Our cooking demonstrations and educational lectures are FREE to attend! 

After grabbing some food from the main exhibitor area, have a seat in the Fiesta Gardens Building to listen in on one of our lectures. Or save your appetite for samples from any one of our tasty demos.


Each presenter will speak for 45 minutes. We’ll have a 15-minute Q&A and book-signing session outside of the speaker room on the stage. Presenters also have booths in our main exhibitor area. Be sure to stop by and say hello! 


1:30 p.m. Chef Tamerra Dyson

Owner of Souley Vegan, Tamearra has been cooking her signature vegan dishes since the age of 18! Chef Dyson, a vegan from an early age, believes in cruelty free eating. Her hard work and philosophy have earned her multiples titles from best vegan restaurant to best soul food.  Her experience has her serving celebrities like Stevie Wonder and Eryka Badu. Chen Dyson is sharing her Souley Vegan story with us – how it began, what she’s learned, and most importantly, “when life hands you lemons, add basil”!

3:30 p.m. Baker Cece Moon  

With her cookbook fresh out of the oven, Co-Founder and Owner of Zucchini Kill Bakery Cece Moon will be sharing her gluten-free vegan treats with us! Zucchini Kill, is inspired by the 90’s feminist riot grrrl band, Bikini Kill whose music and politics made a big impact on this 100% women owned business. Zucchini Kill is an homage to feminist punk pioneers! Come rock out with Cece as she shares her story, her book “Volume Up, Oven On!”, and some treats with us! 

12:30 p.m. Fashionista Jessica Salazar

An ex-fashion professor and college coach from Texas State University, Jessica received her undergraduate degree in Fashion Merchandising with a minor in Business Administration. Taking her education to the next level Jessica completed a Master’s Degree in Fashion Entrepreneurship from the London College of Fashion. There, she focused on sustainability in fashion and gained experience working in the fashion industry in the US and Europe alongside significant companies and private labels.  Advocating a positive, balanced lifestyle while supporting minorities and animal welfare, All There August is a cruelty-free lifestyle brand, empowering individuals to be balanced and great in all areas of life. Watch Jessica’s Mending Clothes Demo as she shares her story! 

Small Batch Goods | Vegan Lifestyle | Philanthropic Events | Activism

2:30 p.m. Jesus Mendoza Mr. Natural

Mr. Natural first opened its doors on October 7th, 1988 in East Austin.

Jesus will be sharing his family’s story and recipes of vegan Vegan ceviche, nopalitos en salsa, and alfalfa agua fresca with you at 230pm in the Fiesta Garden Building. 

A family-owned business who firmly believes that good nutrition starts at the dinning table. Everything is made in house, from our grandmother’s refried beans to the bread on our sandwiches.

We welcome you to come and enjoy more than just fruits and veggies, we encourage you to embrace a nutritious and tasty lifestyle the way our family has taught us.

The concept of Mr. Natural started when Jesus & Maria decided it was time to settle down and raise a family in Austin, TX. Before starting a family they had traveled all over Mexico teaching communities how to nurture themselves through a holistic practice. With the help of others they organized retreats where they focused on the health of the body, mind & spirit. Both taught Vegan & Vegetarian cooking classes, Hatha Yoga, Kung-Fu, Meditation, alternative remedies & therapies. Now they have passed on their knowledge to their children and continue to educate the community through health fairs, radio shows, and TV.

11:30 a.m. Author Hannah Kaminsky 

Photographer, stylist, recipe developer, author, and general food obsessive, Hannah’s love of desserts compelled her to start experimenting in the kitchen at a young age. The goal was to create incredible, cruelty-free treats that were picture perfect. Her blog, BitterSweetBlog.com, features creative crafts, delicious treats, and mouth-watering photography. Hannah will be making her popular cauliflower risotto and pan-seared brussels sprouts. Be sure to grab a seat as Hannah opens the day with this gluten-free and kosher recipe, just in time for Passover!

Tia Rodriguez – Chef/Owner Urban Soul Market

Delicious and flavorful Plant based Food 💚#soulfoodreimagined #eataturban
Ghost kitchen, Catering, Events

We are sad to announce Tia will not be sharing her demo with us as her son has been hospitalized. We send so much love and support to Tia and her family during this time.

Help support Tiia and family as they work to find a cure for her son Kaleb: Tia Rodriguez is On a mission to find a cure for Kaleb. (buymeacoffee.com)

SOULFOOD REIMAGINED (urbansoulmarket.com)

Urban Soul (@eataturban)

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Event Details

TEXAS VEGFESTSaturday April 6th, 202411am to 6pmFiesta Gardens Austin, Texas


FIESTA GARDENS2101 Jesse E Segovia StAustin, TX 78702

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