Tuesday, August 20, 2013 , Updated 5:17 p.m., October 9, 2013
New additions to the Texas Veggie Fair: beer and Badu
You might be surprised at the foods that can be made vegan.
But that's not a dig at the bigger, meatier State Fair of Texas, said co-producer Stephanie M. Casey. Organizers are attempting to get away from the Veggie Fair being an "alternative" event and have re-branded it as the Texas Veggie Fair (formerly the Texas State Veggie Fair). While they will still serve vegan corny dogs, there will not be a vegan fried foods competition like last year. The Veggie Fair is about bringing vegan-minded people to the same place at the same time, Casey said.
The event found unique success in 2012 by attracting eaters outside the vegan niche. “You don’t have to be Mexican to eat Mexican food. And you don’t have to be Indian to eat Indian food,” explained Fred Hoang-Davis, a vegan since 2001, during the 2012 event. “In that same way, you don’t have to be vegan to eat vegan food.”
The free event in October 20 will feature a new beer garden run by the folks behind Dallas pub Trinity Hall. And perhaps the biggest addition to the 2013 event is soul sister Erykah Badu, who has been a vegan-vegetarian since 1997, she told the Huffington Post in early 2013.
Badu will perform a DJ set during the event and give a talk on her journey in veganism, according to a press release. Organizers promise "more vegan vendors than ever," including Spiral Diner and Good Karma Kitchen.
The Texas Veggie Fair, now in its fourth year, takes place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Reverchon Park in Dallas on October 20. Entrance is free; donations are accepted. The event is dog-friendly.
The Texas Veggie Fair is hosted in part by DallasVegan.com, a Pegasus News content partner.
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