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The Tipping Point is Here

Care of Barbi Lazarus, Donor and Volunteer Resources Coordinator I’m starting to feel like a broken record, but I just can’t stop sharing my excitement about all the signs that we’ve reached a tipping point with the popularity and awareness of vegan food in Toronto. Earlier this year, popular local Italian chain Il Fornello launched their huge, plant-based menu complete with arancini balls and agnolotti in “butter” sauce, and not long ago we learned that famous local chef David Lee decided to close his popular omnivorous restaurant Nota Bene to replace it with a second location of the vegan restaurant Planta. But make sure you are sitting down because you won’t believe the news I’m about to share with you. You may have already heard from us that the Toronto Vegetarian Association won Best Food Activist Group in this year’s Now Readers’ Choice Awards. We are so humbled, grateful, and excited about this incredible achievement! (Thanks so much if you voted for us!). But we weren’t the only vegan establishment that went home with an award this year. Check out this list of plant-based businesses that won in a dozen categories! And again, we’re not just talking about winning in a vegan category. These businesses won best… Read More


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Winners of the 2017 Toronto Veg Awards

The winners of the 2017 Toronto Veg Awards were announced over the weekend of the 33rd Veg Food Fest: September 8th to 10th at the Harbourfront Centre. Congratulations to all of the winners! Please note: The nominations were selected by Toronto Vegetarian Association’s members, and then voted on by the general public. The Toronto Vegetarian Association did not select winners or influence the voting process, and does not endorse particular businesses. We love ALL the great vegetarian and veg-friendly businesses Toronto is so fortunate to have. Favourite Veg Restaurant, City of Toronto: Fresh Favourite Veg Restaurant, GTA Outside City of Toronto: Lettuce Love Cafe, Burlington Favourite Veg Restaurant Outside Toronto, Ontario only: Rise Above, St Catharines Favourite Veg-Friendly Restaurant, City of Toronto: Freshii Favourite Vegan Pizza:  Apiecalypse Now Pizza & Snack Bar Favourite Vegan Brunch Place: Fresh Favourite Vegan Bakery: Kelly’s Bake Shoppe, Burlington Favourite Fresh Juice Bar or Brand: Fresh Favourite Vegan Caterer: YamChops Favourite Vegan Meal Delivery: Green Zebra Kitchen, Toronto Favourite Veg-Friendly Food Truck/Cart: Rescue Dogs Favourite Store with Best Selection of Veg Groceries: Goodness Me!, Mississauga, Burlington, Hamilton, Guelph, Waterloo, Waterdown, Brantford, and… Read More


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Winners of the 2015 Annual Toronto Veg Awards

The winners of the 2015 Toronto Veg Awards were announced at the 31st Veg Food Fest Kick Off Party on Thursday, September 10th at the Harbourfront Centre. Congratulations to all of the winners! Click here to see a full list of nominees, winners and links to their websites so you can find out more about all of these amazing businesses! Please note: The nominations were selected by Toronto Vegetarian Association’s members and voted on by the general public. The Toronto Vegetarian Association did not select winners or influence the voting process, and does not endorse particular businesses. We love ALL the great vegetarian and veg-friendly businesses Toronto is so fortunate to have. Favourite Vegetarian Restaurant (Toronto): Fresh Restaurants Favourite Vegetarian Restaurant (outside of Toronto): Rise Above Favourite Veg-Friendly Restaurant (Toronto): Disgraceland Favourite Vegan Pizza: APieCalypse Now Pizza and Snack Bar Favourite Vegan Bakery: Beechwood Donuts Favourite New Vegetarian Restaurant: APieCalypse Now Pizza and Snack Bar Favourite Vegan Caterer: Doug McNish Favourite Vegan Meal Delivery: Green Zebra Kitchen Favourite Veg-Friendly Food Truck: Karma ChaMEALeon Favourite Health Food Store: Goodness Me! Favourite Vegan Donut: Beechwood Donuts Favourite Vegan Dessert: Coconut Cream Donut from Beechwood Donuts Favourite Raw Menu… Read More


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The Winners of the 2014 Toronto Veg Awards Are…

Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 Toronto Veg Awards! Toronto Vegetarian Association members nominated their favourite vegetarian and veg-friendly businesses, and then the general public including members, voted to select the winners! We congratulate all the winning businesses and also celebrate the wonderful contributions of ALL vegetarian and veg-friendly businesses in Toronto. Click here to see the full list of nominations that were submitted by TVA members. (Want to become a member so you too can be invited for special activities like this? Click here). Favourite Vegetarian Restaurant in Toronto Fresh Favourite Vegetarian Restaurant Outside of Toronto Lettuce Love Cafe (Burlington)  Favourite Veg-Friendly Restaurant in Toronto Magic Oven Favourite New Vegetarian Restaurant in Toronto YamChops Favourite Vegan Bakery Kelly’s Bake Shoppe (Burlington) Favourite Vegan Dessert Mile High Brownie from Kelly’s Bake Shoppe (Burlington) Favourite Raw Menu Item Pad Thai from Rawlicious Favourite Menu Item Unchicken and Waffles from Hogtown Vegan Favourite Vegan Pizza… Read More


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The Winners of the 2013 Toronto Veg Awards Are…

Congratulations to the winners of the very first Toronto Veg Awards! Toronto Vegetarian Association members nominated their favourite vegetarian and veg-friendly businesses, and then the general public including members, voted to select the winners! Over 2000 people cast their votes. We congratulate all the winning as well as the nominated businesses, and also celebrate the wonderful contributions of ALL vegetarian and veg-friendly businesses in Toronto. For a full list of nominations click here, and for a list of more great vegetarian businesses, visit veg.ca/directory Favourite Vegetarian Restaurant in Toronto Fresh link   Favourite Vegetarian Restaurant Outside of Toronto Kindfood (Burlington) listing    Favourite Veg-Friendly Restaurant in Toronto Magic Oven listing   Favourite Vegan Pizza Magic Oven listing   Favourite Vegan Bakery Kelly’s Bake Shoppe (Burlington) listing   Favourite Vegan Dessert Mile High Brownie from Kelly’s Bake Shoppe (Burlington)   Favourite Raw Menu Item Pad Thai from Rawlicious listing   Favourite Menu Item The Beach Bowl from Fresh   Favourite New Grocery Item Frozen Cookie Dough from Sweets from the Earth listing   Favourite Vegan Caterer Live Organic Food Bar   Favourite Cookbook of the Year Eat Raw, Eat Well by Doug McNish… Read More


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