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Our Favourite Photos from Veg Food Fest 2017: Sweet Edition!

The TVA’s annual Veg Food Fest gets bigger and better every year. The weekend goes by in a blur for our hardworking staff and volunteers, so there’s nothing better than reliving the festival via the beautiful and mouthwatering photography shared by our visitors. Keep scrolling for the photos that prove why Veg Food Fest is hands-down the most wonderful time of the year for any vegan, vegetarian, or food-loving Ontarian! This generous assortment of treats, including the much-hyped “Pop Heart”. View this post on Instagram Thank you @bunner for making all my food dreams come truuuuue????. The "Pop Heart" was definitely a high point for me while at the @vegfoodfest ???????? #bunner #veganfood #vegfest #veganjunkfood #vegandesserts #foodisfuel #treatyoself #vegfoodfest… Read More


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Welcome to Toronto’s Vegan Alley

By Barbi Lazarus, Donor & Volunteer Resources Coordinator When my partner and I are planning a visit to a new city, it usually goes a little bit like this: Create a Google earth map of all the vegetarian restaurants we want to go to, then look up hotels near the biggest concentration. More often than not, this is relatively easy, with several must-visit restaurants clustered in one neighbourhood. I imagine this would be somewhat difficult for people visiting Toronto. It seems that the largest concentration of vegetarian and veg-friendly restaurants, bakeries and cafes is emerging not in any sort of tourist hot spot with hotels and attractions nearby, but instead it’s happening off the beaten path in the west end of the city, where accommodations are few and far between (or maybe non-existent?). Well, move over Kensington Market! Someone recently referred to the stretch of Bloor Street between Christie and Lansdowne as “Vegan Alley”, and I’ve made it my mission to make this phrase catch on. When I imagine myself as a newbie tourist in Toronto, I envision being overwhelmed by the vegan options in this neck of the woods and wishing there were a nice Hampton Inn & Suites nearby… Read More


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Vegetarian Directory Updates – February 2016

  New Vegetarian Indian Restaurant   The Veggie Thali (1410 Victoria Park Ave. Unit 10, 416-285- 8344, www.theveggiethali.com) is a brand new Indian restaurant in Scarborough. “Bringing our old age traditions of homemade Indian food, we, at The Veggie Thali, are all about fresh, great tasting, wholesome, and healthy food! We offer 100% vegetarian cuisine, without sacrificing our high standards and quality in the least. The idea behind a thali is to offer all the 6 different flavours of sweet, salt, bitter, sour, astringent and spicy on one single plate. According to Indian food serving customs, a proper meal should be a perfect balance of all these 6 flavours.” A thali comes with rice, salad, 2 rotis and a choice of 3 hot table items, which includes options like Channa Masala (chickpeas cooked in roasted spices), Bhindi (okra pan fried with onions, and authentic Indian spices), Aloo Gobi (spiced cauliflower and potatoes) and many more. Extras like Samosas and the Veggie Kebob Roti Wrap are also available. Click here to view the full menu, and visit The Veggie Thali’s website and Facebook page for updates and more information.   New Vegetarian… Read More


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Vegetarian Directory Updates – December 2015

New Vegan Brunch Options   D-Beatstro (1292 Bloor St. W, Toronto, www.facebook.com/dbeatstro/) has recently begun offering vegan brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 10am-3pm! Choose from classic breakfasts such as the Deluxe with housemade sausage, tofu scramble, home fries and fresh fruit, to the less than classic red velvet waffle sticks with frosting and maple syrup, and many more. Gluten-free options also available. See D-Beatstro’s Facebook page for a full menu, and visit their location at 1292 Bloor St. W. this weekend to try it out! Don’t forget to show your Toronto Veg Card to save 10% on baked goods.     Live Organic Food Bar (264 Dupont St, 416-515-2002, www.livefoodbar.com) has launched a brand new brunch and dinner menu as of mid-November. Along with exciting new brunch options and menu items at the Food Bar, Live Market (134 Atlantic Ave. (at King), 647-748-5483, www.livefoodbar.com) in Liberty Village is launching a new “Playtime” menu as of December 1st. This menu features a Thai Noodle Salad with Crispy tofu, carrots, daikon, kale, spinach, mint, cilantro, basil, spicy almonds, cashew, pea shoots, green onions, beet,… Read More


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Discount Profile: Bloomer’s

Care of Christina Vani Bloomer’s. Aaaahhh. Just writing their name makes me feel like all is right in the world. Bloomer’s have been sharing their baked goods at the Veg Food Fest for years, in addition to making desserts to order. Their relatively recent expansion into a full-service vegan restaurant had loyal patrons singing their praises even louder than before, since Toronto finally had a 100%-vegan café that is also a restaurant. And now, Bloomer’s has another reason to attract new and regular customers: TVA discount-card holders receive 10% off their order! Friendly, attentive service is a constant, and although Bloomer’s is usually packed by noon, each customer is treated as though he or she is a guest in the Bloomer’s home. Bloomer’s is community; Bloomer’s is fresh; Bloomer’s is cruelty-free; Bloomer’s is home. It’s pretty stellar when one has a home whose cooks consistently create delicious, wholesome vegan meals. Their tempeh-wing sandwich is served between buns made in-house (be armed with napkins, because Bloomer’s does not skimp on the number of wings in this succulent sandwich). Newer additions to their menu include the mac and cheese appetizer, onion rings, deep-fried pickles, and the jackfruit sandwich. Read More


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Vegetarian Directory Updates – August 2015

  New Veg-Friendly Market   Urban Acorn (1 Wiltshire Ave., Unit S, www.urbanacorn.ca, 647-454-0600) is opening a new market this fall with a ton of veg and vegan options. “We’re excited to be opening a Flexitarian Market this fall featuring organic & small-batch, local Vegan, Gluten-Free and Flexitarian staples. We are looking forward to meeting our neighbours and supporting local food artisans and community events right from the Junction Triangle.” The market will be located at 1565 Dupont St. (east of Symington). The Urban Acorn Market is set to open on September 19th, so mark your calendar and drop by for some delicious, locally made, sustainable foods. Visit the website for more information, and stay tuned to Facebook and Twitter for more details on the grand opening. Toronto Veg Card holders save 10% at the Urban Acorn Market!   New Veg & Vegan Options   Abokichi (258 Dupont St., www.abokichi.com, 416-513-1333) is a new restaurant that has taken over the Annex Hodgepodge on Dupont and Spadina. Some may remember the excellent veg and vegan options at Annex Hodgepodge, well Abokichi has carried this on… Read More


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Vegetarian Directory Updates – July 2015

New Locations   Cosmic Treats (207 Augusta Ave., 647-352-2207, www.cosmictreats.ca), a brand new vegan restaurant, dessert bar, ice cream shop and candy store opening in the heart of Kensington Market! This space-themed restaurant will be opening at the end of July, and will provide “unique sweet and savory fare that promises not to scare away omnivores”. Be sure and try their homemade, cashew based ice cream in flavours like Cookies & Cream, Turkish Coffee, Cookie Dough, and the classics Vanilla, Chocolate and Strawberry. It’s “smooth, creamy, delicious!” Cosmic Treats is designed to be a fun place to hang out for all ages. “Bring your kids, your family, your sweetheart or yourself to our fun filled space-themed restaurant or have a seat on our patio with a glass of wine or a banana split and watch the market go by!” Follow Cosmic Treats on Facebook and Twitter for opening details.   Sweet Olenka’s (4 Toronto locations, www.sweetolenkas.ca) has recently opened a Kensington location at 225A Augusta Ave. (416-521-7444) to add to their 3 other locations on Lakeshore West, Queen West (Parkdale), and in Etobicoke. Sweet Olenka’s is… Read More


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Vegetarian Directory Updates – April 2015

  New Vegan Dinner Option   Bloomer’s (873 Bloor St. W., 416-551-0532, www.bloomersto.com) is now open for dinner! The moment Toronto vegan food lovers have all been waiting for is here. Bloomer’s is now open until 10pm from Thursday-Saturday, and until 9pm on Sundays for a new spread of dinner options. Along with their regular food and drink menu, new dinner items and desserts will be added over the next few weeks. So far, you can look forward to vegan poutine with housemade gravy and cheese over handcut fries, and desserts such as crème brulee. Stay tuned to Facebook for constant menu updates, and pop in for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and delicious treats at 873 Bloor St. W. just east of Ossington.   New Vegan Brunch Option   Pulp Kitchen (565 Danforth Ave., 416-463-7857, www.pulpkitchen.ca) now offers brunch at their newest location on the Danforth. Brunch items are available every day starting at 9am. On Saturdays and Sundays, you can get delicious brunch combos, which include choices such as eggless burritos, waffles, French toast with a small juice for $10. Check out Pulp Kitchen Danforth on Facebook for… Read More


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Vegetarian Directory Updates – November 2014

New Locations Kupfert & Kim (100 King St. W., First Canadian Place, 416-504-1233, www.kupfertandkim.com), the financial district’s fully vegan, gluten-free, healthy eatery has a new second location opening in the PATH level of Sunlife Tower at King & University (150 King St. W., 416-260-7777). As of opening day on November 6th, the K&K Food Stand will also offer exciting new menu items. “We’re about to give you even more healthy wheatless & meatless options to balance out those indulgences after work.” Don’t forget that Kupfert & Kim does breakfast, lunch, and dinner (until 7:30), and you can preorder your meals for pick-up, as well as for delivery through OrderIt.ca. Check out all the grand opening details of the K&K Food Stand on Facebook and Twitter. Rawlicious (8 locations in the Toronto area) is opening yet another location! The 9th Ontario location is set to open sometime in November at 496 Brant Street in Burlington. With the rapid growth of Rawlicious across Southern Ontario, more and more people are gaining access to fresh, healthy and raw cuisine, and experiencing how delicious vegan food can be! Follow Rawlicious Burlington on Facebook… Read More


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Vegetarian Directory Updates – August 2014

Now Open Bloomer’s (873 Bloor St. W., 416-551-0532, www.bloomersto.com) is now open! As of July 24th, the long-awaited storefront location is open and ready to serve up delicious vegan treats like muffins, tarts, bagels with vegan cream cheese, and much more. And it gets even better- “We’ll be expanding to a full service, licensed restaurant and extending our hours! Whether you feel like a late night donut, or tempeh wings and a beer, we’ll be here for you.” Vegan donuts, wings, and beer…  has there ever been a better combination of things in one place? Follow bloomer’s on Facebook and Twitter for updates. Current hours are Monday – Saturday 8-6, Sunday 10-5, located on the south side of Bloor, just east of Ossington. New Locations Magic Oven (6 locations across Toronto, www.MagicOven.com, 416-868-OVEN) is opening another new location! Uptown residents can soon enjoy Magic Oven’s signature pizzas, pastas, wraps, and salads, made with organic, local, and fresh ingredients. The 7th location will be at 302 Eglinton Ave. W., (at Avenue Rd.), and will be opening this September. Stay tuned to Directory Updates, and Magic Oven… Read More


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