Foodie Friday - Exotic Meat/Vegan Canapes and Cocktail Night at Wild at Spirit

What to expect from this meat/vegan combo evening? We thought we might be drawing comparisons with Channel 4's 'The Island' but in reality the canapes were intricate, the flavours exotic and the cocktails heady...

The evening cost £25 each, which included a cocktail on entry - particular favourites of the Colchester Life team, were 'Dark and Stormy', a spiced rum and ginger combination and the 'High Tea Martini', a Vodka and Gin based drink, served with a dash of elderflower, cucumber and apple.

10 courses of canapes followed at intervals throughout the evening. Vegans and veggies, don't be put off by the exotic meat part of the evening - there's plenty for those who don't eat meat, and you only pay half the entry price!

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The exotic meats varied in presentation and in taste. We were served crocodile and mango croquettes (which doesn't taste like chicken, despite the popular rumour), alpaca with green bean puree, wild boar on blue cheese, and buffalo with a squash and brandy puree. Best of all was zebra koftas. These were served with a homemade mushroom ketchup and were an absolutely delight to eat. (I wonder which butcher in Colchester stocks zebra?!)

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The vegan selection was equally interesting: beetroot,coconut and caraway parfait to start, which led on to ginger and sweet potato stuffed mushrooms, spinach loaded potato skins and the amazing polenta with ginger and French onion. It was nearly enough to turn this carnivore into a veggie!

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The evening took place against the backdrop of some cool indie music, provided by bands such as the 1975. This genre lends itself well to this independent food retailer, which offers a hip and unique evening, far removed from the ubiquitous experience found throughout Colchester.

Found on Eld Lane, Wild at Spirit is great fun, and whether you consider one of these theme evenings, or dropping in for lunch or vegan ice-cream, the menu caters for both those with a sense of adventure and those happier to stick to something more familiar!

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