14
Oct
2016
7th Annual Texas Veggie Fair corn dogs photo courtesy of Sylvia Elzafon

7th Annual Texas Veggie Fair returns October 22

Texas Veggie Fair food with a meatless twist (Photo by Sylvia Elzafon)

7th Annual Texas Veggie Fair features food with a meatless twist (Photo by Sylvia Elzafon)

 

Annual Texas Veggie Fair is great for families

The annual Texas Veggie Fair is one of our favorite fall festivals. The annual event returns to Reverchon Park on Saturday October 22. I love it because it doesn’t drain my wallet, fill my children up with sugar and give them a bad case of the “Gimme Gimme” as they ogle all the rides and useless soft toys. Texas Veggie Fair is different. It feels more lovey and less grabby. We go and play good old fashion carnival games, eat a few meatless items and then sing kumbaya while giving everyone free hugs. Ok not exactly but vegan singer Erykah Badu did let the kids come on stage with her one year while she was performing. We leave having learned a few things about healthy green living, animal welfare and inspired to cook more with vegetables. This is Texas’ largest celebration of all things veggie!

Texas Veggie Fair is back at Reverchon Park (Photo courtesy of Sylvia Elzafon)

Annual Texas Veggie Fair is back at Reverchon Park (Photo courtesy of Sylvia Elzafon)

 

The low down

This year’s event is expected to welcome thousands of guests and supporters, including Music Stage sponsor Blue Circle Media. Other partners and sponsors include Mercy For AnimalsBreeze EnergyBest Thai SignatureNessel Development, Reverie Bakeshop, and Trinity Hall providing the local beer garden. There’s lot of fun vegan fair food to try, product vendors, chef demos, a beer garden, live music, yoga and kids’ activities, and speakers.

 

Hands on fun for kids at the annual Texas Veggie Fair (photo courtesy of Sylvia Elzafon)

Hands on fun for kids at the annual Texas Veggie Fair (photo courtesy of Jeremy Minnerick)

New this year is the addition of chefs and speakers to present demos to Spanish-speaking attendees. Eddie Garza, food and nutrition manager with The Humane Society of the United States, will talk about his journey from an unhealthy 300 pound man to a healthy 150 pound vegetarian and will demonstrate delicious plant-based Mexican recipes from his new book,¡Salud! Vegan Mexican Cookbook. Joining Garza is chef and restaurateur Miguel Bautista, with plant-based recipes from Vegan Planet, his critically acclaimed restaurant in Cancun, Mexico.

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Food trucks galore at the annual Texas Veggie Fair (photo courtesy of Sylvia Elzafon)

Food trucks galore at the annual Texas Veggie Fair (photo courtesy of Sylvia Elzafon)

Says Garza, “Latinos are becoming increasingly concerned about both health and environmental issues that impact our communities. Texas is home to more than 10 million Latinos—the second largest Latino population in the nation—and more than two thirds of Texas Latinos speak Spanish at home. I’m honored to serve our community by leading the annual Texas Veggie Fair’s first-ever Spanish-language cooking series to demonstrate how easy it can be to protect our health and the health of our planet just by putting more fruits and vegetables on our plates.”

Meet like-minded people at the annual Texas Veggie Fair (photo courtesy of Sylvia Elzafon)

Meet like-minded people at the annual Texas Veggie Fair (photo courtesy of Sylvia Elzafon)

Other speakers include Dr. Martica Heaner, PhD., giving a talk on Losing Weight & Boosting Health on a Plant-based Diet; Big Bald Mike – the “Most Massive Vegan On Earth!” – performing impossible feats of strength and discussing his transformation from a drug/alcohol addict to a vegan strength athlete. In addition, fair favorite Nyse Collins returns with an all new “How Healthy is your Lifestyle?” Pavilion, offering an opportunity for adults and children to visit various stations to examine your current lifestyle and learn about various ways to improve your health with plant-based thinking. Breeze Energywill also be on hand to moderate a vegan fashion panel including local designers Nikki Duong Koenig of Cykochick and Kat Mendenhall.

Erykah Badu performed in 2013 at the 4th Annual Texas Veggie Fair (photo courtesy of Sylvia Elzafon)

Erykah Badu performed in 2013 at the 4th Annual Texas Veggie Fair (photo courtesy of Sylvia Elzafon)

A musical performance by rhythmic, soul-folk California artist Emily Elbert as well as a DJ set by Kneel Cohn from Warshow Angels will entertain a lively crowd throughout the day. My kids and I still talk about the 2013 Texas Veggie Fair when Dallas gal, Erykah Badu performed.

Texas Veggie Fair’s mission is to bring together, educate and expand the plant-based community regionally, nationally and worldwide with a positive, entertaining and educational experience in a fun, welcoming environment. If you want to veg out with us, check out Texas Veggie Fair for all the details.

If you’re looking at adding a plant-based meals to your diet, check out BenBella Vegan Cookbooks.

 

Till our next Happy Meal!

 

 

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