Victoria Vegan Fest

#VVF2013

April 7, 2014
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2014 Victoria Vegan Fest!

Hey vegan fans, the VVF crew is hard at work organizing the event, check back here for updates!

The latest items include:

2014-wwvbsd_web* We’re organizing another (our 5th annual!) World Wide Vegan Bake Sale Day event on April 26th – visit here for more info, and use this form if you’d like to help bake something!

* We’re co-sponsoring a screening of The Ghosts in our Machine with Open Cinema on April 23rd, click here for the details.

* We were at the Seattle Veg Fest on March 29th & 30th, and had a really great reception, hopefully we’ll see some people coming over on the Clipper – nice meeting all the great people there!

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Keep an eye on this page for updates, looking forward to seeing you on Canada Day!!

- Dave and the VVF Crew

June 6, 2013
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The 2013 Victoria Vegan Fest!

The Volunteer Team for the 2013 Victoria Vegan Fest has been working around the clock to bring you another vegan-tastic event, we can hardly wait for the day to arrive!

Some highlights for this year are the return of Gardein and Fairy Cakes, and we’re excited to welcome Field Roast and The Edge Food Energy Bar as well! Our headline speakers will be the mighty Robert Cheeke, and the wonderful Ginny Messina, aka The Vegan RD. Of course Friends of Animals will be here, and we’re happy to welcome back the Fur Bearer Defenders.

All this in the historic Market Square, on the doorstep of primary event sponsor and vegan restaurant Green Cuisine!

UPDATE: Our full schedule is now posted, click here. We’re also holding a raffle, you can view the prize listing here. Tickets will be $2 each, or 3 for $5 and available at the VVF Info & Merch table at the Festival!

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Photos from 2013: our Main Stage, Vendor and Non-Profit Tables, and a packed Classroom!
Our main posters are now available as well, find the PDF here!

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Thanks for helping to get word out on the event, via Facebook, Twitter (use the hashtag #VVF2013) and anywhere else you can, we look forward to seeing you Canada Day!

- The Victoria Vegan Festival Team

April 30, 2013
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World Wide Vegan Bake Sale Day Report!

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Saturday, April 27th was our 4th Annual World Wide Vegan Bake Sale Day event, once again a fundraiser for the Victoria Vegan Fest! (Which is Canada Day, July 1st in Market Square.)

First, a big thank-you to Green Cuisine for hosting us, it was amazing to have their side room made available to us for the bake sale, even though we were competing with their dessert sales!

Our bakers really outdid themselves this time, and in no particular order big thank-you’s go out to Diana, Hayley, Janine, Line Marie, Sandra, Andrea, Heather, Paulina & Michael, Colleen and Ashley, and this time Lisa and her family brought so many goodies, she needed her own table!!

There was an amazing assortment of goodies, and before Lisa arrived, it was pretty evenly split between gluten and GF items, surprisingly! Lisa tipped the balance however. ;)

Gratitude to all those who made it and were so generous; we raised $560.85 – a decent total, though quite short of our previous World Wide Vegan Bake Sale earnings, which were in the $1200-1500 range. The Festival fundraising goes into paying for transport and accommodations for our speakers and presenters, promotion, insurance and all those other exciting logistics. We’ll be holding more fun fundraiser events, so keep your eyes peeled!

- Dave and the #VVF2013 Crew

Here's the full spread!

Here’s the full spread!

More items with gluten.

More items with gluten.

Our GF range of goodies!

Our GF range of goodies!

Lisa and her family contributed so much, she needed her own table!

Lisa and her family contributed so much, she needed her own table!

April 26, 2013
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World Wide Vegan Bake Sale Event – Saturday!

This Saturday is our 4th Annual World Wide Vegan Bake Sale Day event!

2013-wwvbsdWe’ve got a bunch of volunteer bakers whipping up a frenzy in the kitchen, and all will be for sale at Green Cuisine, from 12-4pm!

This is one of our primary fundraisers, so we hope you’ll join us and load up on vegan goodies, dontcha dare miss it!

 

January 23, 2013
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Victoria Vegan Festival 2013 Meeting TONIGHT!

logoTONIGHT we are having a meeting for the 2013 Victoria Vegan Festival located in Market Square and we would love to have you attend. The meeting will be at Green Cuisine at 6:30. Come early at 6 and have dinner with us. :)

We’re looking for people to join our amazing team for the Second Annual VVF, in Market Square on July 1st (Canada Day) – we’re looking for people who want to help promote veganism, and have several hours they can spare each month leading up to the event.

Nearly all our organizing team from the 2012 are returning, but in order to make it even bigger and more successful, we’re hoping to draw in a few more people so that we can accomplish even more!

If you’re keen, or would like to find out more about what’s involved, come to our first planning meeting, this Wednesday (Jan 23rd), 6:30pm at Green Cuisine (join us at 6pm if you’d like to get a bite to eat and chat a bit first.)

Hope you’ll join us in making this one of the best vegan festivals in North America!!

January 16, 2013
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Victoria Vegan Fest 2013

Hey everyone!
We’re getting the ball started for 2013! Once again, we’ll be on July 1st, Canada Day in Market Square, and hoping to make it bigger and better, with your help – the first year  was incredible thanks to many of you!!

Our first meeting will be on Wed, January 23rd (at Green Cuisine) at 6:30pm – to brainstorm ideas, and figure out what needs to be done sooner-than-later, and all that fun jazz. Please let me know if you can make this, we’ll begin meeting once a month starting then. Once again, we’re going to need a team of Captains, and  hope you’ll take that on. =)

June 13, 2012
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#VVF2012 Press Release

For Immediate Release – June 13th, 2012

Introducing Victoria’s First Ever Vegan Festival
Vegans up-front and center on Canada Day

Vegans in Victoria, British Columbia, will never be so visible as on Canada Day, July 1st, as the first annual Victoria Vegan Fest will be held downtown in Market Square from 12 noon to 5pm. The event is a celebration of veganism, and will feature over two dozen tables from vegan businesses and non-profits, as well as numerous activities for kids and a full schedule of speaker presentations, cooking classes and fun entertainers.

“We’ve assembled a crack team of amazing local vegan volunteers to organize this most fantastic festival” explains famed local vegan celebrity and event co-organizer Sarah Kramer, author of seminal vegan cookbook masterpieces like How It All Vegan and La Dolce Vegan, as well as running Sarah’s Place, a cool vegan boutique located in Market Square.

“It’s going to be an amazing day for adults and kids,” Kramer continues. “Our presenters cover a wide range of topics, from vegan nutrition, cooking classes to activism, and we have some really fun activities lined-up for kids of all ages. Greg, a vegan juggler, will be on the main stage entertaining the crowd and later in the day will teach a class on how to juggle! The Ukabellas (a local Victoria ukulele trio) will also be performing and I’ll be hosting a game show called Canada’s Next Top Vegan.  It should be lots of fun! We’re also thrilled that Shannon Mann from Sea Shepherd (and TV’s Whale Wars) is able to join us to do a presentation.”

“It’s amazing it’s taken this long to see this type of festival here, as Victoria is known as being a top vegan-friendly city in North America, and I’m very excited to help bring it to light with Sarah,” says Dave Shishkoff, co-organizer, and Canadian Correspondent for Friends of Animals, an international animal advocacy organization that has been promoting veganism and animal rights in Victoria for the last six years.

“Victoria has a total of four vegan shops,” Shishkoff highlights, “two of which came about in the last year (Vshoen and Sarah’s Place) with long-standing icons Green Cuisine and Lotus Pond holding the front for the last decade. Considering that cities like Portland have a whole strip mall of entirely vegan shops, there’s no reason we can’t accomplish that here. An event like this proves that Victorians are progressive and forward-thinking, and concerned about animal issues and willing to act on that concern, and I’m looking forward to speaking more on this at the event as well.”

Please join all of us from the Victoria Vegan Festival Society on Canada Day to celebrate our vegan Victoria! Visit www.VictoriaVeganFest.com for more information..

Website: VictoriaVeganFest.com
Twitter: twitter.com/VicVeganFest
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/366490810040668/
Email: info@victoriaveganfest.com

More on Sarah: GoVegan.net
More on Dave: TheVictoriaVegan.com & FriendsofAnimals.org