A photo from veg fest where people are milling about a lawn dotted with white tents

The Cherry on Top… Recap of the 34th Annual Veg Food Fest!

October 3, 2018

Thank you to everyone who made it out to the 34th annual Veg Food Fest at Harbourfront Centre this weekend! We hope that you enjoyed all of the delicious food, unique drinks, and so many informative presentations and workshops across the weekend. Our loyal community keeps the festival growing year after year and we at the Toronto Vegetarian Association are incredibly grateful for your support!

What was your favourite part of the weekend?

Our Lisa Grill Compassion for Animals Award Exhibit was the launching point of the festival weekend and attracted many viewers across the weekend. The TVA Store shared this space with an amazing selection of books from our speakers and on a wide range of topics related to the plant-based movement. There was also some great merchandise on offer – reusable water bottles, totes and tanks to celebrate the festival weekend in style. If you missed your opportunity to visit the bookstore, you can come and explore our TVA Resource Centre at 17 Baldwin Street. Join the TVA today at to receive awesome discounts on books!

New VFF Presenters and mother-daughter duo, Tracye and Mary McQuirter, wowed our audience with their tips on how to be an Ageless Vegan while speakers like Dominick Thompson returned with his own talk on Redefining Masculinity Through Veganism. This year there were some great movement and meditation classes that our crowd participated in to get their bodies and minds prepared for all of the plant-based goodness on offer from our vendors!

Despite the windy autumn-like conditions, our vendors were on fire with their menu offerings. No one could say no to the variety of food options from plant-based ice cream, burgers, salads, hot dogs, pizza, mac n cheese and a medley of Caribbean and Asian cuisine to satisfy the soul!

We welcomed hundreds of new members to the Toronto Vegetarian Association this weekend and are so excited to introduce a new batch of Veg Food Fest attendees to all things veg that Toronto has to offer!

If you didn’t sign up this weekend but are interested in becoming a member of the TVA today, go to to find out more.

We can’t give enough credit to our amazing team of volunteers who have kept this festival running strong for 34 years. Thank you to Harbourfront Centre for all of the hard work your team did leading up to and during the festival, Toronto Downtown Jazz for curating the most incredible music lineup, Indie 88 for your much-appreciated promotional work, all of our presenters for putting together the highest quality workshops, lectures, cooking demonstrations, and special presentations, and to all of the fantastic vendors for educating, feeding, and enriching the lives of our attendees.

A big thanks goes out to our Gold Sponsor; King’s Café, our Silver Sponsors; Hain Celestial, Nature’s Source, Nongshim, Sol Cuisine, Sweets from the Earth, and Whole Foods Market, our Bronze sponsors; Bio-K Plus, Hippocrates Institute, Natura Foods, Spread’Em Kitchen Co. and Wholly Veggie, our Supporter Sponsors; Apiecalypse Now, Brew Dr. Kombucha, Chocochurros, Firebat Coffee Roasters, Greeniche, Kuna Pops, Land Art, Free 2b Canada/Layda’s Yummies, Loon Kombucha, Mama Earth Organics, Michelle’s RawFoodz, Nanashake, Organic Garage, Ozery Bakery, Siam Web Shop, SimplyProtein and Wylde Rose Handmade Soaps, and our Programming Partners; Toronto Downtown Jazz, Conscious Counsel, Express Line App, Indie88 and Muskoka Yoga Festival. We couldn’t have done this without you!

Once again, thank you to everyone who joined us at the Veg Food Fest this year and all of your support as we grow bigger and better every year!

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