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Beyond Burger Across Canada

In yet another sign of the increasing demand for meat-free foods, the Beyond Burger has nearly sold out across Canada in just a few days!

On July 9, fast-food giant A&W launched the vegan Beyond Burger in nearly 1,000 of its Canadian locations. The response was overwhelmingly positive, with some stores simply unable to keep up with the demand.

The partnership with A&W is Beyond Meat’s biggest so far — the fast-food company is the second largest burger chain in Canada. Ethan Brown, CEO of Beyond Meat, recently spoke to Forbes about the new collaboration. “We’ve always focused on making this product available to the largest number of people irrespective of socioeconomic status or geographic location,” he explained. “We want to be available in as many places as possible. Being in A&W Canada puts us a step closer to that goal.”

Beyond Meat is on a mission to go global. In May, it was announced that the vegan company had partnered with distributors across Europe, UAE, Taiwan, South Africa, Canada, and Mexico, after selling more than 11 million of the burger since its initial launch back in 2016. “Reflecting rapid demand growth in the United States and sustained interest from international markets, we’ve taken steps to significantly increase our production capacity,” Brown said in a statement.

From LiveKindly

The Beyond Burger is a vegan burger praised by meat-eaters and vegans alike for being nearly indistinguishable from an animal-based patty. Food politics aside, this latest move by the company offers fast food patrons a more compassionate option and normalizes vegan food in an industry known for its cruelty. If even a fraction of A&W patrons choose the Beyond Burger over their regular choice, it will be a win for the animals.

Support local businesses in your area that are serving vegan options like the Beyond Burger. In Nanaimo, you can find it at Coach and Horses and Baby Salsa. We are also fortunate to have a growing number of vegan businesses serving up delicious food including The Very Good Butchers and The Bandwagon Food Truck.

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This Month in Plant-Based Recipes – September 2017

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Recipe: Liv B’s Vegan BBQ ‘Chicken’ Pizza from CBC Life

National Curry Week: 5 Easy Vegan Curry Recipes You Need To Try from Plant Based News

30 vegan recipes even meat eaters will love from

This Gooey, Super-Delicious Cheese Is Actually Vegan from Mind Body Green (3 recipes)

Vegetarian Thanksgiving recipes and tips for throwing a marvelous meat-free feast from CBC Life (it’s a little late but some great inspiration for Christmas and next year)

What Do Vegans Eat? 12 Delicious Vegan Dishes for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner from Reader’s Digest

Aubergine, black-eyed bean and dill curry from The Guardian

1-Pot Vegan Minestrone (gluten-free) from Minimalist Baker

Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Panzanella from Oh She Glows

Chocolate Pumpkin Pie & Festive Chickpea Tart: Vegan Holiday Recipes to Impress! from Dreena Burton

Quinoa Taco Salad from Pickles & Honey

Collard Green Pesto Chickpea Salad Sandwiches from Yup It’s Vegan

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Gabriola’s Plant Based Music Festival Sept. 2-3

The Gabriola Vegeteers are working with the Gabriola Arts Council to make the Gabriola Music Festival vegan! We have some amazing vegan food vendors coming to the Gabriola Music Festival: The Very Good Butchers, The Bandwagon Food Truck, Accidental Carny Concession, The Vegan Bite, Earth Mama Love Kitchen Collective, and Fox On An Island. Vesanto Melina of “Becoming Vegan” is giving two health presentations, we’re screening two documentaries (Called to Rescue and Animals and the Buddha), AND Earth Mama Love Kitchen is giving a food demo on each day! That doesn’t even begin to talk about the music and all the other fabulous and artsy things going on! Get your tickets soon!

Excerpt from

This festival celebrates community, love, compassion, inclusivity, and mindfulness. There is no better place for it than standing on a rock in the ocean, surrounded by good people, good music, good vibes, and more art than you can imagine.

  • With this celebration of creative culture, we want to make some promises.
  • We promise to enrich the lives of those participating in and enjoying this festival, through the arts.
  • We promise to artistically inspire, entertain, enhance, and invigorate our community and those who visit it.
  • We promise to promote inclusivity both onstage and off.
  • We promise to take care of all fellow beings and not support animal suffering in any way.
  • We promise to promote empathy, compassion, happiness, and a healthy spirit. We promise to maintain this mindful abundance of love, and be with all, in the present.

Compassion Series Schedule in The Roxy:
Saturday, September 2:
10am Called to Rescue Screening (see below), 12pm Food Demo from Earth Mama Love Kitchen 1:30pm Eating for Optimal Health with Vesanto Melina (see below)
Sunday, September 3:
10am Animals and the Buddha Screening (see below), 11am Food Demo from Earth Mama Love Kitchen 12:30pm Two Steps To Clean Eating with Vesanto Melina (see below)

We’re excited to announce that we will be raffling off a black 5-tray Excalibur Food Dehydrator at the Gabriola Music Festival! These things are THE BEST and the brand is top quality! And just in time for apple season, where you can get a good stock of apple rings for the year. Get your raffle tickets at the Gabriola Music Festival. The draw will happen Sunday night of the festival!

Eating for Optimal Health – Saturday September 2, 1:30pm Roxy Stage
Two Steps to Clean Eating – Sunday, September 3, 12:30pm Roxy Stage
Vesanto Melina, MS, RD is an internationally known speaker and co-author of books that are classics on plant-based nutrition. They won a Canada Book Award, two Book of the Year Awards in the U.S. and star rating by the American Library Association as “the go-to books” on plant-based nutrition. These include Becoming Vegan: Comprehensive Edition and Becoming Vegan: Express Edition for health professionals (both with dietitian Brenda Davis). Their books are now in 11 languages and with 750,000 copies in print. Vesanto has taught nutrition at the University of British Columbia and at Seattle’s Bastyr University, is a government consultant, and is lead author of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Position Paper on Vegetarian Diets.

Documentary Screenings in The Roxy
Come on down to the music fest early, find a good spot for your blanket, and head to the funky Roxy Theatre to watch a short inspiring documentary with your morning coffee while the vendors and musicians set up for the day!

Called to Rescue – Saturday at 10am
Called To Rescue is a beautiful documentary film about some of the animals who live in farm sanctuaries and the people who have dedicated their lives to rescuing and caring for them. It will inspire and delight people of all ages and stages.

Animals and the Buddha – Sunday at 10am
The powerful and important film, Animals and the Buddha, brings awareness to the idea that the path to end all suffering includes not just humans, but all the beings who share the earth. Many Buddhist leaders lend their voices to advocate for animals in this moving film.​.