Texas State Veggie Fair recap

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The 2nd AnnualTexas State Veggie Fair is now behind us. Wow, was that one of the hardest things I've ever done in my life. For reals! Mad props to anyone that puts on any kind of event, especially if it involves food, entertainment, kids activities, guest speakers, cooking demos, yoga classes, goodie bags, vendors, parking, praying for good weather, and trying to make 2500+ people happy! 

Big THANK YOU to everyone that made this event possible and came to show your support. We had WAY more people than expected. Last year maybe 500 people came, there was maybe 3 food vendors and a few bands. I didn't actually go last year so I can't compare to this year, but we have 2500+ people attend this year!!! We were not prepared or expecting this many people but we did the best we could with the help that we had available. I think some people were unhappy they had to wait in a long line for a corn dog, but hello vegan corn dog available along with fried pickles from Little Eden Bakery, frito pies and desserts from Spiral Diner and a ton of other food and drink options. Holy Kombucha is a new local company and I'm loving their kombucha more than any other brand I've tried! 

I want to give big thanks to all our guest speakers Julieanna Hever author of Idiot's Guide to Plant-based Nutrition (and overall hot babe with a heart of gold), Nathan Runkle of Mercy For Animals (cutie pie that works his butt off for farm animals), Marisa Miller Wolfson director of Vegucated (which I got to see Saturday at our screening! Such a wonderful film!), Amber Shea Ford of the Almost Vegan blog (who wowed us with delicious raw foods), and Nicole Sopko of Upton's who gave yoga classes and talked about the importance of a vegan diet with a yoga practice. It was good times having them and exposing the people of Texas about all the excited information they had to share! 

Now that the fair is done I can start planning my next cookbook and start cooking more. Oh wait, we should start planning next year's fair!! 

Now some photos for ya! These were all taken by the mega talented Sylvia Elzafon, who spends most her days taking photos for vegan events and of doggies at shelters along with volunteering for Mercy For Animals! Big thanks to her too! 

It was packed in the food court!

We packed in as much as we could in 6 hours! 

Yes, there was a fried food contest to rival that other State Fair!

There were SO many cute dogs and free yoga where the dogs joined in 🙂

And lots of fun things for the kids!

And wonderful guest speakers! 

And cooking demos which filled the chairs with interested soon-to-be vegans!

And wonderful non-profit organizations were present!

And we ran out of money at the ATM, but look at that view behind the rockin' bands! 

And of course there isn't one photo of me because I was running around like a mad woman the whole day. I don't remember the last time I stood on my feet for 12 straight hours! Thanks again to all the volunteers, speakers, vendors, committee heads, and my lovely boyfriend for making this possible. And thank you to the attendees for making this year's fair more successful than we could have dreamed! 


Comment List

  • It was an epic day!  Again, thank you for inviting me and for all the massive amounts of work you put into it.  I can't WAIT until next year's!!

    • Christy Morgan 31 / 10 / 2011 Reply

      Thank YOU for coming and being a part of our guest speakers. It was really great to have you and everyone learned a lot from your demos. We will have more cooking demos next year so hope to have you back! 

  • Nicole 26 / 10 / 2011 Reply

    It was an awesome day! GREAT work putting it all together!

  • Harp Seals DFW 26 / 10 / 2011 Reply

    Huge, huge kudos to you and your crew for putting on such an amazing event! It really goes to show you that there IS a silent but powerful community of veg and veg-friendly folks here in the D/FW area — far larger and more influential than many people realize, given the rep we have for being passionate carnivores. I can't wait to see what happens next year! Although we would love to see the harp seal hunt end by the spring, realistically we know that it probably won't be, so you can bet that we'll be among the first to sign up for a vendor booth the day you open up applications for 2012. Woo hoo!




    Harp Seals DFW

  • jess 27 / 10 / 2011 Reply

    it looks like so much damn fun! great job, christy and everyone involved!

    • Christy Morgan 31 / 10 / 2011 Reply

      Thanks Jess! It was fantastic and I can't wait for next year! 

  • Karen Gannon 29 / 10 / 2011 Reply

    I just recently moved to Albuquerque NM from Ohio and I would truly loved to know how to become a volunteer for ARC.  I have 3 dogs and 2 cats at home and when I read about how people treat these children, it hurts so bad.  So therefore I would really love to know how to help in rescue and just all around saving these poor animals.  Thank you Karen

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