Festival puts Montréal on the vegan map!

Isa Tousignant

Plant-powered foodies know all about Montréal’s insane vegan scene, but every now and then, it gets a pop of attention. Something comes along and puts a spotlight on it for all to see, like the Montréal Vegan Festival, now in its fourth edition! On the weekend of November 4 and 5, 2017, at Bonsecours Market in picturesque Old Montréal, get ready to join over 15,000 participants to meet the chefs, producers, activists, gastronomes and farmers that make vegan Montréal a hub of excitement.

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A weekend to remember

The Montréal Vegan Festival offers a weekend packed with bilingual activities that cater to all tastes. Discover exciting new products, learn about the health, meet over 70 exhibitors and taste delicious plant-based products ranging from sausages to cupcakes. There’s also ethical clothing lines, beauty products and more to discover, as well as conferences, workshops, cooking demos, and the popular library section where there will be over 150 different titles to peruse, buy, and get signed by the authors onsite. The site will be open on November 4 from 10 am to 6 pm and on November 5 from 10 am to 5 pm.

Guests that impress

Guest visitors at this exciting fourth edition of the Montréal Vegan Festival can teach you how to bake — and survive the apocalypse. The Vegan Zombie, aka Chris Cooney, will do both with a session on delicious survival tactics. Brigitte Gothière, co-founder of the French association for the defense of animals, L214, will also appear, as will top Montreal triathlete Antoine Jolicoeur Desroches. We’ll also be meeting Will Kymlicka, co-author of animals rights book Zoopolis, and American vegan activist Syl Ko. Toronto cutie Samantha Turnbull will be speaking and cooking yumminess from her brand new book, Fuss Free Vegan.

Talks that speak volumes

The talks over the two days of the Vegan Montréal Festival, on November 4 and 5, 2017, run the gamut. They cover everything from the inextricable link of animals rights and antiracism to the ABCs of vegan nutrition to the best ways to eat plant-based for sports performance. Plus, there’s a movie: The festival’s opening day will culminate in a cinematic finale, with a special Quebec premiere screening of The Age of Beasts, a stunning new documentary by Quebec director François Primeau (in French with English subtitles). The screening happens onsite, at Bonsecours Market, at 6:30 pm. Entry is free and the film will be followed by a Q&A with the director.


Isa Tousignant

Isa Tousignant, blogger

Isa Tousignant is an art and lifestyle writer based out of Montréal’s ecclectic Park Ex neighbourhood. She is Contributing Editor for Canadian Art magazine and freelances full-time for a wide variety of magazines and brands. She’s also a jewellery designer and passionate about animal costumes and their role in contemporary art.