Bigger Better Ottawa Veg Fest

May 20, 2018 | By More

Set to Sweep RA Centre June 2-3

Ottawa’s favourite vegan and healthy food and lifestyle festival returns to the RA Centre for its 9th year on June 2-3, with a roster of high profile presenters and 25% more exhibitors, reflecting the growing demand for plant based food, products and services.

“After years of slow and steady growth, over the past six to 12 months the interest in this way of living has exploded,” says Pamela Tourigny, Ottawa Veg Fest’s organizer and director. “Veg Fest is known in Ottawa as a fun, reliable, non-judgmental environment in which anyone can come to enjoy the food and learn.”


The Table Vegetarian Restaurant returns as the presenting sponsor of the event.   Ottawa Veg Fest will offer more than 100 exhibitors, including food, apparel, jewelry, non-profit, mindfulness, personal care products, and more.  Samples will be available, along with food and products to purchase. This year showcases several varieties of plant-based “cheese”, “meat”, “milk” and “ice cream.”

Cooking demonstrations will occur on the Rainbow Foods / Market Organics cooking stage, featuring local restaurants The Table Vegetarian, Pure Kitchen and Chickpeas.

Panel discussions on the topics of Veg Parenting, Ditching Dairy, Vegan Athletes,  and Animal Activism are presented by Asian Stars Restaurant. Keynote presentations will be made by two very special guests on Saturday, June 2.

Olympic figure skating medalist and long-time vegan Meagan Duhamel will present on her experiences as a vegan athlete, and her work with Humane Society International to end the dog meat trade.  This presentation is sponsored by the National Capital Vegetarian Association.

Former Montreal Canadien Georges Laraque will share his story of becoming vegan, thriving as a vegan athlete, and advocating for animals. Post-NHL Laraque has also invested in several vegan food businesses.

Both Duhamel and Laraques will also participate in the Vegan Athletes panel.

On Sunday, video chef sensation The Buddhist Chef (Jean-Philippe Cyr) will give a cooking demonstration, and participate in the Ditching Dairy panel.

On both Saturday and Sunday visitors will be treated to The Sam & Amy show, an entertaining and interactive presentation featuring local vegan lifestyle personalities Samantha Shorkey and Amy Longard, who are a personal trainer and chef/nutritionist respectively.

“We have lined up amazing local and near-local talent to provide visitors with both entertainment and also educational opportunities,” says Tourigny.  “The goal is to give people a fun and inviting event at which they can explore, be inspired, and learn about HOW to create change within their lives.”

Admission is $5 at the door each day, and includes access to all presentations (space permitting).  Visitors will also be invited to enter a ballot to win The Ultimate Vegan Prize Package, valued at about $2,000 and with prize contributions from many local veg-friendly businesses.

For more information about Ottawa Veg Fest, visit the website at, or follow on Facebook ( or Instagram (@OttawaVegFest).

About Ottawa Veg Fest Keynote Presenter Meagan Duhamel

Meagan Duhamel is a 2018 Olympic gold and bronze medalist, in the figure skating team and pairs events respectively.  Meaghan is also a long time vegan, who demonstrates that it’s possible to not only survive – but also thrive – as a high performance elite athlete eating only plant based vegan foods.

Meaghan rescued her dog Moo-tae – a miniature dachshund mix – from the Korean dog meat trade. He now lives with her in Montreal, and she works with Humane Society International to end the dog meat trade. She adopted a second dog – Theo – from a local SPCA.

With her partner Eric Radford, she’s also a two-time world champion, two time Four Continents champion, and seven-time Canadian National Champion.

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