Dateat the vegetarian food festival

September 8th-10th, 2017


Hosted over 10-acres of Harbourfront Centre’s beautiful waterfront.


It’s a food festival first. Both local and international chefs will wow you with delicious dishes, desserts, drinks and everything else under the sun. Plus, we stock a marketplace full of vendors who will change what you think is possible for vegan food. It’s a weekend full of cooking demonstrations, free samples, new products and cookbook launches. Oh, and eating. You seriously won’t believe how much eating there is. We insist on making this event free to the public, so all you need to bring is an appetite. And if you’re an omnivore, don’t worry – we  won’t try to recruit you. The food might, though.

Between meals, our program is stuffed with workshops, lectures, fitness classes, music, panel discussions and other special events. But let’s be honest, you won’t find out why we are North America’s largest veg food festival by reading words on the Internet. You‘ll have to visit us September 9-11, 2016 for a weekend-long celebration of the best the vegetarian world has to offer.

Exhibitors & Sponsors

Exhibitor and sponsor applications are now open and can be found here. For more information on exhibiting, please see our Vendor Kit here. For information on business opportunities, such as sponsorship, please see our Sponsorship Kit here.


Speaker applications will open in Spring 2017. If you are interested in speaking at our 2017 festival, please sign-up for our email list here and you will be notified when applications open.
Our 2017 speakers and festival schedule will be available late Spring/early Summer 2017. Please stay tuned!

Our History

On April 28, 1985, five hundred people gathered at the Kensington Campus of George Brown College (now the Kensington Market Lofts) for the Toronto Vegetarian Association’s first Vegetarian Food Festival. The event featured ten  cooking demos led by local chefs and restaurateurs and a screening of The Vegetarian World, a 1982 documentary narrated by William Shatner.

Presented by the Toronto Vegetarian Association, the Veg Food Fest is the leading event of its kind in North America and one of the largest vegetarian events in the world. The festival attracts over 40,000 visitors, 130 exhibitors and   features over 30 hours of programming including live cooking demonstrations, music, workshops, films and presentations on a variety of topics. The festival has been a launching point for many new products and businesses.


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