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Scenes from the 2014 Texas Veggie Fair

The largest vegetarian and vegan food festival in the state took over Reverchon Park this past Sunday. Food vendors, animal adoption agencies, chefs, yoga instructors and plant-based food lovers gathered in celebration of vegetarian and vegan fare. Aside from a few overflowing garbage cans, the event was an apparent success. You can check out photos from fair below.

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The Texas Veggie Fair Returns to Reverchon Park This Sunday

The largest veg-focused festival in the state returns to Reverchon Park this Sunday. The fifth-annual Texas Veggie Fair features chef demos, live music, yoga classes, speakers, vendors, beer and most importantly, food. Restaurants participating include Be Raw Food and Juice, Peak & Elm, Urban Acres and Whole Foods. The event is free and open to the public (and dogs) and runs from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. Parking for the event is at American Airline’s Center’s AudiPark garage and costs $5.

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The Best Vegetarian Bites at the State Fair of Texas

The State Fair of Texas is a meat-lover’s wonderland. There’s Fletcher’s Corny Dogs, brisket, turkey legs and bacon. Oh, so much bacon. But what about the herbivores of the world who want nothing more than to eat something deliciously fried and on a stick? It can be a challenge for vegetarians to find equally exciting bites. Even the fried Sriracha balls have meat in them. This past Sunday, I asked a couple of friends — who also happen to be vegetarians — to join me at the fair, to explore beyond the realm of funnel cakes and french fries, and discover some of the best meat-free options. Here’s what we found.

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Taste Test Thursday: Guacamole

Avocado is a summer fruit, but when it’s 20-something degrees outside (like it was this entire past week), all our bodies are longing for sunshine. And guacamole, obviously.

In Texas, if you say you don’t like guacamole, people will look at you funny. People will think there’s something wrong with you, ’cause chances are… there might be. Guacamole is a universally liked appetizer, and we know we’re ordering it before we even sit down to eat. It’s easy to make, easy to eat, and it’s healthy. The best time to do this guacamole taste test would’ve been in the summer, but I couldn’t wait until then. It’s too far away.

Avocados are life-saving fruits, and they make the world a better place. That’s why I had to do some sleuthing. I had to find out where the best guac in Dallas is made.

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How to Throw an Awesome Vegetarian Super Bowl Party

I’m not a vegetarian, but wings aren’t exactly my thing. Plus, it’s a debbie downer to think about all the chickens it takes to feed the massive population of football-watching wing-eaters in our country. This year, we’re doing something different on SideDish. We’re helping you incorporate more veggies into your Super Bowl Sunday, so when Monday comes, you won’t feel so clogged up. See? We’re looking out for you. And you toilet. Fiber is necesito, my friends.

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The Texas Veggie Fair Had Us at the Corn Dawg

Hosted in Reverchon Park on Sunday, the fourth annual Texas Veggie Fair was a free, family-friendly event with vegan and vegetarian food and lifestyle items for sale. There was plenty of live music, a beer garden, speakers, chef demos, and lots of activities for two or four-legged little ones. As it turns out, there were […]

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Starting in November, Green House Market Brings Healthy Food to NorthPark Center

Remember Green House, the food truck? Now the team behind it is opening a restaurant inside NorthPark, tucked away behind the movie theater. Instead of junk food, movie-goers can grab a healthy bite to eat and avoid the food court area before they gorge on popcorn. Green House Market should be open by mid-November. The […]

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Recipe of the Day: Butternut Squash Soup by Rosalind Lynam

If you haven’t met Rosalind Lynam yet, you’re missing out. Even though she’s the beautiful wife of Matt Pikar, execuchef/owner of Nora and Afghan Grill, she definitely runs the kitchen at home. Her four-person unit (which includes her two young daughters, Stella and Nora) is a snacking family. They love all things healthy. In the […]

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Reverie Bakeshop in Richardson is Open, Makes Vegan and Gluten-Free Goodies

Nancy Castillo and Racene Mendoza couldn’t be happier. These two friends opened Reverie Bakershop together in Richardson on Monday, September 23; and their vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free treats have been flying off the shelves ever since. Even after working 19-hour days, the owners maintain a chipper attitude and proudly describe that first hectic day when there […]

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El Corazon’s Tex-Mex Fare Captures the Hearts of Oak Cliff Residents

Someone’s been tinkering with classic Tex-Mex. No need to panic, though; it’s the Cuellars. After all, their role in defining the cuisine began when a young couple named Macario and Adelaida Cuellar emigrated to the cotton farms of North Texas from Nuevo Leon, Mexico in 1893. The couple had 12 children and—after opening a few cafes […]

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The 4th Annual Texas State Veggie Fair Features Erykah Badu

For those of you who don’t have good longterm memories, the Texas Veggie Fair has always been a fun little shindig for fried-food-ists who don’t eat meat. This is its fourth year serving up vegetarian and vegan cuisine. But now this festival is getting big. REAL BIG. So big that Grammy Award-winning Erykah Badu will […]

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A Very Vegan 4th of July

If you’re the type who whines about vegetarian foods mimicking meaty dishes, skip on to the next post. This is not for you. But if you’re interested in some simple, kid-friendly, all-American-inspired vegan dishes to serve for July 4th, read on. Don’t worry, we’re not talking faux “chicken” nuggets or anything, but a Buffalo wing replacement […]

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Vegan and Vegetarian Menus in Dallas

Yesterday, my colleague, Krista Knightengale, and I were discussing various vegan-and-vegetarian-friendly restaurants in Dallas. She has a Dallas friend who is a vegan and her friend complains about the lack of options in area restaurants. I’m neither but I pay attention to every menu I read and make note of places with vegan/vegetarian options. I […]

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