Umbala is an event management business focusing on markets, festivals & fetes that are vegan friendly. Our goal is to spread the message of the plant based lifestyle in an uplifting and positive way. While our events are not 100% (except for Alive), are aim is to have an many plant based options as possible.
Our aim is to offer as many vegan options as possible at our events and to encourage businesses to do the same. We hope to bring this compassionate lifestyle to the community and to lift the veil on the vegan stereotype.
There is an endless variety of plant based options and an abundance in choice. This lifestyle is not only a compassionate one, but an exciting and thrilling one at that. We are constantly looking for new vegan products and adaptions to our old time favourites. From amazingly delicious feta cheese made from cashews and macadamia nuts... indulgent ice-cream made from coconut cream.... to burgers, pizzas, hotdogs and so much more.
We can see that the demand for vegan food and products is increasing dramatically and we would like to support this movement in any way possible.
We hope you enjoy our events.
Umbala is where it all started and has been the inspiration for this journey. The word Umbala, meaning colour in the Zulu language.
My name is Ricky and I am the founder of Umbala, which was created at the beginning 2015. In the early days I had the drive and vision to initiate up my own business and it starting off in a very different industry of importing art & craft from my homeland in South Africa. My mother visited from Johannesburg and gave me a gift. It was a beaded giraffe above waist height and I immediately fell in love with it. This sparked an idea to bring these items to Australia and to share part of my upbringing with this country. These items would also be providing a valuable income to small family run businesses in South Africa and so the journey began.
Initially these arts were being sold in market places across Sydney and being based on the Central Coast I found it challenging to find a suitable location on the coast to share these crafts. This is when I received inspiration to start up a market at Umina Beach. Walking through the precinct at Umina, I could not help but envision a thriving market.
In the next few months I researched everything on general markets and put in the hours to create a new vibrant market on the Central Coast. Umina Beach Markets had a bumpy start as we cancelled our very first market due to inclement weather. However our first event in December 2015 was a success. The market has now been running on a monthly basis since then.
February 2016 I made the best decision of my life. I became vegan. This journey has opened up so much into my life that I am forever grateful. Since commencing this lifestyle I have seen Umina Beach Markets gradually change into a vegan friendly event. This started out by me requesting all stall holders to have a vegan options, their response was fantastic and quickly the vegan community picked up on it. We now have 2 vegan food stalls and most others offering a delicious plant based option.
My vegan journey inspired me to create a vegan festival and that is when Alive was born. A 100% plant based festival on the Central Coast. This festival has brought such a positive twist in what I do and has further inspired me in my vegan journey.
The goal now is to create more plant based events and to spread the message of a compassionate lifestyle in a positive manner.
Thank you for reading and sharing my journey.
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