It’s that time of year again, folks. The Toronto Vegetarian Association hosted it’s annual Veg Fest and you can sure as heck bet I was in attendance, this year as a TVA media representative covering the event. Here I will give you a run down of some of the best places to get food and what kind of vendors and speakers were there so that if you didn’t make it out this year, you know for next year! Okay, so the best part about the festival is that…. IT’S FREE! There’s a vegan food and drink festival in Toronto every summer, however, it’s $10 to get in, then on top of that, you have to pay for whatever food you want, and I don’t think there’s many samples. This veg fest is 100% free and there are so many free samples! This is a great way to try foods that you’ve never had before and judge if you like it enough to buy it or not/visit the restaurant. There were SO many food vendors and restaurants/cafe’s who came out to represent their company so it is honestly very hard to narrow it down. Some of my favourite’s included: Sweet’s from the Earth, Tori’s Bake Shoppe, Bloomer’s, Apiecalypse Now, So Delicious, Govinda’s, Cosmic Treats, and Ipanema Valley (banana brownies pictured above)
Other great places that I sampled from or thought were great are: Earth Island (vegan cheese), Oat & Mill (ice cream), D-Beatsro (brunch, donuts, etc) , Avocado’s from Mexico, The Field Roast Company, Sol Cuisine (falafal’s) Whole Foods (pumpkin pie!)
See all vendors here: http://vegfoodfest.com/2016/vendors.html Okay, aside from the food, there were so many other great companies there for animal rights, clothing, books, non-profit organizations, etc. There were also tons of speakers and cooking demo’s. My favourite part of the day was getting to hear Dr. Michael Greger and 2 other doctors speak, along with John aka the Badass Vegan. (Dr. Reed Mangels, Dr. Tushar Mehta, John Lewis) Dr. Greger’s speech “Uprooting the Leading Causes of Death” is literally one of my favourite speeches ever. It’s life changing. So meeting him was pretty rad. All in all, I had yet another incredible day at the event this year. There was just so much food it was overwhelming for me to think about where to even begin, hahaha. I brought tupperware container’s so that I could bring more food home with me.
If you are vegan, vegetarian, or even veg-curious, check out the website and mark it down on your calendar for next year 😉
I also vlogged the whole day and it’s pretty funny to watch: