Since our last in-person event in 2019, we’ve faced a lot of questions about the future of Texas Veggie Fair. The COVID-19 pandemic made the decision to cancel in 2020 an easy one, but those same questions about the future persisted into 2021. After careful consideration, we knew it was time to make the most difficult decision to cancel Texas Veggie Fair indefinitely.
The reality is that our ability to raise the funds through sponsorship and vendor fees has not kept pace with the continually rising costs of organizing an event in the way we think it should be done. We understand that many would be willing to pay to attend, but charging for entry makes it a different kind of event. The approachability of a free event for veg-curious people and families is what allowed our event to be well attended by non-vegan people, something that would be missing if a fee was ever involved.
Besides financial costs, the mental, physical, and emotional toll of organizing this event have been significant. And after ten years, the small core of people who have been at the heart of TVF must focus on personal well-being.
We want to thank all of the amazing speakers, performers, and entertainers we’ve had a privilege to work with over the years. And to all of the vendors, restaurants, and organizations that have participated, we hope you found our partnership beneficial and thank you for making TVF such a great event!
While the world is not vegan (yet), the progress that has been made since our first event in 2010 has been inspiring. We are happy to have played a part in sharing with tens of thousands of people how going vegan is better for your health, the environment, and for animals.