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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.

 

Veg Food Fest

Travelling throughout Laos

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

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.

Veg Food Fest

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
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.

Veg Food Fest

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.

Veg Food Fest

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
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.

Veg Food Fest

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.

 

 

APIECALYPSE NOW
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.

Veg Food Fest

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)

Veg Food Fest

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.

 

 

 

Comments To This Entry.
  1. Franca September 10, 2014 Reply

    I’m craving for some of these pies as I write, they sounds simply perfect and delicious! We went to Berlin vegan summer fest which it was way smaller than this one, but still good. We wish we were there with you, next year perhaps? 😉

    • Giselle and Cody September 17, 2014 Reply

      Franca, are you guys going to be writing about the Berlin Vegan Fest? Would love to hear about it.
      If you two want to come out for the Toronto Vegfest you’re more then welcome. It would be so much fun!!

  2. Agness September 26, 2014 Reply

    I’m not vegetarian, but I love eating healthy food and nutritious meals when travelling. This festival is definitely something I would like to attend next time :).

    • Giselle and Cody September 29, 2014 Reply

      Agness, Vegetarian or not this festival has so many amazing healthy alternatives.
      It is a great place for all sorts of people to eat something different that they may have never tried before.

      Fish, Poutine, Bacon, Doughnuts OH MY!! 🙂

  3. Jason October 2, 2014 Reply

    It’s great to see a entire festival dedicated to being Vegetarian. It’s hard enough being Vegetarian up in the Yukon. I might be the only one lol
    Great write-up and I hope to make it to Vegfood Heaven one day.

    • Giselle and Cody October 9, 2014 Reply

      Vegan in the Yukon…..How is that?

      You definitely have to come to the Vegfood Fest in Toronto. There are so many amazing vendors and delicious cruelty free foor EVERYWHERE!!!

  4. Jarrod October 15, 2014 Reply

    I should stop teasing you saying that you eat like a rabbit cause this all looks really damn good ☺️

    • Giselle and Cody October 15, 2014 Reply

      Jarrod, Yeah you would be surprised how damn good it ALL is.
      I will bring some to work one day and you can try it.

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