Toronto’s Vegan Food and Drink Festival brought all things deliciously meatless and dairy-free to Fort York, Garrison Common on Saturday, August 19. The day long festival, now in its third year, definitely brought in its biggest crowd to date showing that plant-based eating is making its mark in Toronto.
Local favourites like Doomie’s, Doug McNish, Planta, YamChops and Sweet Hart Kitchen brought their staples of Mac N Cheese, Polenta Poutine, Cauliflower Tots, Chick*n Schnitzels and ice cream sandwiches. We also got a visit from Vancouver’s Virtuous Pie who introduced their pizza in advance of opening their College Street location this winter.
Highlights from across the border included the “Tough Stuffed Burger” from NYC’s Champs Diner. LOOK AT THAT MAC!
Coming to you live from New York City, @champsdiner! Joining us on August 19th at #VeganFestTO, Champs Diner is gearing up to serve you the very BEST in #vegan comfort food. Get ready to indulge in their "Tough Stuffed Burger", a house made burger patty, American cheeze, lettuce, tomato, pickles, special sauce, all on a seeded potato bun that's *stuffed* with mac n' cheeze! It's OK to drool. 🤤$10 early bird tickets on sale now. 🍔
Arlo’s from Austin had my absolute favourite of the day. Their vegan cheeseburger is INSANE!!! We had to go back for seconds.
Best presentation we’re giving to the Coconut Buffalo Cauliflower Wings by No Bones Beach Club from Portland.
We're thrilled to announce this epic lineup from @b.e_veganation ! Coming all the way from California to #VeganFestTO, get ready to feast on Apple Wood-Fired Ribs with garlic herb fries, delectable wood-fired "ribs" glazed with their special sweet and savoury barbecue sauce! Also their famous Cajun Southern Fried "Chicken", mouthwatering, juicy, & seasoned to perfection! 😍
Most wanted and longest line went to New York’s Bareburger who brought stacks of the coveted Impossible Burgers. The all plant burger that recreates the sights, sounds, aromas, textures and flavours of its beef counterpart. The verdict? Does it taste like meat? Absolutely! My vegan palate didn’t exactly enjoy the recreation but the meat eater of the group pretty much went into shock. It totally passed.
Are you ready to experience the burger everyone is talking about? The Impossible Burger, the ‘meaty’ and ‘bloody’ plant-based patty that has non-vegans converting, will be available exclusively at #VeganFestTO. Our New York neighbours @bareburger_nyc are bringing 1200 to sell on a first come first served basis, at one per customer only. Get hyped!
Along with all the comfort food and fancy drinks there were also offerings from tons of animal friendly vendors. The demand was high and there were so many booths to visit, next year I think we’re going to need two days to take it all in.