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North America's largest vegetarian food fair celebrates its 20th anniversary

TORONTO, August 17, 2004 — The 20th Annual Vegetarian Food Fair is bigger than ever this year with over 100 exhibitors showcasing everything from the latest kitchen equipment to meat-free entrées, hourly cooking demonstrations, a vegetarian World Café, complimentary mouth-watering food samples, dynamic guest speakers including award-winning cartoonist Dan Piraro (Bizarro), interactive workshops and more. The fair takes place on Friday, September 10, from 4 to 9 p.m.; Saturday, September 11, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, September 12, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., at Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West. Admission is free. For further details about the fair, the public can call 416-973-4000 or visit the Toronto Vegetarian Association website at www.veg.ca/foodfair.

Toronto’s Vegetarian Food Fair, the largest event of its kind in North America with over 12,000 visitors annually, offers something for everyone. Vegetarians as well as non-vegetarians can learn more about making healthy, ethical and earth-friendly food choices. The fair is presented by the Toronto Vegetarian Association in association with Harbourfront Centre.

COOKING DEMONSTRATIONS
Cooking demonstrations are held every hour, on the hour. Cooking instructors, chefs and cooks share their culinary hints and suggestions–not to mention free tastings of their creations! Highlights include tasty vegetarian sushi with Nettie Cronish and delicious Indian appetizers with Arvinda Chauhan.

WORKSHOPS AND LECTURES
Friday, September 10
Six Simple Steps to a Healthful Vegetarian Diet at 5:30 p.m.
Brenda Davis, a registered dietitian and author of the bestselling Becoming Vegetarian, addresses the steps that can be taken to maximize the health advantages of vegetarian and vegan diets.

Effective Action at 6 p.m.
In his new book Meat Market, Erik Marcus assesses the current situation for farmed animals in Canada, and offers insights on how to inspire social change. He’ll share these and other ideas in this activist-oriented talk.

The Lifestyle Medicine Approach to Health at 7 p.m.
Do healthy lifestyle programmes such as the Coronary Health Improvement Project really work? Visitors learn some simple ways to take charge of their health with Beverley Edwards-Miller.

Bizarro Animals and Vegetables at 7 p.m.
Internationally syndicated award-winning cartoonist, author, and stand-up comic, Dan Piraro, discusses his career in comedy as well as his conversion to animal rights activist and vegan.

Saturday, September 11
Informal Networking Session at Noon
Visitors are invited to start their day with an informal networking session, designed to introduce them to other members of the vegetarian community. Presented by the Toronto Vegetarian Association.

Bizarro Animals and Vegetables at 1 p.m. & 6 p.m.
Dan Piraro discusses his career in comedy as well as his conversion to animal rights activist and vegan.

Exploding Nutrition Myths at 1 p.m.
Best-selling author and registered dietitian Brenda Davis examines some of the most common nutrition myths.

Become a Vegetarian this Week! at 3 p.m.
Becoming vegetarian or vegan is easier than one might think. Author Erik Marcus discusses the ins and outs of how to change one’s diet easily and effortlessly.

Yoga Sound Meditation at 4 p.m.
Madhavendra of The Canadian School of Meditation introduces visitors to basic meditation techniques.

Investing for the Soul at 4 p.m.
Ron Robins, founder of Investing for the Soul, teaches participants how to incorporate their cherished values in investing decisions.

Eating for the Earth: Meat Production’s Environmental Toll at 5 p.m.
Food systems researcher Stephen Leckie shows how eating low on the food chain can reverse wilderness destruction, soil erosions, energy waste and pollution.

Making Sense of Soy at 5 p.m.
Registered dietitian and bestselling author Brenda Davis addresses many of the common concerns about soy––including soy’s impact on thyroid, cognitive, and reproductive functions.

Vegetarianism 101: Getting Started at 6 p.m.
Visitors can learn basic nutrition, kitchen tips and menu planning from Nimisha Raja of the Toronto Vegetarian Association.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 12
Introduction to Vegetarianism: You Can Conduct One Too! at Noon
Anita Sabot of the Northern Vegetarian Society talks about how to present an “Introduction to Vegetarianism” class in one’s community or to a small group of family and friends.

Exploding Nutrition Myths at Noon
Best-selling author and registered dietitian Brenda Davis examines some of the most common nutrition myths.

Time Management for Anarchists at 1 p.m.
Anti-authoritarian types are invited to pick up productivity tips and organizational skills from DIY-media advocate, author, and former Adbusters editor Jim Munroe.

Introduction to Living Foods at 2 p.m.
Nimisha Raja of the Toronto Vegetarian Association provides transition and food preparation tips to those who wish to learn how to eat a nutritionally balanced living foods diet.

Meat Market: Animals, Ethics, and Money at 2 p.m.
Erik Marcus, author of Meat Market: Animals, Ethics and Money, bypasses the traditional core arguments for vegetarianism and offers new, more persuasive and credible arguments to support the movement.

Eating for the Earth: Beyond Vegetarianism at 3 p.m.
Food systems researcher, Stephen Leckie, discusses the benefits of eating foods that are locally grown, organic and minimally packaged.

The Lifestyle Medicine Approach to Health at 3 p.m.
Do healthy lifestyle programmes such as the Coronary Health Improvement Project really work? Visitors learn some simple ways to take charge of their health with Beverley Edwards-Miller.

Vegetarianism 101: Getting Started at 4 p.m.
Visitors can learn basic nutrition, kitchen tips and menu planning from Nimisha Raja of the Toronto Vegetarian Association.

Bizarro Animals and Vegetables at 4 p.m.
Dan Piraro discusses his career in comedy as well as his conversion to animal rights activist and vegan.

ENTERTAINMENT
Earth, Seas & Air on Saturday, September 11 at 3 p.m.
This interactive eco-concert features Chris McKhool on guitar and violin. Kids join McKhool on stage to play simple musical instruments he has gathered from around the world.

STAPLES BOX PROGRAMME
Visitors are encouraged to bring a donation of non-perishable vegetarian food to the fair and help support the Daily Bread Food Bank’s new Staples Box Programme. Basics such as lentils, beans, oil, flour and rice are needed to provide culturally and religiously appropriate meals for people in need, such as newly settled refugees and landed immigrants.

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Please note: electronic images are available to download from www.veg.ca/foodfair/mediaroom

Media Contacts:
Linda Liontis, Harbourfront Centre, 416-973-4381, lliontis@harbourfrontcentre.com
Vanessa Holm, Toronto Vegetarian Association, 416-544-8891, office@veg.ca
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