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Media Release: The 36th Veg Food Fest!

  Canada’s Largest Vegan Festival Returns for 36th Year Headline Speakers, Cooking Demos from top chefs, Vegan Vendors and More, all in one space at the first virtual edition of Veg Food Fest, September 11-13, 2020   TORONTO – Canada’s largest vegan festival, Veg Food Fest, is back for its 36th year from September 11-13, 2020. Despite the impact of COVID-19, we are excited to host our usual suspects of hungry and excited attendees accustomed to shopping and learning during the Veg Food Fest weekend. We will use our customized and interactive platform to feature recorded and live speakers, cooking demos and vegan books for a 100% vegan online experience.   The festival will again be free to access to vendors, speakers and cooking demos. You can expect many of your favourite Veg Food Fest vendors to be there including the widely popular Apiecalypse Now, as well as great speakers such as Dr. Michael Greger, Hallie Thomas, MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith and the Black Vegans of Toronto, and more.   A full list of vendors and speakers will be released in the coming weeks.    While the festival will not be… Read More


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Valentine’s Day specials from the Veg Guide!

It’s nearly Valentine’s Day, and you know what that means: Lots and lots of treats for everyone! Share with someone special, or treat yourself; it’s the middle of winter, you deserve it!    Better Cookies Celebrate Love this Valentine’s Day with a gift delivery of gourmet cookies. BetterCookies.ca delivers beautifully packaged gifts to homes and offices across Toronto and Halton. Every gift we make is different and personalized with your message of love. It is truly a special way to show you care. To see the gifts we have available for Valentine’s Day, please visit: https://www.bettercookies.ca/special-gifts/10-celebrate-love     Big Carrot In addition to yummy chocolate cakes and other Valentine’s goodies, the Big Carrot is having a beauty event on the 14th at the Danforth location: “This Valentines Day we want to pamper you with some of our amazing natural beauty products! Whether you’re looking to spruce up before a hot date or exercising that self-care muscle this new year, we’ve got you covered. Sign up for a makeover with one of our awesome… Read More


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February Veg Guide Updates

Happy February! Every day it’s getting a little bit lighter, and if that’s not enough to bring you a little joy, hopefully, this lovely list full of new veg things to eat will help! Read on! New Vegan and Veg friendly spots Bloomers pops up in Momo coffee! 20 Bay Street, Waterpark Place If you work near Waterpark Place on Bay Street and are craving donuts, you’re in luck! Bloomers now offers their awesome donuts at a popup inside Mos Mos Coffee! Pickup a treat with your morning coffee, or buy a bunch and treat your office!   Bo Tree Plant-Based Cuisine 4568 Highway 7 East, Unit 3, Unionville While this new cafe in Unionville calls itself plant-based, be aware that they DO serve eggs and cheese! However, there are still plenty of vegan-friendly options of all kinds, from avocado toast to pizza, pasta, and casseroles, in addition to more Asian-inspired dishes.   Indian Spice Room 717 Queen Street East This cozy new Indian restaurant is now open at Queen and Broadview! There’s an extensive, all-vegetarian menu, with lots of vegan options! We can’t wait to try it.  … Read More


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The Veg Guide Christmas Post!

No matter what you celebrate this time of year, we can all agree that treats are welcome everywhere! Pick some of these great offers up from our Veg Guide businesses this season.  There are some terrific offers in here, get them while they’re available, or you’ll have to wait a whole year! All the best from us here are the TVA, we hope to see you at our Holiday Party next week at the 519, but if we don’t, we’ll see you in 2020! Yoga Meditation “We would like to invite everyone to join us for our annual Free Christmas Vegan Feast at our Enchanting Evening event from 6-8pm on Sunday, December 15 at St. Paul’s United Church, 427 Bloor Street West (W of Spadina/South side of Bloor). The evening will consist of enlivening meditation and a delicious vegan feast. Think roast root veggies, greens, vegan stuffing, baked tofu and vegan gravy followed by apple crisp. Make new friends, experience meditation, and eat wonderful food. It’s a free evening but donations are gratefully accepted. An evening not to be missed.”   Whole Foods Whole Foods Market Ontario stores have a delicious vegan… Read More


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The Veg Holiday Market is coming November 24th!

As the days get shorter and colder, we’re all in need of a little pick-me-up. We have a remedy for that!   For the 3rd year, the Toronto Vegetarian Association is excited to host the Veg Holiday Market – a fully vegan market with gifts that give back! This year’s event features some great new features in addition to our usual offering of over fifty vendors and hours of programming in the Stop classroom:   • We are happy to welcome you for an extended day this year! Browse the marketplace from 11 am till’ 8 pm. There’s time for supper, shopping, programming, and everything you’d like to do. • Want an alcoholic bevy while you shop? You’re in luck! This year for the first time we’re having a licensed event! Sip on a local beer, wine or cider with your food. Have a seat in the heated courtyard and chat with your friends. • Vegan Marshmallows? Check! Fire? Check! Roasting marshmallows over the fire? Check! Come to the vegan marshmallow roast in the courtyard once the sun has set. It’s free with admission, and the marshmallows are donated by Dandies, proudly available at Organic Garage. • Want to make… Read More


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Thanksgiving and Autumn goodies from the Veg Guide!

It would be hard to believe that it’s October already if it wasn’t for that chill in the air, and the leaves beginning to change. If you’ve got a craving for some nice autumny specials, you’re in the right place, as we’ve got plenty of great things to talk about in this month’s update! Read on for all the Thanksgiving and Autumn specials from Veg Guide businesses, and make sure you place your orders for the big meal! Better Cookies.ca “BetterCookies.ca has many personalized thank-you gifts available for ordering on-line. For Thanksgiving this year, we are offering the Giving Thanks Edible Cookie Arrangement. This gift comes with 12-24 freshly baked and very delicious gourmet cookies. This giving thanks cookie bouquet is carefully packaged in a flower box with tissue paper, cellophane and tied with a ribbon. Each gift order includes your own free personal inscription message, photo/logo and other special touches. To order online please see https://www.bettercookies.ca/gift/601-giving-thanks-edible-cookie-arrangement”   Big Carrot The Big Carrot is giving thanks this season with the classic vegan holiday special: Tofurkey! They’re all on sale at the following prices: Roast SAVE $5 NOW $13.99. Feast SAVE $10 NOW $29.99. Gravy SAVE $2 NOW $4.99… Read More


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August Veg Guide Updates!

It’s August! We’re one month out from Veg Food Fest, but have some great new things being served up in Toronto to hold you over until then! JUST Egg The most exciting thing that I have to report on this month is the launch of JUST Egg in Canada! We know that right now it’s available at most Tim Horton’s in Kitchener/Waterloo, Richmond Hill, and Vaughan and we hope that this is a sign of more locations to come. Order a “plant-based omelette” with no cheese, and enjoy!   Avelo 51 St Nicholas St. This new venture from the great minds that brought you Awai, and Away Kitchen & Cafe will be open soon in a cozy converted home just a short walk from either Yonge and Bloor or Yorkville. We can’t wait to see what they offer up!   Bloomers 715 Queen St. W. Bloomers recently opened a second location on Queen W! This is great because this area doesn’t have a lot of vegan sweet treats. Visit for some of their amazing donuts and baked goods, and a latté next time you’re in that neighbourhood.   by… Read More


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July Veg Guide Updates

Happy summer! There is lots to talk about this month in the Veg Guide updates, so we’ll get right to it! New Vegan Businesses mugi 739 Bathurst Street. This entirely plant-based Thai restaurant at Bathurst and Bloor makes traditional Thai dishes from scratch with wholesome ingredients. They make their own tempeh, kimchi, and fish sauce alternatives and their meals are fresh and flavourful! Mugi is mostly takeaway, with a small counter for eating in the restaurant. New Locations of Popular Favourites Almond Butterfly 792 Dundas Street West Almond Butterfly makes awesome gluten-free baked goods, with plenty of vegan options and at their new location on Dundas you can also enjoy brunch in addition to their usual grab and go options! Choose from vegan tacos, banana crepes, or caesar salad, order a mimosa and stay awhile! Places with Great Vegan Options These places aren’t all necessarily new options, but they are good options we’ve been made aware of recently! It’s great how many places are now offering delicious vegan food! Bagel Nash 81 Gerry Fitzgerald Dr. In addition to regularly offering vegan soups, Bagel Nash now has vegan cream cheese and Beyond… Read More


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Discount Profile: Virtuous Pie

Virtuous Pie is a popular pizza restaurant located in Little Italy. There are several locations of this all-vegan restaurant on the West Coast, but Toronto is the first location further east. Recently they joined the Veg Card program, and they now offer TVA members 10% off! I visited recently for supper with my mother, tried a bunch of dishes, and did not leave disappointed! The day that my mother and I visited was the first day that they started offering table service in the restaurant, so if you’ve visited before; you don’t need to order at the counter anymore! We ordered local beers, garlic knots and a small pasta salad while we decided which of the many pizzas we’d be trying.   The garlic knots came with cheese on top, and a generous ranch dipping sauce. The knots made it both crispy and soft, and we devoured them so quickly!  The pasta salad was full of vegetables, with large chunks of artichoke, sun-dried tomatoes, and asparagus. It reminded me of the Mediterranean pasta salad I used to order from grocery stores in my omnivore days, but a million times better. We couldn’t… Read More


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