWDude

Gone down hill massively - Edit

The Vegan Vault happens in Central Wellington on the first Saturday of every month - start time 6pm. There was the typical Kiwi break over Christmas and New Year, with the first one starting up again on Feb 3rd. My family and I have been to every Vegan Vault, bar one since it started last year. It started really well, packed with information and food stalls and a lively band and atmosphere. Really good range of food on offer, though clearly some vendors were not normally vegan and so their offerings were typically tasteless as they hadn't compensated for the lack of meat flavour in their usual foods. Over the months the number of stalls has decreased. Last night was abysmal with a limited range of food stalls and lack of any other types of stalls. Previously the venue had tables to sit at when eating, these had been removed so basically it was a big, dirty empty space with a few food stalls and die hard voluntary groups. The difference between this and it's start was heartbreaking, we basically grabbed a vegan burger and left. Previously it had been a great event for catching up on friends and checking out what was happening in the various local animal rights groups. Talking to a representative of one of these apparently the lack of stalls is possibly due to the fact that voluntary groups are expecting to pay $100 only $20 less than the food stalls and they aren't making any money! The organisers really have to have a good think about what they are offering and want to achieve for how it stands now it has nothing any longer to offer us. Also there has never been anywhere to get a drink - no drink stalls or water fountains - this was particularly noticeable last night. If you go take your own drink. Also there are no toilets at the venue so go to the loo before you go too.

Pros: Good initiative but needs work to make it work, Vegan presence in Wellington

Cons: Used to be a place to hang out but not now, Lack of facilities at the venue i.e) tables/chairs, No where to buy a drink, lack of toilets

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Great variety and options! - Edit

Lots of tasty stalls all selling delicious vegan food! Sweet, savoury, main dishes, wraps, desserts ect. Also have lots of crafts and other vegan products to keep you entertained as you walk about with your meal.

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Great atmosphere and selection of food! - Edit

This market has a great array of different options to choose from! I tried a BBQ seitan bao, vegan fish and chips with tartare sauce, peanut chick'n satay, an Ethiopian platter (including vegan takes on chicken and mince), and a peanut and chocolate tart. GF options were clearly indicated.

The market was buzzing with people and a live band. Very fortunate to have found it on my first night in the city!

Pros: Lots of vegan options, Reasonably priced, Good atmosphere

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good for dinner! - Edit

Lots of options of hot food good to skip dinner and come down here for the first Saturday of the month! Live music adds to the vibe and it's a covered area so rain or shine! There's also baking stalls, raw goodies, cooked meals, churros, hangi, sushi (one of the times I went not sure if always) burgers. Worth checking out!

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Massive choice - Edit

There are a massive amount of food choices here but the best thing is that the market is humming. Live music, happy people, busy stall holders etc all make for a cool and buzzy vibe. We came for half an hour and spent two and a half hours here. The market is undercover so the rain didn't matter
My food highlight was the vegan fish and chips which were divine.

Pros: great atmosphere, under cover, massive food choice

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Get on this! - Edit

Well I chose poorly first time around with vegan hangi: sweaty, overcooked vegetables with no seasoning and a tasteless onion "stuffing". I didn't even eat it - I threw it in the bin and got Ethiopian instead... really great! Good value, nice and spicy. There's also cakes galore, churros, animal charities, dumplings, pies... too much to chose from. And it's every month! Awesome

Pros: Sooo much choice, Food, stickers, totes, take-home to eat later

Cons: Choose wisely

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Wellingtons Vegan Night Market is Fun! - Edit

The Vegan Vault operates on the 1st Saturday of every month. Food vendors from around the region offering tasty & varied food. Very reasonable prices throughout. We had tacos, pakoras, churros & a raspberry/cream donut. All great.

We saw Hangi packs, Pies, Paella, Pad Thai, Burgers, Ethiopian, Indonesian, Japanese pancakes, dumplings & lots of amazing desserts on offer too! The only thing that seemed to be lacking was more drink options.

Live music & a friendly crowd in a casual, food court style of communal dining area. If you're in the city when this market is on, check it out. Something on offer for every appetite....You won't be disappointed! ~ Recommended.

Pros: Great variety & all under one roof!, Reasonable prices, Casual & Friendly

Cons: Only once per month!

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