05 October 2011

2nd Annual Texas State Veggie Fair kicks off October 22

Belly up to the kombucha bar, pardner, and grab yourself some fried vegan mozzarella sticks because the 2011 Texas State Veggie Fair is coming to White Rock Lake in Dallas. Bigger and better than ever, the fair opens its doors October 22 with a kick-off party hosted by Mercy for Animals and Executive Director Nathan Runkle and offers guests vegan hors d’oeuvres, a local DJ, and a raffle and silent auction (http://texasveggieparty.com). The documentary, “Vegucated,” about three New Yorkers who find salvation in a plant based diet will also have its Lone Star State premier that evening with details and tickets on the website.

The fair, itself, on a much smaller (and healthier) scale than the Texas State Fair, is free and open to guests from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, October 23, and boasts yoga and dietary expert speakers, a lineup of bands and talent, contests (including the traditional fried foods category) and of course, lots and lots of vegan food vendors, booths and information. Last year’s fried food offerings, alone, included such delicacies as: fried s’mores wrapped in a delicate pancake-batter crust, fried jalapeno poppers, fried cinnamon rolls, fried reuben sandwiches and fried fugget balls (ingredient details of this special item will only be revealed at the fair). If you think you can compete, fire up your deep fryer and fill out the application at: http://texasstateveggiefair.com/vegan-fried-foods-competition.

You won’t see Big Tex towering over the festivities but you will see plenty of local vegans and plant based wannabe’s milling about so if you’re in the area, don’t miss your chance to meet up with other healthy minded individuals and help out distressed farm animals. All proceeds from the kickoff party Saturday night will go to Mercy for Animals.

Kathryn Lorusso
Kathryn is a former journalist and English teacher who now counsels and mediates teenage drama on a daily basis in the Dallas, Ft. Worth metroplex. Time away from school is spent cooking up new macrobiotic/vegan specialties, writing various blogs and newsletters and taking as many bikram yoga classes as possible.

Photo credit: Texas State Veggie Fair