UVic Vegan – The Ins and Outs of Food on Campus
So being a student and doing as student does, I have been working seven days a week between two jobs this summer in order to pay for all of those lovely student expenses. I was hoping to put together a more detailed list of vegan food at UVic, but haven’t been able to find the time to get up on campus and investigate (yes, obviously wearing my detective hat and trench coat, magnify glass in hand). However, I do have a pretty good idea of where to get the best food on campus, totally cruelty free, from my own experience as a.. well, UVic student. Hah, alright, enough with the witty humor and on with food!
Maria’s Top Vegan Campus Hacks:
- Finnerty’s (below the campus bookstore) – This is my ultimate go to spot on campus for food, primarily to do the fact that they provide me with cookies and muffins. Yes, that is correct COOKIES and MUFFINS. Finnerty’s carries baked-goods from various bakeries around town, which include two vegan muffin options, and a massive oatmeal cookie (the size of my head, and I have a fairly large head). Of course these are just a few of the many options Finnerty’s offers. They have a selection of salads and sushi in their cooler, protein and granola bars, fruit smoothies, and of course they will make any of their cafe drinks with almond or soy milk!
- Mac’s (MacLaurin Building) – This prime lunch spot makes salads, sandwiches, and wraps. A tip, when choosing your veggies, say no cheese and yes to an extra veggie filling! Their vegan proteins for salads, sandwiches, and wraps are hummus and a spicy black bean concoction (the beans are my favourite, ask for salsa!).
- Munchie Bar (Cinecenta, Student Union Building) – Okay this place is totally wonderful, because they make their popcorn without butter or palm oil. WHAT? REALLY? NO WAY! Yes, this little movie theatre concession (also open for non movie goers) located in the Student Union Building pops their popcorn in coconut oil and have toppings like nutritional yeast you can add on. As for goodies, there is an amazing treat called a ‘Bubbymore’ which comes from Bubby’s Bakery, and my personal favourite Panda Black Licorice.
- Health Food Bar (Student Union Building) – Wraps, sandwiches, salads smoothies, and juices, galore! The staff here are usually quite helpful in recommending vegan dishes and alternatives. My personal favourite is the Chilli Taco Salad, no sour cream!
- International Grill (Student Union Building) – I haven’t actually purchased a dish from here before, but no worries, I’ve looked at their menu and VIOLA, plenty of vegan options. Their Dahl sounds divine!
- Felicita’s (Student Union Building) – Their wine may not be vegan, but that is totally okay because beer! Aha, if you’re looking for more of a restaurant experience, this is the place to go. Their vegan meal options are limited, but I personally love to order the Thai Peanut Satay Wrap with tofu. Like most places on campus the servers are more than happy to point out what substitutions can be made.
- Veg Out (Mystic Market, University Centre) – All vegetarian, and most things are vegan too! I like to order the quesadilla without sour cream, or the vegan chilli! Their veggie burgers and dogs are wonderful choices too!
- Wok Box (Mystic Market, University Centre) – Noodle stir fry and curry creations galore! Make sure to mention that your order must be vegan, as some of their noodles have egg and some of their curries has fish sauce. They’re good at finding alternative options though!
- Village Greens (below cadboro commons) – For those students living on campus, this spot is likely the most convenient. I’ve only eaten here once, but got a reasonably decent tofu stirfry with rice! There is a smoothie bar and various daily creations offered too!
Extra Bullet Points Worth Mentioning:
- All cafe’s serving coffee drinks carry soy or almond milk, so purchasing a warm drink is an option anywhere you are on campus
- Both the Student Union Building and Mystic Market can provide you with a list of what is vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free if you ask, along with the ingredients.
- Please remember that these are only the ‘Maria tested’ spots for food on campus, but ultimately every place will have something that is or can be made vegan.
- And remember to ask! Most every food service employee on campus is absolutely delightful and are more than willing to answer any food related questions. They really are lovely people.
I hope this list helps anyone attending classes on campus, or just visiting. Remember to check out the UVic Vegan club (look us up on facebook), we have loads of fun things in the works for this upcoming school year! Stay tuned..
Over and Out
UVic Vegan Club President