I love Austin. I really cannot say that enough. When I found out the first annual Texas VegFest was happening here last year, I was really excited. Then I looked at my calendar and realized there was no way I could make it back from Philadelphia that weekend.
Thankfully, this year the date was wide open. I also had the opportunity this year to volunteer at the festival, which was even more exciting. Not only did this afford me a way to see the festival without roaming around aimlessly by myself, but I got to put my work skills to use in an environment that I love. I worked as a Team Leader of volunteers helping to organize the sponsor and vendor tables. This meant front row access to delicious vegan food. Yes, please!
On top of delicious food, there were fantastic speakers, live music, and a children’s activity area. I was really excited to see Austin local Christy Morgan, who is a vegan chef, and Isa Chandra Moskowitz, who ended up sick and unable to attend at the last minute.
The best part about VegFest to me was having all the vegan food vendors I have been meaning to go visit all in one location. With my crazy travel schedule since we have lived in Austin, I have not had a chance to visit many places on my ever growing list. I was not ready to leave this city without ever tasting some of the amazing vegan dishes I had heard so much about. At VegFest, I got to eat at every place at once. Truly, a vegan paradise!
There is really something for everyone here. I was amazed while listening to Christy’s cooking demo at the number of vegan-curious questions that arose. Many people are just scoping it out, trying to figure out how to change their diet and lifestyle, how to live healthy lives.Texas VegFest is a great place to see how awesome, fun, and easy a plant-based lifestyle can be.
If you’re in Austin next year, you must go to Texas VegFest! I promise your stomach will thank you.