Toronto Veg Spring Market

More than 40 vendors gathered at the Artscape Wychwood Barns last Sunday, serving up plant-based fare to satisfy anyone’s tastes. Hosted by the Toronto Vegetarian Association, the second annual Veg Spring Market offered plenty of sweet, savoury, saucy, spicy and cheezy treats. Check out the highlights below.

Sausage Party's hot dogs
It’s a Sausage Party

With names like The Big Mock (pictured, top left) and The Big Weiner (top right), it’s hard to resist these mouth-watering, vegan hot dogs. Bottom right: The Seoul Food is topped with spicy kimchi, wasabi “mayo” and black sesame seeds.

Dolled Up pastries
Dolled Up Desserts for your sweet tooth

Beautiful cookies in shades of pink and lavender. Indulgent, fudgy brownies that have you wondering how they’re entirely vegan and gluten free.

Fennel Eatery & Juice Bar
Hearty meals by Fennel Eatery

You could eat the rainbow by mixing and matching the salads, roasted veggies, curried cauliflower, guacamole and perogies. This buffet is also located inside Noah’s Natural Foods with a different menu every day.

TC's Tibetan momos
Wrap stars: handmade momos by TC’s MoMo

These Tibetan dumplings are doughy, juicy and huge, and come with a lip-smacking hot sauce influenced by South Asian flavours.

Tibetan noodles
TC’s MoMo also makes pasta noodles
Crazy D's Sodas
Crazy D’s Sodas

With no added sugar, these organic sodas are also gut friendly. There are 9 grams of prebiotic plant fibres in every bottle, promoting the growth of good bacteria in our gut.

Chocosol chocolate
Bean to bar: Chocosol chocolate

When it comes to dark chocolate, vegans are spoiled for choice these days. The best one is by the Toronto-based Chocosol Traders: the chocolate is made fresh from raw cacao beans sourced directly from Mexico. Sold without packaging, the coconut and five chili are my faves. Their hot chocolate and coffee are pure bliss.

Toast and Thyme's avocado toast
Savoury bread spreads by Toast + Thyme

This bread maker specializes in artisanal sourdough. Highlights include avocado (pictured above) as well as chickpea toast and black bean corn salsa toast.

Pasta Tucci's fresh pastas
Stay carbohydrated with Pasta Tuccis noodles and sauces

Colourful pastas in various shapes and sizes.

Pasta Tucci's fresh ravioli
Pasta Tucci even makes vegan ravioli

When you’re craving carbs stuffed with more carbs.

Sudsatorium cosmetics
Cosmetics by Sudsatorium

It’s easy to get consumed by the food choices, but there were also vegan soaps, shampoos, conditioners, lip tints and bath suds for sale.

Natures Basics by Ava cosmetics
Handmade soaps, lotions and candles by Natures Basics by Ava

No waste: new bars of soap are made from 50 shades of soap scrap. Healthy for our bodies and our planet.

Toronto Vegetarian Association booth
Book sale at the TVA booth

Plant-based cooking and animal rights were promoted by the event host, the Toronto Vegetarian Association. Throughout the afternoon, visitors could take part in workshops on exercise, meditation and activism.

Artscape Wychwood Barns

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