Believe what you want, but Black Friday does feel like an excuse for stores to shift rubbish stock quickly ahead of the real Christmas rush.
But very occasionally you do come across a proper bargain.
One that genuinely warrants you putting a timer on your phone to remind you to have your card at the ready.
And it being 2018, weve got a real corker of a vegan BF deal for you.
Oh, and Tescos putting on a special vegan Christmas dinner to raise money for food poverty charity The Trussell Trust and pesky vegans have been going around frightening turkeys in America.
All in a week of vegan news…
Get 50% off Purezza pizza today and on Black Friday
Four words: half-price vegan pizza
Between 12pm and 4pm, the award-winning plant-based pioneers is offering half-price doughs at both their Camden and Brighton restaurants.
Cant get out of the office? No bother – its teamed up with Deliveroo to give you 20% off Purezza orders, so you can sit back at your computer and stuff yourself silly with hemp dough and seitan without moving a muscle.
Isnt that how God intended Black Friday to be?
Tesco has got plant-based kings BOSH! to cook up a feast at #vegmas
Need a little inspo for your Christmas menu? Well head on over to Shoreditch on 4 December, because Tesco has got vegan cooking duo BOSH! to come up with a special five-course vegan festive feast.
Putting plant-based spins on classic festive dishes, guests will enjoy vegan wine and canapés, king oyster mushroom scallops to start and vegan bangers in blankets as part of their main course. Certain dishes in the menu will also include items from the Tesco vegan Christmas range, such as the Vegan Stuffed Butternut Squash, which is stuffed with a tangy beetroot and apple filling, and topped with crunchy, colourful pumpkin and sunflower seeds – ideal for vegan hosts or those looking to impress guests.
Dont like the pudding options? Blame Instagram; BOSH! got their 360,000k + followers to vote on which pud to serve up on the night. They went for two options: Christmas-spiced sticky toffee pudding or a mincemeat tart, both served with a luxurious cashew brandy cream.
American-born chef and Director of Plant-Based Innovation at Tesco, Derek Sarno, commented: There has never been a more relevant time for an event like Vegmas, with plant-based eating on the rise in the UK, and many people choosing to eat meat more mindfully each week. Holidays can be a time when already stretched home cooks can feel overwhelmed with cooking for everyone.
Vegmas is designed to show how easy Tesco makes it to cater for all dietary needs and add more plants to your holiday tables – whether via easy and impressive pre-prepared items such as the Tesco Vegan Stuffed Butternut Squash centrepiece – or by using some recipe inspiration.
The recommended donation is £15 for tickets, with all proceeds from ticket sales going to The Trussell Trust, which supports a network of food banks for people in crisis.
Its happening at White Rabbit, Dereham Place, EC2A 3HJ and you can find tickets here.
Heather Mills is opening a vegan food factory in a former Walkers Crisps plant
Heather Mills is one of the original vegans. Did you know that she owns V-Bites (she set it up 25 years ago)? Well, me neither (until recently).
And now, shes planning to create 300 new jobs in Co. Durham by opening a vegan food factory on the site of a former Walkers Crisps plant.
All being well, itll be the nations largest vegan-only operation.
She told The Mirror that the space was the most important factory in the area.
I want this to become the vegan food equivalent of technologys Silicon Valley in California.
A plant-based valley, that will bring more business into the North-East.
Organic turkey farmers accused vegans of scaring their birds
Turkey farmers claim to have received death threats from vegans who have been frightening their birds ahead of the great Christmas slaughter.
Paul Kelly, owner of Kelly Bronze turkeys, told the Sunday Telegraph than plant-based protestors have been scaring turkeys and shouting at them through loudspeakers.
They let the birds out of the pens and we lost four of them, these pedigree turkeys that we were trying to save the colour, they did a lot more harm than good.
The small farmers are happy to show you what theyre doing, its the bigger companies who can afford to hide away.
Ive had death threats, loads. Its part and parcel of the job. Theres nothing nice about killing any animal but you just treat them as you want to be reared and kill them with absolute respect.
In fact, the Telegraph went on to gather a lot more farmers who had a lot more to say, including one TV chef who asked why we dont all just sit home and eat (our) Quorn and enjoy (ourselves) and leave the rest of us alone?
Time Magazine names Beyond Sausage one of the best inventions of 2018
Time Magazine has listed the vegan Beyond Sausage as one of the Best Inventions 2018.
In recent years, alternative beef—aka real-seeming burger patties made from plant oils and proteins—has started popping up on menus at restaurants, the mag reported.
Now Beyond Meat, the company behind the Beyond Burger, is experimenting with a different alternative-meat product: sausage. Its new Beyond Sausage looks and tastes surprisingly close to the real thing.
Its also leaner, with 43% less total fat and 38% less saturated fat, and much more sustainable than actual meat.
Beyond Meat – the company behind the sausages – is in such demand that this year it had to open a second plant to keep up with the demand.
Times are changin people!