The 33rd annual Toronto Veg Food Fest is happening September 8 -10 at Harbourfront! It has over 140 vendors, music, health and nutrition experts and so much more. Ilana Kadonoff is the creator/mastermind behind ‘Sweets From The Earth,’ one of the vendors featured at Veg Food Fest! Ilana operates two production facilities for her family owned business - one is 100% peanut and nut free and the other is wheat and gluten free. During this episode, Ilana breaks down her menu items, talks about baking with sustainable palm oil and explains how you can inspire a new item at your local bakery. Make sure to say hi to Ilana when you see her at Veg Food Fest in Toronto!
Avra Epstein is the founder of Love Wild Live Free - Organic Vegan Living. On Avra’s website, you can find nearly any resource you’d go searching for as a vegan! She has a recipe page that’s filled with her own creations as well as features from chef’s that she loves. The website also features ‘Vegan Social Events’ which are organized by Avra, making her one of the busiest people I’ve met! During this episode, find out the best places to shop when looking for cruelty free clothing, how to turn your balcony into a garden and what to expect from Avra’s upcoming events!
Ally Lazare is the creator and mastermind behind the Toronto based company, Mama Vegan. After deciding ‘vegan’ was the life for her, Ally went to the lab and perfected the vegan Jamaican patty! Not only are these SO delicious, she also delivers them around the GTA...on her own...in her van - Superwoman! During this episode, Ally talks about what you can expect from her upcoming cookbook, what school snacks to prepare for your vegan child in a nut-free environment and where you can find her bagel bar!
This is part II of the VegFest Guelph interviews from their Shop Up Market in June. In this episode, we’ll catch up with the CEO of The Eco Well in Kitchener. She breaks down what exactly an essential oil is and what red flags to look for when buying ‘natural’ beauty products online. We’re also chatting with Mama Vegan who has perfected the vegan Jamaican patty and vegan honey! Find out how you can have patties delivered right to your door!
The VegFest Guelph Shop Up Market took place on Saturday, June 17. This episode is a mash up of vendor interviews from the Festival! We’re chatting with the owner of Globally Local in London, ON - Canada’s first vegan fast food restaurant. Find out how soon we could be venturing to a vegan drive thru. You’ll hear the owner of Shakespeare’s Bathtub in Waterloo talk about her handcrafted vegan personal care! The owner of the Sweetteeth ice cream and dessert truck also joins us to talk about how he’s introducing vegan ice cream to the music festival world. Lastly, we chat with the business owner of Vecado, which is vegan food for cats and dogs! He explains why cats don’t truly need to be carnivores!
Kristy LaPointe is the creator of the food stylist page ‘Plant Based Kristy.’ On this page, you’ll find endless recipes and food pictures that will likely leave you hungry. Every month, Kristy sends out a newsletter called “Snack Time” featuring various recipes and anecdotes. She’s also incredibly involved in the Toronto comedy scene and has co-produced shows such as ‘Gilmore Girlprov’ and ‘Hot Cousin.’ During this episode, we chat about whether or not you should be embarrassed while taking food pictures at a restaurant. PLUS, find out how Kristy plans to combine her love for comedy, writing and veganism on Youtube.
The Vegan Girlfriend blog is a recipe blog that has over 24 thousand followers on Instagram! It was created by three women in Toronto. Together, they began sharing recipes, vegan products and vegan hotspots to help build a community of food lovers. Megan Stulberg is one of the three brains behind the mission. She’s now based out of LA but continues to populate Vegan Girlfriend with new recipes - whether they’re from herself or a trusted friend. During this episode, we talk about the food related perks of living in LA, what kind of resources PETA can offer and the strangest question the Vegan Girlfriend has received.
If you’ve traveled with any kind of dietary restriction, you’re aware that finding food can be quite the mission. Talia Ricci has traveled to every Province in Canada (no lie) as well as India, Turkey, Ghana, Italy, Poland, Iceland, Ecuador, Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Peru and Chile. She was a vegetarian throughout all of these adventures! During this episode, Talia shares interesting stories about accidentally spending $50 on coffee in Iceland and eating from a broken bowl in Turkey. She also lends advice on how to eat properly while traveling meat free. You can find recipes from Talia’s ‘Wild Bella’ blog here!
Jeunesse is the Evening Host/Assistant Music Director of Hot 89.9 in Ottawa and is a vegan! During this episode, things get real about the struggle to find a reliable cruelty free deodorant, the invasion of cheese on every menu and what it's like trying to make friends as an adult!
Lauren Toyota is a Youtube content creator, chef and soon-to-be author of a cook book! She also manages the vegan food blog 'hot for food' that focuses on comfort food - that's right, vegan comfort food! During this episode, Lauren talks about the 'behind the scenes' of creating a cook book and what kind of recipes we can expect! We also chat about who some of her inspirations have been within the vegan community.
Lauren posts a new hot for food video every Wednesday! You can watch them here.