State Veggie Fair Draws Veggies, Vegans, and Indie Rockers

Soon-to-open V-Spot Cafe’s Toria Villreal and Shea brooks (left), Spiral Diner’s baked good drew loyal foodies (right)

Saturday’s State Veggie Fair at the open-use collective The Phoenix Project on Haskell Avenue catered (in a cruelty-free way) to all that is good and right about fair foods by showcasing a fine fried selection of treats sans animal products.

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In addition to hosting a fried-food contest and performances by local indie bands, DallasVegan co-founders Jamey Scott and Eddie Garza welcomed similarly minded local eateries Spiral Diner, Tough Cookie Bakery, and the soon-to-open V-Spot Veggie Cafe (look for them next month in a spot near The Pearl Cup on Henderson) and organizations such as the Black Vegetarian Society of Dallas, Mercy for Animals, and the Dallas Vegetarian Meetup group.

Entries in the fried food contest included:

  • Fried Bob Armstrong dip (a cheese-free queso simulator)
  • Fried tempeh reuben sandwich
  • Fried battered s’mores
  • Fried Vegan Mozzarella Sticks
  • Fried jalapeno poppers served with fried okra
  • Fried cinnamon roll
  • Fried Fugget Balls (Vegan Chicken Nuggets)

…with the winner for Best Taste being Jarrod Feight’s Monte Cristo-doppelganger tempeh reuben. Fried Bob Armstrong Dip was named Most Creative by a judging panel that included local foodies NBC’s Lisa Petty and Kellyn Curtis, Pegasus News’ Teresa Gubbins, Stephan PylesExecutive Chef Matt McAllister, and guest judge/contest winner Eric Vaughan.

Stay current on ongoing vegetarian and vegan events by visiting DallasVegan.com.

Lisa Petty of NBC’s The Feast digs in as a guest judge.

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