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2017 Veg Food Fest Bookstore Preview

We know you’ll be really busy eating all the delicious things at Veg Food Fest (just take a look at this year’s vendors!), but when you’re ready for a break make sure to check out the festival bookstore. It will be packed with a selection of veg books, including bestselling cookbooks and the latest non-fiction releases. Here are some titles to look out for at Veg Food Fest this year. Captive by Jo-Anne McArthur We are thrilled to have award-winning photojournalist, educator and animal activist Jo-Anne McArthur with us at the festival this year. She is the author of 2014’s We Animals, and her new book, Captive, is receiving attention and accolades from around the world. Whether you’ve seen her thought-provoking photography already, through her website or her Instagram, or whether you’re completely new to her work, you won’t want to miss Jo-Anne McArthur’s photo exhibit happening all weekend long at this year’s Veg Food Fest. You’ll also be able to purchase copies of Jo-Anne’s books at the festival. The Sexual Politics of Meat by Carol J.Adams Join us at this year’s Veg Food Fest as we welcome Carol J.Adams for a… Read More


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Weekly Link Roundup – Vegan Pizza is Its Own Reward

by Barbi Lazarus Some of our favourite stories from around the web. Pizza Is a Virtue – The internet exploded when word got out that Vancouver-based Virtuous Pie will be opening a location in Little Italy early next year (Veg News). In addition to offering a wide array of unique vegan pizzas, something that makes this place special is it’s sheer size – expect it to be two stories with enough seating for 166 guests! Apiecalypse, Wha?! Of course, Toronto is no stranger to fantastic and creative vegan pizzas, being home to Apiecalypse Now and it’s new upstairs bar FuBar. They have us on the edge of our seats again by announcing a secret surprise to be revealed at this year’s Veg Food Fest. They’ve created a special Facebook group just to tease you all summer long. Daiya’s Sticky Situation – Feedback has been mixed as to whether the selling of Daiya Foods (VegNews) to an international pharmaceutical company that tests on animals is good or bad. Some feel it’s unfortunate they sold to a company that doesn’t align with their values, while others tout the possibility of vegan cheese becoming more accessible and affordable due… Read More


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Muskoka Round-Up

Planning a trip to Muskoka? Here are some veg-friendly spots to check out on your next cottage-country adventure. Affogato Cafe This gelato shop and bakery is teeming with vegan options that are clearly labelled! They’re located right in downtown Huntsville on the water so you can enjoy a refreshing gelato while you stroll the waterfront. The Frying Dutchman Co. Keep an eye out for the bright red vegan food truck in Huntsville because you don’t want to miss out on The Frying Dutchman! They serve traditional and modern chip truck food prepared without any animal products. Don’s Bakery of Bala Don’s Bakery has been serving customers in Muskoka fresh baked goods since 1947. The staff can help point out the vegan offerings, which include cinnamon buns, scones, Chelsea buns, and Parker house rolls, or just take a look at the ingredients listed next to each item. El Pueblito Spending time up north needn’t be all about veggie sausages roasted over the campfire. Fill your craving for Mexican food with this restaurant in Bracebridge that has many clearly labelled vegan options. Read More


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The Killer Whale Who Changed the World

  Care of Florence McCambridge, TVA Volunteer I was introduced to killer whales in the same way that many of you were. The whales were performing at an aquarium, and I was mesmerized from the moment I saw them. Years later I spent an afternoon whale watching during a trip to Vancouver and was fortunate enough to see a killer whale up close in the wild, which was a profound experience that I will never forget. But other than being fascinated from afar, I’ve never really taken the time to learn more about orcas. That’s why I recently decided to read Mark Leiren-Young’s The Killer Whale Who Changed the World, a book I’d heard such good things about it since it was first released last year. And I’m so happy I did because this book taught me a lot. The Killer Whale Who Changed the World tells the story of how we stopped fearing these whales as “killers” and grew to respect them as “orcas”. It started in 1964 when a young killer whale was captured near B.C. and put on display at the Vancouver Aquarium. Crowds flocked to see the whale, who… Read More


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Weekly Link Roundup – Vegan Ice Cream Is Not a Myth

Some of our favourite stories from around the web.   Humane Milk Is a Myth – Big news from the UK (BBC) where an ad with the headline “Humane milk is a myth” was cleared by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), despite complaints from the dairy industry. Beauty Lovers Rejoice – As more consumers look to plant-based personal care products, the market for cruelty-free cosmetics has increased around the world (Digital Journal), and it’s continuing to grow. Vegan Ice Cream Is Not a Myth – Vegan ice cream has never been better says the New York Times, and we couldn’t agree more. Keep an eye out for our roundup on where to get vegan ice cream in Toronto coming soon to veg.ca! Pork Is History – Pig news: while writing a book on the history of pork, archaeologist Dr. Pía Spry-Marqués decided to go vegan “I love Iberico ham. I love chorizo. But it’s just not worth it.” (The Independent) Wild for Veggie Burgers – Farming is the top threat to wildlife (Salon.com) and nearly one-third of tropical animal species face extinction if we don’t do something about it. Read More


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Vegan Round-Up in Thornhill

Care of Barbi Lazarus, Donor and Volunteer Resources Coordinator Updated June 2018 They say we all want what we can’t have. My parents complain that all the great vegetarian restaurants are downtown, but lately I’ve been finding that there are so many great vegan hot spots in the area where I grew up that when I’m home for a visit, I don’t have time to fit it all in. Places outside of the downtown core like Thornhill, Burlington, and Oakville, now have a large enough collection of their own vegan restaurants that more and more I’m finding myself planning day-trips (see my post on great hike ‘n dine day trip ideas here) instead of hopping on the subway or my bike to get to some of my favourite places. If you’re in Thornhill or Richmond Hill anytime soon, your problem won’t be finding a place to eat, but instead narrowing down your options to pick just one or two. Vegan Danish Bakery: No matter what part of the GTA you are from, the Vegan Danish Bakery is well worth the trip to the corner of Yonge and John Streets in old Thornhill. Read More


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Book Review: The Skeptical Vegan

Reviewed by TVA volunteer Florence McCambridge Raised in a half-Italian, half-Swedish household, Eric C. Lindstrom basically grew up on meatballs and chicken Parmesan. He was a meat lover and proud of it. But after several of his friends in their mid-forties and early fifties died of heart attacks and after having his own health scare that landed him in the hospital, Eric was forced to reevaluate his diet. In his new book, The Skeptical Vegan: My Journey from Notorious Meat Eater to Tofu-Munching Vegan – A Survival Guide, Eric tells the story of how he went from an insatiable meat eater to a vegan, seemingly overnight. His decision to go vegan was influenced by Jen, his girlfriend at the time and now his wife. She was vegetarian and gluten free when they first started dating, and when she decided to go vegan for 30 days Eric agreed to do it with her. He writes honestly about the struggles he faced in those first few weeks. Even though going vegan wasn’t easy, he decided to keep it up when the 30 days were over and he hasn’t stopped since. He went all-in early on, giving… Read More


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Day-Tripping Around Toronto: Take 2!

Care of Barbi Lazarus, Donor and Volunteer Resources Coordinator A couple years back, we gave you some tips on vegetarian and veg-friendly restaurants you could find in small towns around the GTA. We all know that plant-based dining options have been exploding since then, and it’s definitely time for an update. Some of the GTA’s best, most delicious vegetarian and vegan restaurants may seem a bit out of the way. But they are well worth the trip, and as it turns out, you don’t need to feel like you’re making the drive just for a quick bite to eat. Here I present to you some of my favourite summer (or fall) pairings of lovely hikes and suburban dining options. Lion’s Valley Park and Vegebitez: If you haven’t yet been to Vegebitez in Oakville, you are in for a mighty surprise. You’ll find things on the menu at this fully vegan joint that you just haven’t seen anywhere else, I promise. Like a build-your-own mac and cheese that starts with a smoked gouda sauce and ends with whatever your heart desires and can include BBQ or Buffalo soy curls, sour cream, crushed tortilla… Read More


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A Veggielicious Start to the Long Weekend

Care of Barbi Lazarus, Donor and Volunteer Resources Coordinator Summer is pretty much here, which means it’s time for the office to get busy again! We’re excited to have our Directory Coordinator, Andrea, be joining us in the office for the summer, so we couldn’t resist ending off the magical two weeks that has been Veggielicious with a celebratory send-off lunch. With more than 40 restaurant locations participating in this year’s event, scheduling in all the specials we wanted to try was definitely a challenge. When Andrea came into the office last week, she raved about the Corned Beet Reuben Sandwich she had from Yamchops, and even more so about the cauliflower chocolate pudding it came with. Emily’s schedule allowed for both a nice, sit down, three-course meal at Southern Accent, as well as a morning pit stop at Rawlicious to enjoy their $4.50 smoothie bowl (DIVINE! was how she described it). David and I, never being ones to shun some good, old-fashioned, deep fried goodness truly delighted in Disgraceland’s mighty prix-fix menu of popcorn tofu, a butter “chicken” burrito, and deep-fried oreos and blueberry perogies for dessert. Yes, by this point in time,… Read More


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Perks of the Job

Care of Emily Thompson, Festival and Events Coordinator It was just over six weeks ago that I arrived at the charming second floor office of the Toronto Vegetarian Association, ready to embark on my journey as their new Festival and Events Coordinator. I approached my desk to find an array of items welcoming me to the organization, including a delicious looking cupcake right in front of my eyes. I quickly learned that Barbi, our Donor and Volunteer Resources Coordinator, has a hidden talent in the realm of vegan baked goods, among other things. This was a dangerous finding especially as we were gearing up for the Totally Fabulous Vegan Bake-Off that both of us had signed up to be home-bakers for… Of course we were going to bring our test batches into the office! I have been lucky to work for companies and organizations revolving around good, healthy food (most of the time) and the TVA is no exception. The even better thing about it is the fact that absolutely everything I get to taste is vegan! Now I don’t want to make you jealous, but here’s just a few of the things I’ve had the opportunity… Read More


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