The biggest vegan food fair in North America is back for its 32nd year in a row. Taking place September 9-11 at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto, Veg Food Fest will feature the best in plant-based fare.
“This year’s Fest will offer tasty dishes from over 130 vendors, local restaurants and bakeries, plus free workshops, live music programmed by Toronto Downtown Jazz, cooking demonstrations, and plenty of veg-friendly products,” says Alyssa de Hoop, Special Events Coordinator at Veg Food Fest. “We truly pride ourselves in being able to offer our guests the unparallel opportunity to sample the very best in vegan food, and this year is no different.”
Come celebrate explosive innovation in today’s vegan industry, and learn from the pros in vegan cooking, animal rights, health and nutrition, and more. From Sept. 9-11, choose from a number of seminars including but not limited to:
Live Long and Prosper with Dr. Greger, Dr. Mangles, Dr. Mehta, and John Lewis;
Women in Animal Advocacy with Dr. Keri Cronin, Jo-Anne McArthur, Dr. Aysha Akhtar and Susie Coston;
Bad Ass Vegan Fitness with John Lewis;
What a Fish Knows with Jonathan Balcombe, PhD;
Veg 101 with the Toronto Vegetarian Association and
How Food can Heal the Planet with Rachael Parent.
Learn tips and tricks from the culinary masters at this year’s cooking demonstrations, as top vegan chefs and home cooks create their own versions of traditional vegan foods. Explore vegan cooking with celebrity chefs Doug McNish of Doug’s Public Kitchen at 7 p.m. on Friday, and 2016 MasterChef Canada Winner, Mary Berg, on Sunday at 4 p.m. Join Candice Hutchings Saturday at Noon as she shares her vegan journey and re-purposes familiar favourites to re-create childhood cravings and other delicious vegan dishes.
Satisfy your sweet tooth with Kelly Childs and Erinn Weatherbie of Kelly’s Bake Shoppe and Lettuce Love Café, as they showcase delicious recipes from their new cookbook, Made with Love. Become a vegan cheese connoisseur with Lisa Pitman and Nicole Axworthy, as they prepare their favourite cashew-based cheeses from their own cookbook, DIY Vegan.
Toronto Veg Food Fest is not only an opportunity to enjoy an infinite variety of local foods; it is also the perfect occasion to indulge in diverse culinary pleasures. Find The Viet Vegan on Friday at 6 p.m. and watch her create quick and easy Vietnamese vegan meals. Let Taymer Mason, author of Caribbean Vegan and Caribbean Smoothies; take you on a culinary adventure on Saturday at 4 p.m., as she makes fresh, healthy and imaginative Caribbean meals. Explore exquisite vegan cooking with renowned Chef, Terry Hope Romero, author of eight amazing cookbooks including Vegan Latina, Salad Samurai and Protein Ninja. Finally, treat yourself to authentic Indian curries with incredible flavour from Preena Chauhan of Arvinda’s.
“A visit to this year’s Veg Food Fest will surely excite the palate of those who attend, as it is the perfect event for veg eaters and curious foodies alike,” adds Alyssa. “It will feature all kinds of plant-based deliciousness from burgers and hot dogs, to cupcakes, cookies, and more.”
Be sure to check out some of the new additions to this year’s festival, including live music programmed by Toronto Downtown Jazz, children cooking and gardening workshops, an expanded venue, additional vendors, Veg Out Zone, and more. Within the list of registered restaurants, chefs, and exhibitors are YamChops, Sweets from the Earth, Well Juicery, So Delicious, Apiecalypse Now Pizza and Bakery, Boon Burger, Cosmic Treats, Nanashake, and more.