Event Recap: The Sustainable Block Party + Pop-Up Market - July 2018

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.

  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 Sustainable Block Party + Pop-Up Market as keynote speaker.   Photo by:  LOF Photography .

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 Sustainable Block Party + Pop-Up Market as keynote speaker.  Photo by: LOF Photography.

 Vendors with sustainable, eco-conscious lifestyle products also joined the event, including  Second Season , with pre-loved brand name clothing.  Photo by  Kristy LaPointe  + Plant Based Kristy on  Instagram .

Vendors with sustainable, eco-conscious lifestyle products also joined the event, including Second Season, with pre-loved brand name clothing. Photo by Kristy LaPointe + Plant Based Kristy on Instagram.

 There was no shortage of vegan eats, including complimentary tasting items!  Wholly Veggie  sampled a variety of veggie burgers for guests to enjoy.  Photo by:  LOF Photography .

There was no shortage of vegan eats, including complimentary tasting items! Wholly Veggie sampled a variety of veggie burgers for guests to enjoy. Photo by: LOF Photography.

  Culcherd  joined the event with their delicious dairy-free, organic cashew cheezes, and butterless butter.  Photo by:  Two Market Girls. 

Culcherd joined the event with their delicious dairy-free, organic cashew cheezes, and butterless butter. Photo by: Two Market Girls. 

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 encourraged 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!  

 Organic Garage, a store with a healthy conscience.  Photo by  Kristy LaPointe  + Plant Based Kristy on  Instagram .

Organic Garage, a store with a healthy conscience. Photo by Kristy LaPointe + Plant Based Kristy on Instagram.

 Organic Garage sells the best quality organic and all natural products, including 100% certified organic produce and many vegan options at everyday affordable prices, so customers can shop for Healthier Food For Less!  Photo by  Rachel Parent.  

Organic Garage sells the best quality organic and all natural products, including 100% certified organic produce and many vegan options at everyday affordable prices, so customers can shop for Healthier Food For Less! Photo by Rachel Parent. 

 There are many bulk options available at the Organic Garage Junction location, including their newly added bulk spices, teas, oil and vinegar offerings.  Photo by  Rachel Parent.  

There are many bulk options available at the Organic Garage Junction location, including their newly added bulk spices, teas, oil and vinegar offerings. Photo by Rachel Parent. 


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 Lifewas 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:

 Sweet treats from  Koa Natural Foods !  Photo by:  LOF Photography .

Sweet treats from Koa Natural FoodsPhoto by: LOF Photography.

 An abundance of dairy-free cheeses from  Vegan Stokes Cheese .  Photo by:  Two Market Girls. 

An abundance of dairy-free cheeses from Vegan Stokes CheesePhoto by: Two Market Girls. 

  Nutritious, organic meals by   BIO RAW .  Photo by:  Two Market Girls. 

Nutritious, organic meals by BIO RAWPhoto by: Two Market Girls. 

 Refreshing and tasty nice cream from  Chimp Treats .  Photo by:  LOF Photography .

Refreshing and tasty nice cream from Chimp TreatsPhoto by: LOF Photography.

 Not your average hot dogs from  Sausage Party .  Photo by:  Two Market Girls. 

Not your average hot dogs from Sausage PartyPhoto by: Two Market Girls. 

 Dairy-free ethically sourced chocolate from  ChocoSol Traders .  Photo by:  Two Market Girls. 

Dairy-free ethically sourced chocolate from ChocoSol TradersPhoto by: Two Market Girls. 


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:

  Holistic Beauties  set up a mini-pamper station at their booth, featuring their green beauty products.  Photo by:  Two Market Girls. 

Holistic Beauties set up a mini-pamper station at their booth, featuring their green beauty products. Photo by: Two Market Girls. 

    Cruelty-free bags designed for the minimalist by  SAMARA   BAGS .  Photo by:  Two Market Girls. 

 

Cruelty-free bags designed for the minimalist by SAMARA BAGSPhoto by: Two Market Girls. 

 Handmade jewelry by  Green Eyed Kitty , made with beads from around the world.  Photo by:  Two Market Girls. 

Handmade jewelry by Green Eyed Kitty, made with beads from around the world. Photo by: Two Market Girls. 

 Premium animal-free outerwear, ethically Made in Canada by  Wuxly Movement .  Photo by: Aaron Fisher + The Awakening Self on  Instagram .

Premium animal-free outerwear, ethically Made in Canada by Wuxly MovementPhoto by: Aaron Fisher + The Awakening Self on Instagram.


Community Support

A special thanks to the support from the community for making this event possible. The following includes the charities and companies who joined us:

  Live Green Toronto .  Photo by: Aaron Fisher + The Awakening Self on  Instagram .

Live Green TorontoPhoto by: Aaron Fisher + The Awakening Self on Instagram.


Silent Auction 

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: 

GoGo Quinoa

Culcherd  

Natur-a

Organic Garage

Edward and Sons

NudFud

Daiya Foods

Momtaz Soap

Wholly Veggie

NAGI

Yoso

Genuine Health

Green Eyed Kitty

You can find the full list with descriptions of all of the items that were featured in the Silent Auction on the Event Announcement post here.


Photographers + Videographers

Two Market Girls + check out their YouTube channel too!

LOF Photography.

Aaron Fisher + The Awakening Self on Instagram

Kristy LaPointe + Plant Based Kristy on Instagram

The Beauty Edition

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!



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Thursday, September 6th, 2018, Toronto

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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 our biggest event yet.

  Photo by: Aaron Fisher + The Awakening Self on  Instagram .

Photo by: Aaron Fisher + The Awakening Self on Instagram.

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.

To learn about past events visit: www.vegansocialevents.com. 

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