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Vegan High Tea at Aunt Maggie’s Carlton

Melbourne – Vegan High Tea – Aunt Maggie’s Carlton

Words and Photography by Katelyn Rew

Aunt Maggie’s is synonymous with fresh organic produce, wonderful natural products, and is quite the institution for health conscious shoppers in the know. When I heard the new Carlton store was starting a regular Vegan High Tea, I absolutely had to check it out for myself. 

Upon entry the store looked fabulous, with lots of natural light seeping over shelves stocked with healthy goodies. We took our seats in the new cafe towards the back of the store in anticipation of an afternoon of sampling tasty vegan treats. Purely from an aesthetic point of view, our tiered high tea did not disappoint. The beautiful colours were pronounced as we surveyed our selection of tostada’s, crostini’s, scones and truffles. A mixed berry, lime and rosewater kombucha mocktail paid final compliment to such a visually appealing experience, topped off with a warming pot of chai tea…and that’s before mention of taste!

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With an array of stunning desserts in front of me, it was hard to start with the savouries! However after one bite of the cucumber and almond feta sandwich, I was hooked. The feta was light and creamy, and for those unaware it could easily have passed for real feta. The BQQ jackfruit tostada was equally mouthwatering. I absolutely love the versatility of jackfruit in vegan cooking, so it was pleasing to see it make an appearance. The Mediterranean Antipasti Skewer with fresh olives and raw zucchini was absolutely divine, accompanied with a roasted mushroom and dill pate that simply melted in my mouth. What a  perfect combination of savouries to prepare the palette for a selection of sweet treats after a satisfying first round! 

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Warm scones and truffles arrived next. A snack reminiscent of high teas of old. The sweet cream that came with the scones was pure perfection, and a lighter, fluffier alternative to real cream. The sticky date and hummingbird cupcake had just the right amount of sweetness, and left a lovely lingering flavour as my last treat of the day. 

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All in all we had a fabulous afternoon experiencing some fine vegan delicacies. It was fantastic to see that so much thought had gone into each menu item, with inventive flavour combinations working superbly together.

Aunt Maggie’s Vegan High Tea is a great day out in Carlton for vegans and non vegans alike.

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WHEN: 3rd December & 17th December 2017

WHERE: Aunt Maggie’s – Shop 7/8 Lygon Court, 380 Lygon Street, Carlton

COST: $45pp

DATES – 3RD Dec, 17TH Dec

**Katelyn is a Melbourne based writer and photographer as well as a Natural Health enthusiast. She couldn’t wait to taste test a Vegan High Tea at Aunt Maggie’s!

Katelyn was a guest of Aunt Maggie’s/Michelle Campbell – Minc Communications

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Aunt Maggies High Tea. Lygon Court Carlton
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Aunt Maggie’s brings Vegan High Tea to new Carlton Store this Sunday

Carlton, Melbourne Aunt Maggie’s new Vegan High Tea service commences this Sunday 5th November in their brand new Carlton store. Inclusions: • Kombucha mocktail on arrival • Tiered high tea stand for two • Selection of herbal teas or coffee On the high tea stand: • Pulled jackfruit tostada with kimchi, gochujang mayo and avocado … Read more


Batman Royale, North Coburg

Melbourne – 19th & 20th August

 Australia’s first donut & beer festival is back: bigger, badder & hol(e)ier than ever!

Due to popular demand, Donut Fest returns to Melbourne this August with a brand new Winter Edition.

Inspired by the donut festivals of America, our Donut Fest has a local twist. How to make something more Australian? Just add beer! Aside from an official bar hosted by Manchuria, the festival welcomes a range of craft brewers to their local line-up of local and independent donut vendors. There will even be a doughnut-friendly beer made from sessional ale with a touch of caramel malt developed exclusively for the festival by Kooinda Brewery!



Sweet Vendors: Doughnut Time / Lukumades / Nuts About Tella (Nutella donut burgers)

The Hungary Boy / Honey Dee / Ostrich and the Egg / Dip’d (mini donuts)

Ahhh, Donuts! / Dandee Donuts / (hot jam donuts)

Uncle Donut / Jamm’d / St Gerry’s / Goldelucks (gold croissant donuts/“dossants”)

Krumbs (glow in the dark donuts)

Penny for Pound / Jamm’d / Señor Churro / Simply Gluten Free and more…


Savoury Vendors: Giant Springs (spring rolls) / El Jefe (South American) / Hangi Boys (traditional New Zealand cuisine) / Gnocchi Bar (glutenfree vegan gnocchi donuts) / The Real Jerk (Carribean) / Twisted Mac (mac ’n’ cheese) and more…

Beverage Vendors: Kooinda Brewery / Square Keg / Gageroads / Stomping Ground / Odyssey Craft Brewing (beer)

Those Girls (hot apple cider) / Wimmera Hills (mulled wine) / Welshman’s Reef (wine) / Manchuria (beer, wine, spirits, cocktails)

Koffee Kartel (coffee) and more…

Yet Donut Fest is not just another food market; they take the festival part of the name to their fried food-laden hearts by showcasing varied entertainment all weekend long.


  • Live music
  • Donut eating competitions with prizes
  • Best Donut Award judged by a panel of experts
  • People’s Choice Best Donut Award
  • Miniature Donut Museum with a Donut Wall and art installations that take after L.A.’s wildly popular Museum of Ice-cream
  • Savoury Food Vendors experimenting with a homage to the donut shape
  • Beer and cocktails exclusively developed to complement donuts
  • Donut styles from around the world: Argentina, Greece, Hungary, South Africa, America, Denmark, Australia, and even Nutella donut burgers to Glow in the Dark donuts!

Donut Fest likes their donuts iced, but there’s no need for festival-goers to be. Winter warmers on-site include hot chocolate, mulled wine, plenty of outdoor heating and cheery festoon lighting. The huge new venue – the industrial warehouse of Batman Royale – means Donut Fest will be housed partially inside and undercover. Also kids under 12 can join in the fun with free entry.


Donut Fest: Winter Edition is on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th August 2017 at Batman Royale, 14 Gaffney Street, North Coburg.

Two sessions each day – 11am to 3pm and 4pm to 8pm both days.

Early Bird Tickets (just $10) are on sale now, full price $15 (kids under 12 free).

Tickets include fast entry and a taster of the official festival beer.


**read below re: cashless payment system if buying tickets on the day 

Information & Images Courtesy of Donut Fest/Inka Creative – Dee McNamara


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BEN’S SUPERNATURAL Turns Melbourne’s Fast Food Scene on its Head!

BEN’s Supernatural puts a healthy spin on Melbourne’s fast food offering with the Chapel Street store now open…

Born through founder, Casey George-Jolson’s personal mission to provide her family with good, wholesome and ultimately, delicious food. BEN’S Supernatural offers uncompromising, unprocessed and unbelievably good food – fast.

BEN’S – which stands for Balance, Energy, Nutrition and Sustenance, not only serves nutritionally balanced food, it sets to revolutionise the healthy food offering in Australia. Every menu item developed by Executive Chef David Selex (formerly of Melbourne’s Florentino and London’s Nobu, Vong, The Mews of Mayfair and Kensington Palace) has been approved by Head Nutritionist, Bannie Williams of The Healthy Ingredient.

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Led by Selex, the BEN’S team have developed their extensive menus around five key pillars – 1. Whole, Natural and Unprocessed Foods, 2. Nutrient Dense, 3. Balance and Moderation, 4. Transparency and 5. Ethical and Socially Conscious.

From topped English muffins and protein packed vanilla pancakes for breakfast, to pizzas and unique burgers including the Ivan Lentil (spiced lentil patty, hummus, lettuce tomato and herbed yoghurt) for lunch and dinner – now the carb- conscious community can enjoy a range of historically carb-dense dishes, without having to settle on taste or quality.

The Grab-and-Go menu is sure to satisfy those who are little time poor. Breakfast and lunch options are on offer throughout the day including breakfast bowls, salads and ten home-made wrap options including the Cauliflower Rice and Beef (sliced 100% grass fed beef, spiced cauliflower, coconut, chives, red onion and herbed yoghurt).

For the carb-conscious, BEN’S master baker, David Flukes, spent 18 months perfecting the best tasting low-carb burger buns, wraps, pizza bases and English muffins. By choosing BEN’S low-carb burger buns or wraps, on average customers will be consuming 59% less carbs, in comparison to a regular slice of white bread, which contains between 12-15g of carbs.

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BEN’S vegan, pescatarian, paleo and gluten-free friends certainly haven’t been forgotten, with an array of alternative options to tickle the tastebuds, including toasted coconut tofu, grilled or herb-crumbed fish and a tasty gluten-free range that may trick patrons into thinking it’s the fully-loaded relative.

BEN’S Supernatural is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week from 7.30am Monday – Friday and 8.30am Saturday & Sunday.

BEN’S Supernatural Fast Food 670 Chapel Street
South Yarra, VIC 3141
03 9826 1106 | Social: @benssupernatural

Information Courtesy of Ben’s Supernatural/Kayla Baggio – Kate & Co

Images Courtesy of Gareth Sobey Photography

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