Coconut Festival 2015

Coconut Festival 2015 was held at the David Pecaut Square about 2 weeks ago. The one day event was in its 2nd year, and highlighted one of the greatest fruits in the world, the coconut. According to the official website, the event's goal was to bring "the community together to learn about the many health benefits of coconuts as well as its diverse culinary uses." (source: The event featured several guests, and food vendors who promoted health and wellness through their various uses of coconuts. There were a total of 70 vendors, including 18 food booth, 4 chefs, plus specialty vendors, and speakers at this year's Coconut Festival 2015.

BeaverTails are a Canadian-based chain of pastry stands operated by BeaverTails Canada Inc. The chain's fried dough pastries are individually hand stretched to resemble a beaver’s tail topped with butter, and other toppings.

Coco-Roons are a brand of cookies from a USA-based company, Wonderfully Raw. They are a great alternative if you are craving for a healthier version of macaroons. The products are certified gluten-free, contain low glycemic, and non-GMO. The product itself incorporates almond flour, organic maple syrup, and dried unsweetened coconut to create a ball-sized snack. Coco-Roons are available in many flavors such as brownie, apple pie, almond strawberry, orange dreamsicle, etc ... If you're interested in buying the products, they can be purchased at the following retailers in Toronto; Pusateri's Fine Foods, and Bulk Barn.

Next up was Grinning Face, a non-dairy gelato shop in Cabbagetown, who was one of the vendors at the festival. They specialize in house-made, dairy free, coconut milk–based gelato that are not only dairy-free, but gluten-free, and contained no nuts. I was given a sample of one of their gelato products, and I chose the "The Mighty Coconut". The gelato comes in single serving cups at $4.50 each flavor. The gelato is made with coconut milk, natural flavors and coconut palm sugar, and is a healthier alternative to sugary ice-cream and gelato.

Cocovie Naturals is a Toronto-based company founded by Anne Josef (who also founded Coconut Festival 2015), and the company specializes in coconut products. One of their products that they showcased at the Coconut Festival 2015 was their Decadent Coconut Spreads (3 for $25), which came in a variety of flavors such as classic coconut, pineapple, mango, vanilla, guava, and ginger. I had a sample of the spread, and really liked the natural sweetness of coconut, and the overall richness of the spread. Thank you to Cocovie Naturals for letting me try a jar of their classic coconut; as it tasted wonderfully with bread.

Tito Rons' a Filipino Caribbean street food vendor that have been available at various local festivals and farmers' markets this summer. One of their most popular products are their Coconut Bae Lumpia ($5) - deep-fried coconut-caramel cheesecake. A tasty treat when it's freshly out of the fryer.

I wasn't able to stay too long, as it was also my grandmother's birthday, and I had to return back uptown. However, Coconut Festival 2015 was a fun event, and I look forward to attending it next year as well.

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