Vegan bake sale and Speciesism movie premiere in Vancouver

Vegan raspberry pie

Vegan raspberry pie. (Stephen Hui)

Two Vancouver Co-operative Radio shows are planning to hold a vegan bake sale on the day before Valentine’s Day.

The bake sale, organized by Animal Voices and Drishti Point, will take place on February 13, from 4 to 7 p.m., at Unity Yoga Teahouse (1672 East 10th Avenue).

A portion of the proceeds will go to the Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Association. They’ll also be fundraising for the Vancouver premiere of Speciesism: The Movie. Continue reading

Vegan bake sale at Nice Shoes to benefit Liberation B.C.

Poppy seed and raspberry muffins

Freshly baked poppy seed and raspberry muffins. (Stephen Hui)

Vegan bake sale alert!

Vancouver’s only vegan footwear store plans to hold a holiday bake sale on December 8, from 2 to 4 p.m. Here’s what Nice Shoes (3568 Fraser Street) says about the event in its latest e-newsletter: Continue reading

VegUBC plants seeds of vegan community on Vancouver campus


Vegan potlucks are likely in VegUBC’s future. (VegUBC on Instagram)

A new student group aims to promote veganism and vegetarianism at the University of British Columbia’s Vancouver campus. VegUBC is interested in hosting potlucks and visiting local restaurants, according to founder Nirel Marofsky.

A psychology student who hails from Seattle, Marofsky hopes VegUBC will create a community and serve as a resource for vegan, vegetarian, and veg-curious folks on- and off-campus. In an email, she noted that the group is open to UBC students, faculty, staff, and alumni, plus students at other Metro Vancouver post-secondary schools. Continue reading

Gypsy Trunk vegan food cart starts up in Langley

Gypsy Trunk

You’ll find the Gypsy Trunk at festivals around the Lower Mainland. (Gypsy Trunk on Facebook)

While Culver City Salads and Loving Hut Express are taking care of vegan street foodies in Vancouver, another vegan food cart has begun serving customers in municipalities to the east. The Gypsy Trunk opened on July 28 at the We Heart Langley festival.

Owned by Langley entrepreneur Jen Hiltz, the Gypsy Trunk cooks up two kinds of burritos. The Italian sausage and brown rice burrito is made with Field Roast, and the black bean and brown rice burrito is gluten-free. Both burritos are soy-free and include pico de gallo, guacamole, and Daiya mozzarella cheese on a brown rice tortilla. Snacks and drinks are also on offer, with soy milk and coconut sugar available for coffee and tea. Continue reading

Varinicey Pakoras brings deep-fried vegan snacks to Vancouver festivals

Varinicey Pakoras

These very nice pakoras are gluten-free too. (Stephen Hui)

With Veg Fest Vancouver 2013 approaching, I had looked forward to trying Varinicey Pakoras on July 27. Last weekend, I spotted the food cart at the Khatsahlano Music & Arts Festival, however, and decided not to wait.

As its name suggests, Varinicey Pakoras serves up deep-fried Indian fritters, which are indeed very nice. You can order a small ($5.50), regular ($8.50), or large plate ($10).

The Original pakoras consist of onions, ginger, carrots, kale, yams, and Swiss chard in a chickpea-flour batter. Three other kinds of pakoras are available: the Hot Chili (with chili peppers), Extreme Green (with extra kale, cabbage, and green veggies), and Super Beet (with red beets). Continue reading

Veg Fest Vancouver 2013 to occupy three blocks on July 27

Veg Fest Vancouver 2012

Now in its third year, Veg Fest Vancouver continues to grow. (Stephen Hui)

Dozens of businesses and organizations are set to participate in the third edition of Vancouver’s outdoor vegan festival. On July 27, Veg Fest Vancouver 2013 will take over three blocks of Granville Street (between Dunsmuir Street and Smithe Street) in the downtown core.

This year’s vendors include the restaurants Eternal AbundanceChomp Vegan EateryIndigo Food Café, and Sargam House (which opened in May at Saravanaa Bhavan’s former location on West Broadway); the bakeries Edible Flours and Fairy Cakes; the Loving Hut Express food truck; and Caramels by In the OvenGardeinGranola GirlKi Health & FitnessLifeBitesNice ShoesVarinicey PakorasVegan Yarn, and Zimt Artisan Chocolates. Earthsave Canada, Liberation B.C., Mercy for Animals CanadaStop UBC Animal ResearchVancouver Rabbit Rescue and Advocacy, and Veganville will be among the organizations present. Continue reading

Indigo Food Café to celebrate second anniversary with ice cream

Cake trio

Cake trio at Indigo Food Café. (Stephen Hui)

If there’s one area of vegan cuisine in which Vancouver truly excels, it’s raw food. Noted for its high tea and fondue, Indigo Food Café (2589 West 16th Avenue) in Kitsilano definitely deserves some of the credit for this.

Opened in 2011, Indigo Food is owned by chef Lovena Galyide and her daughter Kate Galaida. On July 12 and 13, they are planning to host parties to celebrate their vegan restaurant’s second anniversary. Continue reading

Celebrating vegan pizza in Vancouver


Happy Vegan Pizza Day 2013. (Stephen Hui)

One of the most important holidays in the vegan world is almost upon us. That’s right—this year, Vegan Pizza Day will be observed on Saturday (June 29).

Celebrating Vegan Pizza Day is easy: all you have to do is make, buy, eat, or share plant-based pizza.

What’s better than enjoying a slice of pizza made by someone else? In honour of Vegan Pizza Day, here’s a quick look at three great vegan pies—all loaded with Daiya dairy-free cheese—from pizzerias in Vancouver. Continue reading