…on yet another Veg Food Fest which took place the weekend of September 9, 10 & 11 2016. This annual event usually coincides with the opening weekend of TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival).
When I first heard of this festival I was excited to go. It was an event I looked forward to all year-long and planned my work schedule around it so I was able to attend the full weekend. I’d save my pennies and buy all manner of vegetarian/vegan food, some cookbooks and any other paraphernalia that a primarily plant-eating person may need. This year it was different.
I only attended a small part of the festival this year and didn’t spend as much money as I have in the past. The usual suspects were in attendance: animal rights groups, the Toronto Vegetarian Association (who host the event), local bakeries and the Vitamix people among others. It would seem vegetarianism and veganism have gone fairly mainstream in Toronto and most of what is available at this meat-free extravaganza is available year-round in Toronto. I did come away with a few highlights though:
- an amazing vegan souvlaki wrap from TBC Vegan aka Through Being Cool. I think they are now my favourite bakery for sweet and savoury items. So far, their food has never disappointed.
- a colourful and healthy plate of Ethiopian, Eritrean food (Mmm injera and lentils!)
- cooking pasta with Taymer Mason the Caribbean Vegan. She has a new cookbook coming out November 2016 and has chosen Toronto as the first place to launch this book! Her tips? Use a combination of flax meal/seed with water and a little tahini to replace the eggs in pasta dough; use a 3:1 ratio of all-purpose flour to semolina and knead well to activate the gluten (this helps mimic the binding property that eggs provide); after rolling and shaping the dough, you can use a clothes hangar and hang your pasta strips on it to dry.
And now a few items from Tori’s Bakeshop who will be opening a second shop in Toronto at the Distillery District.