We entered 2020 with a lot of questions about the future of Texas Veggie Fair. Even after 10 years of planning what we hope has been a great event for everyone who has participated and attended, we haven’t quite figured out how to make TVF a financially sustainable operation. TVF has always been organized by a very small volunteer team that puts in an incredible amount of work, and we've unfortunately struggled to find a title sponsor who can keep this event from becoming a large financial burden for the organizers most years. But it was very important to us that this be a free event so that all the future vegans out there would feel welcome; educating them about the reasons to consider a more compassionate lifestyle motivated us even more than all the vegan corny dogs we've enjoyed over the years.
The developments of the COVID-19 pandemic have created even more uncertainty. We question the viability of a free event supported mainly by sponsors and vendors who in many cases are struggling themselves, but more importantly, we are concerned about the safety of our guests, vendors, and volunteers. We are grateful that thousands of people have attended our events over the years, but we don’t see any way an event of our size can proceed in Dallas this fall. The fact that larger events with bigger budgets and more means to enforce mask regulations and social distancing have canceled for this fall reinforced our fears. We’ve been waiting for the right time to make this announcement, but we don’t want to leave you waiting any longer. We have made the very difficult decision to not hold Texas Veggie Fair in 2020.
We want to sincerely thank everyone who has helped to make TVF a truly special event for the past 10 years. We’re not sure what the future holds, but we’ll be sure to share as soon as we know more. Thank you, stay safe, and please keep supporting your favorite TVF vendors!