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Try-anuary

We are delicious plant based options. We are heading out into nature and rediscovering our local area. We are trying something new for January.

From tasty foodie options and unique events to award-winning green spaces; a brand new year is the ideal opportunity to explore and rediscover everything Middlesbrough has to offer.

In January, we are challenging local residents to take part in ‘Try-anuary’ where you can sample some delicious vegan food, get active outside and try out a new hobby!

Veganuary

Veganuary is an annual campaign which takes place throughout the month and encourages everyone to treat their taste buds to some plant based food options.

If you are looking to try some vegan dishes here in Middlesbrough, then you are in for a treat with the selection on offer at the town’s eateries.

From traditional Greek cuisine to trendy bistros to cosy country pubs – give your taste buds something new to try this month and find your new favourite hang-out for 2022.

Find out where you can enjoy a plant based menu by visiting our vegetarian and vegan restaurant guide.

Enjoy A Vegan Dish At Alkaline Kitchen

Enjoy A Vegan Dish At Alkaline Kitchen

Mocktails & Non-Alcoholic Drinks

If you’re taking part in Dry January this year or simply looking to cut down your alcohol intake, there’s plenty of places to visit – try somewhere relatively new on the scene like Ta Moko on Linthorpe Road or revisit one of Middlesbrough’s favourite haunts such as Artizan, Nuthatch or Dovecot. Don’t forget you can pop in to restaurants such as Central Park and Uno Momento just for a drink before heading on somewhere else.

If a great coffee is more up your street, pay a visit to one of our many friendly coffee shops, where you can relax with a cuppa or celebrate a special occasion with a traditional afternoon tea. You can always guarantee a warm welcome from Middlesbrough’s quirky independents and chain favourites.

Or you can try a cool mocktail or a chilled non-alcoholic beer at one of the town’s many pubs and bars.

Discover Middlesbrough’s vibrant bars and cosy coffee shops, by visiting our food and drink guide.   

Step Outside To Enjoy Nature

If you’re looking to keep active during January, exploring the great outdoors at one of Middlesbrough’s green spaces and parks is a great way to start.

Take a stroll in one of the town’s award-winning Green Flag spaces such as Stewart Park, which is located in Marton and covers 120 acres of stunning green space for visitors to enjoy. Or if you are feeling more energetic, head to the centrally located Albert Park, where you can hire a tennis court or take part in the weekly parkrun session each Saturday.

Explore The Town's Green Spaces Such as Albert Park

Explore The Town’s Green Spaces Such as Albert Park

The whole family can get active down by the banks of the River Tees by exploring the home of dinosaurs, Teessaurus Park where there is space to run, hide and roar in the company of huge dinosaur models!

If you’re looking to explore the great outdoors in Middlesbrough, take a look at our things to do guide.  

Try A New Hobby

January marks National Hobby Month, making it the perfect opportunity to try out a new activity or attend an event!

For music lovers, discover the Classical Café at Middlesbrough Town Hall on January 16th, which offers the opportunity to experience classical music in a more relaxed, informal setting. Or check out Northern Live: Do I Love You on 21 January, featuring the world’s greatest and most authentic live Northern Soul band.

Discover The New LGBT+ Social Events At Base Camp

Discover New LGBT+ Social Events

For younger creatives, the Curious Arts Youth Group  will host different art activity each month in a safe space for LGBTQIA+ young people aged 12 – 17 at Middlesbrough Town Hall. And children under 5 can check out a new colourful and interactive exhibition, Wow Said The Owl at the Dorman Museum, which is free to see during normal museum opening hours.

If you’re over 16, why not try out a completely new experience altogether? The Monocle is a unique dance performance created by Rendez-Vous dance, and is inspired by the secretly notorious 1930s Parisian lesbian club Le Monocle. Performed by six outstanding dancers, this fun night out reshapes traditional theatre settings into a club where audiences can participate in a joyful mix of dance and live music.

To find a new hobby or event in Middlesbrough during 2022, visit our what’s on guide.  

Get Creative In The Kitchen

If you are fully embracing Veganuary this year or just looking to add some more plant based options into your diet, we’ve got some delicious food and drink recipes for you to try in the kitchen.

Make A Yummy Plant-Based Burger 

Inspired by some of Middlesbrough’s greatest vegan burgers such as those which can be found at Olivello or the Cauldron Bistro, this recipe is easy to follow and can be personalised to suit your own tastes!

Open your food cupboard, as you’ll need a 400g can of chickpeas, 1 table spoon of tomato purée, 2 table spoons of plain flour, 1 table spoon of breadcrubs and oil for frying. You’ll also need to pick up some burger buns, half an onion, 1 stick of celery and a handful of parsley leaves.

Cook Up A Plant-Based Burger

Cook Up A Plant-Based Burger

Whizz up the onion, celery, parsley and most of the chickpeas into a coarse paste. Then stir together the remaining chickpeas with the tomato purée, breadcrumbs and flour and stir it into the paste. Don’t forget to add lots of seasoning at this stage too.

Shape the mixture into four burger patties and leave them to rest on the side for 30 minutes.

After the 30 minutes if up, heat a little oil in a non-stick frying pan and cook the patties until they’re brown and crisp on each side.

Slide the burgers into buns and top them with your favourite salad ingredients and condiments, before serving them up to your friends and family to enjoy.

Mix Up A Vegan Friendly Mocktail

Seeking a refreshing non-alcoholic mocktail which is also vegan friendly? Then look no further than this easy to make nojito, which skips the usual shot of rum.

All you need is a bottle of soda water, a small bunch of mint, three limes and one table spoon of sugar for extra sweetness.

Shake Up A Vegan Friendly Mocktail

Shake Up A Vegan Friendly Mocktail

Muddle together the limes with the mint leaves and sugar, which can be done in a small bowl using the end of a rolling pin. To get the most juice from your limes, make sure they are at room temperature.

Then grab a tall glass and fill it with crushed ice, add in the limes, mint & sugar. Finish the cocktail by topping it up with soda water and enjoy!

For further information, please visit the BBC Good Food website or why not explore some of the Middlesbrough’s vegan eateries.

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