In a city literally called Cowtown, there's a thriving meatless culture starting to take over. Calgary's vegan festival is right around the corner and restaurants all over the city are coming through with tasty vegan eats for the week-long event. If you're desperate for some vegan comfort classics with a twist, then this is your jam.

"The event is meant to encourage everyone, vegans and non vegans alike, to experience various vegan dishes at restaurants that they may have not experienced before," said the organization to Narcity.

Each plant-based dish from participating restaurants sold from June 1 to June 7 helps to raise money for their non-profit organization and it's real tasty too.

This year's contestants for "Best Vegan Meal" and "Best Vegan Dessert" are a whos-who of some of the city's best spots to eat. 

And while everything is available for takeout, some of the restaurants are already open for dine-in service too. 

Plus, if you're the kind of person who can't start their meal before they've snapped a pic, then you'll love this aspect of the festival.

YYC Vegan Week said that"customers can post about their dish and share their experience," on their Facebook page. It's like a private vegan version of Yelp where you will vote for your favourites.

There are so many places to choose from that you might have trouble narrowing it down.

Famed burger and shake makers REGRUB will have their "Big Wac" available with a double beyond meat patty.

And who can resist the siren call of a too-big milkshake?

BLANCO Cantina has a sun-dappled patio where you can dig into their cheesy vegan burrito. 

Whether you're craving burgers, nachos, grilled cheese or dumplings, there's really no going wrong with wherever you go. The only problem is that it only runs for a week and it might not be enough time to try everything.

YYC Vegan Week: Takeout Edition

When: Monday, June 1 to Sunday, June 7

Address: Various locations in Calgary, AB

Why You Need To Go: Fill up on unique vegan dishes you can only get this time of year.


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