Toronto Vegan Social 2016 - Presented by Love Wild Live Free

On September 8, 2016, Love Wild Live Free hosted the first ever Toronto Vegan Social event, an exclusive vegan food and drink tasting that brought together influencers and media makers for a celebration of Toronto’s thriving vegan scene. This event was unique to our community and very well received by all who were involved. The evening was filled with incredible food and drinks curated by a selection of companies both locally and internationally. Guests took home gift bags that were jam packed with lots of vegan goodies too! I've provided a full recap below including details about the guests, the food and drink offerings, the gift bag items, and photo highlights from the evening. You can also view the full photo album on Facebook.

A selection of raw vegan artisanal cashew cheeses by Zengarry from the Love Wild Live Free Vegan Social. Photo by: Impact Media.

A selection of raw vegan artisanal cashew cheeses by Zengarry from the Love Wild Live Free Vegan Social. Photo by: Impact Media.


The Guests

Special guests included clothing designer Jacky Wasserman of BEETxBEET who was in town from LA to showcase her line of fashionable apparel at Veg Food Fest (her first Canadian festival), as well as John Lewis aka the Bad Ass Vegan who was in town from Miami for a motivational speaking engagement and panel discussion at Veg Food Fest. 

Love Wild Live Free Vegan Social 2016. From left: Anne-Marie Campbell aka the The Meat Free Athlete, John Lewis aka the Bad Ass Vegan and clothing designer Jacky Wasserman of BEETxBEET. Photo by: LOF Photography.

Love Wild Live Free Vegan Social 2016. From left: Anne-Marie Campbell aka the The Meat Free Athlete, John Lewis aka the Bad Ass Vegan and clothing designer Jacky Wasserman of BEETxBEETPhoto by: LOF Photography.

Love Wild Live Free Vegan Social 2016. From left: John Diemer and Lauren Toyota of hot for food, John Lewis aka the Bad Ass Vegan and clothing designer, Anne-Marie Campbell aka the The Meat Free Athlete, Avra Epstein of Love Wild Live Free and Jacky Wasserman of BEETxBEET. Photo by: LOF Photography.

Love Wild Live Free Vegan Social 2016. From left: John Diemer and Lauren Toyota of hot for food, John Lewis aka the Bad Ass Vegan and clothing designer, Anne-Marie Campbell aka the The Meat Free Athlete, Avra Epstein of Love Wild Live Free and Jacky Wasserman of BEETxBEETPhoto by: LOF Photography.

Other special guests included: Lauren Toyota and John Diemer of hot for food, Candice Hutchings of the Edgy Veg, Camille Labchuk of Animal Justice, award winning director Aaron "Aaron A" Bertrand, Anne-Marie Campbell aka the The Meat Free Athlete and Diane Burgin the President of The Toronto Vegetarian Association. There were also many wonderful guests in attendance, including media makers, bloggers, YouTubers, vegan makeup artists and other sweet influencers too!


The Food and Drinks

The food and drink offerings exemplified just how satisfying and flavourful vegan options can be. Guests enjoyed a variety of delicious vegan cheeses, healthy bites, guilt-free treats and beverages too.

Four Sigmatic's Chaga Mushroom Elixirs was served at the Toronto Vegan Social and guests took home instant chaga in the gift bags too! I've got a special promo code for Love Wild Live Free Readers - enter code LOVE for 10% off on Four Sigmatic's website! Photo by: LOF Photography.

Four Sigmatic's Chaga Mushroom Elixirs was served at the Toronto Vegan Social and guests took home instant chaga in the gift bags too! I've got a special promo code for Love Wild Live Free Readers - enter code LOVE for 10% off on Four Sigmatic's websitePhoto by: LOF Photography.

Unbaked Cake Co.strawberry tarts from the Love Wild Live Free Vegan Social. Photo by: Impact Media.

Unbaked Cake Co.strawberry tarts from the Love Wild Live Free Vegan Social. Photo by: Impact Media.

Black Magic Alchemy's Artisanal Root Beer was a huge hit at the Love Wild Live Free Vegan Social. Photo by: LOF Photography.

Black Magic Alchemy's Artisanal Root Beer was a huge hit at the Love Wild Live Free Vegan Social. Photo by: LOF Photography.

Vegan Food + Beverages curated by: 

Wood and Water Foods (cultured cheezes and deep fried herb & garlic cheeze balls)

Unbaked Cake Co. (raw strawberry tarts, oatmeal fudge bars, and Creamsicle and Fudgsicle cheesecake on a stick) 

The Chufa Co. (Tigernut Drinks)

Kupfert and Kim (Almond Lime Bowls and Oat Squares)

NONA Vegan (Nacho station - NONA Cheesy Sauce) 

Vegan Magic (Nacho station - Parmegeddon Vegan Parmesan Style Topping) 

Good Food For Good (Vegan Butter Chicken Canapé)

Turmeric Teas (Iced Turmeric Mint Tea)

Zengarry (a selection of raw artisanal cashew cheeses)

NudFud (a selection of raw crackers)

Well Juicery (Cold Press Juices infused cocktails) 

Flow (Naturally Alkaline Spring Water)

Tonica (Kombucha on tap)

RawFoodz (organic salads topped with RawFoodz dressings and vegetables with RawFoodz dips)

Cured by Plants (Caramelized onion and white bean crostini) 

The Healthy Crunch (raw, organic artisanal Kale Chips) 

Four Sigmatic (Chaga Superfood Mushroom Elixirs)

The Fix + Co. (veggie wraps with mint and jalapeño spread)

Black Magic Alchemy (Artisanal Root Beer)

Nuts for Cheese (selection of cashew cheeses) 

Live Organic Food (brownies)

Shockingly Healthy (Double Chocolate Brownie, Coconut Chocolate Chip Blondie and Salted Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Blondie)

PRANA Organics (Annapurna, Machu Pichu and Fuji trail mixes)


Photography by:

LOF Photography - www.LOFphotography.com  

Impact Media - www.elliottimpactmedia.ca

Kristy LaPointe - www.kristylapointe.com + Plant Based Kristy on Instagram

Food Stylist and Photographer @Ify.yan

Heather Lawless - thelawlessvegan.com

Photo highlights have been included in the gallery below. You can view the full album on Facebook. Please credit the individual photographers (noted in the description of each photo) when sharing and/or using these photos.

Note: When viewing on a mobile device, a small grey dot will appear on the bottom right when you click to expand each image. Be sure to click that dot to view the full description.


Gift bag items generously provided by:

Wellness Foods (Simply Protein Bars)

Sweets from the Earth (S’Mores Cookies)

Yoga & Wellness Show (Tickets to the Toronto show September 30 - October 2, 2016)

The Healthy Crunch (Kale Krumbs shakers) 

Four Sigmatic (Chaga Superfood Mushroom Elixirs)

Let's Nom (Cooler bags and influencer promotion)

Shirt Activism (Stickers and influencer promotion)

SUDSATORIUM (Jumbo Gumbo shampoo)

RawFoodz (RawFoodz dressings)

Tonica (Ginger and Peach Kombucha)

Parkdale Butter (Avocado Hand Repair Balm)

Earth and City (Macaroons)

Weleda (Evening Primrose Body Oil)

ZAYA (Eco Skincare Products)

Flow (Naturally Alkaline Spring Water)

Wully Outerwear (Influencer promotion)

BEETxBEET (stickers/Influencer promotion)

Zengarry (Influencer promotion)

Pixie Mood (Influencer promotion)

Higher Health Naturopathic Centre and IV Lounge

Vega (Protein powder and pre-workout) 

Noah's Natural Foods

PRANA Organics (stickers)


Event Featured On:

Toronto Diaries // 1 // Love Wild Live Free Event by Charlotte Adams on YouTube - view video here.

VEGAN SOCIAL | TORONTO | SEPT 8 by Katrina Nerisse on YouTube - view video here.

LOVE WILD LIVE FREE VEGAN SOCIAL on Mindfullybliss.com by Katrina Nerisse - view article here. She's also included beautiful photos that she took at the event!

*This section will be updated on an ongoing basis as additional content is published.

 


THANK YOU!

I'd like to express my gratitude towards everyone who helped make this event such a success! I love and appreciate all who were involved in making this vision a reality. It was so inspiring to see so many great people from our vegan community come together for the evening - I am truly convinced, now, more than ever, that the future is Vegan! 

This event will certainly be the first of many. Please feel free to get in touch via my Contact page for inquires regarding upcoming events. 

Much Love,

#LoveWildLiveFree

The Toronto Vegan Social and this post was in collaboration with all of the companies and individuals listed above. All of the products were kindly gifted for the event. I only share products that I personally use and that are made with the highest integrity. The Four Sigmatic link and coupon code provided are affiliate links, which means that if you visit Four Sigmatic's website through one of these links and purchase product, I’ll get a commission. Don’t worry – the price is still the same for you, plus you'll get a 10% discount with my promo code "LOVE"! 

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Love Wild Live Free is a proud supporter of the Toronto Vegetarian Association (TVA) and Veg Food Fest, however, this event is not associated to the TVA or Veg Food Fest.