Toronto's rapidly growing vegan movement has spawned a neighbourhood of its very own, a growing commercial area formerly referred to as 'Vegandale'.
Vegandale is described on its website as 'a mecca for the ethically minded and hungry, with the best of vegan food, and service, coexisting in one block in downtown Toronto' - and draws its name from a Saturday Night Live sketch featuring Justin Timberlake dressed as tofu.
The businesses which currently make up the self-described 'land without milk and honey' currently include The Imperative, Mythology Dinner, and the-ever-popular Doomie's.
Doomie's is famed for its vegan junk food, and Vegan Sidekick selfies zone, where diners can take photos surrounding by the famed artist and activist's work.
Mythology is a bar and upscale diner, serving refined vegan takes on such classics as wings, poutine, and Caesar salad.
Finally, The Imperative is not a restaurant but a store tailored to vegan and ethically minded consumers, offering clothing, beauty products, and homewares.
Despite its small start, Vegandale is set to be twice the size by year's end.
Impending additions to the neighbourhood include Vegandale Bracitorium, Prohibition Pie, and NYM.
While they appear to be producers of booze and desserts, specifics about these establishments seem to have been kept deliberately under wraps.
Also on the horizon for Vegandale is the Vegandale Food Drink Festival, which will hit Chicago, Toronto, and New York this year - as well as one location which as yet has been kept secret.
The Toronto festival will be at Garrison Common on August 11-12.
Emily Court is a passionate ethical vegan from Eastern Canada. She is a Challenge 22 Mentor, Digital Writer, and experienced animal advocate driven by issues of animal liberation and social justice. She studied at Dalhousie University, where her thesis highlighted intercultural and gender relations. She is an established public speaker, writer, and world traveller with a drive to provide a voice to those who might not otherwise have one. You can follow her on Instagram @emily.j.court or on Twitter @_EmilyJCourt_.
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