Corn, Quinoa, Spices, Latte Art & a Royal Baby Cupcake Decorating Shower! July Cooking Classes & Demos!

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Corn Trail: Chef Gloria Carillo’s Patasca and Chicha at the Harbourfront Centre, July 6.  2pm – 2:45pm.  Zone 5 at Harbourfront, 235 Queens Quay West.  FREE.  As part of the Corn Trail series, Chef Gloria Carillo introduces us to patasca, a corn/maize based soup/stew paired with Chicha, a cool and refreshing drink in this Bolivian-centric demo where she brings her perspective on eco-organic and sustainable food processes and practices.  http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/whatson/food.cfm?id=5013

Corn Trail: Chef Lirio Peck at the Harbourfront Centre, July 6.  3:30pm – 4:15pm.  Zone 5 at Harbourfront, 235 Queens Quay West.  FREE.  As part of the Corn Trail series, Chef Lirio Peck, owner and Peruvian culinary extraordinaire behind Harbord Street’s Boulevard Café, comes to the Harbourfront for a demo on summer fresh Peruvian food featuring corn!  http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/whatson/food.cfm?id=5015

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Corn Trail: Chef Rossy Earle’s Panamanian Chicken Tamales at the Harbourfront Centre, July 6.  12:30pm – 1:15pm.  Zone 5 at Harbourfront, 235 Queens Quay West.  FREE.  As part of the Corn Trail series, Chef Rossy Earle brings her culinary savvy and cultural roots from Panama City to Harbourfront to showcase chicken tamales and Latin American influences!  Her food demo will feature corn (maize) dough filled with chicken, vegetables and steamed in banana leaves and discussion about how this traditional dish from the rural has made its way into urban spaces and kitchens to become a staple in South American cuisine and diet.  http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/whatson/food.cfm?id=5012

Quinoa Trail: Chef Elliot Gomez’s Quinoa & Brie Croquettes at the Harbourfront Centre, July 7.  4:30pm – 5:30pm.  Zone 5 at Harbourfront, 235 Queens Quay West.  FREE.  As part of the Quinoa Trail series, Chef Elliot Gomez from Apostrophe Catering will tempt the tastebuds with quinoa and brie croquettes at this demo – perfect as a party appetizer!  http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/whatson/food.cfm?id=5028

Quinoa Trail: Chef Gloria Carillo’s Quinoa Tacos at the Harbourfront Centre, July 7.  12:30pm – 1:30pm.  Zone 5 at Harbourfront, 235 Queens Quay West.  FREE.  As part of the Quinoa Trail series, Chef Gloria Carillo cooks up a storm using quinoa, the supergrain that has skyrocketed to culinary fame within the last few years, to make quinoa tacos.  Gloria brings her perspective on eco-organic and sustainable food processes and practices at this demo while also discussing quinoa’s long and rich history in South American cuisine.  http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/whatson/food.cfm?id=5023

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Quinoa Trail: Chef Luis Barreto’s Pesque de Quinoa at the Harbourfront Centre, July 7.  2:30pm – 3:30pm.  Zone 5 at Harbourfront, 235 Queens Quay West.  FREE.  As part of the Quinoa Trail series, Chef Luis Barreto, owner and manager of La Cocina de Doña Luz, prepares Pesque de Quinoa, an Andean risotto at this demo with both his Peruvian and French cultural and culinary background.  http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/whatson/food.cfm?id=5027

Crafting Custom Spice Blends by Wes Allen at The Depanneur, July 8.  6:30pm. 1033 College Street.  $40+HST/person.  Wes Allen takes you on a whirlwind global journey as he teaches you about spice blends from around the world and how to create your own homemade ones right in your own kitchen!  Spice mixes and blends include Moroccan, Asian, BBQ, New England and more.  Participants will get to make 5 mixes, take home samples and one bottle of their own signature mix.  Food and refreshments will be served!  http://thedepanneur.ca/event/workshop-crafting-custom-spice-blends-by-wes-allen/

How to Make Latte Art at Yorkville Kitchen Studio, July 8.  7pm-9pm.  3 Yorkville Ave.  $175 +HST/person.  Calling all food artists and baristas-to-be!  This special class at the Yorkville Kitchen Studio is a hands-on, interactive class on how to make beautiful “drawings” in lattes and other coffee drinks.  The class will teach you how to make the perfect latte to start with, the art of steaming milk (foam, no bubbles!) and popular latte art patterns including the heart, the rosetta and the tulip. http://www.yorkvillekitchenstudio.com/event/learn-how-to-make-latte-art-5/

GE Café Chefs Series – Masters of Food at Evergreen Brick Works, July 9.  6pm-9pm.  550 Bayview Ave.  $75 each workshop, $420 for 6 workshops, save $30.  Learn tips and techniques from Toronto chefs, discuss and explore food issues over wine and a great meal with other participants!  Funds raised through the series will help support children’s educational food programs at Evergreen Brick Works.

In this class, delve into the “Past, Present and Future of Canadian Cuisine” with Chef John Higgins for an evening of great food, and wine from Cave Spring Cellars from Jordan, Ontario and a look at how our communal engagement with food generation after generation strengthens the local food economy.  http://ebw.evergreen.ca/whats-on/food/chefs-series#jul9

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Royal Baby Shower Celebration Cupcake Decorating at Le Dolci, July 13.  10am-12pm.  1006 Dundas Street West.  $80 +HST/person.  Join the team at Le Dolci for a royal party like no other – cupcake style!  Celebrate Kate and William’s bundle of joy with a royal baby shower where you can decorate cupcakes in our of the newest member of royal family.  And while you’re at it, check out the adorable memorabilia of our Royal Highness in Le Dolci’s studio!  http://www.ledolci.com/class-schedule/

How to Make Chutney by Shayma Saadat at The Depanneur, July 15.  6:30pm. 1033 College Street.  $40+HST/person.  Join Shayma at this summer chutney-making workshop where participants will have the chance to make 2 chutneys – Cinnamon Peach and Caramelized Tomato – inspired by ingredients from the Afghan, Pakistani and Persian cuisines.  These chutneys will be perfect to serve over meat on the grill, with appetizers and more at your next barbecue or summer party!  Participants will work in groups of 3, chopping and prepping ingredients, cooking on the stove-top and decanting into jars to take home (1 jar person; if you’d like some of both, bring along your own jar).  At the end?  A chutney, bread and cheese tasting!  http://thedepanneur.ca/event/workshop-tangy-spicy-sweet-how-to-make-chutney-by-shayma-saadat/

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Savour the Summer Series: Juices & Smoothies by Marni Wasserman, July 16.  6:30pm-9:30pm.  26 Lauderdale Drive (Bayview Ave. & York Mills).  $120 +HST/person for one class; $425+HST for all 4 series classes (see link for details).  Stay cool, fresh and hydrated at this summer juice and smoothie class!  Learn the differences between juicing and making smoothies and incorporating different types of ingredients into your next drink!  Sample Menu: green juice, beet, carrot apple juice, chocolate super smoothie, tropical mango smoothie, pink ginger lemonade.  http://www.marniwasserman.com/classes/event-registration/?regevent_action=register&event_id=149

Perfect Pies at Le Dolci, July 28.  11am-1pm.  1006 Dundas Street West.  $60 +HST/person.  Join the team at Le Dolci for a class dedicated to making the perfect pie!  Learn the ins and outs of creating pie crusts, fillings, dough coverings and lattice and more.  Included are all ingredients, recipes and instruction and a ready-to-bake pie to take home!  http://www.ledolci.com/class-schedule/

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Savour the Summer Series: Appetizers & Dips by Marni Wasserman, July 30.  6:30pm-9:30pm.  26 Lauderdale Drive (Bayview Ave. & York Mills).  $120 +HST/person for one class; $425+HST for all 4 series classes (see link for details).  Take a dip this summer into fun, delicious and healthy vegetarian apps and dips that you can show off and enjoy at your next summer entertaining party.  Sample menu: mango rice paper rolls, green pea guacamole, white bean and dill dip, spinach almond patties, sunflower seed nori rolls.  http://www.marniwasserman.com/classes/event-registration/?regevent_action=register&event_id=154

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Beer, Beer, Beer – Bed, Bed, Bed! Tacos, Hot & Spicy Food, Pizza Nights, and BEER Events in July!

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Happy Canada Day!

Happy Canada Day, everyone!  I know not all of you are Canadian, but you read Ate by Ate so that makes you an honourary one in my book!  Today was absolute MADNESS in the city!  It was hot, scorching, and disgusting but that certainly didn’t deter any of the festivities that were going on in town: Pride parade, Euro, our Blue Jays game, Harbourfront Centre food events up the wazoo, and plenty of farmers’ marketing and patio dining all across town.  Let it be known that I typically don’t go out on Canada Day, in the sense of being out on the town.  In the past, I’ve either been working (hello, garden centre!), visiting my grandparents, or staying home to catch up on sleep and eat pizza.  But this time, things were different and boy, did I ever have a blast being out today!  I was hot, sticky, and gross and I was thisclose to coming down with a migraine because of the heat, but I’m back home squeaky clean, feeling much better, and ready to start July with a bang!  Here’s some of the great food stuff we can look forward to this month:

New markets and market events: 401 Richmond is now hosting a farmers’ market and local food market in the building’s lounge on Tuesdays from 4pm-6pm, and while you’re at it, check out their beautiful rooftop garden!  I haven’t been to the market, but I have been to the rooftop garden and it is absolutely beautiful.  There’s such peace and tranquility up there and I think it’s great spot to enjoy a quiet bite and a good book.  It’s a green space that everyone should take advantage of, so definitely check out when the rooftop garden is open with the staff. 

401 Richmond Rooftop Garden!

And speaking of local food, Constance Dykun and Rachel Silva of Monforte Dairy have finally opened their local food market shop, Crème Fraîche, at 639 Annette St. in the Junction in the west end!  Here you can find Monforte cheeses, DeFloured baked goods, bread from St. John’s Bakery, ChocoSol goodies, and more.  I can’t wait to eventually check out their shop and get in some yummy Junction eats while I’m at it!

Find Monforte Dairy and more at the new local food market shop, Crème Fraîche, in the Junction!

July is the month of BEER!  Oh my good lord is this month ever overflowing with beer!  For all of you who love your malts, stouts, and ale, this month is your month.  First off, Evergreen Brick Works is hosting a beer party in honour of Canada Day weekend from 12pm-4pm TOMORROW, appropriately named the Constitutional Draught at Brewer’s Backyard!  In addition to the event at EBW, The Stop is hosting 4, count ’em FOUR, Beer Gardens this month!  Taking place each and every Sunday from 1pm-5pm, you’ll be able to enjoy local Ontario beer with some fabulous nibbles to go along with your ice cold beverage.  The Stop’s Beer Gardens are spaces where you can taste and sample, learn about local beer purveyours and breweries, and meet people in the business.  Oh, and did I also mention that July 27th marks the 18th Annual Toronto Festival of Beer?!  Held at Exhibition Place, this highly anticipated event will feature over 200 brands on-site to sample and purchase, the World of Beer Pavilion highlighting the brews of Quebec, the Brewmaster’s Series where attendees can take advantage of workshops and seminars, and so much more!

Taco Takedown and many other food events & festivals!

July also welcomes the return of Summerlicious (July 6 – 22) and Tasty Thursdays (July 12 – August 30) and a host of food festivals including Harbourfront Centre’s Hot & Spicy Food Festival and its many cooking demos, food markets, and shows (July 20 – 22),  Albion-Islington’s Fusion of Taste Festival (July 21), and Evergreen Brick Works’ Family Pizza Nights series every Tuesday from 6pm-9pm! 

Harbourfront Centre is seriously dishing out the eats this summer and I am so, so excited for this particular event: TACO TAKEDOWN!  On July 20 from 6:30-9pm, attendees will have the chance to stuff themselves silly with sample platters of tacos from taco shops and chefs from all over the city, vote for their favourites, and crown a winner the end of the night!  This is somewhat similar to February’s Vegan Bake-Off where everyone gets to sample different things from different businesses and providers and at the end, vote on a winner.  I was extremely bummed about missing out on the Vegan Bake-Off (I couldn’t get in the door!) and I’m telling you, I’ve already penciled the Taco Takedown into my calendar.  I do not want to miss out on this!

Wine, cheese, and honey tasting at Le Dolci!

Finally, to sweeten up and cool down the heat this month, Lisa Kates (aka. Food Gyspy and Soup Queen!) is hosting a cooking class, tasting, and seminar on Cold Soup at the Culinarium on July 11 where you’ll learn everything you need to know in order to make delicious chilled soups that are perfect for summer entertaining, while the ladies at Le Dolci are hosting their very first cheese, honey, and wine tasting!  Mix sweet and savoury at this tasty soiree on July 8 at their new studio on Dundas Street West where you’ll get the chance to learn and sample wine, honey, and cheese pairings with the help of Rosewood Estates.

There is SO much more waiting in the wings and if you can believe it, I’m not finished with July’s Food Calendar – it is the largest one yet so don some shades, slather on the sunscreen, and get ready for one hefty month of summer eats!

The Final Sweet Morsels of Frosting and Cake Crumbs – Vegan Cupcakes at the Vegetarian Food Fair! Part III

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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 😉

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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.

Feel the Sugar Rush – Amazing Vegan Desserts and Sweets at Toronto’s Vegetarian Food Fair! Part II

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I don’t think I’ve ever been surrounded by so many delicious desserts and sweets in my life!  Cookies, squares, cakes, brownies, pies, donuts, tarts, sticky buns, muffins, and gorgeous frosted cupcakes all made their sweet appearances at the Vegetarian Food Fair at the Harbourfront Centre over the weekend.  So many different vegan bakeries, cupcakeries, catering businesses, and retailers in and around Toronto and Ontario took part in one of the most anticipated food events of the year and none of them missed a beat in providing all of us with fresh, amazing, and scrumptious goodies to satisfy that sweet tooth.  Many of the businesses are committed to providing fresh baked goods and desserts that are both cruelty-free and eco-friendly in their creation process and in their consumption (bring on the tupperware!), with an emphasis on accomodating different diets, intolerances, and allergies.  Think kosher, dairy-free, soy-free, gluten-free, and nut-free products made with love 😀

One of the things that I really appreciate about vegan businesses is how they make their ingredient lists publicly available, whether it’s through their websites, their packaging labels, or on their display cases, and if they don’t have these lists written down or typed out, they’re happy in answering any questions you have about the product and what goes into it.  I didn’t grow up eating vegan sweets, so I’ve been learning about vegan alternatives and substitutes over the past few years and have learned so much about what bakers and chefs use to make their products dairy-free, gluten-free, and all the rest.  These ingredients include everything from coconut oil and cream to sunflower oil, grapeseed oil, cocoa butter, flax seed, cane juice and raw cane sugar, arrowroot flour, agave nectar, and so many others.

I had so much fun going from booth to booth, purusing (and drooling over) all the sweet confections at the fair yesterday and it pained me to only choose one or two things to enjoy because I wanted everything!  There was frosted carrot, chocolate, and gingerbread cake, a mountain of cupcakes, butterscotch donuts, nanaimo bars, cookie cream sandwiches, fruit crisps, peppermint patties, pies, marshmallows, marshmallow pie, fruit, oat, and chocolate cookies, and sticky buns! 

I met some wonderful new people and reunited with some of my favourite bakeries and businesses in the city including Ashley and Kevin’s Bunner’s Bake Shop, Sweets From the Earth, Jen’s Apiecalypse Now vegan bakery, Kind Food in Burlington, Bloomers Bakery, and LPK’s Culinary Groove.  I found out about Bunner’s Bake Shop and Kind Food just before this year’s Veggielicious, the first time I drooled over LPK’s desserts was at the Bay-Adelaide farmers’ market (I know, I haven’t blogged about this market yet, foreshame!), and I met Apiecalype Now’s Jen via Twitter and visited her for the first time at the UofT farmers’ market at the St. George campus this past summer.  I feel really lucky to have been introduced to a lot of these businesses and to the wonderful people who run them; there is so much love, sincerity, and homegrown talent here.

I noshed on cookie samples from Kind Food, took a bite of my boyfriend’s chocolate chip creamie sandwich from Bunner’s, stuffed my face with a cupcake from Bunner’s, and grabbed an orange peppermint patty from Jen’s Apiecalypse Now (or as Jen’s label said, “orange-y pattie thing”) to enjoy for later.  I KNOW.  You’d think I would have drowned myself in all these desserts, but don’t forget, I was planning on going to Short & Sweet Cupcakes‘ cupcake party afterward so I needed to pace myself!  It was a foodie dream come true though and I couldn’t have asked for more!  Tomorrow’s final Part III post is dedicated to all the amazing vegan cupcakes at the fair (yes, there were that many!).  The sugar rush ain’t over just yet 😉

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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.

Eating Your Weight in Vegetarian & Vegan Goodness – The Vegetarian Food Fair at Harbourfront Centre! Part I

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Whether you circled, ‘x’ed, or highlighted the days on your calendar, this weekend is the weekend that vegetarians, vegans, and foodies have been looking forward to for months in advance: the Toronto Vegetarian Food Fair at Harbourfront Centre presented by the Toronto Vegetarian Association!  The food fair runs the entire weekend (festivities commenced yesterday) and will continue on through tomorrow until 7pm in the evening.  After all these years of missing out and not being able to go, I finally made it this time and I am SO happy I did! 

Like I posted on my Facebook and Twitter, I wish the food fair took place EVERY WEEK (or, you know, day) and I wish I could just live at the veggie food fair because it was that fabulous and fun.  The big area of faux grass at Harbourfront Centre is quite nice to sit on, lay on, and dance around on, so parking a sleeping bag here really wouldn’t be an issue.  The cool breeze coming in from the lake would keep me comfortable and there’s plenty of scenery and entertainment around the vicinity to keep me occupied while I’m not eating.  I knew I would enjoy the fest, I just didn’t know I would enjoy it THIS much.

So much, in fact, that I took 120 photos.  I don’t know whether to be embarrassed or amused; 120!  I’m nothing if not overzealous.  After deleting some of the oopsie shots, I still have a good 110 to work with and I have no idea how I’m going to fit everything into a few posts!  On the way home, I quickly decided that I would split the posts up into two parts: one for savoury food and the other for sweets.  After going through all the photos, I’m not even sure I could do that.  You all wouldn’t mind two veggie dessert posts, right? 😉  Anyway, I’m going to start with the savoury foods and work my way to the sweet stuff in the next few posts! 

Knowing how crazy it would be later on in the afternoon, I got up at the crack of dawn, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed (or so I’d like to think.  I actually stumbled to smack my alarm clock shut) and got ready for a jam-packed, foodie day.  The food fair was slated to start at 12 noon, so I made my way down to Harbourfront Centre and arrived at 11:30am with plenty of time to spare.  If I was going to get photos (and avoid massive line-ups later), I needed to snap them early before I started getting flailing arms and cut-off heads in all my shots!  It was such a gorgeous day out and the atmosphere was bubbly with excitement and enjoyment as people took their seats at picnic tables and on the faux grass area to listen to live music on the main stage, as people grabbed free samples of food before food demos, and as people scooted from booth to booth with lots of delicious food in their hands.

I was picking up flyers, business cards, and promo materials left and right, trying samples, and scoping out a ton of options before settling down with a delicious lunch.  There was SO MUCH to see and try.  There were booths and booths of vegan desserts up the wazoo by many well-known and well-loved bakeries in and around the city selling everything from cookies, cupcakes, cream sandwiches, donuts, squares, pastries, fruit crisps, brownies, and more.  There was vegetarian and vegan Indian, Chinese, and Mexican food, fresh fruit and fruit smoothes, veggie barbeque, veggie turkey and Thanksgiving-esque meals, and plenty of retailers with snacks, take-home pantry and freezer foods, and handmade goods. 

I was trying roasted soybeans from The Bean Ladies and I fell in love with the Gotta Be Garlic ones and the Cracked Pepper and Lime ones.  Kind Food gave me cookie samples, Tofu Shirataki by House Foods  handed me sesame ginger tofu stir-fry, and I licked my sample of cinnamon raisin swirl peanut butter clean from Peanut Butter and Co.’s booth.  I walked away with a jar of The Bees Knee’s honey peanut butter and a tote bag so stinkin’ cute it makes me squeal.  What an amazing foodie marketplace it was today!  This fair didn’t just showcase Toronto’s vegetarian and vegan culture, but also great eats from Oakville, Burlington, Ottawa, and even New York!

And for lunch?  I stepped on up to the World Cafe.  Harbourfront Centre hosts a World Cafe every weekend during the summer (May 21st to October 10th this year), with ethnic and international cuisine catered by restaurants and eateries around the city.  The World Cafe is kind of like a food pavillion and outdoor patio lakeside deck at Harbourfront Centre, housed in a square building with vendors on all sides and tables and chairs for everyone to sit down and enjoy their food.  The name of the game was vegetarian and vegan on all fronts, and some of Toronto’s lovely veggie eateries were doing the honours in World Cafe today: King’s Cafe, Udupi Palace, Green Earth Vegetarian Cuisine, Nzyme Living Foods Bistro & Juice Bar, Govinda’s (a vegetarian and vegan buffet), and El Cilantro Catering.  And to my delight, prices for food were incredibly reasonable!  There were some great sharing plate options for $10, and lots of meals for $4-$5 and appetizers for $1-$2.

I wish my tummy was a bottomless pit that had no threat of getting sick or fat because I wanted to eat everything!  I was mega happy with what I noshed on though: tostadas from El Cilantro!  Three crispy corn tostadas with refried beans, lettuce, crumbled feta, sour cream, and lots of juicy pico de gallo salsa!  And to take home in my little tupperware container were some soy nuggets from King’s Cafe.  I inhaled these on the subway after I reluctantly left the fest.  I told myself that I would save them for dinner later on.  Then I rationalized with myself and allowed myself one bite.  I took a bite and all hell broke loose as I scarfed the whole thing down.  They were so good and you can better I’ll get these the time time I go to King’s Cafe.  I could eat these for the rest of my life and die happy.

Parts II and III to follow in the coming days!  Prepare that sweet tooth of yours because it’s going to be jaw-dropping awesome.

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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.