Register for the Vegan Bake-Off!

Bake-Off entries 2012

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We are thrilled that you are interested in participating in the Totally Fabulous Vegan Bake-Off! We are looking forward to bringing these long winter months to a close with your delicious food and company! Registration for our 2017 event is closed.

REGISTRATION FOR 2017 IS CLOSED – If you are interested in learning more about participating in our 2018 event, please enter your email address, here.

About the Competition: Each entry will compete with 4-6 other entries in categories assigned by the contest organizers. Organizers reserve the right to change the categories at any time.

Best Presentation is open to all entrants (last year there were ~50). Category Winners and Runners-up will be decided by audience vote. Category Winners will move on to the final round, where our judges will select a Grand Prize Winner and Runner-up for Best in Show, and Best Professional in Show, as well as Best Presentation Winners.

Registration is as easy as 1-2-3

1. Please carefully review all the details, rules and regulations:

Rules and Regulations for Participants:

-To enter you must be a member of the Toronto Vegetarian Association (this is due to City of Toronto health regulations). If you are not a member yet you can join online at (see step 2 below).

-To enter you must submit the entry form by 5pm on TUESDAY FEBRUARY 20TH, 2017 (that also means you can’t change your entry after that date – due to printing and logistic deadlines).

-You must be available from approximately 12pm-5pm on March 19th, 2017.

-You must prepare 100 bite-sized samples of your entry (200 if you are entering as a professional chef or business).

-You must also prepare a “presentation plate” – a serving of your entry to be judged on both presentation and taste. The presentation plate and all associated display materials must not exceed maximum size of 12 square inches. For 2016, signage will be supplied for you indicating your entry number and title. The presentation plate will be viewed by judges and attendees and sampled by the judges for “Best in Show” if you win your primary category.

-Multiple entries are permitted (up to 2 per baker or business).

-You must submit a complete list of ingredients by February 20th for attendees to consult for allergens.

-All participants must pay a $5 entry fee. In return you will receive: an event t-shirt (New design for 2016), a sample plate ticket, a goody bag, the opportunity to win fabulous prizes, and more!

– All entrants will have the option to be profiled in our website’s “meet the bakers” area!

– Prizes are furnished by our generous event sponsors. Category and presentation prize packs are valued between $100 and $300. Amateur category winners, once declared, are eligible for The Grand Prize, valued at approximately $500. Prizes for professional categories and “Best Pro in show” are valued from $100 to $300. Professional category entrants are not eligible for The Grand Prize.

Restrictions on ingredients:

Vegan: everything prepared for this event must be vegan: no eggs, no dairy, no meat, no gelatin, no whey, and no honey can be used in your creation. If you’re looking for guaranteed vegan ingredients, we suggest checking TVA’s vegetarian directory.

-If you want to label your entry as raw: If you want to label your entry as raw, you must use ingredients that have not been heated above 118 degrees. Although there is some controversy about the “rawness” of certain ingredients, you may use agave syrup that is labelled as “raw”. However, maple syrup cannot be used.

-If you want to label your entry as gluten-free: -As taste testers who have celiac disease may sample an entry labelled gluten-free you must not use any ingredients that may contain gluten. If oats are used they must be certified gluten-free.

Nut or Soy free – If we receive a number of entries that are (or can be) made free of these products, we may (at the discretion of the organizers) develop these new categories. You will be contacted with more information if your entry is selected for such a category.

Questions? Please email, or call the TVA office at 416-544-9800

2. Join the Toronto Vegetarian Association, if you are not already a member. *ALL BAKE-OFF CONTESTANTS MUST BE MEMBERS OF THE TVA* Click here to join TVA online or sign-up by phone at 416-544-9800.

3. Complete the Vegan Bake-off Registration Form. A $5 non-charitable registration fee per entry is required as part of this process – all bakers receive one complimentary dessert plate & an event t-shirt in exchange for their participation, plus some goodies from our sponsors. The top baker in each 5-treat category also win awesome prize packs!

Have a question? Find out who can enter, how winners are decided and how we ensure fairness on our FAQ page.