Earlier this week I attended the Toronto Vegetarian Festival. I have never been or even heard of it for that matter, until the other day when I was eating at The Food Forest Cafe, they had a sign on their door saying “we will be closed tomorrow as all of us are going to Veg Fest”. So I went home, Googled it, and immediately wanted to go. So the next day, I went.
It was honestly such an amazing experience. It’s a huge festival filled with lots of food, samples, speakers, questions, performances, activities, etc. I loved being in the environment because everyone there is like me and has the same thoughts and beliefs about veganism and such. It was great to talk to different people and hear about how long they’d been vegan for, or why they decided to go vegetarian or vegan.
I think the best part was all the free samples of foods. I am glad I had a small breakfast because I ate SO MUCH. I got to try ice-cream sandwiches (made from coconut milk) lots of crackers and hummus, raw bites, chocolate bars, brownies, cookies, ice-cream, mac n cheese, alfredo sauce and pasta, breads, peanut butters, quinoa cereal, and so much more! Here are some photos.
Meagan Duhamel returned from the 2014 Sochi Olympics with a silver medal that she and pairs partner Eric Radford helped Canada to win in the Team Figure Skating competition. Meagan and Eric are 3-time Canadian Champions and won the bronze medal in the pairs competition at the World Championships in 2013 and 2014. Meagan became a vegan in 2008 primarily for the health benefits she believed would help her achieve peak fitness. She soon became aware of the issues facing farmed animals and is now a proud supporter of Mercy for Animals Canada.
I got to listen to her speak about why she decided to go vegan, and then got to meet her and got a photo with her.
There was also a doughnut contest where 4 judges sampled 4 different vegan doughnuts and had to choose 1 winner between the four chefs. It was also interesting listen to their stories and why they went vegan/opened vegan doughnut and pastry shops. Plus the audience got to try the doughnuts too and they were delicious.
It was super fun and an amazing experience, and I am so glad I decided to make the quick and last minute spontaneous decision and go down there for the day. I definitely recommend going if you live in the GTA or even anywhere outside of that. I will most likely go back next year, and ALSO the Toronto Vegetarian Association has tons of other fun events throughout the year. You can click the links below for more information 🙂