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Presented by the Toronto Vegetarian Association, the Veg Food Fest is the leading event of its kind in North America and one of the largest vegetarian events in the world.

In April 1985, 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, the Veg Food Fest has grown to become North America’s largest vegetarian celebration. We have showcased leading international animal advocates, experts in nutrition, best-selling cookbook authors, award-winning documentaries, even feats of strength. The festival has been a launching point for local businesses and an annual destination for vegans, vegetarians, and veg-curious eaters.

With over 140 exhibitors and over 30 hours of educational programming, today’s Veg Food Fest showcases live cooking demonstrations, music, workshops, films, and presentations on a variety of topics.