Cheddar made of cashew anyone?

Sonali Shenoy

Say cheese, vegan folks of Chennai! With a spree of options to take home, including yes, vegan cheese — there’s more than one reason to smile this Sunday. Organised by a bunch of the city’s eco-preneurs (entrepreneurs with sustainable living brands) as a means to bring like-minded people together, the Fall Folly is a market that will showcase everything from leather-like cork handbags from Arture to vegan cheddar from The Eco Trunk. With 17 stalls planned for the showcase, here is a round-up of the edible assembly in store.

Vegan cheese
Vegan cheese

The Eco Trunk

When fashion designer Monica Chopra turned vegan seven years ago, her whole bridal collection had to follow suit. And so began the search for all kinds of lifestyle alternatives. Bringing all things vegan and eco-friendly in one place is her website The Eco Trunk, where one can find everything from vegan chocolate to organic cotton bedsheets. “For me, as a Punjabi girl, what was particularly difficult to give up was my paneer. You would find a whole kilo of it disappear over one meal at home in Mumbai,” she recalls. And so, their pan-India supply of Vegan Cheddar, launched a week ago, is something she is quite happy about. Price range: Rs 250 to Rs 2,500. Details:

Mandarin flavoured mock meat

Veggy Table

Expanding on her seven-year-old mock meat range, Veggy Table, Marieen Vijay is adding a Fish Satay and South Indian-style mock meen masala to her list. The former animal activist and co-founder of PFA (People for Animals) uses soy and wheat-based alternatives for her frozen package-to-pan products like Plain nuggets, a Smokey mince and Chinese options as well. Also on display will be her spread of zero-cholesterol VeggyNaise  in flavours like Chill-Jeera, Pepper-Garlic and Thai Satay. Price: For mock meat Rs 250 for 250 grams and Rs 300 for 340 grams of mayo. Details: 9884213332

Bake My Day

Samyuktha Vale, 22, discovered the vegan world of baking at a friend’s request. “One of my close friends who is vegan kept asking, when are you going to bake something for me?” she recalls. So she did, not expecting the overwhelming feedback that the picture she posted would bring on her social feeds right after. Five years into her outfit, Bake My Day, the experience inspired a vegan range of bakes that will be launched at this event. The list includes Peanut butter Blondies, Carrot cake with a cream cheese icing (made of cashews) and Banana Walnut bread. Rs 600 to Rs 1,500. Details: 9884695954

Soul Soufflé

Curating subscription-based boxes of soul food, Aksha Nanavati began her venture Soul Soufflé last year. The 24-year-old says she was inspired by the ease in the availability of options for multiple diets while doing her Masters in Strategic Design and Management in New York. Don’t miss her Fig and Almond protein balls and Jamun-Coconut smoothie with chia seeds at the showcase. Price: Smoothies (Rs200), salads (Rs 320), protein balls (Rs 150). A vegetarian/vegan box with a smoothie, salad and protein ball costs Rs 550. Details: 


Aurosoya, which began in Auroville 14 years ago, serves up all things soy. From Organic smoked tofu to an Okara (soya pulp muesli) to soy milk and curd. Partner in the venture, Dhaval Chandarana, says the brand is conscious about sustainable living, so leftovers are used as compost or fed to the Auroville horses. Price: Rs 180 upwards. Details:

At Karya Space, 78/132, Dr Radha Krishna Salai. On August 6. Time: 10 am to 8 pm. Entry free. Details: 9884103711