By 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.
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)