We have been so busy in the past 12 months that blogging has been impossible! Thats all about to change. Come back soon for some Dolly’s blogging action!
Picking up where we left off , you’ll remember that Dolly was almost an ex rugby bus! I’d already fallen in love with our quirky colourful bus though so without sounding cocky – I knew we’d get the old red & yellow National bus ! 🙂
Dolly Bus came together in a blur of excited activity – stripping out, decking out, jazzing her up with colourful artwork on the panels and in amongst all that – getting mechanically sound. It all came together so quickly (considering it was a case of 2 steps forward and 1 step back most of the time – we’d deck out another bus in half the time with the benefit of hindsight).
Dolly’s first real gig was at the Bell Street Fiesta 14th of October 2014. WOW …what an awesome day 🙂 we had a fantastic time – so much amazing feed back and a real indicator that we were on the right track – there were lots of people happy to see our hippy vegan bus on the road that day. Dolly became a regular from that moment at markets all around the Bellarine – Queenscliff, Ocean Grove, Cowrie Market (Torquay) & Portarlington.
We had our first really big date at Queenscliff Music Festival where we learned something very important – Do NOT attempt a major event without a COOLROOM!!! far out – our saving grace was that we live just up the road from the park where QMF is held. We had family and friends scurrying around back and forth from home cooking and prepping food til all hours at night…lol it was fun though and we emerged from that 3 days weary but much wiser and very much exhilarated by the fabulous reception of our vegan dishes.
Dolly bus spent much of summer parked in the car park (just before the bridge) at Barwon Heads (Ocean Grove side of the bridge) and many of you may remember seeing us there (we’re pretty hard to miss!) Over the summer months we applied for and were accepted at many more major events – World Vegan Day ~ Arty Farty Festival (Banyule) ~ Vegecarian Festival (Bendigo) ~ Conscious Living Festival ~ We Love Life Festival ~ Great Australian Beer Festival plus many more – we realised pretty quickly that we physically couldn’t cook & prepare enough food from our kitchen to service all the commitments Dolly Bus had.
The way we saw it the solution was one of two things:
- Hire a commercial kitchen or
- Open a cafe 🙂 🙂 .
Well , we put it out there – we told our customers that we’d probably have to think about hiring a commercial kitchen and even without us suggesting the other option , people kept saying OPEN A CAFE! We even had people offering to support us financially if we agreed to open a cafe in their town/suburb!
After about 5 mins of deep thinking and careful consideration , we decided that we would open a cafe – you’ll know what it was like for us from then if you’ve ever felt that feeling of being pulled towards a destination, it’s almost like being in a river where the current sweeps you along in an exciting moment to moment journey and then suddenly after what feels like no time at all you step back , take a breath and look around you at what was created in the rapids… we still look around us in awe and often just feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude for the opportunity to have created this amazing little mobile vegan food van which was really the beginning of it all .
And now here we are loving the community that is coming together at Dolly’s Sister Vegan Cafe & Bar. Dolly’s Sister is a warm, welcoming home to all – we believe that good food should also be compassionate , sustainable , cooked with love and nourishing to all who partake. Thank you Dolly’s Sister community for being a huge part of our story.
As most of you (well at least some of you) know we began our journey with our quirky ‘Dolly Bus’ when Steve (aka Steven the Vegan) and I had a burning desire to take hearty, tasty and nutritious vegan food to the people, its something we know we missed every time we went to a market or a festival – good clean plant based food ~ so we found dear Dolly in a truck sale yard here in Geelong and for me it was love at first sight (Steve wasn’t so convinced – he even had ideas about an ex rugby team bus!!
OMG…sweat & testosterone everywhere!! 🙂 In a relatively short time ‘Dolly Bus’ shone with her colourful funky vibe. Thankfully we had lots of help and great people supporting us as she became the beauty she is now.
I’d like to share the fundamental reason that Steve & I have made so many decisions that have lead us to this place. We believe that although we humans with our great big brains have created so much (and it boggles the mind just how much~ from fire & wheels to internet & space ships!) we have also lost a lot along the way too. In many cases we seem to have lost our ability to co exist and to empathise with other species (and even other humans!)
The result of this lost ability (really it’s a lost connection with our heart) is that often we just ‘don’t see’ what the consequences of our life style choices are. Steve & I feel that just maybe the time is right to make the changes to begin living consciously again (like right now! – to quote Philip Wollen “If not now then when? and if not by us then who?)
Over the next X amount of blogs lets delve into just how many positive changes we can create by simply making more compassionate choices about what we choose to put on our dinner plate 🙂 I’ll start us off with #1 Every time you choose a plant based meal over a meat based meal you potentially save 45,000 litres of water! Until next week ~
Have a week that engages, fulfills and excites you AND come and say Hi at Dolly’s Sister.
Hello to all our amazing customers who have been to Dolly’s Sister Vegan Cafe & Bar (or to Dolly Bus as well!)
Well we’re at the 3 week mark!! YAY! Hooorayyyy! We’re finding our feet and getting into a groove with this new business and we’d like to say THANK YOU for supporting us with your custom , giving fantastic positive feedback and constructive advice on how to improve our service even more ~ You guys are AWESOME.
Stay tuned for upcoming updates on Workshops, Meal & Movie Nights and also Animal Welfare happenings.
Signing off for now from Lisa & Steve , our awesome crew ~ Dane, Suey, Jacob and all our fantastic casual staff