Monthly Archives: September 2012

Toronto Vegetarian Festival 2012

Wow. Thank you so much for the kind words on my last post about losing my cat, Phantom. I meant to take a short hiatus from this blog while life was getting back to normal. That ‘short’ hiatus somehow morphed into a long hiatus of 6 months. I won’t go through all of the things that have changed in 6 months, because really, who cares about the details of some random vegan food blogger’s life. To give you a quick update in one sentence: I moved back to Canada (Toronto to be exact), started a new job, and adopted a lovely kitty named Chloe.

Moving along, this past weekend was the Toronto Vegetarian Festival. I heard it was a pretty good event and so I was eager to check it out. The festival actually runs for three days, but alas, I was only able to go one day. That one day was pretty amazing though.

I was able to eat lots of delicious food, such as this mac and cheese from Green Zebra Kitchen. The cheese was cashew-based and incorporated sweet potato and cauliflower. I was a fan of the sweetness from the sweet potato and I’m definitely going to try that next time I make mac and cheese. I have other casserole ideas using this concept floating around in my head as well.

In my pregan days, I adored butter tarts. I’m not sure if those are a ‘thing’ in the U.S. The filling is sugar (and a lot of it), butter, syrup, and egg. I once tried a vegan recipe that was thickened with cornstarch to replace the egg but it fell horribly short of my butter tart expectations. Wandering around the many bakery booths at the festival (seriously, Toronto, we are so lucky to have all of these amazing bakeries!) I stopped in my tracks at Bloomer’s Bakery. There in the display case were rows upon rows of butter tarts! The filling was absolutely perfect! So gooey, so sweet.

My husband couldn’t choose between the chocolate cupcakes and the brownies and so he did the only logical thing – he bought one of each. Fortunately for me, he couldn’t finish them both and so I helped out with the brownie. It was nice and fudgy, just the way I like it.

The highlight of the day for me was definitely the cooking demos. First up, Isa Chandra Moskowitz made the ginger carrot soup from Vegan with a Vengeance, as well as beet burgers.

Being a total PPK fangirl, I was pretty excited to have Isa sign my copy of Vegan with a Vengeance (my first-ever vegan cookbook!) and snap a photo with me.

Next Terry Hope Romero completely wowed me with the most delicious, succulent seitan I have ever tasted! She made seitan gyros with tzatziki sauce.

And I also got to chat with her for a couple of minutes while she signed my book – she is so nice!

It was a pretty amazing day…I really wish every day was a super, magic, happy VegFest. Thanks to the Toronto Vegetarian Association for putting on such a great event!