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September 21-22, 2024

Nathan Phillips Square

Exhibitor Applications are now open! 

VegTO Fest is free. VegTO Fest is for everyone. VegTO Fest is about food, and innovation.

VegTO Fest is free. VegTO Fest is for everyone. VegTO Fest is about food, and innovation.

VegTO Fest is free. VegTO Fest is for everyone. VegTO Fest is about food, and innovation.

VegTO Fest is free. VegTO Fest is for everyone. VegTO Fest is about food, and innovation.

Plant-based food, wares, and other wonders.

VegTO Fest returns! Toronto’s only free vegan festival kale-bent on making plant-based fun accessible and sensational for everyone. Experience over 200 exhibitors offering food, wares and other wonders. There’s lots to get hyped about.

What's happening?

Vegan food & beyond

Drool-inducing plant-based food that everyone can get excited about. Get ready to undo the top button on your pleather pants.

cutting edge veg

Discover VegTO Fest’s eclectic roster of ideators and innovators whose fresh creations are matched only by their refreshing ideals.

Activism through kindness

This free event is all about supporting people on a plant-based path. Meet like-minded folks and mingle with Toronto’s largest veg and vegan community.

Thank you to our 2024 Title Sponsor

A group of 4 vegan friends enjoy vegan pizza at the best vegan festival in canada called Veg Food Fest created by VegTO

exhibit with us

Calling all vegan businesses, food, retail, services and beyond (we’re looking at you non-profits). Showcase your inspiring plant-based biz to thousands at an affordable price. Act fast as spots are limited! Become an exhibitor today

volunteer with us

Support the vegan movement. Join VegTO Fest as a volunteer and help attendees “make the connection” to veganism. Create an atmosphere of good vibes and join our community of like minded individuals.

vegto fest faq

What are the details of this year’s festival?

The 39th edition of our festival, now known as VegTO Fest is being held September 21-22 at Nathan Phillips Square in downtown Toronto. The square attracts an estimated 1.5 million visitors yearly. With an area of 4.85 hectares (12.0 acres), it is Canada’s largest city square.It’s located very centrally, a short walk from two subway stops, a streetcar route as well as landmarks like the Eaton Centre, Yonge and Dundas Square. Driving in from outside the city? There’s a huge parking lot right underneath the Square.

How do I volunteer

Want to help out? We’d love to have you! If you’re interested in volunteering please stay tuned! 

How do I become an exhibitor?

Want to show off your plant-based wares? Spread the word about your charity or non-profit? There’s more information here!

Is the festival family and pet friendly?

Yes! Everyone is welcome at our festival. It’s 100% outdoors, but keep in mind that it may be crowded and noisy; we know not all dogs (or all humans) are fans of that.

How large is the festival this year?

This year we will have over 200 vendors, and are expecting approx 30,000 guests. Our new venue, Nathan Phillips Square is larger than our previous venue and we have space to grow.

Why did the festival move from Harbourfront Centre?

We were at Harbourfront Centre for over 30 years and we understand that to many people the venue is a big part of your VegTO Fest experience. But Harbourfront Centre is no longer hosting events like ours. We’re looking forward to evolving and welcoming everyone to our new larger, more central venue.

Are omnivores welcome?

Of course! VegTO Fest is for everyone; vegans, vegetarians, flexitarians, omnivores, and everyone in between. In fact, about half our attendees are not vegan, and we love that! Plant-based foods are for everyone, and we love sharing the best of vegan Toronto with the whole community.

How do I get involved with VegTO?

Membership with VegTO is an all-access pass to exclusive vegan deals and discounts at more than 80 locations across the Toronto area, exciting events, inspiration for vegan lifestyles, and insider information on all this veg in the Toronto area and beyond. Most of all, for just $25/year, you become a part of our growing community of passionate and compassionate members who support each other at all stages of their vegan journey. We are all in this together! Visit our Members page to learn more.

Poster from one of the original VegTO festivals

Imagine this... its 1985 and The Toronto Vegetarian Association just tucked this flyer into your mailbox. Today, VegTO Fest has grown to become one of the largest event of its kind in North America.

For 38 years, Veg Food Fest has been a beloved Toronto event. From humble beginnings with hundreds in attendance, we have witnessed remarkable growth, with over 35,000 attendees and 160 exhibitors in 2019.

The event has historically included a variety of programs such as cooking demonstrations, award-winning documentaries and conversations with animal advocates, experts in nutrition and best-selling cookbook authors. For VegTO Fest 2023 you'll discover we're adding the unexpected and multiplying the fun when it comes to education and entertainment.

We take pride in our commitment to serving Toronto. Unlike other veg event hosts, VegTO is Toronto-based. We live here, we work here and we understand you. Our grassroots goal has always been to connect local vegan businesses and not-for-profits with an audience that is embracing vegan living.

festival history