Christmas has come early as everyone’s favourite bakery releases a plant-based version of its famous festive bake.
Greggs’ festive bakes have finally arrived in stores this morning, November 22, after a three-week delay.
The new vegan version is made with Quorn pieces, sage and onion stuffing, a vegan bacon crumb, and a sage and cranberry sauce.
The original version is much the same, but with real chicken and bacon.
People have been flocking to their local Greggs to grab the delicious bakes, truly the first sign of Christmas.
Both versions are priced at £1.60 a piece.
The Manc went to get one of each – a vegan festive bake and an OG – to see how they compare.
There’s an immediate difference in appearance between the two festive bakes.
While the original, meaty one is golden-brown and freckled with pepper, the vegan bake is pallid and washed-out.
It’s like a before-and-after of a pasty that’s spent a fortnight in Benidorm.
Once you cut into the bakes, there’s not much visible difference, though the vegan filling has all bunched up on one side in a weird gooey ball.
The pastry lets the side down again with the plant-based festive bake.
While the original has a delicious crunch and visible layers in its puff pastry, its cruelty-free friend is a limp imitation. Pastry is just a bit sad without butter.
Both of the fillings are moist. Like, really, really moist. Closer in texture to a yoghurt than a Christmas dinner.
There’s barely any difference between the meat and fake-meat pieces though.
As tends to happen with vegan dairy substitutes, the new festive bake has gone a bit gluey on the inside.
It’s good news for vegan Greggs fans – there’s barely any difference in flavour between the two festive bakes.
Both are packed with all the good bits of Christmas, from the fragrant sage stuffing to the sweet cranberry sauce.
Featured image: Greggs / The Manc Group
Food & Drink
Hit Christmas market stall opens permanently at Piccadilly Gardens
Crunch Korean Gansig has become a must-try foodie stall at the Manchester Christma Markets, now it’s pulled up at Picadilly Gardens permanently.
The hit Korean hot dog stall has wowed visitors over the past few years with its cheese, potato and meat-filled creations.
Deep-fried in a crispy waffle coating and then lightly rolled in sugar, these sausages on a stick come drizzled in sweet ketchup and mustard.
Incredibly moreish if we do say so ourselves, since first making their appearance at the 2021 Manchester Christmas Markets they’ve consistently been ranked one of the event’s best food traders.
Now, thanks to a new permanent stall popping up where it all began for the team, Manc foodies can enjoy their hot meaty and cheesy Korean goodies all year long.
Popular flavour choices include all-cheese, all-sausage and half-and-half versions, with a vegetarian-friendly cheese-filled version wrapped in a potato waffle coating, and halal-friendly options that are made using separate batter and fryers.
This really is a hot dog stand that caters to everyone. With owners having previously said they would work on a vegan hot dog once they got their own permanent stand, we don’t expect the plant-powered gang will be left waiting too much longer.
Sharing the news to Instagram, the Crunch Korean Gansig team wrote: “Hey guys, we’ve got exciting news to share! We are launching a new market stall in the Piccadilly garden street food market from tomorrow.
“After two years of successful Christmas trading, we are ready to take on a new challenge, and love to serve our hotdogs to you guys again!
“So come on down to the market and say hi, we love to see you there! See you soon!”
Fans of the Korean hot dog stall have responded to the news with enthusiasm, flooding into the comments to share their excitement.
One person wrote: “So excited we will have to go!!”
Another person said: “Nooooo stop!!! I’m so happy I could cry”
Officially open as of 1 June, find them at the Piccadilly Garden Street Food Market.
Featured image – The Manc Eats
Food & Drink
All the June Manchester restaurant deals, discounts and offers you need in 2023
There are a surprising number of places doing some big 50% off deals in Manchester this month, and we’re so here for it.
From half-price brunches, tapas and burgers to meal deals under a tenner and set menus for less than £30, use these offers to save a pretty penny and support your favourite local restaurants and bars at the same time.
Keep reading to discover the best dining deals in Manchester this June.
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