Written by Denise Deby. Thanks to Michael Calvert, Ottawa Veg Fest for the information and post suggestion.
Ottawa’s annual celebration of all things vegetarian and vegan happens Saturday, June 4 and Sunday June 5, 2016.
Ottawa Veg Fest is an exhibition of local plant-based food–including non-dairy cheeses, ice cream and chocolate, baked goods and meat alternatives–and other products and services. There’ll be samples of food, cooking demonstrations, speakers and information about local organizations and businesses.
Ottawa Veg Fest happens at the RA Centre, 2451 Riverside Dr., from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. both days. Admission is by donation, with proceeds going to local non-profits (last year the Ottawa Food Bank’s Community Harvest Program, and the National Capital Vegetarian Association).
Here are a few things the organizers would like you to know:
- There are more places than ever in Ottawa to find great vegan and vegetarian food and other products—including new businesses Little Jo Berry’s, Rawlicious, Grow Your Roots and Thirteen Muesli, well-established options such as The Table Vegetarian Restaurant, Simply Raw and Planet Botanix, and lots of other food and personal care products and services. That’s reflected in the large number of exhibitors—more than 80—at this year’s Veg Fest.
- Ottawa Veg Fest is for everyone, vegetarian or not: it’s a great place to discover local food producers and vendors.
- Vegan food is anything but boring: “In reality, vegan food can be incredibly creative, flavourful, and reflect virtually any style of cuisine.”
Some things you can try at Ottawa Veg Fest:
Very often international cuisines are a plant-food lover’s best friend. From Indian to African to Japanese, international foods open up new ways to eat your veggies. Visitors to Veg Fest will be able to sample and purchase food from Asian Stars, Baccanalle, and All About the Soup – which has a huge range of international flavours covered with its soups.
Sometimes it’s all about the presentation, but other times you just want filling and hearty options that remind you of the warming dishes of your childhood. Panago Pizza will be there serving vegan pizza, and The Table Vegetarian is renowned for its delicious and hearty whole foods comfort dishes.
Just in time for summer, Veg Fest will be a great place to learn about the lighter fare that our bodies often want during the warmer months. You don’t want to miss SimplyRaw Express, returning as a sponsor, as well as new Ottawa vegan restaurant Rawlicious.
Who doesn’t want to sink their teeth into a succulent cupcake, or enjoy the guilty pleasure of a cookie? You can find those at Veg Fest too! Both Strawberry Blonde and Sweet Cheeks bakeries offer entirely vegan and gluten free treat menus, and will be at Veg Fest with an array of their offerings.
If you want the taste of dairy cheese but without any of the bad stuff, Nona Vegan Foods Limited and Fauxmagerie Zengarry are must-hit booths. Nona makes amazing cheesy sauces from cashews, and Zengarry is the country’s largest producer of fine cashew cheeses in nine different flavours! If it’s ice cream you’re craving, Oat and Mill will be there serving up and selling their oat-based ice cream, made right here in the Ottawa area. Last year they were one of the most popular attractions! And finally, Snell House Foods will have a great array of sauces and dressings – vegan and locally made!”
For more information about Ottawa Veg Fest, see their website.