Guests at the July 2018 Vegan Social Event enjoyed delicious food + drinks and eco-friendly shopping at our BIGGEST event yet!
Vegan Social Events, hosted The SUSTAINABLE Block Party + Pop-Up Market, this past July 2018, in Toronto. James Aspey, an Australian Animal Rights Activist who is known for taking a 1-year vow of silence to raise awareness about animal cruelty joined the event as keynote speaker. This exciting event brought together influencers, media makers, the community and local companies for delicious vegan eats & drinks, sustainable shopping, a silent auction featuring over $2,000 in prizes, and more.
Our generous sponsors, including our Stage Sponsor Vegan Stokes Cheese and Venue Partner Organic Garage, helped us make this event FREE for all to attend! This was the biggest Vegan Social Event yet, thanks to all of the wonderful vendors, special guests, attendees, volunteers, photographers, and community organizations who supported us.
Find the full photo album from this event on Facebook.
Toronto's Most Sustainable Event Yet!
At Vegan Social Events, we believe that veganism and sustainability go hand-in-hand. Animal agriculture plays a significant role as a contributing cause of serious environmental issues including, pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, species extinction, ocean dead zones, and rainforest destruction, just to name a few. As consumers, we can take the power into our own hands by voting with our dollar every time we make a purchase.
We worked closely with all of our vendors to make this a zero / minimal waste event. We requested that of our vendors considered the environment by limiting the number of boxes, plastic, and other waste that may be produced from their booths. We also encouraged our guests to bring their own reusable containers, cutlery, metal/glass straws, reusable bottles and bags. Every little bit counts!
If you would like to learn more about the environmental issues that are related to animal agriculture please visit www.cowspiracy.com/facts.
OUR VENUE PARTNER
The venue for The Sustainable Block Party + Pop-Up Market was generously donated by Organic Garage. A special thank you to Organic Garage for allowing us to turn the outside space at their Junction store location into a mini-festival space!
Special Guests at the Stokes Cheese Stage
Vegan Social Events was proud to feature special guest speaking engagements and panel discussions, including keynote speaker James Aspey, an Australian Animal Rights Activist and cookbook author, vegan blogger and YouTube creator Sam Turnbull of It Doesn't Taste Like Chicken. We were thrilled to have T.O.A join the Stokes Cheese Stage as our DJ.
The Women Who Lift & Shift the World panel included Anne-Marie Campbell of Meat Free Athlete and Shirt Activism, Registered Dietitian and Ph.D. Pamela Fergusson, Holistic Nutritionist, and Naturopathic Medical Student and fitness trainer Tehsina Jaffer. This panel was moderated by the lovely Shoshana Chaim who is a Podcaster and Wellness Coach at Plant Trainers.
Our sustainability panel, Live Your Best Sustainable Life, was filled with useful tips and tricks on how to live a more eco-conscious life from panelists including, Vegan Activist Carly Taylor, The Sustainable Duo Carly + Brenden and sustainable fashion designer Aneta Sofronova. Sam Turnbull of It Doesn't Taste Like Chicken moderated the insightful discussions. Watch the panel discussion here on the Plant Trainer's Facebook Page!
The Busting Myths panel debunked myths surrounding topics including complete proteins, making gains on a vegan diet and dispelling stereotypes associated with vegans. The panelists who joined us were James Aspey, Richard Burgess Vegan Gains on YouTube, award-winning music producer ZALE and Neil Stokes of Vegan Stokes Cheese. This panel was moderated by Sam Turnbull of It Doesn't Taste Like Chicken.
A warm thank you to all of the special guests who joined us at the event. You helped make the day a memorable one! And a BIG thank you to our generous stage sponsor Vegan Stokes Cheese.
Food + Drinks
Guests enjoyed all of the delicious and complimentary food + drink tasting items that were served throughout the day. Our food and drink vendors had items for sale too. Here's who joined us:
Vegan + Ethical + Sustainable Goods
A selection of sustainable, eco-friendly and cruelty-free lifestyle products were showcased and available for sale at The Sustainable Block Party and Pop-Up Market. Guests had the opportunity to meet the creators behind the brands and learn all about their products. Here's who joined us:
A special thanks to the support from the community for making this event possible. The following includes the charities and companies who joined us:
We raised close to $1,500 for Tree Canada thanks to the generous support of all of the companies listed below who donated fabulous prizes for the silent auction and to all of the community members who participated! Tree Canada is a registered charity proudly dedicated to planting and nurturing trees. For 25 years, the charity has engaged communities, governments, corporations and individuals in the pursuit of a greener and healthier living environment for Canadians. The charity has greened more than 600 schoolyards and planted more than 10,000 edible fruit and nut trees and shrubs in communities all across Canada to help fight urban food insecurity.
Thanks again to all of the wonderful companies who made generous contributions to the silent auction:
Photographers + Videographers
Aaron Fisher + The Awakening Self on Instagram
Special thanks to all of the photographers and videographers who captured the day! Photo highlights have been included in this article and you can view the full album with over 415 photos on Facebook. Please credit the individual photographers (noted in the description of each photo) when sharing and/or using these photos.
As Seen On
Jairo Lop3z Productions V - Vlog #7 Full Activism Day (Panel W/ Vegan Gains & James Aspey )
Event Recap by The Beauty Edition
....and more to come!
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 our biggest event yet.
Don't forget to check out the full photo album from this event on Facebook! Please credit the individual photographers (noted in the description of each photo) when sharing and/or using these photos.
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This Toronto Vegan Social and this post was in collaboration with all of the companies and individuals listed above. All products and promotional items will be 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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