Thursday, August 9, 2012 , Updated 5:15 p.m., October 9, 2012
UPDATED: Texas State Veggie Fair is back with a vegan-ness
Instead of "back with a vengeance." Get it?
DALLAS The Texas State Veggie Fair -- the vegan festival that happens during the meat-tastic State Fair of Texas -- is back for a third year with a new home. Taking place at Reverchon Park in Dallas on Sunday, October 21, the event is billed to "appeal to anyone interested in learning more about living a cruelty-free lifestyle."
By which they mean: Fried bacon really is cruel.
The Texas State Veggie Fair will also have a fried foods competition, but the contestants must make vegan fried foods. Last year's competition saw fried risotto balls, spicy “chicken” nuggets, and fried pina colada, to name a few. We said all were tastier than the State Fair's actual fried foods last year.
This year's fried foods -- all vegan -- are:
Fried Reuben fritters. A savory combination of chopped corned "beef" seitan, sauerkraut, and rich cashew Swiss "cheese," rolled into a ball, coated in rye breadcrumbs, and fried to golden perfection. Speared with a deli dill pickle chip and served with vegan Russian dressing and spicy brown mustard.
Fried Frito chili pie. A spicy vegan chili made with seitan, simmered with onions, tomatoes, garlic, chile powder, cumin, and paprika, dipped in a beer batter, and coated with crushed corn chips. Served with a side of Fritos. This is a true Texas-style chili which means: no beans!
Fried “calamari.” Mushrooms are marinated in tamari, then sliced into thin, squid-like ribbons and flash-fried until crisp on the outside and tender within. They’re sprinkled with a fiery spice mix that includes red pepper flakes and dried seaweed, and served with a vegan aioli.
Fried banana bread. Vegan banana bread made with fresh mashed bananas is cut into bite-size squares, then fashioned into a “sandwich” with a sweet cream filling. They’re dipped in a sweet batter, and fried until the outside is crunchy and hot. Topped with a dollop of whipped “cream.”
Fried tiramisu cheesecake. This vegan twist on the Italian dessert is a little bit cheesecake, a little bit cake ball, and a lot scrumptious. Hand-made ladyfingers are soaked in Amaretto and espresso, then rolled together with chunks of Tofutti cream cheesecake. The balls are enrobed in a pancake batter, deep fried, then drizzled with raspberry puree.
Fried “chicken” nuggets. Seitan is cut into chicken-tender strips, dusted with a hot spice mix and rolled in a thick batter, then plunged into the deep-fryer until golden. The fried-chicken-like strips are served with a tangy mustard dipping sauce on the side.
Fried PB&J. In this case, the J stands not for jam but for jalapeno in this attention-grabbing novelty. A fresh jalapeno is hollowed out and stuffed with a filling of peanut butter and mashed bananas. The jalapeno gets dipped in cornbread batter and fried until crunchy, then drizzled with chocolate syrup. Is it sweet or is it savory? The judges will have to decide.
Last year's vegan fest drew 2,500 people, and founder Jamey Scott said they outgrew last year's venue, Winfrey Point at White Rock Lake. The Texas State Veggie Fair is hosted by DallasVegan.com, a Pegasus News content partner.
Applications for cruelty-free vendors, artists, and other organizations will be accepted through October 10, according to Scott.
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