Sunday, September 12, 2010

Toronto Vegetarian Food Fair 2010

Admittedly, I have been a terrible little blogger lately. September is always such a hectic time, although this is the first year that I am not a student so I can't precisely explain why I am so busy and rushed this year, but I am all the same. All the wallowing in self pity with regards to my upcoming birthday takes time, you know.

But, you will forgive me, because I bring vegan food porn of the finest capacity today - a documentation of my day at the 2010 Toronto Vegetarian Food Fair!

Although this is the fourth year that the fair has come around that I myself have been a veg*n, this is the first time I've been able to make it out to the city to attend. Strange, because I generally have no life.

As such, in my mind the fair was transformed into this ridiculous Christmas-like entity that I was certain it could never possibly live up to.

I assure you now that I was wrong and I am seriously considered getting a hotel next year so that I can spend two days at the fair rather than one.

I got there and it was essentially sensory overload. My system began shutting down and I may have panicked a bit over food selections and the possibility that I wasn't going to be able to try absolutely everything.

Sadly, my fears were realized and I could not try everything. We did not have a wheelbarrow to carry me back to the subway so it was too great a risk to indulge my gluttony entirely. However, I was armed with my stretchy pants and loose fitting tank top and I was ready to put up a good fight against the forces of digestion (and the wheelbarrow is a serious consideration for next year).

So now, I present to you, The 2010 Toronto Vegetarian Food Fair.

My selection for lunch - an Indian feast - basmati rice with a black eyed pea dahl, samosa, lentilball, and a whole host of other stuff that I don't know the names and spellings of that tasted really, really good.

Paul's selection for lunch - a Mexican feast - smokey chipotle tofu, quinoa and rice and a cool little cilantro salad

Also from the Mexican place, tofu and mushroom tacos, which we shared.

Alright, I'm not exactly sure who from Sweets from the Earth had to sell their soul to the devil to attain that carrot cake icing recipe but I'm fairly confident that it was worth it. I actually dreamt about eating this cake last night. Seriously. The pecan chocolate bar Paul is also holding is nothing to turn your nose up at either.

My favourite plate of goodies. Take particular note of those soy nuggets on the kebab, as well as the curried seitan kebab (love!). There was also something shrimp-like that Paul devoured because as an omni seafood was one of his favourites and it's quite difficult to locate vegan seafood-esque substances these days. And special shoutouts to the pan fried dumplings and BBQ bun, a couple of our favourites when we hit up the Cambridge location of Zen Garden restaurant.

The drumsticks featured on that plate up there deserve their own close-up. They are made on a bamboo skewer so it actually feels like you are eating a drumstick (although that part of eating meat used to really, really sketch me out, so I would have been fine without the skewer).

Paul thought it was pretty fun though.

And finally, BBQ'd seitan kebabs that were alarmingly chicken-like but delicious nonetheless.

I also picked up some goodies - because when is the next time I'm going to be able to ethically shop all in one place? I picked up a SSOV hoodie from the lovely folks at LAVA and was peer pressured into buying three boxes of New Moon cookies because I was told it was a steal to get three for $10. Paul was pretty devastated that they were sold out of the Love Bites by the time we returned to the booth at the end of the day, but we are pretty happy with our Oatmeal Goldies, Momints and Mackies selections. My scale, not so much.

Before you judge me too much, please be advised that all this food was consumed over the course of an entire day (i.e. lunch AND dinner). So you can judge me a little, but not as much as you were planning to.


Gosia said...

I'm in envy. Here in Poland it's no ethnic food lover's paradise... But a few weeks back my hubby and I were super excited about heading to a pierogi festival (yes!!!). We got there in heavy rain and with rumbling stomachs, just to find out that all the vegetarian pierogis were swimming in bacon fat.... Bummer.

Velovegan said...

It's not even 9am here, and now you've made me seriously unhappy for the whole day now that I know I can't have any of that food pictured there ;) Hehe... looks AMAZING!

Mary said...

Gosia - Oh NO! That is the WORST! I hate it when I get excited for something assuming it's going to be veg-friendly and then have my hopes dashed over something as ridiculous as beef extract or some obscure seasoning that is not okay. Bummer!

Velovegan- It was delicious, I really wish they would do it more than once a year ;)

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