Toronto Veg Food Festival 2016

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Indulge in a variety of vegan cooking and change your mouth’s mind at Toronto Veg Food Fest

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.

 For a full list and schedule, please visit Veg Food Fest. Follow @VegFoodFest or ‘Like’ them on Facebook.

DATES & TIMES                          


Friday, September 9, 2016, 4pm-9pm

Saturday, September 10, 2016, 12pm-9pm

Sunday, September 11, 2016, 12pm-6pm


Toronto’s Veg Food Fest is the largest vegan food festival in North America, celebrating 32 years of delicious food that you never thought could be vegan. Enjoy free samples, live music, cooking demonstrations, presentations, new products and scrumptious food that will change your mouth’s mind. Veg Food Fest is presented by the Toronto Vegetarian Association and takes place September 9-11 at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto.

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Vegetarian Food Festival Toronto

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It’s delicious, it’s meatless and it’s returning to Toronto
Veggielicious shows off Toronto’s veg scene
TORONTO, ON (May 5, 2016) – Experience a healthy and delicious lifestyle this May as the Toronto Vegetarian Association (TVA) celebrates its fifth-annual Veggielicious festival — a two-week gastronomic extravaganza celebrating compassionate, mouth-watering cuisine.
From May 6-22, 2016, more than 40 participating GTA restaurants and cafés will feature exclusive vegetarian and vegan prix-fixe menus and other specials to tickle the taste buds. Veggielicious features range from $15-$40, with each meal packing its own palate-pleasing punch. The event features vegan bakeries, veg restaurants, and other locations with delectable vegan options.
“Veggielicious celebrates Toronto’s gourmet veg cuisine at great prices,” says David Alexander, Executive Director at the Toronto Vegetarian Association. “It’s the perfect time to explore new restaurants and Toronto’s veg scene through food that is healthy and delicious.”
The United Nations study estimated that animal agriculture is responsible for almost one-fifth of dangerous greenhouse gas emissions. As a result, opting for plant-based foods is a great way to eat healthy, reduce cholesterol, and remain environmentally friendly.
“Eating less meat is an easy way to maintain a healthy and sustainable lifestyle,” says Alexander. “Veggielicious is a great way for Toronto diners to sample the city’s best veg cuisine!”
For fans of veg-friendly fare and newcomers alike, Veggielicious has something to suit everyone’s taste while inspiring to choose a healthier, greener, more compassionate lifestyle through plant-based eating.
Participants for 2016 include Yamchops, Kupfert & Kim, Prairie Girl Bakery, Doug’s Public Kitchen, Tabule Middle Eastern Restaurant among others.
Please visit to access a more detailed list of this year’s Veggielicious participants.
For more information, please visit the TVA. Follow @TorontoVeg or ‘Like’ them on Facebook.
The Toronto Vegetarian Association is Toronto’s go to resource for all things veg. We organize North America’s largest annual Veg Food Fest, which attracts over 40,000 visitors each September. Our mission is to inspire people to choose a healthier, greener, more compassionate lifestyle through plant-based eating.
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Brown Rice Salad Recipe

bestdayblogger fall bannerHello my lovely readers! I hope you are having a lovely week. I’m very excited to share a lovely Autumnal Brown Rice Salad recipe that is so delicious, hardy and tasty. I created this recipe today and I had to share it with you. This is a family salad that is very earthy with a hint of citrus and spice.  leaf


3 Cups cooked brown rice (room temperature)

1 Cup cooked lentils (room temperature)

1 Small cooked beet and beet leaves ( cleaned, cubed and room temperature)

1/3 Cup of finely chopped green onions

1/3 Cup of finely chopped celery

1/2 Cup of grated carrots

1/2 Cup of  finely chopped green pepper

1 tbs of Seed Mix (I used Natural Source Salad Topper with Cranberries)


For the Dressing

The juice of 1 Lemon

1/2 Cup Avocado Oil

1 Garlic Clove (mashed)

1tsp Cayenne Pepper

1tsp oregano

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 black pepper

1/4 onion powder



Add all salad ingredients in a bowl except the beets and nuts

Mix and then prepare the dressing.

For the dressing blend all the ingredients together until they fuse.

Add the dressing to the rice, blend really well and add the beets and nuts on the top.


 I hope you enjoyed this recipe. I hope you share this with your family and friends and please let me know if you make this!

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