COLUMN: Morecambe needs to go vegan like Andy Murray

Photo Ian Robinson: Wayne Hemingway at the Design Symposium Urban Regeneration and Design Collaboration at the University of Central Lancashire
Photo Ian Robinson: Wayne Hemingway at the Design Symposium Urban Regeneration and Design Collaboration at the University of Central Lancashire

WAYNE HEMINGWAY writes...The days of dodgy burger vans, greasy hot dogs and ice cream containing pig fat are rapidly disappearing from the outdoor events scene.

There is no reason to make do with food at events that isn’t up to the standards set by good restaurants.

I believe Morecambe cafes and restaurants also need to catch up and enter the modern world when it comes to their food and drink offering.

For example, these days many people don’t take cow’s milk in their tea and coffee. For cafes not to offer a soya milk alternative is unthinkable in the most forward thinking towns of Europe. Morecambe cafes and restaurants should also always make sure they offer one or two vegan options on their menus. Being a vegan isn’t seen as a weird thing any more. Those of you who have been enjoying the Wimbledon tennis may not realise that Novak Djokovic is vegan and Andy Murray is all but vegan when he is in full training . Vegan food is healthy and it doesn’t break the bank.I have two daughters who are vegan. When my wife Gerardine and I go to visit them, their food is always brilliantly tasty and spicy with some kind of Mediterranean or Eastern element to it. Eating such good food is an important part of our lives. Gerardine is very green fingered and at home, we eat a lot of vegetables grown from our own garden.

My love of growing my own food comes from my upbringing in Morecambe. My grandparents had a big yard at their house on Thirlmere Drive where they grew strawberries, raspberries, potatoes, broccoli and asparagus. As a kid I remember catching my own fish off the Stone Jetty and my granddad taught me how to fillet it myself.

Over the past few years at our Vintage festivals we have worked hard on the food and drink side. We want it to be plentiful (we hate queues), varied, ethically and locally sourced, and live up to the new high standards that the UK is setting when it comes to world food.

Street food is an enormous movement throughout the world right now. It started in America and has grown to the point that most towns there have a street food market once a week. For our Morecambe Vintage-by-the-Sea event in September, we are assembling quite a line-up of street food traders selling from classic vehicles. They include Lulabelle, the oldest working campervan in the UK, a beautiful pink vehicle from 1959 lovingly restored into a camperlicious street food van serving cake, tea (from vintage china of course) and coffee. Another standout is Streatza, a mobile woodfired pizzeria and street kitchen trading from a 1969 Citroen H Van. And a 1967 Routemaster Bus will be sited outside The Platform complete with bar on the lower deck and a top deck featuring our resident Vintage DJs playing the best ska, reggae, disco, mod soul, garage, surf rock and Motown. It’s a delicious line-up and one we hope will turn Vintage-by-the-Sea into quite a tasty spectacle.