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Toronto Veg Fest 2016

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!2016-09-11-021 2016-09-11-026 2016-09-11-004Okay, 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.2016-09-11-023 2016-09-11-015There 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.html2016-09-11-006 2016-09-11-007 2016-09-11-008 2016-09-11-009 2016-09-11-010 2016-09-11-012 2016-09-11-013 2016-09-11-014 2016-09-11-016 2016-09-11-017 2016-09-11-025Okay, 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.2016-09-11-005 img_8386 2016-09-11-022All 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 😉

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Love Wild Live Free Vegan Social

On Thursday night I attended a vegan social event hosted by Avra from Love Wild Live Free. It was such a great way to connect with other vegans, especially other social influencers who blog, vlog, instagram, etc. There was SO much great vegan food that we were able to try, and the night was honestly so much fun.

2016-09-09-004 img_8238 img_8279 2016-09-09-005There were quite a few different companies and brands there to promote their amazing vegan options including Kupfert & Kim, NONA’s Vegan Cheesy Sauce, Unbaked Cake Co., Nuts for Cheese, Well Juicery, Cured by Plants, RawFoodz, The Fix + Co., PRANA Organics, Wood and Water Foods, Zengarry (raw cashew cheese), Shockingly Healthy (brownies), and many more!

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Charlotte and I taste-tested so many new products and I was literally in food heaven. Vegan cheese, vegan brownies, vegan nachos, vegan everything! Not to mention all of the great vegan people around and the in-depth, inspiring conversations that took place. I love being surrounded by people who share the same beliefs and have such a similar mindset to your own. I seem to get along with these sort of people so well and can talk for hours on end about mutual ideologies and such.

All in all, I felt high on life. It was an incredible night and I’d like to say a big thank you to Avra for organizing such a lovely event. Check out her website here for everything vegan: http://www.lovewildlivefree.com/

I also vlogged the whole night and the video is up on my channel. You can watch it here:

Cheers,
Katrina xx img_8330

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August 28 Potluck

If you are unfamiliar with the term ‘fruitluck’ or ‘potluck’, let me quickly catch you up: Basically, for the past two years I’ve been hosting vegan potlucks/fruitlucks in Toronto for vegans to all come together and hangout 🙂 It’s a great way to meet new people, try new food, have good conversations, etc.

Yesterday I hosted the final potluck of the summer, due to the fact that we do them outside and fall+winter is too cold here in Canada. Anyway, as always, it was amazing.

Every single time I host one of these, so many amazing people come out and I end up going home later that night with so many new friends. Words can’t really describe the amazing feeling I felt yesterday, but for you, I will try to put into words.

2016-08-28 014 2016-08-28 004I don’t how, but all of us have the same beliefs and ideologies on so many topics. It’s crazy to think that just because someone is vegan that they’ll automatically get along. But somehow, every single time I meet all these kinds of people, our conversations drift off into far away places and we all find we have such similar beliefs on so many things! And talking to a few different girls, I was sitting there literally thinking, “we have the same mind.”

Not only does it feel so great to be able to just talk to people about a polithera of topics (environment, having children, hair, marriage, pets, families, etc), but also to be inspired by the people around you. One friend I made at the June fruitluck I hosted, Megan, inspired me a lot yesterday. She had just gotten back from traveling Hawaii and then Iceland. She told us how she booked her Hawaii trip very spontaneously and last minute, and then even invited two other vegan girls she met at the July potluck and they spontaneously went as well! Megan and I also found we had the same mindset on SO many other topics (like not having kids), as well as our old personalities in high school and how we’ve grown and changed.

Jess is also super inspiring. She quit her job and bought a one-way ticket to Thailand to fulfill her dreams of being a jackfruit connoisseur 😉 No, but for real though, that takes some real guts to do. Maybe I’ll have to do a spontaneous travel plan or buy a one-way ticket sometime soon.

2016-08-28 018Kassie explained to us the law of attraction and how you have to live in the present and manifest the things you wish to have in your life and think positive in order to receive positive energy back.

I can’t even get into much more of what we discussed all day because there was literally SO much. Everyone was so nice and friendly. There was so much amazing food that people made that we all had the opportunity to try and talk about.

I just love how because we all have this one thing in common (veganism), we all got along so well.

2016-08-28 009A few girls that attended yesterday had actually mentioned that they weren’t planning on even coming because they were too shy and scared. But after re-evaluating, decided, why not, and came. And they were so glad they did. And I’m so glad they did too! Because they were able to meet so many awesome, like-minded people. I don’t want people to feel scared or shy to come to these things. Trust me, I know how scary this kind of thing can be; going to a place where you don’t know anyone. But you’ll never know what you missed unless you try. So get outside of your comfort zone, and go try something that makes you feel alive!

Thanks to everyone who came out. I had such an amazing, exhilirating day. I went to bed exhausted with a tired throat from talking so much, and my feet and legs sore from walking all day, but I wouldn’t have had it any other way.

I hope to see you all again soon, and to anyone who lives in Toronto or close to Toronto, PLEASE join the facebook group and be a part of our lil family: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1677243792505263/?

ALSO, I vlogged the whole day, so you can check out that video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8ArbtMObfg&feature=youtu.be

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Veggielicious Pre Launch

I know I’m writing this post a little bit late (it’s May 20th and the event was April 29th!!) but better late than never, right?

I was invited to the Veggielicious Pre Launch Event Party, which is hosted by the Toronto Veg Society, on April 29th for a sneak preview of what was expected to be at the Veggielicious festival which is taking place from May 6th-22nd.

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There were quite a few vendors there, all vegan and cruelty free, which we were allowed to go around and sample amazing food from all of them. The event was so much fun. From meeting fellow bloggers and social media personals, to tasting the delicious vegan food, and just getting to know the owners. It was a great experience. Because of this reason, this post will be solely dedicated to photos of the event. A picture says a thousand words, right? Lets begin.

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Sweets from the Earth

https://sweetsfromtheearth.com/

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Kupfert and Kim

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Tabule

http://tabule.ca/

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Fabarnak Cafe

http://www.the519.org/about/fabarnak-restaurant

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Wellness Path Yoga Event

Last month I was fortunate enough to be invited to a yoga event hosted by Wellness Path Clarington. Five other bloggers and business women that associate with health and wellbeing were invited to spend the evening doing yoga, eating yummy snacks, and participating in exclusive treatments and sessions offered by the Wellness Path.

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2016-04-14 088My evening consisted of the group yoga session, then time in the meditation room, followed by a reflexology session, then 20 minute sauna session, and finally finished with acupuncture.

I was thrilled to have the opportunity to try out these sessions because I had never tried reflexology before, and it was such a relaxing experience. Wellness Path aims to help heal your body and mind, and since I attended this event smack dab in the middle of exam week, it was such a relief from all of the stress.

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The next thing I plan on trying is the Indian Head Massage because apparently it’s so relaxing and relieves stress and tension, which I always seem to have so much of.

The Wellness Path is located in Bomanville for any of those who live in the Clarington area or just outside. It’s a great place to go to just relax and spend the evening taking some much needed You-Time.

You can check out more of the services the Wellness Path offers on their website, http://wellnesspath.1c1.ca/index.html

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April 30 Fruitluck

This was the first fruitluck of 2016, so naturally, we are all very excited. A good amount of people showed up to the location, the Toronto Harbour Front, and brought tons of vegan goodies ranging from fruit, veggies, cookies, cupcakes, bliss balls, sweet potatoes fries, brownies, and vegan pizza that was sponsored by Panago Pizza!

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It was such an amazing day filled with delicious food and great conversations. It’s so great to be able to get together with other like-minded people who you can relate and talk with about such controversial topics. I swear we just talked and laughed for ten hours straight. I was exhausted afterwards and didn’t get home until after 11:00pm. All in all, it was a great day with even greater people.

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Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/torontoveganfruitlucks/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1677243792505263/

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Stretch n Shine Yoga Session

This week I was invited to a lovely event hosted by Shine PR. The event was hosted at the Thompson Hotel in Toronto and was a twilight yoga session for fellow Toronto Bloggers

2015-08-27 0132015-08-26 051It was a little bit windy because we were on the third floor patio, but it was still so much fun! Led by a wonderful yoga instruction, we all came together in an hour of relaxation and peace. There was a lady playing guitar and singing music as well, which made the session even more intimate and calming.

I’m kind of a newbie at Yoga, but I tried my best and it went well.

2015-08-26 0422015-08-26 044Afterwards, we all got to try Juices from The Fix, and also got a GIANT goodie bag with so many awesome things in it such as Frank Body Scrub, vegan snacks, granola, shampoo and conditioner, tea, natural deodorant, and a bunch of other things. ALSO, boxed water, which is pretty amazing.

It was such a fun night and I feel so grateful and honoured I was invited to such an awesome event. Thank you so much to the Shine PR ladies <3

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Final Fruitluck of Summer 2015

Hi everyone! I haven’t written a personal post on here in a while, so since summer is coming to an end, I thought I’d give it a go.

This summer has been amazing for meeting so many vegan friends! In Australia I met SO many amazing, like-minded people, and just got to spend good quality time with them and make long lasting friendships. I even got to make friends in my area (Toronto, Canada) through Instagram! I will be honest; there are some days that I dislike social media and the idea that everybody is constantly online and always connected. But then there’s times when I’m hanging out with the amazing friends I have made through Instagram, that I remember this is why I do what I do; and I wouldn’t change a thing.

Okay, so basically, in the past week I went to the One Direction concert, hosted the final summer fruitluck in Toronto, went out for dinner with the girls, and then went to a Yoga event for Toronto Bloggers. So I will briefly touch on a few of those things below.

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So on August 22nd, I hosted the vegan fruitluck at the Toronto Harbour Front. It was the last one for the summer, and we had such a great turn out. So many amazing people came out, some who I had met before at the other fruitlucks, and of course some new faces as well. It’s such an awesome feeling being around people who completely understand everything you believe in and stand for. People who don’t ask you where you get your protein, and people who don’t mind if you take a billion photos of your food; cause they’re doing it too.

After the fruitluck, a bunch of us went to a park in Kensington to hangout. We found an awesome vegan bakery called Cosmic Treats, then we all sat in a circle at the park, and went around to say our names, where we are from, and what made us go vegan. It was great to see such a variety of people, all different genders, races, ages, etc; all coming together for one common purpose.

After that, a few of us went to King’s Cafe for dinner and of course, took a ton of photos like crazy vegan bloggers hahaha.

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Then last night, August 26th, about 11 of us met up at Urban Herbivore (UrbHerb) in Kensington for dinner. It was great to see everyone again and just chat about classic vegan things and share our opinions of different topics. It was also quite comical watching 10 girls crowding around the table all snapping photos of the food.

After dinner, we walked over to Cosmic Treats and we all got vegan cashew based ice-cream, and some of us got cookies and other treats. A few people also got Vegan Cinnamon Buns from BUNNERS!!

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2015-08-26 006 2015-08-26 005 2015-08-26 007It’s so great to get together with fellow like-minded vegans. It’s such a shame that everyone is going their separate now that school is beginning again, but I know we will all keep in touch and see each other again soon.

Lots of love,
Katrina xx