Yoga + Toronto Vegan Social [SOLD OUT EVENT!] Recap

Guests at the the sold out July 2017 Vegan Social Event enjoyed delicious food + beverages, musical entertainment, a raw cooking demo by Chef Doug McNish, interactive demos and good vibes all around!

On July 16, 2017, Vegan Social Events, by Love Wild Live Free, hosted a vegan food + drink tasting and yoga event in partnership with Tikébenefiting Community Living Ontario, a not-for-profit organization that supports individuals with intellectual disabilities. The venue was presented in partnership with Shecosystem Coworking + Wellnessa coworking community and event venue where feminist entrepreneurs can succeed in business without compromising their wellbeing. 

A selection of raw vegan artisanal cashew cheeses by Zengarry. Photo by Alex Bez, See Behind Walls Photography.

A selection of raw vegan artisanal cashew cheeses by ZengarryPhoto by Alex Bez, See Behind Walls Photography.

This incredibly well received and sold out event brought together influencers, media makers and the local vegan and yoga communities for a celebration of Toronto’s thriving vegan scene! What made this Vegan Social Event unique to the Toronto vegan scene was that tickets not only included admission to the event, but also complimentary food + beverages, PLUS a swag bag with an estimated value more than $170! 

Gorgeous Fruit and Vegetable bouquets were provided by Beets & Roses. Photo by Kristy LaPointe + Plant Based Kristy on Instagram.

Gorgeous Fruit and Vegetable bouquets were provided by Beets & Roses. Photo by Kristy LaPointe + Plant Based Kristy on Instagram.

Special guest executive vegan Chef Doug McNish presented a cooking demonstration featuring a delicious raw Pad Thai dish! (To see footage of his demo check out the Two Market Girls video below at the 1:25 point). The event also featured a live musical performance by the talented singer, songwriter and entertainer Alexandria and DJ set by SyrusTiké founder and yoga instructor Tania Koulakian also lead a wonderful, by-donation gentle flow yoga class prior to the social portion of the evening.

The evening included interactive and complimentary demos for guests to enjoy. Shelby of Shelby Naturals hosted a beautiful spa station featuring her vegan skincare line made with ultra-pure, organic ingredients. Fruit and Vegetable Floral Artist Beets & Roses set up a unique interactive demo where guests created the most adorable veggie boutonnieres. We also had Mukta Being join us in showcasing their line of socially responsible, eco-friendly cork yoga mats and yoga accessories. 

The event also featured early bird prizes, generously provided by Ambrosia Natural Foods, Manitoba Harvest Hemp and Shirt Activism Apparel. In addition, we teamed up with Kupfert & Kim for a giveaway leading up to the event and they featured the event (and some sweet photos we took together) on their Instagram page which you can check out here

View the full photo album on Facebook here

Special guest executive vegan Chef Doug McNish. Photo by Snapd Annex/Yorkville - Zolen Georgievska.

Special guest executive vegan Chef Doug McNishPhoto by Snapd Annex/Yorkville - Zolen Georgievska.

Photo by Alex Bez, See Behind Walls Photography.

Photo by Alex Bez, See Behind Walls Photography.

I wasn’t sure what to expect on Sunday, so I was incredibly surprised when I lined up outside the venue on Bloor street. Yes, there was a freakin’ line and the place was pa-aah-haacked.
— Tasha Jade, Daily Magic

The Two Market Girls shared this lovely video recap of the Yoga + Toronto Vegan Social Event! Make sure to subscribe to their YouTube channel for quick and delicious vegan recipes that anyone can make and anyone will love!


The Influencers

Guests mingled with inspirational, vegan influencers who are all game-changers, trendsetters and leaders in our local vegan scene! We were very excited to have had the following influencers in attendance at this event: Anne-Marie Campbell AKA the Meat Free Athlete and creator of Shirt Activism Apparel, vegan influencers Maddie Lymburner and Kyle Fraser, Devin & Katherine of Two Market Girls, Kristy LaPointe AKA Plant Based Kristy, Vegan Eats Toronto, Stacey Ottman of Cured By Plants, Jazmin Aron of Kai Vegan TV and Veganthropologie,  Toronto-based animal rights activist Alex Bez of See Behind Walls Photography, professional vegan makeup artist Danielle Schleese and Lara Alice of Lara Alice Yoga


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 thirst-quenching beverages too.

Food + Drinks Curated by:

Greenhouse Juice Co.

Kupfert & Kim

Culcherd

Ripple Foods

RawFoodz

Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods

The Fix + Co.

VegNature

Two Bears Coffee

Natur-A Foods

Unbaked Cake Co.

RISE Kombucha

GoodStuff by ViraOne

Mama Vegan

Zengarry Fauxmage

Welo

NudFud

Tonica Kombucha

(In no particular order!)

Sweet treats by The Fix + Co. Photo by Alex Bez, See Behind Walls Photography.

Sweet treats by The Fix + Co. Photo by Alex Bez, See Behind Walls Photography.

Ice cold RISE Kombucha! Photo by Kristy LaPointe + Plant Based Kristy on Instagram.

Ice cold RISE Kombucha! Photo by Kristy LaPointe + Plant Based Kristy on Instagram.

RawFoodz debuted their NEW Chocolate Pudding at the Vegan Social and it was a huge crowd pleaser! Photo by Michelle Cass. 

RawFoodz debuted their NEW Chocolate Pudding at the Vegan Social and it was a huge crowd pleaser! Photo by Michelle Cass. 

VegNature joined us from Quebec with their selection of delicious vegan cheeses. Photo by Kristy LaPointe + Plant Based Kristy on Instagram.

VegNature joined us from Quebec with their selection of delicious vegan cheeses. Photo by Kristy LaPointe + Plant Based Kristy on Instagram.

Goodies c/o Unbaked Cake Co.! Photo by Two Market Girls.

Goodies c/o Unbaked Cake Co.Photo by Two Market Girls.

Mama Vegan's cheese selection was on point! Photo by Alex Bez, See Behind Walls Photography.

Mama Vegan's cheese selection was on point! Photo by Alex Bez, See Behind Walls Photography.

Delicious raw crackers from NudFud.  Photo by Alex Bez, See Behind Walls Photography.

Delicious raw crackers from NudFud Photo by Alex Bez, See Behind Walls Photography.

Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods served up their Toasted Hemp Seeds, Hemp Bites and freshly popped popcorn topped with their Hemp Oil and a selection of Hemp Toppers! Photo by Alex Bez, See Behind Walls Photography.

Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods served up their Toasted Hemp Seeds, Hemp Bites and freshly popped popcorn topped with their Hemp Oil and a selection of Hemp Toppers! Photo by Alex Bez, See Behind Walls Photography.

GoodStuff by ViraOne. Photo by Kristy LaPointe + Plant Based Kristy on Instagram.

GoodStuff by ViraOnePhoto by Kristy LaPointe + Plant Based Kristy on Instagram.

These are just a few of the photo highlights. You can view the full photo album with more of our vendors on Facebook. Please credit the individual photographers (noted in the description of each photo) when sharing and/or using these photos.


Swag Bags

All of the guests went home with incredible swag bags, jam-packed with vegan goodies and valued at over $170! The swag bags included food, beauty and skincare products, fitness class passes, product vouchers, and more. 

Here's what the generous Swag Bag Sponsors provided: 

Graydon Skincare - Full Size Face Foam Scented Cleanser with Willow + Bamboo

Sweets from the Earth - S'mores Cookies

Four Sigmatic - Mushroom Hot Cacao Mix

Koukla Delights - Matcha and Cacao Macaroons

Natur-A Foods - Almond (original + chocolate) and Chocolate Soy Beverages + Promotional Offer

Bounce Canada - Berry Coconut Energy Ball

Cha's Organics - Assorted Organic Spices

Foodora - Bags + $10 Promotional Offer + Bicycle Seat Covers

Rawcology - Smoky Cheeze Superfood Coconut Chips

The Fix + Co. - Energy Ball Bites

Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods - Hemp Protein Smoothie + Toasted Sriracha Hemp Seeds

Province Apothecary - Rejuvenating + Hydrating Face Serum and a how-to booklet with 2-Step Natural Facelift Ritual

Sweat Equity - Copies of their latest Magazine

VeganSmart - All-In-One Nutritional Shake in assorted flavours

Cocovie Naturals - Chocolate Coconut Chips

Garden of Life - Chocolate Raw Organic Fit

Shelby Naturals - Face Cream, Day + Night (sample size) + Exclusive Promo Offer

Sudsatorium - Assorted Lip Balms (in delicious flavours!) + Exclusive Promo Offer

Yoso - Complimentary Full Size Product Voucher

Liberty Movement and Wellness - Complimentary Class Pass

Mind to Body Yoga and Fitness - Complimentary Class Pass

The Imperative - Assorted Stickers (with awesome vegan messages!)

Jewels by SJB - Stickers + Exclusive Promo Offer

Serendipity Yoga & Pilates - Complimentary Class Pass

SPINCO - Complimentary Spin Class Pass

Shockingly Healthy - Fully Loaded Cookies

Field Roast - Promotional Coupon

Chic Made Consciously - Exclusive Promo Offer

NONA Vegan Foods - Recipe Card

KOYA Natural Skincare  - Exclusive Promo Offer

(In no particular order!)

Some of the goodies found in the swag bags! Photos and styling by Avra Epstein of Love Wild Live Free.

Some of the goodies found in the swag bags! Photos and styling by Avra Epstein of Love Wild Live Free.


Photographers + Videographers

Kristy LaPointe + Plant Based Kristy on Instagram

Two Market Girls + check out their YouTube channel too!

Alex Bez - See Behind Walls Photography

Snapd Annex/Yorkville - Zolen Georgievska

Photo highlights have been included above. 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.


As Seen On

Yoga + Toronto Vegan Social Event by Two Market Girls

Event Feature on Kupfert & Kim's Instagram Page

Vegan Social Event @ Shecosystem by Tasha Jade, Daily Magic

Toronto Vegan Social Event Recap on the Welo blog

....and more to come!


THANK YOU!

Thank you to everyone who helped make this event a success! I love and appreciate all who were involved. It was so inspiring to see so many great people from our vegan community come together for the evening. Stay tuned for details on the next Toronto Vegan Social Event, scheduled for September 7, 2017.  

Please feel free to get in touch via my Contact page for inquires regarding upcoming events. 

Much Love,

#LoveWildLiveFree

This Toronto Vegan Social Event 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. 

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