On Tuesday 4th December, an exclusive Christmas event is set to hit London, hidden beneath the eminent Shoreditch railway arches.
Supermarket giant Tesco are pairing with cooking influencers BOSH! to present ‘Vegmas’ – a five-course plant-based festive feast, designed to help people who will be catering for vegan guests at Christmas.
The menu has been specially designed by BOSH! and curated by Tesco executive chef, Martyn Lee, and Tesco head of plant-based innovation, Derek Sarno. Numerous Christmas classics have been given exciting plant-based spins, for example, guests can enjoy king oyster mushroom ‘scallops’, and vegan ‘bangers’ in blankets. Certain dishes on the menu will also feature items from the Tesco vegan Christmas range, like the Vegan Stuffed Butternut Squash – ideal for vegan hosts or those looking to impress guests.
BOSH! are also calling upon their large Instagram following to crowd-source aspects of the menu, including the dessert to be served on the night – Christmas-spiced sticky toffee pudding, or a mincemeat tart, both served with a luxurious cashew brandy cream.
Britain’s diet preferences are changing, and this includes those at the Christmas table – more than 11.8 million people in the UK will cook Christmas dinner for a vegan or vegetarian guest this year. Tesco Vegmas has been designed to remove any worries that people may have about cooking plant-based meals on the big day, but to instead, inspire and showcase the massive range of options available to everyone, from first-time cooks to competent chefs.
Henry Firth, one half of BOSH! says: “Christmas dinner is without a doubt our favourite meal of the year. It should be warming, indulgent and exciting. Whether you are a vegan or just fancy trying something different this year, we’ve teamed up with Tesco for Vegmas to create delicious, plant-based, festive food that everyone at the dinner table will be able to enjoy.”
To attend the event, tickets must be ordered from Eventbrite, with a recommended donation of £15 per ticket. All of the proceeds raised from ticket sales will be donated to charity partners of Tesco – The Trussell Trust, which supports a network of foodbanks across the UK to provide emergency food to people in crisis and FareShare, who redistribute surplus food to charities that turn into meals.