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Vegan food from The Jungle Kitchen, Leeds

Leeds 100% vegan cafe needs your help

Get The Jungle Kitchen to its Kickstarter goal.

Anyone familiar with Leeds’ food scene should know India Silvani-Jones’ name. For the last 2 years, she’s been running vegan pop up events throughout the city. Now she wants to open The Jungle Kitchen – a cafe, deli and space to teach people to cook in the north of Leeds. Oh, and it’s 100% vegan.

To make this happen, India has launched a Kickstarter campaign in the hope of raising £3,000. At the time of writing, the Kickstarter has over £800 towards its goal, and still has 18 days to go.

And that’s where you come in. If you wanna support the UK’s ever-expanding vegan scene then you can donate to the Kickstarter here. There are tons of awesome rewards on offer, from tote bags and t-shirts to brunch and private supper clubs.

The Jungle Kitchen, Leeds vegan cafe, branding

What can you expect from The Jungle Kitchen?

To find out a little more about her plans for the cafe and deli, I had a chat with India one night while she was drinking a cacao smoothie and I was eating avocado on toast. How very predictably vegan of us.

India tells me that the vegan scene in Leeds is somewhat limited at the moment. There are only a handful of great vegetarian and vegan places, a number of places offering some vegan options but only a single 100% vegan place. It’s great for the city’s vegetarian and vegans, but perhaps not enough choice to tempt curious omnivores into trying something new. That’s where India comes in, because these curious omnivores have been going to her supper clubs.

Her Secret Vegan Supper Club was named in a Buzzfeed article, and she tells me that the last one she ran was attended solely by omnivores looking to learn more about vegan food in a non-judgemental environment.

Vegan cheesecake from TheJungle Kitchen

And that’s a vibe she wants to adopt at The Jungle Kitchen. Not only will the cafe and deli be stocked full of amazing vegan food (think brunch treats, lunch specials, healthy takeaways, cake, treats and pop up evenings with one-off menus), it’ll be home to informative workshops that show people how easy adopting a vegan lifestyle can be.

The workshops’ names should tell you everything you need to know about them – ‘But I’d miss cheese too much’, ‘But tofu tastes of nothing’, ‘There’s no way I could give up chocolate’ and so on. India hopes workshops like these will help people see how easy, healthy and tasty a vegan diet can be.

“I want this to make veganism more accessible to people. It’s not a closed off thing or pushy, or judgy. I want people to think of The Jungle Kitchen as a place that makes amazing food that just happens to be vegan.”

The Jungle Kitchen’s Kickstarter finishes on 12th December 2017 at 10:00pm. Do them a solid and donate before then, yeah?

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