Gardein breakfast sandwich makes for easy vegan morning meal

Gardein breakfast sandwich

Fresh from the toaster oven. (Stephen Hui)

Sometimes you just want a quick and easy vegan breakfast that’s not cereal or toast. Here’s a fairly new frozen product from the people who brought us veggie boob—Richmond-based Garden Protein International—that fits the bill.

We found the Gardein breakfast sandwich selling for $4.75 at Donald’s Market in Vancouver. A box comes with two small sandwiches and takes minutes to prepare in the microwave, on the stove, or in a conventional or toaster oven. Continue reading

Dietitian Ginny Messina to speak at Victoria Vegan Festival 2013

Victoria Vegan Festival

The Victoria Vegan Festival is returning to Market Square. (Sarah Kramer on Instagram)

Got plans for Canada Day (July 1)? If not—and you’re willing to take a long-weekend ferry ride—the second annual Victoria Vegan Festival may be your best bet.

Like last year’s inaugural fest, the 2013 edition will take place in downtown Victoria’s Market Square (560 Johnson Street). The historic shopping mall is home to Green Cuisine, a vegan buffet restaurant. (Sarah’s Place, a vegan curio shop in the square, closed on June 1.)

This year’s speakers will include dietitian and Vegan for Her coauthor Ginny Messina, vegan bodybuilder Robert Cheeke, Lesley Fox of the Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals, and Dave Shishkoff of Friends of Animals and The Victoria Vegan. There will also be cooking demonstrations featuring local chefs, such as Danielle Arsenault of Pachavega. Continue reading

Beyond Meat arrives in Vancouver (and it does taste like chicken)

Vegan Curried Chick'n Salad

Whole Foods Market’s Vegan Curried Chick’n Salad features Beyond Meat. (Stephen Hui)

Since its launch last spring in the U.S., Beyond Meat has been talked about in hushed tones like the Second Coming of the vegan deity (you know, Seitan). The hype surrounding the plant-based meat alternative has been similar to that received by the revolutionary—and locally made—vegan products Daiya and Gardein when they entered the market.

And now it’s here. On February 8, Beyond Meat—which is an El Segundo, California-based company—announced that its chicken-free strips have made their Canadian debut in Vancouver and West Vancouver. Specifically, the product is being used in prepared foods at the Cambie, Kitsilano, Robson, and Village at Park Royal locations of Whole Foods Market. Continue reading

Vega named company of the year in 2012 VegNews Veggie Awards

Vega One nutritional shake

The Vega One nutritional shake is Vega’s flagship product.

Three food-products companies based in the Vancouver area have won big in VegNews magazine’s 2012 Veggie Awards. No surprise here—we’re talking about VegaDaiya, and Gardein. Continue reading