Veggielicious: Toronto’s Vegan Food Festival

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If you are the type of person who normally orders salad for lunch and gets frustrated that it costs more than the average entree, well, you are in luck, because the third annual Veggielicious vegetarian food festival kicked off this past week offering incredible deals on vegetarian cuisine.

Veggielicious, is Toronto’s only vegan food festival and it kicked off its third year this past Friday.  This year, there is over 30 restaurants participating across the GTA.

The event was created by the Toronto Vegetarian Association in 2011, and it is a celebration of compassionate and healthy eating that brings the amazing vegetarian and vegan businesses and the people of Toronto together, says David Alexander, who is the Executive Director of the Toronto Vegetarian Association.

The event is a combination of participating restaurants offering a prix fixe menu for customers, or smaller cafes and bakeries offering special promotions on particular food items during the event.

Brianne Arpa, 20, is a second year fashion arts student at Humber’s north campus and she is constantly living an active and healthy lifestyle. “Eating clean and healthy food options should be very important to everyone. Im not a vegetarian myself, but Veggielicious is a perfect way to allow everyone to try vegetarian food, without fully committing to being a vegetarian,” says Arpa.

“What makes it so easy to be a vegetarian in Toronto, is that there is such a great variety of restaurants available that everyone can enjoy.  Veggielicious encourages people to come check out restaurants that they might not normally frequent,” shares Alexander.

Steph Davidson, a former Humber graduate and the Veggielicious media representative recommends Vegetarian Haven, which is a vegan bistro, that is known for its creative Asian fusion cooking. Another great option is Fresh, which is a modern vegetarian restaurant.  Also, if you have a sweet tooth to check out Prairie Girl Bakery, which is offering an assortment of vegan cupcakes during Veggielicious.

“If you are a vegetarian for health reasons, or just interested in trying something new, there is literally something available for everyone to try,” says Alexander.

The event runs until November 30th.

For more information and to see what restaurants and cafes are participating, visit www.veggielicious.ca.

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