Toronto Veg Food Fest
Last year this time we were travelling Laos and missing all of the incredible food at Toronto’s Veg Food Fest; the largest Veg Food Fest in North America.
This year we made sure to attend their 30th anniversary; and the best part is that this was the first year they have completely gone vegan!!
We were practically doing cart wheels when we arrived. Corn chowder, Vietnamese bahn mi sandwiches, raw banana crackers, cinnamon buns, poutine, coconut ice cream sandwiches, croissants, sausage rolls, fruit smoothies, chick’un pot pies, cupcakes, and SO MUCH MORE!!
It felt wonderful to be surrounded by thousands of people who have chosen to make more compassionate choices in their lives, as well as talk with people who were there to learn more about going vegan, and were open to making changes. It was a great energy to be around.
Veg Food Fest takes place at The Toronto Harbour Front Centre. Over 130 vendors attended this year generously handing out free samples of absolutely delicious animal free foods. There were also free talks, cooking classes, books, clothing, live music, recipes, and much more.
We had such a great weekend at Veg Food Fest gallivanting from food stand to food stand thoroughly enjoying all of the delicious plants.
So without further ado, here is a list of some of our favourites at this years Veg Food Fest.
Yam Chops is a newly opened vegan butcher (that’s right) in Toronto. They offer chicken parmesan, tuna salad, crab cakes, and lox made from carrots and cured in their own secret marinade. All great tasting, all plant based.
Unfortunately Yam Chops weren’t offering any of the above at Veg Fest, but what they did have, was their amazing coconut bacon. Smokey, hickory, sweet goodness.
Sprinkle it on your salad, put it in an avocado tomato wrap, or enjoy it with tofu scramble. Pretty sure they sold out this weekend.
SOUL TO BOWL
Kailey Gilchrist is the creator and owner of Soul to Bowl Sauces. Inspired by her vegan Italian mother, Kailey’s alfredo sauce is a delicious creamy dream that is actually good for you.
We tried Soul To Bowl before visiting Veg Food Fest and loved it. I used to LOVE fettuccine alfredo before being vegan, and now that I am vegan- and will be for life, I’ll never have to miss out on one of my favourite dishes. There are no sacrifices going on here.
Gardein is probably one of the better known meatless foods out there and we know why. Every single product we have sampled has been incredible. Their fishless filets are amazing in a soft taco with cilantro. They even contain omega 3’s. But our favourite is Gardein’s seven grain tenders.
The flavour is wonderful, they got the texture down, and they are perfectly crispy when baked in the oven. Wrap them up with some lettuce, tomato, and coconut bacon, and you’re golden.
Holy shit balls vegan chicken pot pie!! Apiecalypse Now is a small vegan bakery who bakes with care, in small batches, and are vegan for the animals. We tried their apple sage field roast sausage rolls and droooooooled all the way through, but their pot pies were the winner.
They were fresh, perfectly seasoned, and my favourite is always the crust. Let’s face it, it’s all about the crust. If it was soggy crust, it would be a great disappointment. I need to get my hands on more pot pie (Even though we ate 4 of them in 2 days)
In addition to savoury baked goods, Apiecalypse also bakes chocolate chip cookies, dunkaroo cookie sandwiches, organic handmade marshmallows, and more goodness.
We were so happy to make it to this years Veg Food Fest; and although it was mostly about food to many people, there was an abundance of information about the treatment and use of animals in society, the devastation of our planet due to animal agriculture, and the positive effects of a plant based diet on the human body, our planet, and most importantly, the animals themselves.