The annual Veg Food Fest is this weekend, and I’m getting into the spirit by looking at photos from last year. Turns out there’s a whole lot of them. Here’s a taste of veg food fest 2017.
From the team that brought you Apiecalypse Now! comes the tastiest, biggest, and most inventive vegan burger menu you’ve ever seen. I’m talking about BRGR KVLT of course, which were last year’s main event. Oh, and they’re back at it again this year so don’t miss out.
It was a tough choice, but I finally decided to get the EYEATETHOU. This giant burger is actually a mouth-watering chicken and waffles sandwich. Two gluten-free cornbread waffles barely hold together the following: gluten-free southern fried crunchy tofu, sweet potato salad, buttermilk ranch, coconut bacon, and corn succotash. Are you drooling yet? It was so good, I had to get it twice. The other burger pictured? Oh, that’s just BRGR KVLT’s most popular burger: WOLVES IN THE BURGER ROOM! Imagine a double cheeseburger gone wild. This burger has a white bun, lettuce, two soy patties, cheese, bacon, mac and cheese, chips, deep fried pickles, maple bbq sauce, and garlic mayo. The best part? These burgers are 100% plant-based so you won’t feel like crap afterwards. Now all that’s left is to head to Apiecalypse Now! and scope out dessert.
This french toast doughnut from Bloomer’s has got to be the best doughnut I have ever eaten. After finding out about this doughnut online, I headed straight to the Bloomer’s booth on Saturday morning. Good thing I arrived early because the french toast doughnut sold out fast. My guess is that once people tasted the doughnut, they couldn’t help but tell a friend and get at least one more. I know I did.
Richa Gupta (Good Food For Good) Cooking Demo
Aside from the amazing food vendors, Veg Food Fest also has presentations, yoga, workshops, and cooking demos. In between taking notes and nibbling on samples, I forgot to take photos of the most of the food served after the cooking demos. However, I do have a photo of the incredible food prepared by Richa Gupta from Good Food For Good. Pictured is popcorn, soup, tea, tofu scramble, and chickpea crepe. All made with turmeric! Who knew you could use turmeric in so many ways? It’s tough to pick a favourite, but if I’d have to choose I’d go with the curried coconut carrot lentil soup. For some unknown reason, I am terrible at making soup, and so I’m always impressed when I taste one that is spot on.
Sam Turnbull (It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken) Cooking Demo
Another cooking demo where I remembered to take photos of the food was Sam Turnbull’s demo with recipes from her blog It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken. After Sam’s demo, I was an instant fan. She had a great positive energy, and made cooking seem fun and effortless. In addition to baking a classic chocolate chip cookie, Sam made sweet Korean lentils which I’ve never had or even heard of before. She also made her Melty Stretchy Gooey Vegan Nacho Cheese, and managed to convince me of how easy making plant-based cheese can be. I vowed to recreate the fuss-free recipes the following week (and successfully have made them many times since!).
One of the last things I had at last year’s Veg Food Fest was a steamed bun from King’s Café. The freshly steamed dough was pillowy and light, and the vegetable filling was perfectly seasoned. I’ve wanted to try a steamed bun since discovering Mean Bao, but figured the filling couldn’t possibly be vegan. After having my first taste at Veg Food Fest, I wanted more and was amazed to find how many steamed bun options across the city were accidentally vegan.
Veg Food Fest 2018 starts this Friday (September 7th – 9th), so stop by Harbourfront Centre to celebrate all things veg!