Earlier this month, a friend and I went to Harbourfront Centre’s annual Toronto Vegetarian Festival. With high expectations, we were given tons of free food and ate loads of vegetarian/ vegan foods. There was an assortment of booths, ranging from food to beauty products, and definitely more than we can count with both our hands and feet. Plenty of options to choose from, there sure was many baked goods and dessert stands. Sadly, neither of us got baked goodies as we just explored what the festival had to offer.
If you like candy, give Papabubble a try (we got free samples). I’m not a candy fanatic but Papabubble’s candy just melts on the tongue and the name says it all. It fizzes (similar to soda) in the mouth. And there are tons of flavours, there’s bound to be something for everyone!
A few things I learned that day…
1. Vegetarians/ vegans are not limited to only eating pasta.
2. There are vegetarian/ vegan friendly flavoured toothpaste.
3. Friday is the best day to go. Though the event is from Friday to Sunday, there wasn’t many people when we went; Friday 5-8pm.
4. Lots to see/ try even if you’re not vegetarian/vegan.
A few tips you might want to note before going to the festival
1. Be prepared to wait in line for free stuff; we got free drinks, snacks and freebies. There will be unfriendly people who will shove their way into the line. Send them to the back of the line, where they belong.
2. If you’re not familiar to the vegetarian/ vegan scene, have an open mind. This festival is about promoting certain lifestyles. You might not agree to something, and that’s fine. It’s a free event and the vendors and volunteers are giving their time up to be at this event.
3. For those who don’t like crowds, get there early. I went on Friday, the first day of the festival, and there weren’t as many people. I can’t say the same about Saturday or Sunday, but surely the same theory is applicable.
Visit the website for details and a list of vendors.