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By MInnie Payne    
Okay, veggie lovers, listen up!  The 2012 Texas State Veggie Fair promises to again offer good food, live music, arts and other vegan related entertainment Sunday, Oct. 21, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at its new Dallas Reverchon Park location.  Cost is free, with a suggested $5 - $10 donation.   The event is hosted by, a non-profit organization, formed for the vegan and vegetarian community in the greater Dallas/Fort Worth area.


Dallas Vegan Director Jamey Scott says that they seek to help educate the community as to the many positive impacts of a vegan lifestyle such as one’s overall health, the environment, and animal welfare. “Our goal is to support and encourage the local vegan and animal rights community through our events, as well as our online news content, and other outreach activities,” Scott says.  “We’re privileged to have the 2012 fair at the beautiful 46-acre Reverchon Park, just north of downtown in the Oak Lawn area of Dallas.”

Nationally known speakers at this year's Fair include:

  •    Gene Baur – President and Co-Founder, Farm Sanctuary
  •     Ginny Messina – Vegan RD, author Vegan for Life
  •     John J. Pippin – Director of Academic Affairs, Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM)
  •     Erica Meier – Executive Director, Compassion Over Killing (COK)
  •     Amber McDonald – Founder, The Kindness Collective
  •     Nora Kramer – Texas Campaign Coordinator, Mercy for Animals
  •     Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart – Founder, Vaute Couture
  •     Stephanie Redcross – Founder, Vegan Mainstream

Reverchon Park lies along Turtle Creek and is adjacent to the Katy Trail.  The main entrance is at Maple Avenue and Turtle Creek Boulevard and is accessible by car, bus, DART, and bicycle.

Parrticipants of the Texas State Veggie Fair vegan fried foods competition will vie fo the “best tasting” or “most creative” vegan fried dish award, there’s also a $100 prize for each category.  And most importantly, bragging rights for being the best “vegan fried” chef in the country! 

Approximately 50 animal friendly, environmentally friendly, and overall friendly exhibitors are offering a festival environment of games, entertainers, live music and vegan-versions of your favorite carnival foods such as corny dogs and funnel cakes, and vegan product samples will be available.  Food trucks such Zombie’s, Good Karma Kitchen and Gepetto’s Pizza will again be serving up vegan/gluten free fare.

Anna Procter and Ben (vocal duet (on mandolin and harmonies)
Joey and the Freeloaders
Charming Gardeners
Plowboy (
Jacob Metcalf (soloist, of Fox and the Bird,
Other entertainment
Carnival performers from Circus Freaks (
Enjoy free yoga sessions at multiple times throughout the fair taught by vegan instructors Nicole Sopko ( and Erin Brandao (

“Texas State Veggie Fair is a family friendly opportunity to learn more about the benefits of a vegan lifestyle,” comments Director Scott.  “We invite anyone interested in learning about healthy diet habits in a fun environment to come out Sunday, Oct. 21.”        

All Photos by Sylvia Elzafon Photography.

For more information contact  Jamey Scott, Director –

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Minnie Payne is the food reporter for Green Source DFW, focusing on DFW stories that include agriculture,  sustainable wines, green grocers, community gardens, green restaurants, etc. She’s open to all food story suggestions from readers. She was a writer for Pegasus News and presently freelances for Living Magazine and Frisco Style Magazine.