Year two was great to the people behind the Montreal Vegan Festival. Held at the Bonsecours Market it enjoyed such good attendance that each workshop was overflowing and the line-up was lengthy to even get in the building. Attendance last year was around 10,000 people. This year they have reacted to that kind of response by double the festival to two days – November 5 and 6 – to decrease those attending’s wait time.
Due to the popularity the Bonsecours Market and the festival will be configured in a whole new way to make navigating around a lot easier and free flowing. Involved in the festival are more than 40 exhibitors along with conferences, workshops, cooking demos, and a bigger and better library section. There you can look at as well as purchase the books. Several of the authors (Élise Desaulniers – Cash Cow, Jo-Anne McArthur – We Animals) will also be on hand to sign copies of their books.
The Montreal Vegan Festival allows vegans and those interested in it to learn all they can about diet, ethics, ecology, and health relating to a vegan lifestyle. Plenty of activities and free samples are available that you can enjoy. Some special guests will also be in attendance at different points over the weekend including former NHLer Georges Laraque, Olympic alpine ski racer Seba Johnson and Alister Gardner, ultramarathoner.
As an added bonus and to wet your whistle, the festival will kick off on Friday night with a screening (free admission!) of the film Ghosts in Our Machine by Jo-Anne McArthur. There will be a Q&A with the director after the screening.
For more information, follow the Montreal Vegan Festival on the various social media!
-Dates: November 5 – 6, 2016
-Venue: Bonsecours Market
-Hours: Saturday – 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday – 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.