Veg Food Fest took over the Harbourfront Centre this weekend for three days filled with plant-based brands, speakers, educators, music and (of course!) amazing food. As someone with a massive sweet tooth, I was super pleased with the HUGE array of vegan baked goods this year’s festival had to offer.
Many (probably too many) sweets were consumed, and… while it was tough to narrow down my favourites, I managed to pick my top three treats.
#1: Cashew Chocolate Chip Cookie from Julia’s Joyful Kitchen
This cookie. Oh man. It looked like it was going to be a bit on the crunchy side, but I was so pleasantly surprised when I bit into a soft, “buttery” cookie. It was very crumbly, in that wonderfully shortbread kind of way. There was also an unexpected saltiness to it, which made my tastebuds sing (otherwise known as drooling). The “buttery” aftertaste knocked this cookie out of the park, and I now have unreasonably high standards for vegan chocolate chip cookies of any kind.
You can order from Julia’s Joyful Kitchen online, and she caters too!
To order/cater: firstname.lastname@example.org
*the cookies are in the glass display case right behind the card, yum!*
#2: Cookies & Cream Donut from Apiecalypse Now!
A juggernaut of the Toronto vegan scene, Apiecalypse Now! makes a mean treat. It was a tough call between the Simpson’s and the Cookies & Cream donut, but I can’t say no to anything topped with Oreos (which are already vegan!). This donut is extreme. It was so large that I couldn’t get my mouth around it, so dense that it took the place of my lunch, and it took two of us to finish it off! I’d recommend this donut if you’re looking for a challenge of the tastiest kind.
Location: 735 Bloor Street West @ Christie Pits, Toronto, ON
*I should have taken a photo of the donut next to something to show the scale, it was a monster*
#3: Brownie from the Bald Baker
Everything in the Bald Baker’s display looked really tasty, but then Dan (the Bald Baker himself) told me that the brownie was being sold for only $1 as a festival special… naturally that made my decision for me. This was the cheapest treat I indulged in this weekend, and it held its ground next to the more expensive options! One of the things about Bald Baker that piqued my interest was that they’ve branded their products as “sugar conscious desserts”. They don’t use any refined sugars (or maple syrup, agave, or rice syrup!) and they make their treats with nut and chickpea flours to keep them grain-free and to lessen their glycemic impact.
The Bald Baker has a KickStarter campaign going to help turn their online business into a bricks-and-mortar shop, but if you can’t wait until then, you can order their goodies online.
*The brownies are the beauties on the bottom shelf*
With my waistband significantly tighter, I’d say it was a successful weekend. Thanks for the treats and the fun times, Veg Food Fest… See you next year!