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Recap: The Toronto Vegetarian Food Festival

Last weekend was the 2013 edition of the Toronto Vegetarian Food Festival.  This is honestly the best weekend of my year! I’ve been going for several years, mostly for the food, but also for the speakers, demonstrations and information about animal rights and advocacy groups.  I was very impressed with the amount of gluten-free options this year.  I usually avoid desserts and heavily processed food, EXCEPT for this wonderful weekend in September.  I buy whatever tickles my fancy, and then go into a sugar coma post-festival. I actually bring containers so that I can buy treats and even dinner items and eat them later or freeze them.


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This year I was only able to make it out on Saturday, which was a very rainy and cool day.  The good news is that there were very few lines. I think I would definitely aim to go back on a rainy day next year, too!  I also left my cellphone somewhere during the festival, and some nice person left it at the lost and found.  Thanks, stranger!

Below is what I got at the festival.

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Vegan Bake-Off

When? This Saturday, February 5th from 2:30-4
Where? 918 Bathurst St., just north of Bloor and Bathurst subway station

I’m entering the Vegan Bake-Off! The Vegan Bake-off is an annual event, hosted by the Toronto Vegetarian Association. I made a delicious gluten-free treat, and I’ve heard there will be two gluten-free categories this year! I believe there is also a raw category, so hopefully there will be many gluten-free goodies to sample! Sample plates are about 3 bucks for about 5 samples, so come out and get sampling!

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Eating in Toronto: Starving Artist

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Any place that has vegan and gluten-free waffles gets my vote for awesomeness.  Everything in this place is served on or with waffles. I think they only had one vegan thing on the menu, but it was pretty great, so I don’t care.

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Eating Around Campus: Oakham House Cafe

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Oakham House is one of the student owned places on campus. They have all of their menu items labeled if they are vegan and/or gluten-free. Plus, it is cheap. I think my stir fry was $ 6. The sauce needed some help, but for a cheap meal, I won’t complain too much. They also have a veggie curry and soup options that are vegan and gluten-free. I also saw that they have gluten-free toast, but I’m not sure if it is vegan as well. I will probably come back here again, because the foods is cheap and they actually have some options for me!

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Eating in Toronto: Butler’s Pantry

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I love Butler’s Pantry. They have cheap and delicious food, and they have several vegan options on their menu. Their salad dressing is the best dressing ever!

I almost always get the vegetable bhaji. It is pretty awesome.

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Eating in Toronto: Urban Herbivore

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Lunch today was quinoa and lentils, broccoli, roasted cauliflower, avocado, chickpea salad, black bean salad, shredded beets and tahini sauce. I also got a magic square which was pretty awesome.

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Eating in Toronto: Fresh

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If I had to choose a favourite restaurant, Fresh would probably be it. I have all of their cookbooks and always make their recipes at home, but that doesn’t stop me from coming back to the actual restaurant. Their food is so good! This time I went for a special they were having that was basically every burrito filling you could think of in a bowl on rice, topped with hemp seeds. It was awesome. If you find yourself in Toronto, you need to go here. They’ve got a list of menu items that are gluten-few as well, if you aren’t sure what you can get. Go! Posthaste!

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Eating in Toronto: Urban Herbivore, Take 2!

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This time I had a grain bowl: quinoa and lentils, beets, sprouts, broccoli, roasted red peppers, black bean salad, artichoke hearts, almonds and a citrus dressing.

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Eating in Toronto: Hogtown Vegan

I have wanted to go to Hogtown Vegan since I first heard that it opened! I finally got the chance a few weeks ago. I went for brunch with Greg. Everything is vegan, but they also have marked what is gluten-free and nut-free. There weren’t too many gluten-free items on the brunch menu, but I would probably eat anything off of their menu!

I had the taco salad. It was good, but I wish I could try something more awesome, like the waffles.

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Greg had the breakfast biscuits: “tofu scramble on flaky biscuits topped with mushrooms, gravy and a fried tomato.” It looked really good, but sadly it wasn’t gluten-free.

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For dessert, I had a gigantic chocolate torte. It was the size of a plate and very rich. Maybe I don’t know what a torte is, but it tasted like a chocolate brownie to me. It was still awesome, but kind of too gigantic. I know, I didn’t think that was possible, either. I could only eat about a third of it, and got the rest to go.

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I really want to go back here for a non-brunch meal sometime soon!

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