Ottawa VEG FEST is a tradition for local foodies, vegetarians and vegans, and the veg-curious alike. Similar events take place all across Canada. 2016 will mark the seventh Ottawa VEG FEST, continuing the fine tradition set out by Veg Fest’s founders, the National Capital Vegetarian Association.
Admission is by cash donation … you can give what you can. Proceeds go to support two local causes (see column at right for details). At the 2015 Ottawa Veg Fest, we raised over $9800. Let’s see if we can break that record this year.
We are pleased that the Table Restaurant is back in 2016 as our Gold Sponsor and as an exhibitor … and their executive chef is doing a cooking demonstration. Their generous long-term support for Ottawa Veg Fest is much appreciated. For a list of all of our 2015 sponsors and partners, click here.
As always, VEG FEST will feature an impressive line up of informative presentations (this year featuring a critically acclaimed documentary film) and live cooking demonstrations from well known local and visiting chefs both days. As part of a marketplace where more than 80 vendors will promote and sell their healthy products and services, samples of great food will be available. Many popular past vendors will be back, and will be joined by a great number of new companies to discover.
Ottawa Veg Fest is held at The RA Centre
2451 Riverside Drive (between Bank Street and Bronson Avenue)
- Centrally-located (click on map below or here for detailed directions)
- Served by major bus routes
- Great bicycle access
- Lots of free parking
- Handicapped accessible
Giving Back to the Local Community
The 2015 edition of Ottawa Veg Fest raised over $9896.36 which was divided between two worthy causes through our “admission by donation” model. One of the worthy causes for 2015 was the Community Harvest Program of the Ottawa Food Bank. This amazing program grows, collects donations and buys nutritious, local produce for clients served by Ottawa Food Bank member agencies across the national capital region. In 2015 alone, the program brought in a record-breaking 176,500 lbs. of fresh produce. Truly remarkable! At Ottawa Veg Fest please give generously to support this worthy cause. The other recipient of funds collected was the National Capital Vegetarian Association (NCVA), a not-for-profit membership-based organization created to educate the public about the health benefits of plant-based diets for the improvement of public health. The NCVA strives to represent people in the National Capital Region who are vegetarian, vegan, or supportive of the many benefits of consuming plants. They are the founders of Ottawa Veg Fest.