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 put Caesar salad on the menu thanks to chef Emy Levasseur and will introduce us to celebrated author and chef Lloyd Rose’s addictive mushroom recipe, prepared with a sweet orange sauce. Mom and chef Marie-Michelle Chouinard will teach us how to ice the perfect cupcakes, while the event’s spokesperson himself, chef Christian Ventura (the creative mind behind Sushi Momo), will share some of the secrets to his success. Here’s the full schedule.
Living the lifestyle
Veganism isn’t just about what you eat or wear, it’s about a way of approaching living that prioritizes the health of the planet, communities and culture. There’s a lot to explore about the far-ranging impacts of veganism. Discussion panels will be hosted by writers and thinkers such as farmer and animal sanctuary runner Sarah Heiligtag, about the need to revolutionize the farming system; chef and wine reviewer Priya Rao, about the best vegan food and wine pairings; and fitness scholar Guy Hajj Boutros about the best way to recuperate from physical activity when on a vegan diet.
Goodies for all ages
Visitors will be able to try and buy all types of vegan goods too, including clothing, beauty products, household products and more from dozens of exhibitors, both local and national. And let’s not forget the hugely popular bookstore section! There will also be a kids corner for the mini vegans, as well as gifts, surprises and special 10th anniversary items at various points — this is a celebratory edition, after all.
This is one festival that practices what it preaches. As festival-goers will be learning about the extensive ecological ramifications of a vegan diet — including food chains, farms and far-ranging societal impacts — they will also be experiencing an event that is entirely zero waste! The festival has ensured that plates, utensils and any other materials will be compostable for maximum sustainability.
See you there!