Free Vegan Food Tasting and Cooking Demo in Vancouver

Photo credit: SweetOnVeg | Flickr

Photo credit: SweetOnVeg | Flickr

So you’ve heard that a vegan diet is supposed to be great for your body and the environment, but you still don’t know what it’s really all about?

A special free food tasting event at Emily Carr University, Wednesday, Jan. 22, aims to explain the vegan experience and offer some tasty samples and recipes.  According to organizers, the goal is to demystify veganism, which is defined as abstaining from consuming or using products derived from animals.

The event is highlighted by a cooking demo from chef Preet Marwaha, who served as a VIP chef at the United Nations and also started Vancouver’s own OrganicLives, a line of raw organic food products.  Marwaha, who suffered from a life-threatening illness before embracing a vegan lifestyle, will touch on the benefits of having a plant-based diet, then illustrate how to prepare vegan dishes, including quick, wholesome smoothies.

The event will also feature samples from two of Vancouver’s iconic vegan eateries, Eternal Abundance and Fairy Cakes.  Eternal Abundance, a vegan cafe on Commercial Drive, specializes in a raw menu, with everything from juices to sushi, burgers and even pasta.  They also stock organic groceries ranging from fresh produce to desserts, snack crackers and more.

Meanwhile Fairy Cakes, located on Fraser Street, is Vancouver’s first vegan-based cupcake shop.  Its sweet and savoury cakes are baked without dairy, eggs or nuts and feature as many organic and local ingredients as possible.

The tasting event at Emily Carr is organized by the newly formed Vegan Congress, a group of faculty, staff and students at the university dedicated to veganism.  The group focuses on providing practical information to the public on the benefits of a plant-based diet and how clothing and product purchases influence animal welfare around the planet.

Vegan Tasting with Chef Preet Marwaha is at Emily Carr University’s Intersections Digital Studios (Room 285D) on Granville Island on Wednesday, Jan. 22, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

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