Vegan Montréal bigger than ever
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 October 20 and 21, 2018. Anyone who was at last year’s event can attest it’s growing like a beanstalk, so much so that this year’s edition is at the spacious and spectacular Montréal Convention Centre! Plus, there’s a 5th anniversary party not to be missed. Get ready to join over 25,000 participants to meet the chefs, producers, activists, foodies and farmers that make vegan Montréal a true hub of excitement.
Five years to celebrate
This fifth, bigger and better edition of the Montréal Vegan Festival warrants a celebration to remember! On October 19, from 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m., step into the world of Pony to celebrate cruelty-free, animal-loving life with three deejays: Pony, Montana and Johnny Marciano. They’ll have you bopping to their sounds all evening – and you’ll want to refuel with the signature cocktails, conceived for the occasion by Rise Kombucha and Romeo’s Gin + Tonic. Get your tickets soon!
A foodie’s paradise
The Montréal Vegan Festival promises a weekend packed with bilingual activities that cater to all tastes – and LOTS of delicious things to eat. Discover exciting new products, learn about health, meet over 70 exhibitors and taste scrumptious plant-based products ranging from sausages to cupcakes. There are also ethical clothing lines, beauty products and more to discover, as well as conferences, workshops, cooking demos, and the popular bookstore with over 150 different titles to peruse, buy and get signed by the visiting authors. Come by the Palais des Congrès on October 20 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and October 21 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Guests that impress
Guest speakers at this landmark edition of the Montréal Vegan Festival will teach you everything from how to cook to how the laws of animal rights are changing in Canada. As the executive director of Animal Justice, Camille Labchuk works to promote and pass tough new animal protection legislation across the country, and will speak to that effect on October 20 at 3 p.m. Later that afternoon, at 4 p.m., Toronto musician Gaia’s Eye will be doing hip-hop and giving a talk about how to be a smarter vegan. On October 21, start the day at 10:30 a.m. by listening to the amazing Lori Gruen speak about her book, Entangled Empathy. At 1 p.m., watch celebrated vegan chef (and Instagram sensation) Gaz Oakley make his famous Sriracha meatballs live, before getting revved up by activist Pattrice Jones, founder of the LGBTQ-led animal refuge VINE Sanctuary. His workshop starts at 3:15 p.m. Have fun!
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.
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