News from the Toronto Vegetarian Association

Join Us at the Annual General Meeting

The Toronto Vegetarian Association’s Annual General Meeting is Sunday, December 1st at 3:30 pm. This is your chance to hear what the organization has accomplished in the past year, give suggestions for future growth and help set the direction in the years moving forward by electing our 2013-2015 Board of Directors. Light snacks will be served from Bunner’s Bake Shop. Please note: The Toronto Vegetarian Association’s Annual General Meeting is a private function open to TVA members only. Non-members who wish to attend will be required to join as members of the TVA, and only members in good standing 30 days prior to the election are eligible to vote. When? Sunday, December 1st from 3:30 to 6:30 pm. (Meet ‘n greet from 3:30 to 4, meeting called to order at 4 pm) Where? Miles Nadal JCC at 750 Spadina Avenue, room 300. Read More


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Toronto Has it All

By Barbi Lazarus, Donor and Volunteer Resources Coordinator If you’re vegetarian, follow social media, and like to eat, by now you’ve certainly heard about the newest vegan bakery to open up, Through Being Cool. Blog posts and instagram shots galore have been spreading like wildfire, so I won’t go into too many details that others have already described oh-so-well about how fantastic their goodies are (you can just do a quick google search for Through Being Cool Vegan if you want the drool-worthy details). I had the pleasure of stopping by on my day off a couple weeks ago. As I sat on the subway home just staring at my bag of food in anticipation, I was suddenly overcome with a sense of awe, wonderment and excitement about where Toronto’s veg scene is at, and the fact that certainly this must represent a growing demand for vegetarian options. For those who think that vegans live with any sort of deprivation, let me just summarize where we stand here in Toronto: Donuts, apple fritters, pretzels and ooey gooey pizza buns? Check. (That would be the delicious spread from Through Being Cool you see on the right). Read More


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Giving Thanks for Delicious Food

By Autumn Ladouceur – Past TVA Communications Intern Thanksgiving at the Ladouceur family home was a big hit! Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the cornucopia of festive vegetables brought to the table. To name a few we had squash, yams, brussel sprouts, turnip and mashed potatoes, all made with vegan margarine. My aunt Donna even brought a vegan version of her famous coleslaw, made with oil and vinegar. The Tofurkey I made went over particularly well. Everyone who had some said that it was the best one we’d ever had at Thanksgiving. They asked me to continue making it that way every year. My meat-loving brother even tried it and said he liked its mushroomy taste. Unfortunately, because everyone enjoyed the Tofurkey so much it meant that there were no leftovers. Usually my left over Tofurkey makes for a couple days worth of hot Tofurkey sandwiches with veggie gravy. Fortunately, I had enough left over vegetables to fill a swimming pool and dive in with joy and excitement. In other news, I think I ate a whole pumpkin pie this week. I was in a pumpkin pie coma. All in all this was a very successful Thanksgiving feast. I hope all… Read More


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Two-Week Post-Festival Book Sale

  We have an enormous, fully stocked bookstore of vegetarian cookbooks and more after the Vegetarian Food Festival and want to share it with you! We’re holding a two-week long sale on some of the best titles! Come check out our huge selection of books that will be available two for $30, two for $40, 2 for $50, offering savings of $5-$10. And, every purchase gets you a free goody bag of vegan sausages, Natura soy milk and more! Where? 17 Baldwin Street, second floor. When? Wednesday, September 25th and October 2nd 6 to 9 pm, and Saturday, September 28th and October 5th 1 to 4 pm RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/370052749793648… Read More


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2013 Toronto Veg Awards

In August, 2013, the Toronto Vegetarian Association members nominated their favourite vegetarian and veg-friendly businesses in the first ever Toronto Veg Awards. The general public, including members, then voted to select the winners! Over 2000 people cast their votes. We congratulate all the winning as well as the nominated businesses, and also celebrate the wonderful contributions of ALL vegetarian and veg-friendly businesses in Toronto. For a list of more great vegetarian businesses, visit veg.ca/directory. Favourite Veg Restaurant, City of Toronto WINNER: Fresh Camros Organic Eatery Grasslands Green Earth Hibiscus Hogtown Vegan Hot Beans Jean’s Vegetarian Kitchen King’s Cafe Live Organic Rawlicious Udupi Palace Vegetarian Haven Favourite Veg Restaurant Outside Toronto, Ontario only WINNER: Kindfood, Burlington Brar’s, Brampton Cornerstone Cafe, Guelph Gourmet Vegetarian Restaurant, Markham Pure Food Bar, Collingwood Raw Aura, Port Credit Rise Above, St Catharines The Green Door, Ottawa The Jasmine Garden, Whitby The Naked Sprout, Burlington Thrive Juice Bar, Waterloo Veg Out, London Favourite Veg-Friendly Restaurant, City of Toronto WINNER: Magic Oven Disgraceland Freshii Khao San Road Lick’s Nazareth Restaurant Rancho Relaxo Sneaky Dee’s Tabule The Beet Windsor Arms Hotel Favourite Vegan Pizza WINNER: Magic Oven Amato Pizza Famoso Neapolitan Pizzaria Khalsa Pizza Mamma’s Pizza… Read More


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The Winners of the 2013 Toronto Veg Awards Are…

Congratulations to the winners of the very first Toronto Veg Awards! Toronto Vegetarian Association members nominated their favourite vegetarian and veg-friendly businesses, and then the general public including members, voted to select the winners! Over 2000 people cast their votes. We congratulate all the winning as well as the nominated businesses, and also celebrate the wonderful contributions of ALL vegetarian and veg-friendly businesses in Toronto. For a full list of nominations click here, and for a list of more great vegetarian businesses, visit veg.ca/directory Favourite Vegetarian Restaurant in Toronto Fresh link   Favourite Vegetarian Restaurant Outside of Toronto Kindfood (Burlington) listing    Favourite Veg-Friendly Restaurant in Toronto Magic Oven listing   Favourite Vegan Pizza Magic Oven listing   Favourite Vegan Bakery Kelly’s Bake Shoppe (Burlington) listing   Favourite Vegan Dessert Mile High Brownie from Kelly’s Bake Shoppe (Burlington)   Favourite Raw Menu Item Pad Thai from Rawlicious listing   Favourite Menu Item The Beach Bowl from Fresh   Favourite New Grocery Item Frozen Cookie Dough from Sweets from the Earth listing   Favourite Vegan Caterer Live Organic Food Bar   Favourite Cookbook of the Year Eat Raw, Eat Well by Doug McNish… Read More


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Walk or Run with the Toronto Vegetarian Team

Click here to see the Toronto Vegetarian Team’s page and sponsor a runner on the team! Are you a plant-powered runner? Or do you just love to go out for a long walk on a beautiful autumn morning? Want to spread the word that vegetarians are strong and healthy? Then join the Toronto Vegetarian Team at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon on Sunday, October 20th! You can sign up to walk or run the 5k, 1/2 marathon or full marathon to raise funds to support TVA. Everyone on the team receives a special discounted charity registration rate. But that’s not all! Thanks to our generous sponsors Vega, Fresh Restaurants, Marni Wasserman, VegNews Magazine, Know Thy Food, Chef Mary Hulbert, Monarch Park Stadium and Whole Foods, team members this year will get: FREE fitness talk from Marni Wasserman at her brand new Delicious Knowledge studio FREE yoga for runners class from Vega rep and FlipSwitch Studios FREE raw cooking demonstration from chef Mary Hulbert Tree-free subscription to VegNews magazine… Read More


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Media Relations Request For Proposal – Vegetarian Food Festival

Project Profile: The Toronto Vegetarian Association (TVA) is seeking proposals for media relations work for the 29th Vegetarian Food Festival in Toronto. Proposals should incorporate the development of a public relations plan that includes the following activities: media relations; relationship building with key influencers in targeted communities; and cross-promotional activities to support the event’s marketing objectives. You will be responsible for media relations-related work for the weeks leading up to the festival, as well as at the festival itself on the weekend of September 6-8, 2013. Background: The Toronto Vegetarian Association (TVA) is Toronto’s go-to resource for all things veg. TVA’s flagship project is North America’s largest Vegetarian Food Festival. Attended each year by 40,000 visitors, the Vegetarian Food Festival is the largest event of its kind in North America. This free three-day event offers an opportunity to enjoy vegetarian cuisine from Little India to Chinatown, get a taste of products from over 120 restaurants and vendors, plus try plenty of free samples. We offer a wide array of internationally acclaimed speakers, special workshops, live music, cooking demonstrations and film screenings. Project Goals & Objectives: The goal of festival media relations is to create momentum and excitement around the festival… Read More


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