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May 1, 2016

Ottawa Veg Fest –
June 4-5, 2016
RA Centre- 2451 Riverside Dr. Ottawa

Vegan entrepreneurs flourish in Ottawa
7th Ottawa Veg Fest on June 4-5 reflects growing interest in plant-based diets

Ottawa Veg Fest returns for its 7th year on June 4-5, 2016 at the RA Centre (2451 Riverside Drive) with more exhibitors than ever before, reflecting a growing trend of interest in vegetarian and vegan lifestyle in Ottawa and beyond.  As always, it will be ‘admission by donation,’ with all donations going to local non-profit organizations. Last year Ottawa Veg Fest raised nearly $10,000, and welcomed 6,000 visitors.

“We’ve seen a number of brand new plant-based businesses open their doors in the capital this past year, including three new entirely vegan restaurants. This spring alone, Little Jo Berry’s Café and Rawlicious have opened in Ottawa, with Grow Your Roots slated to open its doors in Kanata in June. The interest in this dietary option has grown consistently over the past few years, as we’ve seen through Veg Fest attendance and the growing number of exhibitors at this event,” says Pamela Tourigny, Ottawa Veg Fest co-founder and local vegan lifestyle blogger and expert.

It’s part of a larger trend; According to surveys, more than 1/3 of people use and prefer meat and dairy alternatives, and as many as 41% of people are actively reducing the quantity of meat they consume.

“Booth space at Veg Fest has never filled up more quickly,” says Veg Fest organizer, Michael Calvert. “It’s not just restaurants; there is a growing number of products and services now available to support plant-based living, including healthier personal care products, nutrition and health professionals, specialty food and drink products, food delivery services, cooking classes and more.” The Table Vegetarian Restaurant is once again Veg Fest’s Gold Sponsor.

Veg Fest is not just for vegans and welcomes everyone, regardless of how or if they identify their eating preferences.  It is the perfect opportunity to discover some great local businesses, taste some great food, and to learn about the various alternatives in a friendly and inviting atmosphere.

Visitors can sample and purchase plant-based versions of products ranging from non-dairy cheeses, ice cream and chocolate, to vegan meat and even vegan bacon grease. (An exhibitor list can be found online at   Many local health food stores, restaurants, bakeries and non-profit organizations will also be participating.  In addition to 80+ exhibitors, Veg Fest also features a great line up of international and local speakers, a film and a series of informative cooking demonstrations.

“It’s amazing how much things have changed since the first Ottawa Veg Fest in 2009. Now almost everyone knows what vegan is, and many more people are curious to try these options that are better for their health, the environment, and of course, animals,” says Tourigny, who will be a speaker and exhibitor representing her new cooking school Eat Your Veggies Institute.

Don’t miss it.  Ottawa Veg Fest runs from 10 am to 4 pm on June 4-5 at the RA Centre.  Visit for more information.

More information:
Pamela Tourigny –
Ottawa Veg Fest –  1-800-838-5915



May 12, 2015

Ottawa Veg Fest –
June 6-7, 2015
RA Centre – 2451 Riverside Dr. Ottawa

It’s back! Ottawa Veg Fest returns with a delicious vengeance     

OTTAWA—Get your appetite ready because the capital’s favourite plant munching extravaganza is returning after taking a year off. The event, Ottawa Veg Fest, is now in its sixth year, and poised to be bigger than ever when it re-launches on June 6-7, 2015.

Ottawa Veg Fest features local and international guest speakers, cooking demonstrations and marketplace. It also has a new venue this year – the RA Centre – which has lots of free parking and space for upwards of 100 exhibitors that offer products and services in support of the vegan lifestyle.  Ample food will be available for sample and purchase, from sweet treats to gourmet vegan cheese. Admission is by donation; the last event raised more than $5,000 for worthy causes.

“Awareness of the importance of adopting a healthy and conscious lifestyle has really taken off in the past few years, and Ottawa is no exception. A plant-based diet is a great way to do this. Even those who are not vegan – or who may be curious or like good food – can enjoy Veg Fest,” says Michael Calvert, Ottawa Veg Fest’s chief organizer.

Veg Fest co-founder and ambassador Pamela Tourigny says people are increasingly receptive to trying vegan food, and learning about the ethical, environmental and health benefits of a vegan lifestyle. “Veg Fest has always been about helping people to explore these alternatives and break down negative perceptions about plant-based living.  It has never been easier to access delicious plant-based food in Ottawa, which indicates that people are demanding and supporting these options,” she says.

This year’s event speakers include best-selling vegan cookbook authour Dreena Burton, PlantKind’s Kyle den Bak, a local vegan personal trainer and sub-three hour marathoner, Steve Jenkins – father of “Esther the Wonder Pig,”  Kristen Lajeunesse, authour of the book “Will Travel for Vegan Food,” and sustainability expert Judi-Varga Toth.  Registered Dietitian Susan Macfarlane will lead a 31-Day Vegan Challenge; register at the event!

Previous Ottawa Veg Fests have attracted as many as 5,000 visitors. Ottawa Veg Fest was founded in 2009 by volunteers of the National Capital Vegetarian Association, a non-profit organization. Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson proclaimed the event in 2011 and 2012.  Don’t miss this popular local foodie festival!

For more information:

Pamela Tourigny
Ottawa Veg Fest media relations

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