News from the Toronto Vegetarian Association

Walk or Run on 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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Podcast 271: Helping pigs and eating taco salad

Today, John and Lisa O. discuss tonight’s Vegan Rock event, the upcoming Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale, the newly opened Grasslands restaurant, Peaceable Kingdom, the barbecue tofu plate at One Love Vegetarian, John’s quest to make the perfect taco salad, and Cedar Row Farm Sanctuary‘s current Indiegogo campaign to help a pig name Joaquin live a happy and healthy life. Listen now! Grasslands: Mustard crusted tempeh with maple mash, Chinese broccoli and seasonal vegetables, $18 (Image by: Caroline Aksich, www.postcity.com)… Read More


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Join us for Vegan Rock!

The 5th Annual VEGAN ROCK! is a concert and bake sale fundraiser for the Toronto Vegetarian Association. It will feature delicious desserts made by both local bakeries and regular folks like you and me. And of course there will also be live music from local musicians: Dream Awake http://www.myspace.com/dreamawakemusic More Than Breathing http://www.morethanbreathing.bandcamp.com/ Matt Zadkovich Last but certainly not least, Vegan Rock! also features an extremely awesome raffle with amazing prizes to be won from our generous sponsors. We hope you’ll come out to support the Toronto Vegetarian Association, gobble down treats like Cookie Monster, listen to great music and keep the positive energy in our community flowing. Saturday, April 6th at 8 pm at the Tranzac Club (292 Brunswick Avenue) $12 admission Thank you to our sponsors! • Daiya Cheese • Fresh Restaurants • Tori’s Bakeshop • The Sweet Potato • Sadie’s Diner • Truth Belts • Vegetarian Haven • Know Thy Food • Hot Beans • Amande • Nud Fud • The Lovemuffin Bakery • Gardein • Cruda Cafe •… Read More


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Podcast 269: We’re back!

Los Angeles School System Adopts Meatless Mondays (Photo from VegNews Magazine) Today John and Lisa O. discuss some new vegan businesses listed in the directory, the LA School District’s adoption of Meatless Mondays, a new documentary about climate change (the word is anthropogenic!), Lisa’s Ethiopian restaurant challenge, John’s upcoming visit to Chicago, and a promising-looking flax-based recipe for vegan egg whites. Listen now!… Read More


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Host a Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale for TVA

  It’s simple! Hold a vegan bake sale Raise money for your cause of choice (we’re hoping that’ll be us!) Promote delicious, cruelty-free food Be part of a fun, global event that helps people, animals and the planet! Sign up today to host your own vegan bake sale during the week of April 20th to 28th! 3 Easy Steps to Holding Your Bake Sale Step 1 – Pick a date and a venue We’ve got tips to help you find a venue! This will give us all the info we need to help promote your bake sale to our networks, and will give you the option to order any free literature you might want to hand out like vegetarian directories or vegan recipe booklets We’ve also got tips to help you promote the sale in your neighbourhood Don’t forget to ask friends and family to help you bake if you need a hand! Step 2 – Register and promote your bake sale Step 3 – Bake and have fun! Click here to send us a quick email saying you’d like to hold a bake sale and we’ll send you tips and other helpful… Read More


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5th Totally Fabulous Vegan Bake-Off Recap!

A Delicious Time Had By All On Saturday, February 2nd, 2013, 500 people came out to share in the tasting of 5000 samples of cupcakes, cookies, pies, tarts and more at the 5th Totally Fabulous Vegan Bake-Off. Dozens of local vegetarian businesses donated an incredible array of fantastic prizes to award to our winners, which were chosen by attendees as well as two head judges: Ruth Tal of Fresh Restaurants and Lesia Kohut of LPK’s Culinary Groove. We would like to thank the amazing team of more than 50 volunteers who made this event possible, as well as all the bakers who put so much effort into making their fabulous treats. Congratulations to the winners! Best Pro in Show: Black Magic Squares by APieCalypse Now! Best Home Baker in Show: One Drop Macaroons by Reuben Jong Best Presentation: Tropical Coquito Pineapple Paradise by Drew Silverthorn Best Presentation Runner Up: Lemon Donuts by Lisa Le Best Baking Out of the Box: Barking Mad by PinkHart Diner Decadent Raw Desserts 1st Place: Tijana’s Tropical Treat by Tijana Cosovic Runner Up: Raw Banana Cream Pie by Natasha Fraynak Delicious Donuts and Pastries 1st Place: Marvelous Mini Cake Donuts by… Read More


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2012 Holiday Sale & Gingerbread House Contest

Don’t wait until the last minute to get your holiday gifts – score some sweet savings at TVA’s annual Holiday Sale and Open House. This is your chance to grab some great vegetarian cookbooks for yourself or the loved ones in your life. We’ll also be giving away FREE back issues of Vegetarian Times that are great for stocking stuffers! But wait – there’s more! This year, we’re holding the first ever Toronto Vegetarian Association Vegan Gingerbread House contest. You can enter with your most creative, elaborate and compassionate gingerbread scene, or come by to see the creations and vote for your favourite. The winner will receive a decadent jar of cookies and a gift certificate from the lovemuffin bakery. When? Saturday, December 15th. Sale and open house runs from 1 to 4 pm. Gingerbread viewing and voting from 1 to 2:30 pm. Where? Sale and open house at the TVA Resource Centre (17 Baldwin Street, 2nd floor). We regret that our resource centre is not accessible. Gingerbread viewing and voting inside Vegetarian Haven (17 Baldwin Street, first floor, and wheelchair accessible). Want to enter the contest? Please email Barbi at blazarus@veg.ca to register your… Read More


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Why I’m Veg Contest Winners 2013

We received an amazing collection of creative videos for the Why I’m Veg video contest. All the videos were inspirational and told their story about why they went vegetarian and what keeps them committed to a vegetarian diet. It was a difficult decision to select only three winners, but here they are! Grand Prize Winner Lisa Blonder-Ohlenkamp will win a Sweets from the Earth gift basket, a free workshop at Fresh City Farms, a week of meals from Green Zebra Kitchen, a dozen cupcakes from Kupcakes Bake Shop and a copy of Doug McNish’s Eat Raw, Eat Well. Runner Up Carlos Garcia will win gift certificates for Lick’s Nature Burgers, Sadie’s Diner, as well as a free workshop from Fresh City Farms and a copy of Tal Ronnen’s Conscious Cook. Second Runner Up Mark Young will win gift certificates for Gardein and Yoso products, as well as a free pair of vegan shoes from Nice Shoes! Watch all the wonderful videos here! You’re sure to be inspired. Make sure to “like” them, re-tweet them, and share them on Facebook! Thanks again to our fabulous sponsors.                       … Read More


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