Forget Fried: Activists Go Green at the First Ever Texas Veggie Fair
October 17, 2010
By Felicia Logan
As Americans become more health conscious and concerned with animal rights activism, people like Jamey Scott and Eddie Garza have already made an indelible mark on the Dallas scene. The two proponents for healthy lifestyles and animal cruelty-free vegan food alternatives collaborated to put on the first annual Texas State Veggie Fair.
The Texas State Veggie Fair was held Saturday, Oct 16. at The Phoenix Project. Live bands, food vendors and several vegan organizations participated in all the fun fair festivities.
Jamey Scott, a Dallas vegan and the co-founder and editor of DallasVegan.com said the fair’s purpose was “to promote veganism and to show how there’s a way to have really good food and a good time without the cruelty that’s served up at other state fairs.”
Co-organizer of the fair, Eddie Garza, said the fair promotes a lifestyle that shows compassion for animals.
“By adopting a vegan diet, consumers can spare the lives of billions of animals,” said Garza, who is also the coordinator for Mercy For Animals Texas Campaign.
The fair had something for everybody to enjoy.
Music enthusiasts enjoyed the sounds of Dallas locals Saboteur, Adam and the Ancient Gods, Jessie Williams, Joe Ray and Todi Stronghands, among others.
Children had the opportunity to win prizes, play games, play in an inflatable jump house and get their faces painted. Old schoolers and newbies alike were welcomed to several booths, which included the Black Vegetarian Society of Texas and Dallas Vegetarians Meetup. There was also informative literature about the latest happenings in animal rights activism and veganism.
Of course, the main attraction was the food.
Local vegan restaurants such as Spiral Diner, Tough Cookie Bakery and the soon to be opening V-Spot Veggie Café offered vegan “corny dawgs”, Frito pie, funnel cakes, fried cookie dough and brownies. Many visitors agreed that the event would need a much larger venue next year.
Jacinda Virgin, Sean Fleck and Christina Bluford, were just three vegans of the hundreds of visitors in attendance.
Virgin said the food was “really, really awesome and I enjoyed the genuine fair food experience.”
Fleck and Bluford both agreed. “Having a cruelty-free alternative is really awesome too see,” Fleck said.
“It was really good freakin’ food,” Bluford said.
The trio was in consensus that it was the start of something that could become a great annual event.