9 Veg Fests happening in Ontario this Summer and Fall
From Sarnia to Ottawa, Veg Fests are happening all across Ontario this summer and fall! Veggie Fest Hamilton kicked off the festival season on May 6 with a one-day event – but don’t worry, if you missed it, there’s still nine more VegFests to attend in Ontario this year.
Niagara VegFest – June 3-4
Niagara VegFest is a two-day, multi-venue celebration. On Saturday, the festival is hosting VegFest in the Vineyard with vegan wine and food pairings, as well as a VegFest themed film screening. The main event is on Sunday – and includes the festival with vendors and guest speakers. Admission to the main event is free!
Saturday, June 3 and Sunday, June 4 | 11:00 am – 6:00 pm (Main Festival) | 91 King St., St. Catharines
Ottawa Veg Fest – June 3-4
A two-day event, Ottawa VegFest promises presentations, live cooking demonstrations, and over 80 exhibitors. Catch cooking demonstrations throughout the two days from guests such as Emily von Euw (This Rawsome Vegan Life), JL Fields (Founder and director of the Colorado Springs Vegan Cooking Academy), Lynda Turner (Fauxmagerie Zengarry) as well as several local chefs and cooks.
Saturday, June 3 and Sunday, June 4 | 10:00 am – 4:00 pm | RA Centre, 2451 Riverside Dr.
VegFest Guelph Shop-Up Market – June 17
VegFest Guelph is hosting a Shop-Up market on June 17 with arts, crafts, treats and food trucks. Follow them on Twitter to stay tuned for more information!
Saturday, June 17 | 11:00 am – 4:00 pm | 99 Woolwich St.
Sarnia VegFest – July 9
This is the first year for the Sarnia VegFest! Vegan vendors, guest speakers, cooking demonstrations, and documentary screenings are a few things planned for this event. Admission to the event is free! Find them on Facebook to get updates about the event.
Sunday, July 9 | Canatara Park
Toronto VegFest – September 8-10
The annual Toronto Vegetarian Food Festival is North America’s largest Veg Food Festival, featuring food from local and international chefs, exhibitors, cooking demonstrations, workshops, lectures, fitness classes, music, panel discussions and more. This free event is completely vegan and hosted by the Toronto Vegetarian Association. Stay tuned by following them on Twitter or by visiting the TVA website.
Friday, September 8 to Sunday, September 10 | Harbourfront Centre
VegFest Windsor – October 1
Food, fun and inspiration is what you’ll find at VegFest Windsor. This year’s keynote speaker is Ingrid Newkirk, President and Co-Founder of the world’s largest animal rights organization – PETA.
Sunday, October 1 | 11:00 am – 5:00 pm | WFCU Centre, 8787 McHugh St.
DurhamVeg Vegan Festival – October 14
The DurhamVeg Vegan Festival aims to create awareness and interest in learning about veganism! The festival will promote health, compassion for animals and consciousness about the environmental impact of our food choices.
Saturday, October 14 | 10:00 am – 6:00 pm | Abilities Centre, Whitby, Ontario
Kingston VegFest – October 21
Kingston VegFest describes itself as a celebration of the fabulousness of vegan food, a celebration of connectedness and a celebration of physical and mental health and well-being. Both the festival admission and parking are free. Follow them on Twitter for updates.
Saturday, October 21 | 11:00 am – 4:00 pm | St. Lawrence College
VegFest London – November 11
Closing off the festival season is VegFest London, a festival designed to celebrate a plant-based lifestyle and promote compassionate, sustainable, healthy living for all. Check them out on Twitter and stay tuned for updates.
Saturday, November 11 | Western Fair District