Texas VegFest, Austin’s first vegan festival, featuring great food, craft beer, speakers, cooking demos, kids’ activities, sampling, and live music, returns for its second year. The festival is back this year on April 6 from 11 AM to 6 PM at the beautiful Fiesta Gardens, 2101 Jesse E. Segovia St. Conveniently located in central Austin, Fiesta Gardens is accessible by bicycle and public transportation. The inaugural festival in 2012 attracted thousands of people interested in learning about and celebrating plant-based diets, cruelty-free lifestyles, or just grabbing a bite to eat and grooving to some good jams.

Texas VegFest is a great family event, featuring children’s yoga and tennis, a kids’ cooking demo, a seed planting activity, story time, coloring, and a bean bag toss. Or just relax by Lady Bird Lake while the kids romp in the grass. When you’re hungry, local food vendors will be hawking falafel, burgers, tacos, funnel cake, curry, ice cream, cupcakes, and more. And don’t forget to check out our more than 70 sponsors and vendors!

Three vegan all-stars are providing cooking demos, showing just how easy and fun it can be to cook delicious meat- and dairy-free food. Best-selling cookbook author Isa Chandra Moskowitz, coauthor of Veganomicon and Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World, is returning by popular demand. Ayinde Howell, the restauranteur behind Hillside Quickies Sandwich Shop in Seattle, will be showing us how to cook soul food vegan-style. Christy Morgan, The Blissful Chef, will demonstrate protein-packed vegan recipes.

This year’s speakers include Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, educator and author of five vegan cookbooks and lifestyle guides; Dr. Baxter Montgomery, a Houston cardiologist who believes that plant-based diets are the key to good health; and championship vegan boxer Omowale Adewale who works with at-risk kids to show them how to channel their emotions into healthy outlets like exercise.

If you’ve been considering Meatless Monday, want to lower your carbon foot print, or are just looking for a few healthy plant-based meals that your family will actually eat, you need to be at Texas VegFest on April 6.

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  1. I’m really excited about this! :)

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