Happy September all!
The Toronto Vegetarian Association’s Veg Food Fest is always a treat. This year was no different. There were awesome talks, tasty food demos, many new and cool vendors, and scandal! The scandal I’m referring to is the Field Roast- Canadian Government scandal. Please comment with your opinions and any news you’ve heard on that front. All I know is that Field Roast wasn’t allowed to bring their new products over the boarder for the food fest this year. At their booth they left this sign:
Why isn’t Field Roast allowed to sell their product on the Canadian market? Are they a threat to the sausage industry in some way? In what way are regular sausages healthier than vegan ones? It’s all very scandalous if you ask me. So buy your Field Roast now because they may not be restocked in your local Canadian retailers.
Luckily, there were many highlights at the Veg Food Fest this year– so many it was hard to narrow them down!
Nevertheless, here are Oy Vegan’s top five highlights:
5. I was thrilled to see Hotbeans and Through Being Cool Vegan Baking Company team up as a food vendor in the world café this year. I noshed on the vegan Mac n’ Cheese burrito with homemade potato chips. It was ridiculous (in a good way).
4. The opening night panel ‘Nutrition Myths Debunked’ featured Dr. David Jenkins, Ginny Messina RD, Dr. Tushar Mehta, and Marni Wasserman moderated by Lisa Pitman. It was highly informative as the panelists explained many of the misconceptions about soy citing many medical studies and explaining them in depth. They also explored studies about gluten intolerance, how much B12 we need, and others. Dr. Jenkins gave everyone an inside look at what the people of Okinawa, who have the longest life expectancy in the world, eat. Many of my misconceptions about soy were addressed. The bottom line? Eating soy is good for you and has many health benefits! Woo hoo!
3. The cinnamon babka from Sweets from the Earth. I have to admit…I have a soft spot for Sweets from the Earth. So much so that I had them do the desserts at my vegan wedding. Their treats are amazing and they are very nice people. All their sweets are vegan and kosher certified. They also have a nut-free facility and a gluten-free facility so they have a number of very tasty nut-free and gluten-free options to offer. If you haven’t tried their desserts, definitely check them out!
2. New products that I’m excited about! There are a bunch of new products showcased at the food fest this year. Here are the ones to watch!
- Buchie & Sash and their dairy-free cream cheese was extremely tasty. Their products are currently sold in west end health food stores and are hopefully coming soon to the east end!
- The Honest Leaf and their line of teas for healthy living. I’ve been loving the Detox tea, the Serene tea, and the Slim tea.
- Nongshim’s Soon Veggie Noodle Soup was giving away free noodle soup and prizes at the food fest. I’m always a fan of a quick noodle soup. This one has a lot less of the crap you find in most brands and it’s vegan!
- So Delicious and their line of coconut milks and coconut ice cream. I love the peanut butter swirl!
- YamChops coconut bacon. This stuff is hella good.
1. Veg’to’pia. An exhibit that looked at the evolution of vegetarianism throughout history and Toronto’s role in the vegetarian/vegan community world-wide. Made me proud to be vegan and Torontonian!
1.5. Special shout-out to the new documentary Cowspiracy. Check out the trailer below.