Frequently Asked Questions

Where does Niagara VegFest take place?

Niagara VegFest takes place at Market Square (91 King Street) in downtown St. Catharines.

Market Square Lot – 50 Church Street – Directions

What is Niagara VegFest?

Niagara VegFest is an annual mulit-venue festival that takes place in downtown St. Catharines, Ontario and the Niagara Region. The festival celebrates a compassionate, healthy, plant-based lifestyle and features vendors, exhibitors, speakers, activities for kids, prizes and more!

When is Niagara VegFest?

In 2017 Niagara VegFest will take place June 3-4.

Do I have to be vegan or vegetarian to attend Niagara VegFest?

Absolutely not! Everyone is welcome at the festival!

How much does it cost to attend Niagara VegFest?

We are committed to keeping Niagara VegFest free, however donations are welcome. In 2017, the suggested donation will be $2 per person. This is not an official charge to attend the festival, however donations will help towards the increasing costs of producing the festival and your donations are welcome.

Where can I park?

There is ample free parking in downtown St. Catharines for the main event on Sunday. All parking meters are free on Sundays. In addition, there is free parking at City-operated parking lots. (UPDATE: download a map showing the location of these parking lots)

Please note that the Market Square lot will not be available for general parking during the festival.

Can I take public transportation to the festival?

Niagara VegFest is located 400 m from the main bus terminal in St. Catharines. City of St. Catharines TransitNiagara Region TransitCoach Canada, and Greyhound buses arrive and depart from this location. Some of these transit lines may have reduced service on Sundays, so it is important to double check the routes and schedules prior to making your journey. Please note that GO Transit does service St. Catharines, however the GO bus station is at Fairview Mall and the GO train arrives at the Via Rail Station. You would need to take a city bus or a taxi to get to the festival site from Fairview Mall or the Via Rail Station.

Can I bring my dog to the festival?

For the safety and comfort of all (including our nonhuman animal friends), the only dogs permitted on site are service dogs.

Will there be food at the festival?

Absolutely! Many of our vendors will have food for sale and to sample.  Bring your appetite!

Will vendors be accepting credit/debit cards?

Cash is your best bet for the festival. There will be some vendors who are able to process credit/debit card payments, but many won’t be set up for card payments. We will have two ATMs on site and there are major banks and credit unions within walking distance of the festival.

Do I need tickets for the speakers?

No tickets are required for the speakers.

Are you looking for volunteers to help out with the festival?

Yes! If you want to get involved, we would love to hear from you!

Will there be activities for kids at Niagara VegFest?

Yes. Information about the Niagara VegFest 2017 Kids’ Zone to be determined.

In addition, Niagara Inflatables will have their a family zone.

What should I bring with me to the festival?

  • non-perishable food items for the Community Care food drive
  • your appetite
  • cash to purchase items from in the vendor/exhibitor hall
  • a refillable water bottle

What else is there to do in Niagara that weekend?

On Saturday, June 3, 2017, come to Niagara and enjoy the VegFest in the Vineyard wine and food pairing tour. It is a great way to explore the beauty of the Niagara region. We partnered with 4 local wineries who provided vegan wine and vegan food for tasting at each stop.

On Saturday, enjoy a vegan dining experience in downtown St. Catharines and finish your day with a film. This year, Niagara VegFest has partnered with the  First Ontario Performing Arts Centre Film House to screen Eating You Alive.

How can I stay up-to-date with Niagara VegFest news and information?

We post regular updates on this website, but you can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You can also sign up for our newsletter.

Niagara VegFest June 3-4, 2017

Quick Facts

  • VegFest Niagara 2017 takes place June 3-4, rain or shine
  • 2017 will be Niagara VegFest’s 6th year
  • In 2016 Niagara VegFest 6000 visitors
  • In 2016 Niagara VegFest had over 80 vendors and exhibitors

Wine Tour FAQ

What time does the wine tour run?

The wine tour is self-guided, meaning that you can start and finish at your leisure throughout the day. There are no fixed start and end times, save for the opening and closing hours of the wineries, generally between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

What are the wineries on the wine tour?

When will tickets be available for the wine tour?

Tickets are available now until June 2, 2017. Follow link to Eventbrite to purchase tickets.

Can I purchase tickets on the Saturday from a participating winery?

No, tickets are not sold on the day of the event. You can purchase your tickets in advance and up to Friday, June 2, 2017 at Eventbrite.

What is the wine tour refund policy?

A 90% refund is available on or before May 26th, 2017. Refunds are unavailable after this date.

Shopping Event Fundraiser FAQ

Is there a cost to attend Shannon Passero Shopping Event?

No, it is free to register for this exclusive fundraising event however, only the first 50 registrants will be invited to participate.