Guess what starts this Friday and who’s going? Did you guess the 29th Annual Vegetarian Food Festival and yours truly? If so, then you were right!
So, just by chance I was walking along Queen’s Quay (pronounced “key”) of downtown Toronto a couple of weeks ago and I came across a poster at the Harbourfront Centre (yay Canadian spelling!) that announced that the Toronto VegFest would be taking place while I was still in town!!! Shut up! No way am I that lucky!
And did I mention it’s free?
September 6-8, baby. I couldn’t have planned this portion of my North American Road Trip better. Especially since it is one of the biggest Vegetarian events in the world, at over 40,000 visitors. And tons of vendors, diverse speakers, workshops, panels, and cooking demos.
The VegFest’s mission is to “empower people to choose a healthier, greener, more compassionate lifestyle – whether that means going veg or just learning about all the delicious, diverse meat-free options.” I can get behind that. So, of course, I postponed any plans to head up to Montreal until after this illustrious event ends.
Now, in between planning how I can accidentally bump into and meet two fellow bloggers that I have girl-crushs on – Kristen Lajeunesse of Will Travel for Vegan Food and Heather Nicholds of Healthy Eating Starts Here – I sat down to plan which workshops to catch. Which was hard because so many exciting ones overlapped!
Workshops I’m Attending that Will Help Out My Readers
Didn’t you know that I’m attending this event totally selflessly, in the service of you, my wonderous, awesomeful readers? Well, maybe I have my own interests at heart, just a little bit, but really everything I learn comes right back to you. So look forward to a recap of the most powerful messages I got out of the VegFest when it’s over. Here are some of the workshops that caught my eye:
Selene Vakharia– “Everyday Superfoods”
- Since superfoods don’t have to be dried powders shipped from thousands of miles away, this workshop explores the “super” foods already in our lives that are easily accessible and inexpensive.
Ryan Patey “Sweet and sour: Spreading the vegan message beyond a cupcake”
- Talking about how to share our truths without turning people off. And the no-no tactics that are often used.
Cherie Soria and Dan Ladermann “The Raw Truth”
- Seems like they will cover a broad range of raw topics. I’m happy being a fly on the wall and soaking up whatever info they have to give.
Selene Vakharia – “Healthy hormones, happy you: A story of estrogen dominance”
- If you read my post on adult acne and its connection to hormonal imbalances then you know how personal this topic is to me.
Linda Woolven & Ted Snider – “A Scientific Celebration of Health & Vegetarianism”
- The description starts with “Vegetarians are always being put on the defensive and made to defend the health of their alternative diet.” Sound familiar? I’m always up for research that provides key talking points.
Heather Nicholds “Easy, Fun, and Healthy Meal Planning”
- Self explanatory! Heather shares my laid-back approach to healthy eating.
Jennifer Cornbleet– “Raw Food Made Easy”
- This food demo should be fun. Hopefully I’ll learn some tips and techniques I can pass along to you guys.
Now your turn. Anyone going to the Toronto Vegetarian Food Festival? Wanna meet up? What’s your favorite Veg Festival or Event? Share in the comments!