Mouth-watering burgers. Thick and juicy hot dogs. Fluffy cupcakes smothered in frosting.
Veg Food will change your mouth’s mind.
The 32nd Annual Toronto Veg Food Fest, presented by the Toronto Vegetarian Association, is on this weekend from September 9th to 11th. I recommend arriving hungry as there are over 130 vendors, local restaurants, and bakeries showcasing their 100% vegan eats. There will also be a lot of animal-free products too. The event schedule will feature free workshops, live music programmed by Toronto Downtown Jazz, cooking demonstrations, and plenty of veg-friendly products. Keep reading for event details, and my recommendations for vendors and scheduled events to check out!
Friday, September 9th, 4pm - 9pm
Saturday, September 10th, 12pm - 9pm
Sunday, September 11th, 12pm - 7pm
location: Harbourfront Centre 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto
By car - for parking click here for lots and pricing info.
By TTC - From Union station, take the 509 Harbourfront streetcars which run East-West from Union to Exhibition.
By Bike - Ride the Martin Goodman Trail or take any street between Bathurst and Parliament traveling south to Queens Quay West and bike along the water for the most scenic route. Bike parking is available.
With over 140 vendors there is a lot to choose from at the festival. Seriously - the options are endless! I've narrowed down the list and included some of my recommendations of booths to check out (organized by location below), but this is by no means an exhaustive list. There are just too many great vendors to name so click here to see the full list!
Doug McNish - make sure you try Doug's polenta poutine, it is fantastic!
Brigantine Room & Tent:
Cha's Organics - stock up on Fair Trade Certified coconut milk and organic spices.
Earth Island - try their Provolone cheese, it is one of my favourites!
The Healthy Crunch Company - some of the best Kale Chips out there... If you love curry, try their Bollywood Blast flavour.
Tonica Kombucha - unique opportunity to sample Tonica on tap. Case discounts: $25 gets you a full case of 12!
Sunflower Kitchen - some of the best hummus in Toronto!
East Side: Ontario Square & North Exhibition Common
BEETxBEET - sweet vegan activism clothing and accessories from LA! This is their FIRST Canadian Festival appearance!
Nuts for Cheese - delicious cultured organic cashew cheeses - try their "Muenster" Mash, it's on point (first year at Veg Food Fest!)
Peachy Keen Pets - grab a bowtie for your for your pet from one of the world's largest vegan hand made dog apparel companies! Redemption Dogs will be sharing a booth with Peachy Keen Pets this weekend. Redemption Dogs will there with some great pro adoption wear for humans!
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
Toronto Vegetarian Food Bank
Sweet Hart Kitchen - make sure to save room for chocolate strawberry, coconut lime, and cookie dough raw ice cream sandwiches (first year at Veg Food Fest!)
Animal Justice - Learn more about Animal Justice and their legal fight for animals in Canada. Their lawyers work to pass strong new animal protection legislation, push for the prosecution of animal abusers, and fight for animals in court.
Fauxmagerie Zengarry - seriously delicious and elegant nut-based cheeses.
Giddy Yoyo - raw vegan dark chocolate, superfoods and body care.
Good Food For Good - make sure to try their Butter Chicken sauce, it is life changing!
Ipanema Valley - for guilt free fruit-based brownies!
Wully Outerwear - Locally produced, stylish, 100% animal-free coats made with weather performance fabrics engineered for the deep North. $10 from each jacket sold to the Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals. (formally Mammoth Outerwear)
SimplyProtein - high protein snacks, because plants have protein too!
Sweets From The Earth - sesame, peanut and nut free handmade baked goods, all vegan, of course!
Unbaked Cake Co. - unbaked cake on a stick, what more could you need in life?! (first year at Veg Food Fest!)
Wood & Water Foods - try their deep fried cheeze balls - they're unreal!
Marilyn Brewer Community Space
Sudsatorium - one of my all time favourite local + organic cosmetic brands will be launching new items at the festival, including deodorant, shampoo bars and lip tints!
BORN Cosmetics - this new, local cosmetics brand will be debuting at the festival!
Events Schedule Highlights
Learn from the pros in vegan cooking, animal rights, health and nutrition, and more from a top-notch lineup of guest speakers. Dr. Michael Greger of NutritionFacts.org and author of the New York Times bestseller "How Not to Die" is one guest that I am really looking forward to seeing. John Lewis aka the “Bad Ass Vegan” will be traveling from Miami to Toronto to appear at the festival. As a well renowned fitness expert, John has spent over a decade in the health and fitness industry and played Division I College basketball.
The list of speakers and presentations is quite extensive, so I've narrowed the list down to a few of the presentations that I highly reccomend checking out:
Friday, September 9, 2016
Gourmet Vegan Cooking with Chef Doug McNish (7 pm to 8 pm at the Lakeside Terrace)
Viet-Style Vegan Comfort Food with Lisa Le (6 pm to 7 pm at the Boulevard Tent)
Saturday, September 10, 2016
Vegan Comfort Food with The Edgy Veg, Candice Hutchings (12:00pm to 1:00pm at the Lakeside Terrace)
Live Long & Prosper: Nutrition Advice from 3 Doctors and 1 Bad Ass Vegan with Dr. Greger, Dr. Mangels, Dr. Mehta, and John Lewis the "Bad Ass Vegan" (1:30 pm to 2:30 pm at East Exhibition Stage)
Plant Powered & Positive with John Lewis the "Bad Ass Vegan" (4:30 pm to 5:30 pm at the Studio Theatre)
Unbound & Unstoppable: Women in Animal Advocacy - Jo-Anne McArthur, Dr. Keri Cronin, Dr. Aysha Akhtar, Camille Labchuk (Animal Justice) and Susie Coston (5:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the East Exhibition Stage)
Sunday, September 11, 2016
Easy Vegan Baking with Kelly Childs & Erinn Weatherbie of Kelly’s Bake Shoppe and Lettuce Love Café (12:00pm to 1:00pm at the Lakeside Terrace)
Click here to see the full schedule of events so that you can plan ahead and make sure to fit everything in!
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