Last Saturday, I volunteered at the 4th Annual Totally Fabulous Vegan Bake-Off hosted by the Toronto Vegetarian Association. It's part of my New Years Resolution to volunteer my time this year. This was my first event I signed up to volunteer for. What can I say? It was super easy for me to decide to sign-up - FREE DESSERTS!!
When I arrived, there were no signs outside of the venue to advertise there was a Vegan Bake-off inside. I was a tad worried there wouldn't be many people to come out for the event. Well, wasn't I wrong?! It was a huge turn out. I'm not exactly sure how many competitors there were, but there were 8 categories: Vegan Cookies, Vegan Bars, Raw Vegan Desserts, Vegan Cupcakes and Pastries, Gluten-Free Chocolates, Gluten-Free Sweets, and two Professional categories.
It was an awesome vibe - very easy going and fun. Unfortunately, I didn't stay to the end, so I missed 2 things. 1) George Stroumboulopoulos (@strombo) and 2) all the winners. :(
I tried 2 categories: Vegan Cupcakes and Pastries and Vegan Professional 1. The clear winners for me were Super Banana Split Cupcake for the Vegan Cupcakes and Pastries and Kindfood's Mile High Browine for the Vegan Professional 1. My father-in-law loved Katie Brock's Pecan Cinnamon Rolls. He couldn't get over that it was 100% VEGAN!! LOL!
My biggest disappointment was Brunner's The Lumberjack. I know what they were going for, but failed. I was so excited to try their creation, but it didn't taste as good as it looked. My daughter spit it out and she doesn't do that. Really, she doesn't, she is as much as a foodie as I am. Oh, well you win some you lose some, right? Next week, I plan on making a trip to Brunner's Bake Shop and trying a few different treats. I have been told by Brunner's The Lumberjack is not on their regular menu. Whew! So, I am SUPER excited to try their other delicious creations because they all look amazing! :)
Where you at the Vegan Bake-off? What was your favourite? Do you have an awesome Vegan dessert recipe you want to share?
Happy Baking!! :)