When one thinks about Texas and all the accompanying stereotypes, they often don’t think about vegetarianism and quality vegan cuisine among them. And while some Texan stereotypes are true and BBQ is certainly still as much in charge as King George Strait, Prince Matthew McConaughey and the Texan paradise known as Whataburger, it’s quite surprising seeing just how vast and vibrant the vegetarian community has become.

 

Last year in Reverchon Park in Uptown Dallas, the growing community of herbivores and their tasty cuisine all culminated in Texas Veggie fair, an entirely vegetarian food festival consisting of everything animal-friendly and vegan. From informational booths from various animal rights groups such as Vegan Outreach and Mercy for Animals, to all vegan-based beauty products and food trucks from the many popular vegan restaurants in Dallas such as the up and coming Spiral Diner & Bakery, V-Eats and a plentiful amount of coupons and free samples from Cedar’s Mediterranean Foods.

 

It was a surprise hit, with a reported 10,000 people in attendance over the course of the festival. Naturally, The 2nd Annual Texas Veggie Fair took place once again at Reverchon Park on the same 3rd weekend in October as last year. I knew, with the growing popularity of both the festival itself and the vegetarian/vegan lifestyle, that the attendance for the festival and the size would increase. However, my roommate and I didn’t realize that Texas Veggie Fair would be “parking a mile away from the festival” popular.

 

Yet, Texas Veggie Fair was that popular. As we walked along The Katy Trail, we saw large masses of people all going towards Reverchon Park. The event, being a totally free event to attend, brought families, foodies, animal rights activists and even a local politician all together for a day of great vegan food and presentations by various advocacy groups.

 

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Along with the festival itself, the number of food options expanded drastically. The plentiful amount of culinary options shows exactly how far vegetarian and vegan food have come from the early days of tofu everything. Instead, there’s nacho plates from Spiral Diner with vegan cheese brands such as Heidi Ho, cinnamon rolls from Cinnaholic, and chickpea-based hotdogs from Samson’s.

 

Several nationalities of food that focus heavily on plant-based foods, such as Indian and Mediterranean, had plenty of popular locations such as Krishna’s Cuisine and Bombay Street Food, from where I had a chickpea chana masala. But the best part about the Texas Veggie Fair had nothing at all to do with the many, many delicious options of cuisine.

 

The most amazing part of Texas Veggie Fair was the ample amounts of dogs present. As a dog lover, I always love when events, such as this very vegetarian food festival, are incredibly dog friendly. Every breed was co-existing in an almost Zooptopia-like harmony. Texas Veggie Fair was so dog-friendly in fact that many dog adoption agencies, The Love Pit Rescue and Homegrown Hounds just to name a few, had tables set up at the fair.

 

While it’s only once a year during one weekend in October, Texas Veggie Fair is definitely worth going to next year, especially if you follow a vegetarian/vegan lifestyle or you’d like to expand your tastebuds.
Did you go to Texas Veggie Fair? And did you enjoy it? If so, Tweet me at @CaptainKasoff because I’d like to hear about your experience at the event.