Where can you get good, healthy, wholesome food that’s cheap….in Alice Springs?
Alice is not the kind of place I would call a foodie’s paradise, particularly if you’re vegan or have any dietary intolerances. Since arriving in Alice, Nic and I have searched high and low for good, cheap vegan food that is additive and preservative free. And, it’s not been easy. It seems all the best cooking happens at home here.
But if you’re travelling, how often can you get to access amazing home cooked meals?! Not everybody wants a stranger joining them for dinner!
So Nic and I decided we would host a vegan night for travellers and locals alike here in Alice Springs. The idea came from when we visited Lisbon, Portugal back in 2015 and saw a Couchsurfing event inviting travellers to a vegan chow-down. We went along and loved it. A great group of locals and a small bunch of Couchsurfers all came together in a transformed workshop space for an entrée and decent sized main. We were welcomed into the group and after an amazing meal we sat reclining in some old, comfy chairs, listening to live music. We were suitably impressed by the experience, and all for 3 Euros!
It was no surprise then that when we moved into our own house, just perfect for entertaining, our first thought was to host a vegan night like the one in Portugal. Because we live in remote Central Australia rather than in a big city, it’s hard to find cheap bulk foods to keep the prices as low as Portugal but we’re not too far off. We work out the price of each meal based on the cost of the food and the cost of hosting the event, and then suggest a donation of that amount (or more if you think it’s worth it). A lot of time and energy goes into creating this space and putting on a meal twice a month, and we appreciate your support.
So if you ever find yourself in Alice Springs on the 1st or 3rd Tuesday of the month and you happen to be looking for something scrummy to eat or an opportunity to hang out with like-minded people, then come along and join us for a meal around our open fire, a bit of a jam session, or just chill out in the deck chairs under the stars.
See you there!
- Feature image provided by Vitamins & Sprouts.