Vegan Montréal celebrates all things plant-based
Montréal’s booming vegan scene is getting more and more famous, and there’s a festival that brings all that success to light: the Montréal Vegan Festival. On the weekend of September 21 and 22, 2019, the fest brings plant-based power to the Montréal Convention Centre, where 20,000 participants will congregate to meet the chefs, producers, activists, foodies and farmers that make vegan Montréal a true hub of excitement.
A foodie’s paradise
The Montréal Vegan Festival promises a weekend packed with bilingual activities that cater to all tastes – and offer LOTS of things to eat. The mouth-watering cooking demos by top vegan talents make sure brunch is on the menu with chef and author Doug McNish, while MVF 2018 spokesperson Jean-Philippe Cyr will be back at the festival to share his butter tofu secrets. Montréal chef Eline Bonnin will bring a delicious dose of decadence with her vegan brioche, while vegan cheese is the focus for vegan author and social media star Megan Sadd. Here’s the full schedule.
Shopping of all sorts
Visitors will be able to try and buy all types of vegan goods too, including clothing, beauty products, household products and more from more exhibitors than ever before, both local and national. And let’s not forget the hugely popular bookstore section, with over 200 titles to peruse and buy, where guests will be able to have their books signed by authors on-site at the Montréal Convention Centre on September 21 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and September 22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Guests that impress
This year’s spokesperson is 2016 CFL East All-Star Safety Marc-Olivier Brouillette, who’ll be joined by Bad Ass Vegan John Lewis and NHL enforcer Georges Laraque for the very first All Gain, No Pain: World-Class Vegan Athletes Break Stereotypes panel. You can also expect pearls of wisdom from American cardiologist Dr. Kim Allan Williams, best-selling author Dr. Jonathan Balcombe, and many others on thought-provoking topics including social justice, speciesism, intersectional veganism and zootherapy.
NEW early-bird special
Though attending all these amazing events is free of charge to all, the all-new Friends of the FVM program gives up to 1,000 people the opportunity to purchase a $20 festival membership, giving them exclusive early access to the festival on Saturday, September 21 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. During this hour, participating vendors will be offering a 10% discount on all purchases.
Isa Tousignant, blogger
Isa Tousignant is an art and lifestyle writer based out of Montréal’s eclectic 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.