Texas VegFest

Texas VegFest
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Tex Mex cuisine popular in the state of Texas is characterized by its heavy use of meat. However, this doesn’t mean that there are no vegetarians and vegans in Texas. In fact, the state even has its own vegetarian festival. Texas VegFest is an annual event held each April by the non-profit organization Texas Veg Foundation.

Texas Veg Foundation created a vegetarian festival in order to educate people about the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle and to encourage as many individuals and families as possible to consume more plant-based products and to at least reduce the consumption of meat if they’re are not ready to give it up altogether. The festival is dedicated to celebrating the health, environmental and animal welfare benefits of a plant-based lifestyle.

Texas VegFest is a large open air picnic held at Fiesta Gardens, on the shores of Lady Bird Lake in East Austin, rain or shine. Entrance to the event is free so that anyone can come and learn more about vegetarianism, veganism and living a cruelty-free lifestyle. Attendees who donate $5 or more receive a thank you swag bad filled with exciting items in return. Public donations help pay for the youth activities, educational events, community outreach, and featured non-profit.

The program of the festival includes a variety of local and national vendors, cooking demonstrations, educational lectures, children and youth activities, yoga, live music, and an impressive choice of vegetarian foods and craft beers. The festival features a number of speakers including chefs, physicians, athletes, writers, scientists and animal rights activists who educate people on the benefits of a vegetarian lifestyle.

Texas VegFest also offers a music stage with an exciting line-up, a free youth area with activities ranging from zumba, yoga, face painting, cooking demos and more, a fashion show, and a variety of food vendors offering an extensive choice of plant-based foods and dishes (including gluten-free and soy free foods).

In 2020, the event was held online due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Texas VegFest

Photo: Stephanie




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