10 Thousand Tastes 10 Billion Reasons

I had the plea­sure of attend­ing a totally vegan event a few week­ends ago. It was called 10,000 Tastes 10 Bil­lion Rea­sons and it took place in one of the busiest squares in down­town Toronto.

Scores of dif­fer­ent vegan food ven­dors lined Dun­das Square giv­ing away free sam­ples of their prod­ucts. Silk gave away choco­late almond milk, Daiya sam­pled their new cheese wedges, and local Toronto fire­fight­ers cooked up Gardein veg­gie burg­ers for throngs of Toron­to­ni­ans and tourists alike.

Rip Essel­styn and I

The fea­tured guest on the main stage was Rip Essel­styn, vegan celeb and son of Dr. Cald­well B. Essel­styn who con­ducted the ground­break­ing 20 year study that proves that a change in diet can cure heart dis­ease.  Rip spoke about his plant based nutri­tion pro­gram called “The Engine 2 Diet”. I  also found out from a lovely fire­fighter who was cook­ing up my veg­gie burger that Rip also spoke to the fire­fight­ers up at Downsview and suc­cess­fully got 75 of them to try a vegan diet.

Sadly, I arrived after Rip had fin­ished speak­ing but I did get to hear the vocal stylings of the tal­ented Jenn Grant as I filled my belly with vegan treats.

I espe­cially loved these signs that were fea­tured around the site!

We also bumped into a few veg­ans celebs along the way.

Us and Georges Laraque. 

This was an awe­some event for veg­ans, veg­e­tar­i­ans, and non-veggies alike. I love that it was in such a cen­tral loca­tion and that it got a great mes­sage out to all the inter­ested passersby.

Oy Vegan!

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