Toronto VegFoodFest: Why you should come, and my top picks for cooking demos and presentations

"Are you coming to the 30th Toronto VegFoodFest? This year it is the biggest and the best ever!" I asked a friend of mine.
"Why would I," she said, "I am not a vegetarian or vegan."

Why would you...

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If you love food, and have a concern about nutrition and health, you will have a blast. Let me tell you why of all Toronto food festivals, I prefer TorontoVegFest :

  • Because whether you eat meat or not, you still need to eat your veggies. And who knows better how to cook without meat than people whose whole diet is based on veggies, fruit, nuts, and legumes?
  • Because your health is your most precious asset. And you can improve it by using foods and ideas you’ve got at the VegFoodFest.
  • Perhaps, you are trying to stick to a healthy active lifestyle, and are realizing it’s not as easy to keep your weight and your stress level under control in your forties as it was in your twenties.
  • Because you can get a scoop of most recent developments in food issues, animal welfare, planet’s health and how it affects you.
  • Because if you thought about changing your diet, and was not sure which way or how far you should go, what should you choose to eat, you will likely find answers.
  • Because you can meet fantastic people face to face, hear from the best dietitians and open-minded doctors, see the demos from the best chefs, and come home excited, with new ideas, and new foods.

At any other street festival, you will listen to music, buy trinkets, and eat – likely, junk food.
And you can find veggie junk food here, if that’s what you want. But this is the only festival that has an overwhelming amount of foods and goods that support healthy, conscious life choices.

My recommendations what to see at the VegFoodFest

Pick at least one presentation or a cooking demo that resonates with you from the program. Come early, try some great foods samplers, explore some of 130 vendors of the VegFoodFest.

For the talks and presentations, get in line EARLY ( the latest, 15 minutes prior to the event). I know from the past that interest to those events is high, and spaces are limited.

Fri, September 5th 2014

  • >8 p.m. Presentation: Nutrition Myths Debunked by a panel of world renown nutrition experts including Ginny Messina, RD, an author of many books, Marni Wasserman and two medical doctors. Ask your questions! Find out what impacts all kinds of dietary choices make on your health.

Saturday, September 6th

  • Noon – Cooking Demo Plantful Inspiration: Cooking with Marni Wasserman who will demo a simple plant based recipe from her new bookz
  • 1 p.m. DVD watching party Dr Michael Greger on latest in clinical nutrition
  • 2 p.m. Cooking demo Fall into Salad Samurai with Terry Hope Romero, who will prepare a Backyard Buffalo Ranch Caesar Salad from her new book Salad Samurai. Terri will repeat it on Sunday, 2 to 3 pm
  • 7 p.m. Cooking demo Everyday Superfoods with Ricki Heller – practical, tasty superfood choices.
  • 8 p.m. Cooking demo Afro-Vegan: African, Caribbean & Southern Flavours Remixed with Bryant Terry
    My two top choices are conflicting in time:
  • 5:30 p.m. - Presentation The 7 Habits of Healthy, Happy Vegans with Ginny Messina, RD
  • 5:00 p.m. – Cooking Demo - Raw Pasta Three Ways with Rawlicious
    Rawlicious makes fantastic raw pastas from zucchinis. I won’t want to miss the chef's demo. At the same time, Ginny Messina is one of the most highly regarded vegan dietitians in North America, so I am sure her talk will be very interesting.

Sunday, September 7th

  • Noon – Cooking Demo - The Undiet Fermentation Station – I do practice fermenting foods, and you could too because it’s easy, tasty and extremely good for you.
  • 4 p.m. - Veg Food Fest Donut Showdown – this competition should be fun to watch… and taste the results! Not my top choice but hey – I will take a break from a healthy diet ?
  • 2 p.m. Cooking demo Fall into Salad Samurai with Terry Hope Romero, who will prepare a Backyard Buffalo Ranch Caesar Salad from her new book Salad Samurai. Nothing inspires to eat less meat than a documentary on how it is produced and what impacts it has on you and your environment. The ostrich defence, aka hiding your head in sand, won’t help. Check out:
  • 3 p.m. - The Environmental Hoofprint with Tony Weis, PhD
  • 6 p.m. - Cowspiracy Documentary Screening

Come join us at the biggest and best vegetarian food festival in North America! Get new ideas. Try new foods. Become a member of Toronto Vegetarian Association and get discounts in many restaurants and stores across the city. Get energized and inspired to make healthy life choices. And, most importantly, HAVE FUN!

…My friend is coming. I hope to see you there too! See more at the VegFoodFest's Website

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