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!