Ask the experts: What are the best vegan treats this summer?


Jarrold deli buyer Judith Finney and resident Master of Wine Nick Adams select some of their favourite vegan treats for the summer.

Being a vegan is as much a lifestyle choice as a dietary necessity these days, but navigating the minefield of a food hall – and in particular the wine aisle – can still be a challenge. Ingredients that are not vegan friendly can still creep into foods and although food labelling will often have allergens such as dairy, wheat and gluten in bold type, it’s not always the case.

However, never fear as Judith and Nick select items that are perfect for a summer picnic that are all suitable for vegans.

Teapigs Organic Matcha Green Tea


This super concentrated green tea powder is known for its revitalising properties and as it's dairy and gluten free it's suitable for vegans. Sprinkle in smoothies, cereal and even tofu, or go the traditional Japanese route and mix with water to make a refreshing tea.


Lazy Day Free From - Chocolate Ginger Slice


There is nothing quite like a slice of cake as an afternoon treat, so this mix of creamy Belgian chocolate, crushed ginger pieces and ginger biscuits make this the ultimate vegan treat. The cakes are free from gluten, wheat. dairy and egg and contain no hydrogenated fat.


Booja-Booja Hazelnut Crunch Dairy Free Chocolate Truffles


Not only are Booja-Booja chocolates made in Norfolk, they are also gluten free and vegan friendly. With a plethora of flavours to choose from this is your go-to chocolate treat. The Hazelnut Crunch is one of our favourites.


The Protein Ball Co - Raspberry Brownie


These protein balls are perfect for on the go. Available in a variety of flavours, you will never again be stuck for a quick vegan snack!

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Violife 100% Vegan 'Cheese'


We think this is as close to real cheese as you an get.  Perfect for creating your own vegan pizza, vegan cheese on toast or simply enjoying on its own with a glass of vegan friendly wine. 

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Odysea Kalamata and Green Olives


Obviously olives are vegan friendly, but we couldn't resist adding these to our perfect vegan summer picnic. Perfect with vegan 'cheese'.

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Seggiano Rosemary Flatbreads


Seggiano light, crispy flatbread crackers are handmade in Piemonte. The dough is made with the simplest authentic ingredients, rolled out by hand, then baked to a deliciously thin, golden crispiness. Aromatic rosemary is a lovely savoury addition  to these flatbreads, which are perfect for snacking and make a perfect complement to cheese.

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Cypressa Tahnini


A key ingredient in Mediterranean cuisine, Tahnini makes the perfect picnic treat. Perfect with bread or as a dip with crudites. 

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Besos De Oro Brandy and Tigernuts


18% alcohol volume

If you enjoy a glass of Baileys you will love this vegan friendly version. Combining two great flavours from Spain - fine brandy from Jerez and Tigernut milk from Valencia, this is the perfect tipple for after the picnic.

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Candy Kittens Sour Watermelon Sweets


Sometimes sweets can be off limits if you want to lead a vegan lifestyle as many brands use animal gelatin. Thanks to Candy Kittens (the brainchild of Made in Chelsea's Jamie Lang) you can now enjoy a treat in a choice of flavours to cure that sweet tooth.

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Orchard Fruits Bramble Berry Fruit Jam - Gluten Free


Made in Norfolk and suitable for vegans, this fruity jam is made from natural ingredients. Perfect for a traditional cream tea, or for making jam sandwiches for your picnic.





Lazy Day Free From - Ginger Snaps


Tea and biscuits make a great combination and these are gluten, wheat, dairy and egg free. Available in a range of flavours, the golden and crunchy texture of these biscuits make them one of our favourites.


Lawson’s Dry Hills Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 

This cracking benchmark New Zealand white with lifted pink grapefruit and passion fruit, is ideal with  summer salads and seasonal vegetables (including with dips such as houmous).

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Pinot Grigio Rosé "La Voluta" 

An easy drinking crowd pleaser with orchard fruits notes and a hint of soft spice. Again, ideal with summer salads and seasonal vegetables, also cous-cous and pasta-based dishes, nuts, gazpacho (for example).

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Pinot Noir "Boya" Amayna 

From Chile’s chic, cool climate Leyda Valley, this red has flavours of bold forest fruits and a touch of cinnamon spice. This medium bodied wine is perfect with roasted or char-grilled vegetables, richer dishes, which may include tomatoes or a tomato sauce/ragu, chilli infused dishes, nuts and anything smoked, mushroom risotto (for example).

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Cremant de Jura Brut, Désiré Petit "DP" 

For a summer sparkler, this 100% Chardonnay, classic French fizz is perfect for a picnic. Fermented with notes of red apple, lemon and a touch of honey, this easy drinking wine is ideal with canapés, crudités and light dishes.

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