Bright Spots of Inspiration to Get You Through the Winter

By Phil Whitehead, TVA member and volunteer What possibly could be the association between distributing vegan cookies outside of the Bathurst subway station during the coldest morning of the winter and attending the Boston Vegetarian Food Festival? When I attended the Boston Vegetarian Festival in October, 2014, I found an event radiating with enthusiastic energy and filled with delicious food and hospitable people. To my surprise, the founder of the festival, Maynard S. Clark, mentioned that it had been patterned after the Toronto Veg Food Fest. In 1995, he and a group of 12 others attended the entirety of the Veg Food Fest from the Friday afternoon through to the Sunday evening. They then drove back to Boston and were inspired to establish a festival in their own city. The volunteers who organized and presented the 1995 festival had no knowledge of the Boston group being present nor that they were taking detailed note of how a vegetarian festival could be presented. The people who worked diligently in Toronto had no idea that another annual festival was about to be founded in a different city and that, 19 years later, it… Read More

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