March 2019 Social Group Events

Veggies of Hamilton-Burlington This donut shop in Hamilton closed last year and then re-opened as a vegetarian/vegan bakery and cafe! In addition to plenty of vegan donuts, they now also serve other sweets, soups, chili, and sandwiches. This group will meet at Doughboy Bakery (635 Greenhill Avenue) in Hamilton on Sunday, March 17th at 12:30 pm. RSVP to by March 16th at noon. Dinner Social Group The Dinner Social Group will meet at Saigon Lotus (6 St. Andrew Street in Kensington Market) on Thursday, March 21st at 7 pm. RSVP to by March 19th. Toronto Veg Fitness On Saturday, March 23rd, enjoy a walk at the Evergreen Brickworks. Hit the trails, enjoy the outdoors, and finish with a bit of shopping at the Saturday market. For more details and to RSVP check out the Facebook event or email Vegan Baking Group On Saturday, March 23rd the Vegan Baking Group is hosting a special event: Welcome the Spring! Are you a vegan cake lover? Celebrate the arrival of spring with amazing cakes, food, live music and dancing! Bring a vegan cake, RSVP on the web app … Read More

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TVA Annual Holiday Book and Bake Sale

It’s that time of the year again… Join us on December 8th for TVA’s annual holiday book and bake sale! We will have a variety of tasty treats available for purchase from 12:30 at the Toronto Vegetarian Association Resource Centre, located at 17 Baldwin St on the second floor. We’ll… Read More

1st summer get together ‘Savory Vegan baking’

Hello Bakers! The summer is here and we are planning our next get together. Yay 🙂 For this time, we have decided to go with the savory theme to provide some change and allow bakers to bake with spicy-savory flavors. It can be baked samosa, spinach pie, veg. Read More

Cookie Pizzas in Grange Park

The Vegan Baking Group presents Cookie Pizzas in Grange Park. We’ll be gathering on Sunday August 27th from 2 to 5 pm at the newly re-opened Grange Park, located directly south of the Art Gallery of Ontario on Dundas between Beverly and McCaul. This time around we will be… Read More

An Act of Sweetness for Animals

By Barbi Lazarus, Donor and Volunteer Resources Coordinator Us vegetarians like to poke fun at the pesky questions we get about our diet that seem so obvious to us. The biggest cliche we joke about of course is the classic “Where do you get your protein?”. But there are others too like “Do you eat yeast?” and “Can you eat pasta?”. I’ll give people credit. Although most dried store-bought pasta is vegan, fresh pasta made at a true Italian restaurant may very well be made with eggs. However I must say, when I get asked if I can eat bread I can’t help but chuckle and struggle to figure out how to even answer such a question. But have you ever been asked if you can eat sugar? Back in the day, yes, plenty of sugar was refined using bone char made from the bones of cows. It is what filtered the sugar to give it the bright white colour. That’s why you’ll find a lot of vegans using organic cane sugar, which functions just like white sugar in baking and taste but has a brown, caramel colour rather than white. However, in Canada we’re… Read More

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A Totally Fabulous Time of Year

By Barbi Lazarus, Donor and Volunteer Resources Coordinator Lisa awarding a prize at the 1st Totally Fabulous Vegan Bake-Off By now you’ve heard the news I’m sure: registration is open for the 6th Totally Fabulous Vegan Bake-Off! What does that mean for me? Not that I don’t love my job all the time, but around this time of the year, I REALLY love it. As in, jump out of bed each morning, can’t wait to run to the office love it. And I’m not even involved in the most fun aspects of planning such an event, like sifting through all the delicious entries or putting together prize packs. Nope, I’m doing things like processing credit cards for registration payments, updating the website, and checking our database to see if contestants’ TVA memberships are up to date. But just knowing that these things are in relation to the bake-off makes them so fun to me and puts a smile on my face. I get giddy every time we receive a phone call or an email from someone inquiring about the bake-off or wanting to participate. I get distracted from other tasks as I keep checking my email to see if… Read More

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January Social Events

  Dinner Social Group The Dinner Social Group will meet at Dukem Ethiopian Restaurant (950 Danforth Avenue) on Thursday, January 16th at 7 pm. RSVP to by the Wednesday before the event. Vegan Baking Group The Vegan Baking Group is getting together for another bake-luck! Sweet and savoury baked goods are welcome. Sunday, January 26th at 3:30 pm in the Bloor/High Park area. RSVP to Christine at or visit their website at North York/York Region Vegetarian Group Their next event will be held at India’s Taste restaurant on Sunday, January 19th at 1 pm (680 Denison Street in Markham).  RSVP by Saturday, January 18th to or by phone 416-880-5757. York Region Vegetarian Families The York Region Vegetarian Families group is getting together for a veggie lunch in Markham! Great company and delicious food await for all ages of family members and for those who are vegan, vegetarian and transitioning. Where: Tenon Vegetarian Restaurant Unit 2  8362 Kennedy Rd, Markham, ON (see this month’s discount profile on Tenon!) When: Saturday February 1st, 2014, 11:30am.  Please RSVP with Taunya at or 647 238 0519. East End Vegetarians Join the East End Vegetarians… Read More

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Cooking Up Sunshine

Hello! Allow me to introduce myself. I’m Barbi, TVA’s Donor and Volunteer Resources Coordinator and I’ve decided to join in on the blog fun that my colleague Carly enjoyed over the summer. Soon you’ll also be meeting Autumn, one of our past communications interns. Ever since the 29th Vegetarian Food Festival, people have been asking me what it’s like post-festival. “It must be such a relief!” “You finally get some relaxing time!”. Actually….no! Thanks to such an amazing, committed army of volunteers that the Toronto Vegetarian Association has, things don’t slow down after the Festival, and the office has been a buzz as we plan for almost non-stop outreach. Since September 8th, Toronto Vegetarian Association volunteers have staffed tables at Word on the Street, a Wellness Fair in Oakville and two Humber College events, and by the end of today will have also given out about 10,000 leaflets promoting a vegetarian diet on university campuses in the GTA. But there is one thing that changes in the office post-festival, and that’s the unveiling of the fully stocked, newly organized, bursting bookshelves full of all the latest and greatest vegetarian titles that shipped in just before September 6th. If you… Read More

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