The Parkdale neighborhood of downtown Toronto is now officially called “Vegandale.” The initiative was launched by The 5700 group—a collaboration between local vegan businesses that operate on the same block, including Los Angeles import Doomie’s, retail shop The Imperative, and recently opened Mythology Diner. “This premiere destination for the vegan and vegan curious is the only one of it’s kind, promoting a world where animal exploitation is a thing of the past,” the group’s newly launched website stated. “With our roots in abolitionism, our unapologetic messaging is the connection between each project we touch.” The group also hosts the annual Vegandale Food Drink Festival (formerly Vegan Food & Drink Festival), which will expand to its first event in Houston in June. “We’re ready to move one step closer to world vegan domination with our upcoming festival season,” The 5700 owner Hellenic Vincent De Paul said. “Vegandale couldn’t be contained to just one city block, so we’re packing up and taking our vegan utopia on the road.” By the end of 2018, the group plans to open several additional vegan businesses in Vegandale, including the Vegandale Bracitorium, Prohibition Pie, and Not Your Mother (NYM).
Photo courtesy of The Imperative