A popular vegan restaurant is launching a brand-new social event which is set to host talks, music and plant-based cuisine.
What initially started as a pop-up vegan restaurant has become a full-time kitchen based at The Crossing in The Brunel Centre. Owned and run by Victoria Capener, Indy's Kitchen is currently Swindon's vegan-only restaurant.
Next month Indy's Kitchen will be launching a brand-new event Indy's Vegan Social, 1 August, at The Crossing, with hopes to bring together like-minded people living in Swindon.
Although there are many online vegan community pages, Miss Capener wants to provide like-minded people the opportunity to gather, socialise and eat vegan food together - taking inspiration from London’s Brick Lane Vegan Nights. She said: "Many in the vegan community will know about Vegan Nights. I’ve been along and it’s excellent so I thought it would be great to have something like it in Swindon.
"My vegan food pod is in The Crossing and we have a great space here which really lends itself to gatherings such as this so I’m really looking forward to seeing what we can achieve. There are often vegan events in the area but currently nothing regular where like-minded people can eat and socialise. An evening event also means that I will be able to bring my vegan food to those who cannot get to town during the day-time too”.
Both Miss Capener and management at The Brunel hope that Indy's Vegan Social will become a permanent and monthly feature at The Crossing. On 1 August the first vegan social will include entertainment from Swindon singer and musician Charlie Bath and will feature a talk by Emma-Jayne of Goatacre Farm Animal sanctuary who will be talking about life at the sanctuary, the animals they care for and volunteering opportunities.
The new vegan social has been particularly welcomed by Lewis Fagence, Occupier Relationship Manager at The Brunel. He said: “I think Victoria’s come up with a great idea and we’re really pleased to be able to help get this event off the ground. We think this social night will appeal not only to the vegan community but to those who want to find out more about the vegan ethos and way of life.
“The Crossing was designed with exactly this type of event in mind. Our first regular social event at The Crossing was Brunel Knights, a monthly games night which has been running for a couple of months now and is becoming really popular.
"We are optimistic that Indy’s Vegan Social will also be a success and we hope that it will gradually build up to become a regular monthly feature”.
Indy’s Vegan Social takes place at The Crossing on Thursday 1 August 2019 at 7pm.