The 9th Annual Totally Fabulous Vegan Bake-off takes place on March 19, 2017!
Have a frequently asked question? Hopefully it’s one of these!
- I want to attend the Totally Fabulous Vegan Bake-Off – Where’s the Bake-Off? How do I find it? How much does it cost to attend? I have a food allergy – can I attend? When should I show up? Can I come late? Is Artscape Wychwood Barns accessible? Can I bring a pet?
- I want to participate in the Totally Fabulous Vegan Bake-Off – I want to bake! Can I enter? Can anyone enter? How are the winners decided? How do you ensure fairness?
- I want to support the Totally Fabulous Vegan Bake-Off – Who’s the Toronto Vegetarian Association? How can my business support the Bake-Off?
Attending the Totally Fabulous Vegan Bake-Off
Where is the Totally Fabulous Vegan Bake-Off?
It’s at Artscape Wychwood Barns at 601 Christie Street, Toronto.
How do I find Artscape Wychwood Barns?
Artscape Wychwood barns is located at 601 Christie Street, Toronto. This venue is accessible by TTC. You can find all of the info about how to get there on their website right by visiting their website: http://artscapewychwoodbarns.ca/about/info-for-visitors/
How much does it cost to attend?
Tickets are $11.50 – this includes two plates of treats. Tickets go on sale February 24th, 2017.
Is there a special price for kids? Do kids need a ticket?
I have a food allergy or gluten intolerance, can I attend?
We really hope so! We always include gluten-free categories, although most treats are not prepared in certified gluten-free kitchens. Have a different allergy? We will provide ingredient lists in advance of the event so you know which plates/items you can eat. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to receive it once it is available.
*Note: The ingredient list is subject to change. If you have a severe allergy, please be cautious. We cannot guarantee that treats have not come into contact with allergens in professional or home kitchens*
When should I show up for the Vegan Bake-Off?
We are currently determining the hours of our Bake-Off event.
I have a physical disability. Is Artscape Wychwood Barns an accessible space?
Yes! This is one of the many, many reasons we love them.
All of the information about accessibility is available from their website: http://artscapewychwoodbarns.ca/about/accessibility/
Can I bring my dog / cat / domesticated iguana?
Nope, not even if it’s rescued (thank you for saving a life!). Unfortunately Artscape Wychwood Barns doesn’t allow non-human animals on-site. Also, we really want to avoid your companion being too tempted by delicious things. Avoiding injury and/or catastrophe is pretty high on the list of goals for us.
What are some examples of recipes/items entered in the past?
Click here to download recipe books of entries from previous years.
Participating in the Totally Fabulous Vegan Bake-Off
I want to bake! Can I enter?
Registration for the 2017 vegan bake-off is now open! Please visit our Register page here for more information. If you have any further questions, please email email@example.com.
So anyone can enter?
In order to maximize the Total Number of Sweets Available (TNSA), we welcome entries from businesses and bakers throughout the Toronto veg community and beyond. Bakers compete for glory, bragging rights, and prize packs donated by event sponsors. The competition is open to new and existing members of the Toronto Vegetarian Association including donors, volunteers, and staff. With so many dedicated supporters involved, we’ve takes special steps to ensure fairness which can be read below.
How are the winners decided?
The attendees of the Totally Fabulous Vegan Bake-Off decide on the winners for each five-treat category (e.g., cupcakes, cookies, professional, etc.). Our fabulous judges decide the best in show from the winners in each category. While we do not insist in a blind judging process, we trust that most attendees vote for the best tasting desserts. In order to encourage people to vote for the best treat, the names of the bakers also aren’t included on the ballot.
What steps do you take to ensure fairness?
In order to protect the integrity of the Bake-Off, we’ve taken special steps to ensure that anyone who competes isn’t able to influence the competition. This means that competitors are restricted from influencing or decision making when it comes to plating categories, deciding prizes, or selecting our celebrity judges. We ensure a fair ballot-counting process by ensuring that this process is led by non-competitors (usually TFVBO co-founder Natalie Stephenson) and our Nominating & Governance Committee audits the counting process, just to be safe. The TVA competitions policy restricts staff, board members, and event organizers from competing with the general population. In 2016, TVA staff and board members will compete in a special category.
Supporting the Totally Fabulous Vegan Bake-Off
Who’s this “Toronto Vegetarian Association” you seem to like so much?
The Toronto Vegetarian Association is a charitable organization and Toronto’s go-to resource for all things veg. We host the Annual Vegetarian Food Festival, distribute the Vegetarian Directory, do community outreach to inspire people to go veg, and have a drop-in resource centre and library with over 100 vegetarian cookbooks! Check out veg.ca to learn all about us! Did we mention all members of TVA get a Toronto Veg Card that gives discounts at over 100 veg-friendly places across the GTA?
If you have a minute and want to help us put on this awesome event, consider becoming a member here: veg.ca/join.
How can my business support the Bake-Off?
Your business can support the Vegan Bake-Off by becoming a sponsor or by donating prizes or gift baskets for all 50+ bakers, for one of our category winners, or to be raffled to attendees as door prizes. For more information please contact Alyssa DeHoop via email or 416-544-9800.