News from the Toronto Vegetarian Association

Veg Out 452 – Fermenting Foods with Culture City

In today’s podcast Steve and Sweta chat with Damon Dewsbury founder of Culture City.  Culture City makes fermented foods from around the world.  He creates modern techniques to bring these foods to life in new and interesting ways. Listen to how he creates soy-free tempehs, mustards, non-soy miso and many other delicious products. Listen Now to Veg Out   Links Culture City’s Website… Read More


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Veg Out 451: Staying motivated with the Veg Fitness Group

On today’s edition of the show, Mark and Jenn from the Toronto Veg Fitness Group return to get us excited about getting active for the summer. We talk about how to start a new fitness routine, staying motivated, monthly challenges and tips for running, just in time to sign up for the Veg Team running at the Scotiabank Waterfront 5k, half and full marathon. We also preview the upcoming TVA fundraiser Vegan Rock 11. Listen now to Veg Out!… Read More


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Food and Recipe of the Month: Strawberry Hazelnut Chia Pudding Parfait

Care of Amy Symington of ameliaeats.com Strawberry season is an exciting time of year because it means longer, warmer and sunnier days in addition to eating these sweet, sun-warmed berries! Aside from being almost everyone’s favourite tasty treat in spring they are also something to feel good about including in your daily diet! Berries, in general, contain anthocyanins, which are dark colour pigments found in fruits and vegetables and also a powerful antioxidant, which has been shown to help with the prevention and management of chronic diseases such as heart disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes and cancer. They are also an important component of an anti-inflammatory diet aiding in the reduction of chronic inflammation which has also been linked to an increase in chronic disease. Moreover, they contain high levels of vitamin C, another powerful antioxidant which helps to neutralize damage-causing free radicals in the body. Enjoy them in smoothies, your granola, a chia pudding parfait or baked in pies, tarts, muffins, cakes and scones or simply eat them out of a bowl straight up! Strawberry Hazelnut Chia Pudding Parfait Makes 2 servings Ingredients 1 cup unsweetened almond milk ½ cup chia seeds 1 tbsp maple syrup… Read More


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Veg Out: 450: The Starch Solution

On today’s podcast, our volunteers speak with Judy Newman, coordinator of the Toronto Starch Solution Social Group. You can find a number of social groups and veg meet-ups through the TVA. The Starch Solution Group meets on a monthly basis to share delicious food, ideas, recipes, support, and get to know one another as we improve our health and our lives following the guidelines in Dr John McDougall’s book, The Starch Solution. Listen now to Veg Out!… Read More


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Discount Profile: Copper Branch Thornhill and Brooklin Locations

Copper Branch seems to be taking over the world! Originally from Montreal (with several locations there), they started with one location in downtown Toronto and are now invading all the suburbs throughout the GTA so you can get your plant-based fix wherever you are! I had tried their burgers before at various veg fests but when I went for my first sit down meal at their Thornhill location, my jaw dropped. My mom and I started by splitting the spicy buffalo wings. They had a delicious, slightly crispy skin and the aioli to dip them in was so creamy and flavourful. Even the little side of purple coleslaw was a refreshing, crunchy treat (spiced with sriracha! Yes please!). It was too difficult to choose just one entree so we also split two bowls: The General Copper and the Aztec. Both blew our minds when they arrived at the table. The portions were so generous, and the bowls were so colourful with so many different components. In addition to their famous ooey, gooey general tao chicken (made from shitake mushrooms), the General Copper had a bright purple coleslaw, fresh and bright green broccoli, and cubes of creamy avocado. The Aztec was… Read More


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Summer Jobs Postings: Food Fest Assistant & Community Outreach and Office Assistant

The Toronto Vegetarian Association is hiring for two summer positions. Important note: These positions are funded by Canada Summer Jobs and are therefore only open to those who are between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment; and are Canadian citizens, permanent residents or persons to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Veg Food Fest Assistant: Logistics and Vendor Management The Veg Food Fest Assistant will be responsible for assisting and reporting to the Festival and Events Coordinator during the overall curation of the 35th annual Veg Food Fest. The Veg Food Fest Assistant will be the point of contact for vendors.  They will be responsible for clearly communicating information to vendors, answering vendor questions, and managing vendor logistics. Under the guidance and alongside the Festival and Events Coordinator, the Veg Food Fest Assistant will be responsible for the delivery and execution of the vendor logistics management plan for the 35th annual Veg Food Fest. The successful candidate must be available for a start date of Monday, June 10th, 2019, and available from September 6th to 8th, 2019. This… Read More


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Breaking news! Join or support the TVA and have your donation amount matched!

  You asked, we listened. You want more events, more member perks, and more engagement with the veg community. Well, we are excited to announce that the TVA will be offering new ways to engage with fellow members throughout the year, starting next month with a members’ only bus trip to Wishing Well Sanctuary.   But that’s not all! We want to host a number of events for members this year: more cooking classes, more lectures, and more sanctuary tours, but we can only do this with your help.   Thanks to the support of an anonymous donor, every new member who joins the TVA this month will have the amount of their gift matched, along with any donations that come from existing members like you! Bringing new members into the TVA has never had more impact and you can be part of this growth by directly purchasing a gift membership (or two, or three!), or convincing a friend to sign up. Don’t forget, each new membership, including lapsed members who renew, will have the total value of their membership donation matched by our anonymous donor, so even if you feel that one membership isn’t a lot,… Read More


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Veg Out 447: Feeding a Hungry Soul with Jacques Brennan

On today’s episode of Veg Out, Lisa and Steve are chatting with Jacques Brennan, author of the Hungry Soul cookbook, about growing up vegetarian and going vegan while travelling the world. Listen now to Veg Out!   Find Jacques here: Instagram: @hungrysoulvegan Amazon: Hungry Soul Upcoming Events: April 13 – Hamilton/Burlington Vegan meet up 5:30 – 7:30 PM at Earl’s (Burlington) then 8 pm Coffee House April 14 – Compassionista Ethical Fashion Show – 2:30 – 5:30 PM at The Right Side Boutique and Studio April 27 – Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale – 1 – 4 PM – here at the Resource Centre! (17 Baldwin Street, 2nd floor) April 27 – Dinner with The Doctor – 6 PM – Pathways to Wholeness Lifestyle Medicine Centre May 4 – Hamilton Veg Fest – 10 – 6 pm – Ancaster Fair Grounds May 5 – Veg Spring Market 5$, 11-6 pm at Wychwood Barns, TICKETS HERE FOR MORE UPCOMING EVENTS, VISIT OUR CALENDAR… Read More


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