Vegan burger tops bill at Canadian meat festival

A vegan version of a MacDonald’s ‘Big Mac’ has curried favour with festival-goers in Ontario.

Thousands of consumers at Ribfest in London, Ont queued up to sample the Big MACinnes at the exhibition last week.

According to the sandwich’s creater, James McInnes: “The whole point of it was to illustrate we can make something out of plants and still have it taste amazing.”

The Big MACinnes replaces its namesakes’ meat patties with ones made from a mix of chickpeas, onion, and bread crumbs bound with tamari and flax flour. They’re thrown onto a griddle for a nice sear before being topped off with homemade mayo, shredded iceberg lettuce, dairy-free cheddar cheese, and onions and pickles inside a three-part sesame bun.

The burger was so popular it sold out before the five-day festival ended.

McInnes, a vegan himself, owns Globally Local, a business that works with farmers and suppliers to delivers organic produce and vegan products to area residents.

He told The Huffington Post Canada he and his team went through 300 kilograms of dried chickpeas to satisfy hungry customers. He said: “Vegan food can really be more popular than animal-based products — even at a meat festival.”

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