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Presented by the Toronto Vegetarian Association, Veg Food Fest is the largest event of its kind in North America, and a staple to the summer Toronto festival scene.

35 years ago in April 1984, five hundred people gathered at the Kensington Campus of George Brown College (now the Kensington Market Lofts) for the Toronto Vegetarian Association’s first Vegetarian Food Festival. The event featured ten cooking demonstrations led by local chefs and restaurateurs and a screening of The Vegetarian World, a 1982 documentary narrated by William Shatner.

Over the years, Veg Food Fest has become a gathering place for hundreds of plant-based focused businesses and organizations to share their delicious food and insights with Toronto communities. Continuing to grow in size, Veg Food Fast has showcased leading international animal advocates, experts in nutrition, best-selling cookbook authors, and award-winning documentaries. The festival is proud to act as a launching point for local businesses and an inclusive event for anyone interested in learning more about plant-based living.

With the past Veg Food Fest hosting over 160 exhibitors and over 40 hours of programming, it’s no wonder that the festival has become the go-to annual destination for vegans, vegetarians, the veg-curious, and all things veg!