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Sunday, September 10, 2006

Vegetarian Food Fair - Toronto

Yesterday we went to the Vegetarian Food Fair in Toronto. I scored two finds at the fair. First up is the uncheese cookbook. I have been wanting this book for a while. I thought it was a steal at $12.00! Everybody loves a deal. Watch out for uncheese recipes in the coming days on the blog.

The second item was a find. I have looked everywhere in Ajax for hemp seed nut butter. Nobody carries it here! So I scooped up this jar. I don't think it was a deal, but I was happy to finally get my hands on some.

The food fair was fun. I really enjoyed my dim sum plate from Vegetarian Haven, although I took major exception to the "chicken" drum stick. On a whole I was overwhelmed by all the faux meat and dairy at the festival. What was up with that? I'm a vegetarian because I don't like meat.... why were they offering food that is just like meat? I want veggies! Also, if I hadn't known better I would have thought that vegetarians are a pretty unhealthy bunch based on all the deep fried food they were serving up there. I was shocked there wasn't more fresh food.


  • At Sunday, 10 September, 2006, Blogger Keri said…

    I didn't even know there was a vegetarian food fair in Toronto! Shame we missed it!

  • At Sunday, 10 September, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hi Melissa,
    I have that cookbook. I have only done a few recipes, but so far I really liked it.

    I wanted to buy that nut butter, but they were all sold out. I think they were selling it for $8, and I've only ever seeing it for $9 or more, so maybe it was a little bit of a deal.

    there are a lot of mock meats at the food fair now a days. Vegetarian Haven and Kings Cafe both sell a lot of it. I like mock meats, but I do agree with you that they should have more of a balance. I think it would be wonderful if they could link the food fair with a farmer's market, but they don't have a large enough facility to pull that off.

    megan the vegan

  • At Sunday, 10 September, 2006, Blogger kleo2 said…

    That is great you went! Can't wait to see how you use the uncheez cookbook and the hemp nut butter. YUMMY.

    Thank you, Melissa, for your kind words about my Canadian friend Emilie. Thank you so much for your kind thoughts.

  • At Sunday, 10 September, 2006, Blogger Vicki said…

    too bad the festival was a bit disappointing - but SCORE on the cookbook - it seems popular. and horray on the hemp nut butter - any thoughts on how you'll use it?

  • At Monday, 11 September, 2006, Anonymous Emmy said…

    I love that cookbook. The Broccoli Cheezy Rice Casserole recipe is a favorite meal to make when I don't feel much like cooking. It takes about an hour in the oven but you can prepare it in just a few minutes. That's so weird there wasn't more fresh food at the vegetarian fair you went to. One would assume there would be all sorts of fresh and local foods there.

  • At Monday, 11 September, 2006, Blogger Melissa West said…

    Hi keri - too bad you missed it. Hopefully you can catch it next year. Here's the link: Toronto's Vegetarian Food Fair

    Hi Megan - what recipes have you tried from the uncheese cook book? Give me your recommendations! Too bad about the hemp seed nut butter being sold out. Yeah, I thought with the popularity of live food these days we might see some more interesting fresh stuff.

    Hi kleo - can't wait to show you around the Toronto veggie hot spots in October!

    Hi Vicki - I am planning on using the hemp seed nut butter in Dreena's recipes... she seems to call for it a lot.

    Hi emmy - thanks for the recommendation in the cook book. There are so many recipes and they are all so new and different that I am feeling a bit overwhelmed with what to start with. I will mark that one and start there. Thanks!

  • At Monday, 11 September, 2006, Blogger Ana said…

    This book sounds very interesting!
    I looked on my local library on-line catalog and saw they have one called "the uncheese book" (no ultimate...), I entered on a waiting list for it, can't wait now!
    Let us know about the foods you try from this one!

  • At Wednesday, 13 September, 2006, Anonymous kleo2 said…

    Can't wait to check 'em out with you as well, Melissa! Thanks!

  • At Friday, 07 September, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    You complain about all of the mack meat and dairy things, and yet what you bought was the 'uncheese' cookbook?

  • At Friday, 07 September, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said…


  • At Friday, 07 September, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Also - I think Mock meats are quite popular because there are lots of people - I would even say most - who are vegetarian/vegan for ethical reasons, and not because they don't like meat. They do like it, but won't participate in it, so having something equally as tasty without the horror is a plus.


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