Sugar Rush

VegFest Presents Sugar Rush! June 4 – 11 and a Call for Restaurants and Vendors

Support Local Restaurants and Little Red Barn Micro Animal Sanctuary


Treaty One Territory, Winnipeg, April 5, 2021 – Winnipeg VegFest is hosting our first ever Sugar Rush!, a week-long dessert celebration featuring all-vegan desserts. The event’s organizing committee is putting a call out to Winnipeg restaurants and vendors to apply to be part of the first-ever Sugar Rush! dessert week. 


Following the success of VegFest’s Vegan Week in January, this event is meant to support local restaurants and create a fun and delicious dessert experience and support a local charity, too! Winnipeggers can order a feast of confections all week long with participating restaurants and vendors.


Restaurants and vendors can apply online here

Restaurants must create one brand new vegan dessert (a menu item that is not on their regular menu) for sale during the week of June 4 – 11.

Applications will close on April 30, 2021.

Participation fee is $100, with a portion of the proceeds going to Little Red Barn Micro Sanctuary

The first 10 restaurants to sign up will be entered into a special contest and their dessert will be judged by a celebrity judge, who will be announced closer to the event date. The judge will select the tastiest dessert as the winner.

“Our hope is that people can enjoy all the flavours of summer and perhaps explore something new – a new restaurant, or a taste of the vegan lifestyle,” said Jason Hannan, VegFest Chair. “We wanted to hold another foodie celebration, but this time it’s all about sweet treats in all shapes and forms. We encourage the chefs to be as creative as possible and showcase their skills.”

Skip dinner and go straight for dessert! From June 4 – 11, 2021, Winnipeggers can order as much dessert as possible. Orders can be placed directly with each restaurant and will be following all COVID-19 public orders that will be in place at that time. Delivery, pick-up and socially-distanced in-person orders will be available depending on each restaurant’s options.

The Little Red Barn Micro Sanctuary was founded on the beliefs and values that animals are someone, not something. Located in Winnipeg, the sanctuary is home to a variety of rescued farm animals who were otherwise destined for slaughter. By teaching empathy and compassion through knowledge and personal/virtual interaction, they spread the message that farm animals are sentient beings, capable of love, friendship, grief, intelligence, pain, fear, joy, sadness, and humour.

Winnipeg VegFest was launched in 2016 to serve as a hub for all things vegan in beautiful Manitoba. With the exception of 2020, VegFest hosts a large and lively festival each year, bringing together a rapidly growing community of animal activists, environmentalists, and health enthusiasts. Together, they celebrate a lifestyle of love and compassion for the animals, for the planet, and for our health. The message of inclusion is simple: love all, don’t hate, and practice peace and compassion for all living beings.


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