Have you ever dreamed of walking through a magical cupcake land with tubs of frosting floating around and cupcakes dancing around like heavenly visions of sugar plums? No? Okay, well I guess it’s just me then. If you can believe it, those make-believe cupcake land dreams of mine came true on Saturday at the Vegetarian Food Fair at Harbourfront – sans the fairy wings and all though! Welcome to the 3rd part of the Vegetarian Food Fair series of 2011, vegan cupcake-style! Toronto may not be the vegetarian and vegan capital of the world, but I’m really fortunate to live around a city with options and with so many talented, enthusiastic business-owners and entrepreneurs who are constantly keeping things fresh, exciting, and innovative with their vegan creations.
I remember the first time I ate a vegan cupcake: October 2010 at the cafe that used to be in the Blue Banana gift shop in Kensington Market. What can I say? My memory is good when it comes to things with frosting! The cupcakes from Blue Banana were actually ones from Dundas St. West’s very own OMG Baked Goodness and I remember how chocolatey and fudgy they were and how much I loved them. The frosting was one of the most amazing things that had ever danced on my tastebuds and from that day on, I knew vegan sweets were in a league of their own.
After going through all my photos from the fair Saturday night, I knew right off the bat that two posts were not going to be enough to showcase all the yumminess, and I knew that there was no chance of me squishing all my cupcake photos into my vegan desserts and sweets Part II post. So here we are with an entire post dedicated to the vegan cupcakes at the food fest. I cannot believe how many delicious, beautiful vegan cupcakes were here; I was going bat-apeing crazy! The first thought that popped into my head as soon as I walked through the first aisle of booths was, “Are you kidding me?! I can’t eat all this, my tummy’s not big enough! This is so unfair!” Cue foot stomping. And the realization that I was only going to be able to eat one, at best. Hence the ridiculous amount of photos; I needed some way of ingesting the awesomeness that lay before me.
We’re talking about rows and rows of s’mores cupcakes, mint chocolate, lavender chocolate (Sweets From the Earth), butterscotch pecan (Bloomers Bakery), pumpkin spice, red velvet, cookies and cream, chocolate coffee buttercream with mini donut (I KNOW. Oh my god to the max), French toast (double oh my god) from Bunner’s Bake Shop, and many others, all from local businesses and bakeries. I was wading through a cupcake dreamworld, a beautiful world I really didn’t want to leave! Even though I knew there were great vegan bakeries in the city, I was introduced to businesses I didn’t even know existed. I had no idea so many of them did cupcakes in that capacity, and it makes me so excited to know there are new flavours waiting for me to try out and new businesses for me to get to know. The Vegetarian Food Fair was just phenomenal and I’m super happy I have these photos and great memories to look back on. Because I’m going to need these to tide me over until next year 😉
The Toronto Vegetarian Association (TVA) is located at 17 Baldwin St., 2nd floor (near the corner of Baldwin St. and McCaul St., south of Cecil St.). To learn more about TVA’s mandate, events, news, and more, click here. The Harbourfront Centre is located at 235 Queens Quay West. For more info on their festivals, events, workshops, gallery shows, and more, click here.