Welcome Vegans and Vegetarians!The Austin Vegan & Vegetarian Association (formerly the Vegetarian Network of Austin) is Austin's longest-serving family-friendly social and educational vegetarian group, active in promoting vegetarianism in Austin since 1996. We aim to make it easier for new people to find out about vegan and vegetarian resources, businesses and activities in Austin.
We have at least two meetings each month, a potluck dinner held at one of our members' homes, and a restaurant visit for lunch or dinner a local vegetarian or vegan establishment, or at least one with a vegetarian-friendly atmosphere and menu. We also sometimes have food classes, film presentations, and tabling efforts at local events.
The AVVA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, and charitable contributions are tax-deductible. If you're interested in helping support the AVVA's efforts, we encourage you to consider joining us as an AVVA Director. Directorships have different levels to fit your level of interest, and we offer Directors several benefits.
You don't have to be vegan or vegetarian to attend our events, but we ask that you bring a vegan dish to our potlucks and order vegetarian at our restaurant visits.
march 28 2016
Austin's biggest vegan event is back for it's fifth year! The 2016 Texas VegFest will be this Saturday, April 2nd from 11am to 6pm, at Fiesta Gardens. The festival itself will be huge. 5000 people will be coming for the cooking demos, vegan exhibitors, live music, big-name speakers, family activities, and food food food. This year's speakers include olympic skier Seba Johnson, physician/author Brooke Goldner MD, Jacques Laventure (The Naked Chef), William Rivas of Rivas Animal Legal Defense Fund, Chef Jessica Pavs of the Natural Epicurean, and the Taco Cleanse "Taco Scientists". Admission is free, but with a $5 suggested donation, you get an official Texas VegFest swag bag!
5th annual Texas VegFest this week
The AVVA will be in attendance with our tent and table out there, handing out literature, reecipe guides, and vegetarian starter kits. We'll also have our "I [texas] Vegan" t-shirts for sale in new colors and styles, including women's tanktops! We're looking for members who are interested in volunteering to help staff the table. If you're planning on coming, let us know if you'd be available to come help for an hour or two by handing out materials and talkng about our activities with event-goers. If you're interested, please send an email to us.
Come out and have a good time, and while you're there be sure to visit our booth. And after the event is over, come join us at 6:30pm for a post-VegFest "healthy vegan" potluck in South Austin, at 3808 Arrow Drive. Our guest speaker is Arttemis Keszainn, who will be speaking to us and giving a demo about the healing properties of essential oils. As the creator of Juicing for Fat Loss, Elevate Your Life, and Green Living with Essential Oils, Arttemis has helped people achieve dynamic health through regenerative detoxification, live food nutrition, essential oils, conscious language, and iridology. You may check out the videos on his YouTube channel.
The guidelines for our healthy vegan potlucks are:
- whole foods (no processed foods)
- no gluten (wheat and other gluten-containing ingredients)
- no peanuts
- no added oils (and nothing fried, like chips)
- no sugar or added sweeteners
- no alcoholic or caffeinated beverages and no fruit juices