Written By Sophie MacKenzie Events / Places Aug 4, 2014 Victoria Vegan Festival 2014 SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestAmidst the ruckus of Canada Day celebrations and nestled in the heart of Market Square, was the Victoria Vegan Festival. In its third year, the free festival—put on by the volunteer-based, non-profit Victoria Vegan Festival Society—continues to draw both longtime vegans and those curious about the life style to its wide array of activities. Hundreds came out to partake in the festivities, and over the course of the afternoon recipes and vegan-cooking tips were shared, connections and friendships were made, and in the spirit of Canada Day, prizes were won. Of course, veganism is more than just a dietary choice; it’s a growing political and cultural ideology that is integrally connected to slow-food, whole-food, animal rights, and local economic movements. The vegan lifestyle has steadily grown in Victoria over the last couple of decades, due in part to the information received at events like the Victoria Vegan Festival, and its campaign to motivate and inspire would-be vegans. To better understand who vegans really are, and why they choose the lifestyle, the Victoria Vegan Festival features a “This is what a vegan looks like” campaign, with short bios featured on their website.Dispelling the myths that all vegans are hippies or undernourished, here vegans are shown to be strong athletes, health-minded individuals, and people just like you and me. This year, the festival brought a myriad of speakers, cooking demos, and great samples of vegan food, including delectable tacos from Diablo’s Vegan Tacos, products from Beanfields Snacks, Fairy Cakes, Dad’s Westcoast Awesome Sauces, The Edge Food Company, The Good Seed Hemp Company, Pure Lovin’ Chocolate, and Rawthentic Eatery Victoria.Victoria Vegan FestivalFacebook More photos belowPlaces that took part:Diablo’s Vegan TacosMarket Square, v8w 36c250-812-9828@DiablosTacos Beanfields Snacks@BeanfieldsSnack Facebook Fairy Cakes3586 Fraser Street, V5V 4C6604-442-9866@FairyCakes_yummFacebook Dad’s Westcoast Awesome Sauce Facebook The Edge @food_energy Facebook The Good Seed Pure Lovin’ Chocolate102-3 Fan Tan Alley, V8W 3G9250-590-0414@Pure_Lovin Rawthenic Eatery108 – 4440 West Saanich Road, V9K 1S7778-432-4800@eatrawthentic Facebook vegan SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Sophie MacKenzie Sophie MacKenzie is a food enthusiast through and through. When she isn't busy working early mornings shifts at a local bakery, she can be found creating and photographing original recipes for her wholefoods centred blog. Her ... Read More You may also like Causes / Events March 28, 2017 10 Questions for Food Activist Arlene Stein Arlene Stein is a Canadian food activist and the executive director and founder of Canada’s largest food symposium, Terroir, which takes place ... Read More Culture / Events March 27, 2017 Celebrating Canadian Gastronomy at Terroir, May 29, 2017 This year marks the 10th annual Terroir Symposium in Toronto, described as “a gathering of dreamers, disruptors and international luminaries in the ... Read More Events / SH March 17, 2017 Summer Dreaming at Linnaea Farm Imagine a tranquil setting, close to nature with spectacular scenery. The air is clean and filled with birdsong and the water tastes sweet. ... Read More Events / Restaurants / Victoria February 24, 2017 Dine Around 2017 Menu Preview Running until March 5, 2017 Victoria’s Dine Around and Stay In Town (bit of a mouthful that) offers eaters a chance to try restaurants that may be ... Read More Events / Restaurants January 2, 2017 Tofino Buzz: January | February 2017 January and February are quieter times to visit the west coast, but you will often be treated to a solid winter storm complete with power outage. The ... Read More Destinations / Events October 22, 2016 Linnaea Farm Launches Dinner Club & 2017 Programs Cortes Island’s venerable Linnaea Farm is staging a series of dinners this winter featuring organic ingredients from the farm, guest speakers ... Read More Comments are closed.