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.
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.
Beautiful cookies in shades of pink and lavender. Indulgent, fudgy brownies that have you wondering how they’re entirely vegan and gluten free.
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.
These Tibetan dumplings are doughy, juicy and huge, and come with a lip-smacking hot sauce influenced by South Asian flavours.
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.
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.
This bread maker specializes in artisanal sourdough. Highlights include avocado (pictured above) as well as chickpea toast and black bean corn salsa toast.
Colourful pastas in various shapes and sizes.
When you’re craving carbs stuffed with more carbs.
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.
No waste: new bars of soap are made from 50 shades of soap scrap. Healthy for our bodies and our planet.
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.