Every year when the State Fair of Texas rolls around I get a bit giddy. You’ve probably read about my love and deep roots for the Fair. Sure I get it’s not vegan friendly, but there’s a lot more things to enjoy about our beloved Fair than the food and livestock. Here’s a few of my favorites:
- Photo op with Big Tex.
- A ride on the Texas Star.
- The Midway and games.
- Creative Arts building.
- The nightly parade.
This year I discovered a vegan jewel called Trio on the Garden.It’s a nice reprieve from the noise and crowds. Heavily shaded with amble sitting areas, they not only offer a delicious vegan option of falafel sliders, but they have a nice selection of craft beer to wash it down too. I especially enjoyed the solo singer who strummed his guitar to familiar tunes.
Of course the highlight is always the cooking demo I give in the Cutco Celebrity Chef Kitchen. This was my third year! It’s a thrill to have the opportunity to show a crowd of mostly non-vegans how easy and delicious it is to eat plant-based meals.
How sweet is this, three of my Aunts came to watch me!
This years vegan crab cake was a hit. I made them entree size for the demo, but you can make them smaller for an appetizer or side dish. It may sound deceitful to call it a crab cake when there’s no crab, but that’s the name people resonate with. In my version, I replace the crab with the stringy texture of artichoke and garbanzo beans to give it bulk and a dose of protein.
I also used an Air Fryer which not only reduced the cooking time for my demo, but offered a healthier version too. There were a lot of question about the air fryer and thanks to my vegan bestie, JL Fields, https://jlgoesvegan.com, and her book The Vegan Air Fryer, https://www.amazon.com/Vegan-Air-Fryer-Healthier-Deep-Fried/dp/1941252362, I was able to answer them all.
You have a couple more weeks to enjoy a trip the State Fair of Texas. I’m already conjuring up what I’ll make for next years cooking demo. You can bet it will provide another shock factor.
Happy eating vegan.