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The Cherry on Top… Recap of the 34th Annual Veg Food Fest!

The Cherry on Top… is that it’s Vegan Your Recap of the 34th Annual Veg Food Fest!   Thank you to everyone who made it out to the 34th annual Veg Food Fest at Harbourfront Centre this weekend! We hope that you enjoyed all of the delicious food, unique drinks, and so many informative presentations and workshops across the weekend. Our loyal community keeps the festival growing year after year and we at the Toronto Vegetarian Association are incredibly grateful for your support! What was your favourite part of the weekend?   Our Lisa Grill Compassion for Animals Award Exhibit was the launching point of the festival weekend and attracted many viewers across the weekend. The TVA Store shared this space with an amazing selection of books from our speakers and on a wide range of topics related to the plant-based movement. There was also some great merchandise on offer – reusable water bottles, totes and tanks to celebrate the festival weekend in style. If you missed your opportunity to visit the bookstore, you can come and explore our TVA Resource Centre at 17 Baldwin… Read More


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Vegan Halloween Candy

Gone are the days when you thought you had to forgo handing out candy on Halloween because you feared there were no vegan options. Here is a list of vegan Halloween candy and other ideas for giving out to trick or treaters (or just enjoying for yourself of course). Maynards Candies: Sour Patch Kids, Fuzzy Peaches, Watermelon Slices, and Cherry Blasters Rockets Skittles Most plain salted potato chips and pretzels Twizzlers Sunkist Fruit Snacks Surf Sweets by Wholesome makes vegan candies too, which have been spotted at Bulk Barn! Sweets from the Earth: You can order individually wrapped mini cookies just for Halloween! Made Good: They also have mini Halloween granola bars that have been spotted at Costco!… Read More


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Vegan Catering Addresses Veganism Boom In Canada

Guest post care of Jackie Edwards Delicious and nutritious plant-based meals are taking Canada by storm and to respond to the boom, there are now 232 restaurants that serve vegan-friendly cuisine in Ottawa alone. To keep up with what restaurateurs are calling a food renaissance, many of the 5,041 restaurants and caterers in Canada have embraced the trend, too. In 2015, approximately 12% of young Canadian consumers said that they are vegetarian or mostly vegetarian but this is just the tip of the iceberg, according to CityNews because more meat eaters are now transitioning to a plant-based diet. An upward trend Dalhousie University professor Dr. Sylvain Charlebois found that 2.3% of the country’s population are vegan while 7.1% are vegetarians. According to Charlebois, the 3.4 million vegan and vegetarian population will see stable growth in the coming decades as Canadians become more health conscious. Cities such as Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver have been seeing an upward trend when it comes to new vegan restaurants and catering services.  However, what truly signifies the shift is the fact that major restaurant brands such as Panera Bread, Olive Garden, and Chipotle now offer vegan catering. As… Read More


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Welcome to Sarah Fay: TVA’s New Veg Guide Coordinator

Please join the Toronto Vegetarian Association to welcome Sarah Fay to the team as the new Veg Guide Coordinator. Sarah brings almost twenty years of experience designing print and web campaigns, and has also worked soliciting sponsors and advertisers, and acting as a sales rep. She has all sorts of tricks up her sleeve, including training in photography, and an MA in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management, with a keen attention to detail. Of course, Sarah fits right in with the team as a long-time vegan who is also mama to a cat and bunny. She is excited to work for an organization that aligns so well with her personal ethics, and we’re equally excited to work with her and see how the Veg Guide will continue to grow and evolve under her wing. Read More


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Vegan Personal Trainers in Toronto

Maximum Booty Is your veg lifestyle too intimidating for personal trainers in Toronto? Are you tired of hearing that you need more protein, vegans can’t build muscle. But bacon! Thankfully, Jonathan Hodgson has been a vegan personal trainer for years and has clocked thousands of hours helping clients build muscle and strengthen their joints through weightlifting, body weight training, and a body positive environment with feminist ideals at the forefront. He has studied under world-renown teachers from Ido Portal, Dr. Andreo Spina, and the Poliquin Group, and has certifications up the wazoo to have the tools to meet the needs of his diverse clients (from young athletes to seniors with knee and shoulder replacements). Jonathan is also a Main Street Vegan Alumni and a Gold Medal Bodies trainer! Get in touch and see how he can help you move better and live longer! 647-537-9382 or jonathan.m.hodgson@gmail.com Paul Landini Paul Landini is a fitness columnist for the Globe and Mail, who also offers training services out of the YMCA on College Street in Toronto. He has mentioned in past Globe and Mail articles that he is vegan! http://paullandini.com Fred Aubin Fred Aubin is a vegan… Read More


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The Veginner’s Cookbook

Care of Florence McCambridge If you’re like me and have come across Elephantastic Vegan recipes on Pinterest and Instagram, then you’re going to want to pay a visit to your local bookstore sometime soon, because the creators of that site (aka Bianca and Sascha) have a new book out. It’s called The Veginner’s Cookbook: The Ultimate Starter Guide for New Vegans and the Veg-Curious, and much like the blog, it’s full of simple recipes that you actually want to make. This book is perfect for anyone transitioning to a vegan diet or even for those of us always on the lookout for new vegan recipes to try. The Veginner’s Cookbook has over 75 recipes from categories like basics, breakfast, soups, main meals, breads, snacks and party foods, sauces and dressings, and of course, desserts. My favourite section is breads because it has a multi-purpose bread recipe that can be used to make a loaf, buns, English muffins, breadsticks, and pizza. Genius. Also, I’ve made the cilantro flatbread several times and it’s my new go-to accompaniment to curries. This section also has recipes for tortillas and a sunflower flaxseed loaf. There are plenty of… Read More


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Fat Gay Vegan

  Care of Florence McCambridge I admit that I’d never heard of Fat Gay Vegan (aka Sean O’Callaghan) before picking up a copy of his book. But after I read a few chapters, checked out his blog and scrolled through his Instagram, it felt like we’d been friends for years. In his book, Sean speaks with a lot of heart and is very candid about a lot of things, including his journey to becoming a vegan: “In my early years growing up in Australia, animals were close to impossible to escape. As a young person (who was gay but not yet fat or vegan), I was confronted by the existence of animals on a daily basis in the seaside town I often reluctantly called home. They were on my plate, in my lunchbox, in the ocean, on my television and on my body in the form of clothing.” He not only shares personal insights and funny anecdotes, but he also goes into the history of the word “vegan” and shares his views on what being a vegan activist in today’s world means: “There is nothing more powerful, no better advertisement for… Read More


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Vegan cooking for the holidays

Care of Florence McCambridge Whether this is your first time cooking a vegan meal for the holidays or you’re just looking for some new menu ideas, The Vegan Holiday Cookbook: From Elegant Appetizers to Festive Mains and Delicious Sweets 
by Marie Laforêt has got you covered. It’s full of recipes and full-colour photos for spreads and hors d’oeuvres, soups and mains, not to mentions sweets and even festive cocktails. Many of the recipes included in this book are gluten-free, and the author has also included a helpful section listing them by category. I really appreciate the variety of recipes in The Vegan Holiday Cookbook, particularly in the section on appetizers, an often overlooked category that is particularly important at this time of year. Some standouts include the Foie Gras-Style Terrine made with shiitake mushrooms and tofu, the Blinis with Carrot Gravlax, and the elegant yet simple Squash Truffles. When it comes to dessert, this book does not disappoint. In addition to gingerbread and shortbread, there are some showstoppers like the Frozen Tiramisu Log, Chestnut Creme Brûlée, and a Snow White Layer Cake that looks almost too good to eat. I like to make my own… Read More


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Vegan & Vegetarian Cooking Classes in Toronto

Whether you’re a brand new cook or you’re someone who knows their way around the kitchen, culinary classes are a great way to learn something new while having fun at the same time. Here’s a roundup of some vegetarian and vegan cooking classes happening around Toronto. The Toronto Vegetarian Association Events Calendar You can always start your search by checking our online events calendar which includes classes from the businesses below, as well as other one-off cooking classes that come up now and again. The Empowered Vegan Jack Middleton is a Red Seal Chef and a plant-based educator based out of Hamilton, Ontario. Jack runs group classes, private classes and in-home one-on-one lessons. His classes have an emphasis on food flavour theory, knife skills and using interesting vegan ingredients to produce dishes that match their meat-based counterparts in satiety in flavour.  Whether you are a seasoned cook or a plant curious newbie, you will find Jack’s passion for plant-based cooking contagious and inspiring. Check out his upcoming classes on his website: www.theempoweredvegan.com  The Deppaneur thedepanneur.ca The Deppaneur is a great little spot in on College Street that hosts a variety… Read More


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Veg Out 411: Getting To Know Mama Vegan

In today’s episode of Veg Out, Ana, Steve and Lisa get to know Ally Lazare, the renaissance woman behind Mama Vegan, who tells us all about her vegan journey, how she started her business and her various delicious vegan products! You can find Mama Vegan here: Order from Mama Vegan Facebook Twitter Instagram You can find her cheeses at Tempeh Trails and Rosie’s Eatery Upcoming Events: TVA Annual General Meeting – Dec 3, 4-7 pm, 60 Lowther Avenue Annual Holiday Book & Bake Sale and Open House, Dec 9, 1-4 pm, 17 Baldwin St (2nd floor), Resource Centre Vegan Winter Market, Dec 17, 12-7 pm ($5 tickets), Listen Now: Veg Out 411: Getting To Know Mama Vegan  … Read More


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