Toronto’s first fully vegan food truck The Vegan Extremist will debut May 14 at the Veggie Fest Hamilton. The truck specializes in curries and will serve classic Thai and Indian dishes such as vegetable korma, samosas, chana masala, and carrot halwa with cashews and raisins. Owner Jeffrey Merkel fell in love with curry at age 12 on a trip to Singapore and dreamed of opening a vegan food truck ever since. “My curry will knock your socks off,” the 24-year-old said. While the city boasts a few vegan options, Merkel revealed that “veganism is exploding in Toronto and the surrounding area. But the market hasn’t accommodated us yet.” Since announcing his intent to hit the streets, Merkel—who wears vegan combat boots to capture his “Vegan Extremist” aesthetic—said the social media attention has been booming. In addition to The Vegan Extremist, Los Angeles vegan eatery Doomie’s opened in the Parkdale district of Toronto in early April.
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