It’s estimated that one in eight people in the UK are vegetarian or vegan, and 21% consider themselves to be ‘flexitarian’, i.e. they eat a largely vegetarian diet but will occasionally have meat. So we are seeing an increased demand for vegetarian catering.
This entirely suits us as, since opening over 7 years ago, we’ve always made at least 30% of our Menu at Hopleys Café Vegetarian as this is what a lot of the team enjoy eating themselves. Vegetarian cookery has always been integral in all our menus, so much so that we have never really seen it as such, just part of the menu. Over the past year we have certainly had to react and take on board the rising demand for plant based vegan foods and it has been a challenge to work on flavour and texture combinations that work well. One of the toughest jobs is to create Vegan cakes that match up to match up to our existing selection in terms of scrummyness, you’ll be pleased to know that after a bit of practice we have several excellent Vegan Cakes available for you to try this season..
Social responsibility is driving diet change
There is a lot of awareness now about the environmental impact of food production. Scientists around the world are warning that we all need to reduce our meat consumption by around 50% as, with the expected rise in population, a meat-based diet will soon become unsustainable. Many people have been vegetarian due to concerns over animal welfare but now this combined with environmental climate change factors has definitely stimulated a greater interest and demand for Vegan food.
We all need to take greater social responsibility in terms of what we eat and this is why this year we have decided to make fewer beef-based dishes. This move will also help your budget go further, as you can get more plant-based protein for the cost of a small portion of beef, so you’re saving money at the same time as saving the planet!