“Following the incredible success of the 2015 Montreal Vegan Festival, which doubled the attendance of the 2014 edition, we’ve made a number of exciting improvements to ensure the best possible visitor experience,” says Élise Desaulniers, co-organizer of the free festival, held on November 5 and 6. Over 10,000 visitors attended last year’s edition at Bonsecours Market.
“The festival will be held across an entire weekend for the very first time and we’ve improved the layout so there’s going to be lots more space to watch the cooking demonstrations and talks and enjoy what’s offered at the food stalls,” explains Élise.
A special launch event will be held on November 4, with a screening of the documentary Ghosts in Our Machine at 7 p.m. Director Jo-Anne McArthur will be present for a Q&A following the screening.
Visitors will be able to learn about different aspects of veganism including health, ethical and ecological perspectives. They will also be able to discover recipes and taste food samples from over 40 vegan companies. Entry is free with voluntary contribution.
“We cannot emphasize enough that Montreal Vegan Festival is an inclusive event for all. We’re proud to have such a diverse array of guests this year; from sportspeople to scientists, activists to authors,” says Élise about the different guest speakers of the conference series. Here is a list of some of the conferences happening this weekend:
Plant Foods for Health: Human and Environmental – Nov. 5 at 3:30 p.m.
Dr. David Jenkins, creator of the glycemic index, presents the human and environmental health benefits of having a plant-based diet.
Activism and Life of a Vegan Athlete Since Birth – Nov 5. at 4:00 p.m.
Seba Johnson, youngest Olympic alpine ski racer and first black female to ski in the Olympics, will talk about how being vegan since birth made her who she is today.
Three Shared Values of Settlers Vegan and Indigenous Peoples of Canada – Nov. 5 at 5:30 p.m.
Margaret Robinson, Mi’kmaq scholar, will talk about the similarities between vegan settlers’ values and those of indigenous peoples of Canada.
The cooking demos will feature trail and mountain runner Alister Gardner, who will prepare his energy-boosting burrito (Nov. 5 at 12:30 p.m), Geneviève Dêchenes will offer a guide to vegan cheese-making (Nov. 6 at 12:00 p.m.) and Ophélie Véron will make a Classic fudge/chocolat praliné/salted caramel butter (Nov. 6 at 2:00 p.m.).
“There’s going to be something for everyone; whether you’re vegan, interested in learning about the vegan lifestyle, or simply want to come to enjoy the delicious food,” add Élise about why everyone should attend the Montreal Vegan Festival.
Some of the exhibitors are Aux Vivres, Chef Veganessa, Evive Smoothie, Gogo Quinoa, Gusta, Les jardins d’Ambroisie, Rescue Dogs, Salon Vong, Sophie Sucrée, Tout Cru!, Vegan Legion and Wully Outerwear.
Exhibition booth hours:
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: Bonsecours Market, 333 De La Commune East St.