VegFest: the little festival that grew

May 31st, 2017 NVF 2017, Press, Veganism

VegFest: the little festival that grewBy Cheryl Clock, The Standard

It was the late 1980s in the heart of Alberta’s beef country that she became a vegetarian.

As much as Keri Cronin stood out for food choices, she also stood by her morals and beliefs.

“No one except k.d. lang was vegetarian,” she says with a laugh.

Needless-to-say, plant-based food options were limited. And, back then, not too appetizing. She remembers cooking fake ground beef. Once.

“It smelled like I was burning tires in the kitchen,” she says.

Cronin has since become vegan. Even a few years ago, with few exceptions, eating out at restaurants in St. Catharines mostly involved ordering a salad, subtraction style. Hold the egg. Hold the cheese. Hold anything that came from an animal.

On this afternoon, she joins Laurie Morrison at a table in a downtown St. Catharines restaurant.

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Feature image (above): Keri Cronin and Laurie Morrison founded Niagara VegFest six years ago. The vegan festival runs Saturday and Sunday in St. Catharines. (Cheryl Clock/St. Catharines Standard/Postmedia News)

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