Veg Food Fest gears up for another spectacular year

Veg Food Fest takes over Harbourfront Centre this weekend with delicious vegan dishes guaranteed to tantalize your taste buds!

The largest vegetarian food festival in North America is back and celebrating 32 years of tasty food with dishes from local restaurants, cafes and bakeries. The weekend is jam-packed with exciting events for the whole family, including cooking demonstrations, live music, fitness classes, panel discussions and more.

Renowned vegetarian and vegan chefs will be on hand showing you how to make easy and gourmet meals, including Terry Hope Romero, author of the bestseller Protein Ninja, Taymer Mason, author of Caribbean Vegan, and MasterChef Canada 2016 winner Mary Berg. Expect an impressive lineup of vendors as our World Café is invaded by some of Canada’s best vegetarian eateries. This year includes King’s Café, Chic Peas, Through Being Cool and Boon Burger. We are also excited to announce the return of a fan favourite and festival juggernaut, Apiecalypse Now! – Pizza & Snack Bar. Then take some time to sit back, relax and chow down in the first-ever Veg Out Zone.

The rise of vegetarianism and veganism in North America has seen to an increasing demand for more organic, plant-based and meat-alternative food. More than ever, Canadians are eating more greens and loving it. According to a 2015 poll by the Vancouver Humane Society, a whopping 33 per cent (12 million) of Canadians are eating less meat, but only 12 per cent identify as vegetarian or mostly vegetarian.

With this shift of mainstream consciousness, it’s no surprise why more vegetarian restaurants and bakeries are finally getting the spotlight they deserve. Gone are the days when the best you could hope for from a vegetarian menu was a bland plate of steamed broccoli, flavoured with the salty tang of your own tears of frustration. While there’s still a long way to go, the availability of vegetarian and vegan options has exploded as the world slowly recognizes the lifestyle as more than just a quirky diet.

Veg Food Fest has grown tremendously over the last three decades. Last year’s festival drew over 50,000 people (food lovers from all walks of life) to help make it a success. This year, the lineup of special guests, food vendors and veg-friendly products for sale is sure to make this festival the best to date.

Join us this weekend for some great food and fun. Veg Food Fest will change what you think is possible of vegetarian and vegan food!