We’re really excited to go to Texas VegFest this year! This vegan extravaganza takes place on Saturday, April 6 at Fiesta Gardens in east Austin. Texas VegFest Director, Adrienne Lusk, says the event will draw in around 5,000 attendees for a host of activities, vendors, speakers, cooking demos, and of course, great food and live music. What’s a vegan not to love?
One important thing to note about this event is that it’s been a grassroots, volunteer-driven effort by very dedicated activists. The Austin vegan community has helped improve and support vegan dining options around town, which has made Austin one of the top veg-friendly cities in the country. We applaud them for their many hours of hard work to organize Texas VegFest for the second year in a row!
While I expect to see lots of my vegan friends there, this welcoming event will attract veg-curious and omnivore folks as well. It’s a perfect event for anyone considering going vegan or reducing their consumption of meat and/or dairy because of the impressive list of local businesses that will be there selling their vegan fare. I know the major question people have when they go vegan is, what the heck will I eat? Texas VegFest will give you lots of yummy options and food for thought to help people think through their dietary choices. I suggest inviting a friend of yours who is not vegan to this event — it could really have an impact!
As new homeowners, Miranda and I have a goal of making our yard look nice. We realize it will take years of work, money, and patience to have a luscious yard but we’re ok with taking things slow. You learn to appreciate it more when the change doesn’t happen overnight. My appreciation of plants has been influenced by a couple of important people in my life: My dad, who has an amazing yard to fulfill his love of plants. He’s known as the “green thumb” of the family. Also, my best friend since 7th grade, James (“Jim”) who’s a plant scientist and gives me a plant lesson every time we hang out. Hanging out with him is like hearing a podcast on horticulture — he’s that passionate and knowledgeable about it. Since I feel like there’s such expertise I lack — everything from shopping for plants to choosing the plants to planting the plants — it feels like a lot of work. But I’m a big fan of bright colors, especially magenta. I could never get tired of magenta. So it was easy for me to pick the plants we wanted to start with: Cordyline, aka the party plant.
Here’s how the cactus bed looked before we started:
And here’s what it looked like after planting the Cordylines!