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A Dallas Vegan Celebration: The Texas Veggie State Fair

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We recently told our Ecorazzi readers about the University of North Texas’ brand new “Mean Greens” vegan dining hall, complete with an ever-changing menu of plant-based options. It turns out, vegans in the Lone Star State have another reason to celebrate. Next month, a vegan state fair is returning to Dallas!

According to VegNews, on October 23rd, the second annual Texas State Veggie Fair will host “vegan vendors, cooking contests, carnival games, a raffle, and more.” Speakers at the event include Nathan Runkle, Founder and Executive Director of Mercy For Animals and writer/director/editor Marisa Miller Wolfson of the film Vegucated. Dallasvegan.com hosts the event and it will all start off with a party provided by Mercy For Animals. Read our recent story about MFA’s huge pro-vegetarian ad campaign in Chicago too!

While the fair will include speakers talking about the health benefits of a plant-based diet, what state fair would be complete without some fried food? VegNews says that the Vegan Fried Food Contest is the most popular part of the day, and will include “fried vegan mozzarella sticks and even a fried Reuben sandwich” among other vegan treats. The fair’s site says, “In its inaugural year, the Texas State Veggie Fair was mentioned in VegNews’ magazine’s “99 Things You Must Do” issue. With a move to a larger venue with more exhibitors and vendors, as well as the addition of guest speakers, this year’s fair will prove even bigger and better than last.” Sounds like a day not to be missed!

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