Texas Go Vegan Week

Vegan Society of Peace in Houston has a neat program. They’re challenging Texans to go vegan the first week in October. And to encourage people to try out veganism, they’re offering a coupon for a discount at many Houston vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants. So far, the couple is valid at Pepper Tree, Loving Hut, Pat Greer’s Raw Vegan Kitchen, Radical Eats, Sinfull Bakery, and The Vegan Cafe, but more locations may be added in the future. This is a good reason to dare your friends and family to try vegan food.

VegFest Houston This Saturday!

Flier for first VegFest Houston from Vegan Society of PEACE

My car is packed and I’m ready to drive to Houston for VegFest Houston! If you’re anywhere near Houston, you should join me. This is Houston’s first VegFest, thrown by Vegan Society of PEACE. Besides featuring a ton of local veg businesses, musicians, and health speakers, the event is in honor of Shirley Wilkes-Johnson, a wonderful vegan advocate who died this year. VegFest Houston runs Saturday, June 11, from 10 AM to 4 PM at Pecore Hall in St. Stephens, 1805 W. Alabama, Houston, TX 77098.

I’m looking forward to some Wayfare cheese and to finally trying some food from all the great new Houston vegan eateries, like Green Seed Vegan, Sinfull Bakery, and Radical Eats. A full list of vendors, speakers, and musicians can be found on the Society of PEACE’s website.
I’m especially interested since I’m one of the people helping to plan Texas VegFest in Austin. I hope I get lots of great ideas and inspiration. And of course, I want to meet all of you! If you see me, come introduce yourself. I look like this:

Molly at Texas Vegetarian Chili Cookoff. Photo by mollyjade. Licensed under creative commons

Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale Update

Vegan Shortbread by mollyjade

So far, there are four Texas groups signed up for 2011 Worldwide Vegan Bake Sales. Someone left a comment in the last bake sale post saying they were setting up a bake sale. Is yours listed below?

In El Paso, the Vegetarian Society of El Paso is hosting a sale at Sun Harvest on April 30. The sale will benefit the Animal Rescue League of El Paso. For more information about baking, volunteering, or attending the sale, see this Facebook page or contact Alison at alison99999 (at) hotmail (dot) com.
Also on April 30, in Houston the Vegan Society of Peace hosts a bake sale at Radical Eats Cafe. The money raised will benefit Food for Life Global (Japan disaster relief), Kinship Circle (animal disaster aid), and the Vegan Society of Peace’s upcoming VegFest Houston (more on that soon!). Details about the sale and volunteering can be found here.
The Dallas vegan bake sale at Beauty Bar will benefit Direct Relief International. This sale will also take place on April 30. Besides baked goods, there will be raffle prizes, which organizers promise will be “fabulous.” Volunteer bakers can email dallasveganbakesale@gmail.com. More information about the bake sale can be found at Dallas Vegan.
And finally, on May 1 from 8 AM to 9PM, a San Antonio bake sale will take place at Green Vegetarian, San Antonio’s first vegetarian restaurant. Procedes benefit SARA, the Society for Animal Rescue and Adoption, in Seguin. Volunteer bakes can email unlovedgrrl (at) aol (dot) com.
Recently, Austin vegans teamed up with the greater Austin food community to raise over $11,500 for AmeriCares Japan disaster relief. There were vegan baked goods at all five bake sale locations, and they were universally a hit.
Information about setting up a vegan bake sale in your area can be found at Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale headquarters.