Press Pillay Spends a Sweet Sunday at the 10th Anniversary Vegan Bake Off

Celebrating a decade of decadence with the Toronto Vegetarian Association

Press Pillay at Vegan Bake Off

The Press Pillay team was on site this past Sunday as the Toronto Vegetarian Association marked a milestone with the tenth anniversary of their Annual Vegan Bake Off Event—a decade celebrating plant-based living and thriving. Hosted at the The Glass Factory and Lounge, professional and home bakers competed in fourteen categories, proving their slogan that “anything you can bake, we can bake vegan.”

The event saw over 70 participants and a staggering 1,700 plates of desserts served for guests to sample and savour before casting their vote for their favourite. Celebrity judges Sam Turnbull, Candice Hutchings and Doug McNish were also present to give their comments.

The grand winners of the day were Mindful Macaron and Alli Diskin taking home the Judges’ Choices Awards in the professional and home baker categories, respectively. Alli Diskin’s Raspberry Vanilla Macarons were a great hit, while Mindful Macaron won the judges over with their Salted Caramel French Macaron.

''It is so wonderful to see how the Vegan Bake Off has grown over the last 10 years,” said Emily Thompson of the Toronto Vegetarian Association. “It all started with a small group of inspired and dedicated volunteers and has grown into an iconic event in Toronto's veg community.''

Alongside the dessert festivities was the Bake Off Marketplace, which opened at 11 a.m. with food and vendors from local partners. The Lounge was packed full of bakers, local vendors and guests all enjoying all the goods that Toronto’s plant-based community has to offer.

“I loved the variety of people and food from all across Ontario,” said Chef Doris Fin, a first-time participant of the Bake Off this year. “ I love that so many people are waking up to what else is possible and that events like the TVA Bake Off are happening worldwide inspiring many. I look forward to next year.”  

Learn more about the Toronto Vegetarian Association