Austin Veg Event Roundup – June 2012

Here’s the Veg Event Roundup for June 2012.

I’ll be adding to it as I learn of more events, but I’ll likely overlook some things. Do you know of other events I should add to this list? Please post a comment below to make this a more comprehensive list. Thanks!


Anytime in June

Help Pickle Cherry Tomatoes at Johnson’s Backyard Garden

We need your help picking cherry tomatoes!  Sign up to give us a hand on a Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday during June at our River Road location from 8am to 1pm.  In exchange, we will send you home with a share of just-harvested vegetables.  If you are interested, please email us at for more information and to schedule a time.  When you email, please put “Tomato Workshare” in the subject line.


Saturday, June 2nd, 3pm – 5:30pm

Hands On Global Tofu Workshop – $70

Whole Foods Market Culinary Center

Viewed by some as a mysterious food, tofu is actually incredibly easy to prepare once you know a few tips. Chaya Rao, Vegetarian Cooking Enthusiast and Blogger, shares her expertise in creating delicious, easy dishes with this low-fat food that easily soaks up many flavors and provides a great source of vegetarian protein. Menu: Hot and Sweet Tofu; Saag Tofu; Tofu Lettuce Wraps; Tofu Kadai Masala; Tofu Mousse.


Saturday, June 2, 7pm

Vegetarian Network of Austin Meetup at Maoz Vegetarian

Come join us for dinner at Maoz Vegetarian, a new fast-service falafel restaurant at the Triangle on North Lamar/Guadalupe. Falafel is their specialty, but they also serve hummus, baba ganoush, pita sandwiches, salads, fries (including sweet potato!) and even vegan pudding.

You do not have to be a VNA member; all our events are free for anyone to attend. Children and families are welcome as well. We’ll have plenty of people there from our other online groups like Yahoo and Facebook, so don’t let the RSVPs here mislead you to believe there’ll be a low turn-out.

Details here.


Sunday, June 3, 12pm

Austin Progressive Vegetarians Meetup at Madras Pavilion

9025 Research Blvd, Austin, TX

Details here.


June 3, 2pm

It’s About Thyme’s Spring 2012 Speaker Series – How to Use Organic Soils to Drought-Proof your Lawn and Gardens Presented by Kyler Fields (The Ground Up, Houston).

11726 Manachaca Road, Austin, TX 78748   tel 512. 280.1192

Learn all about which soils, composts and shale to use to help your plants flourish, and your water bill drop.


June 6, 7pm

ATX Vegan Drinks

Whether you’re a long-time vegan, or just veg-curious, make new friends and meet up with old ones at ATX Vegan Drinks!

Cheer Up Charlie’s will be offering a selection of wine, beer, and cocktails, including a vegan White Russian! You can grab some delicious vegan food to enjoy with your drinks from Arlo’s Food Truck and Me So Hungry, located at Cheer Up Charlie’s – or you can venture across the street to Via 313 Pizza, or to Fire & Soul and CoolHaus at the lot next door, and bring your food back to the bar (no outside drinks allowed).

We’ll also have a vegan grocery pop-up shop from Rabbit Food Grocery, and some amazing baked goods from Capital City Bakery!

For more information:


June 8, 7-9pm

ATX Vegan Drinks – Cheer Up Charlie’s

Whether you’re a long-time vegan, or just veg-curious, make new friends and meet up with old ones at ATX Vegan Drinks! Cheer Up Charlie’s will be offering a selection of wine, beer, and cocktails, including a vegan White Russian! You can grab some delicious vegan food to enjoy with your drinks from Arlo’s Food Truck and Me So Hungry, located at Cheer Up Charlie’s – or you can venture across the street to VIA 313 Pizza, or to Fire & Soul and CoolHaus at the lot next door, and bring your food back to the bar (no outside drinks allowed).
Details here.


June 8-10

Blanco Lavender Festival

Visit beautiful Blanco in the heart of the Texas Hill Country for the 8th Annual Blanco Lavender Festival. A Lavender Market will be held on the grounds of the Old Blanco County Courthouse featuring arts and crafts and local lavender products. Tour local lavender farms to experience the beauty of lavender blooming in the fields and the unique vision of each farmer.

Click here to download a map and get festival details.


Saturday, June 9, 10am-noon

Natural Epicurean - Vegan Barbecue with Chef Rachel

Summer barbecues can be fun and delicious as well as healthful. Chef Rachel will demonstrate how to make vegan versions of summertime favorites. Recipes include: Tempeh chicken salad, Boston baked beans, corn on the cob with ume “butter,” coleslaw, and fresh berries with cashew creme!

Register now here!


June 9, 10am-12:30pm

Whole Foods Lamar Culinary Center - Canning with Kids

$50 per parent/child pair

Join us for a hands-on strawberry jam workshop with Kate Payne, food blogger, author, Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking. You and your child will learn small-batch home food preserving you can do as a family. The class also covers tips for preparing seasonal fruits and vegetables safely and easily with the water bath canning method. Buy your tickets here.

Saturday, June 9, 6:30pm

Vegetarian Network of Austin Monthly Potluck

Please join us for our regular monthly potluck for June. We’re very relaxed and informal, and we welcome everyone, including families, children, new vegetarians and vegans, and the “veg-curious”. Our potlucks are free for anyone to attend, you don’t have to be a VNA member.

Please bring a VEGAN dish that can serve 8 plus a serving utensil, as well as your own plate, utensils, and beverage. Also bring your recipe or a list of ingredients to help those with food sensitivities.

Details here.


Saturday, June 9, 9am – 4pm

Travis County Conservation Expo

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave, Austin, TX

Come learn about how to landscape with native plants, oak wilt, rainwater harvesting, and more. Registration is from 8 to 9 a.m. Free admission & lunch provided for the first 200 to RSVP. CEUs available for pesticide applicators. To RSVP Contact Forester at 512.339.3772.

Learn more at


Saturday, June 16, 2-4pm

Natural Epicurean – Decadent Raw Vegan Desserts with Chef Alicia Ojeda

Do you need more sweetness in your life? In this lively raw foods preparation class, Chef Alicia will demonstrate decadent gluten-free raw desserts using a variety of whole food ingredients and natural sweeteners. Recipes include a frosted lemon poppy seed cake with raspberry coulis, mango mousse parfait, oatmeal raisin cookies, and cacao clusters. Alicia Ojeda is a classically trained chef, with over 15 years experience in both cooked and raw cuisine and Lead Raw Foods Instructor at the Natural Epicurean.

Register now here!


Wednesday, June 20

Vegans Rock Austin Craft Night

Mozarts, 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

Time to bring out your projects and join us for another craft meetup!  All are welcome (it’s not just for ladies) and all crafts are welcome (talking can be a craft too). This month we’ll be meeting at Mozarts.  They’ve got vegan coffee drinks and cookies, and an awesome view of the lake!

Details here.

Friday, June 22, 2012, 7pm

Austin Progressive Vegetarians Meetup at Counter Culture Vegan

2337 East Cesar Chavez Street, Austin, TX

More info here.

Friday, June 22, 7:45pm

Run Club – Shoal Creek

Come explore the Shoal Creek Trail with a bunch of vegans!  We’ll meet at 7:45PM  in front of Kerbey Lane on Kerbey Lane.  We will start moving at 7:55, so don’t be late!

This is a no-drop run/walk.  This means no one will be left behind to fend for themselves.  Walkers and Run-Walkers are welcome too!

Afterward, people who are interested can gather for some snackaroos/dinner at Kerbey Lane.

More info on Shoal Creek Trail:

Map of Shoal Creek Trail:

More info on the VRA Run/Walk Club:
-We’ll be meeting every Saturday unless we can’t find someone to be a leader.

-We’ll meet at different locations around town to accommodate all.  Each location will be reasonably nearby somewhere that we can go afterwards for some yummy stuff, if people are interested.  Let me know if you have any requests/ideas.

-At this point, we’re all just getting together to run for fun and do whatever mileage feels good that day.  Maybe in the future we’ll all enter in a 5K together or train for something requiring increased mileage.  Basically, the club goals will evolve as the attendees develop their goals.

-Feel free to contact KateS, if you have any questions/comments/concerns/ideas.

Details here.


Saturday, June 23, 10am – noon

Natural Epicurean – Cooking with Your Summer CSA Box

In this demonstration class, participants will learn how to make a soup, saute, salad, and grain dish using fresh summer produce from Johnson’s Backyard Garden CSA boxes. Johnson’s Backyard Garden offers CSA shares to its members, consisting of a weekly or biweekly box bursting with flavorful, seasonal, organically grown vegetables, fruits and herbs directly from their Austin gardens.
Register now here!

June 23, 11am

Vegans Rock Austin Downtown Farmer’s Market Meetup
400 W. Guadalupe, Republic Square Park
Meet at the Happy Vegan Baker booth, one of the many awesome booths for vegetable and snack buying.
Wednesday, June 27, 6:30-9pm
Whole Foods Lamar Culinary Center – Cooking 101: Vegetables – $70
Hone your skills and achieve professional results at home with our Cooking 101 classes. In this class we will be covering the basics of vegetable cookery. Learn all about raw preparations, roasting, blanching, marinating and quick pickling for spring vegetables.


Wednesday, June 27, 2012, 7-9pm

Austin Progressive Vegetarians Meetup at Schmaltz

Schmaltz is a new outdoor cafe located behind Domy Books. They have deli-style sandwiches and cold drinks. Vegetarian and vegan.

913 E. Cesar Chavez, Austin, TX

More info here.


June 30, 7pm

Austin Progressive Vegetarians Meetup at Conan’s Pizza for Vegan Pizza Day

603 West 29th Street, Austin, TX

Vegan Pizza Day

Celebrate Vegan Pizza Day by meeting up with us at the Conan’s Pizza location near you. This Meetup is for Conan’s Central. Everything they have is/can be vegetarian, their vegan crust is the Deep Pan, their vegan cheese is Daiya, and all of their salad dressings are gluten-free. Is anyone gluten-free? We might have to add a different location for the gluten-free people, so speak up or message the organizer.

More info here.

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1 Comment

  1. Micki

     /  June 27, 2012

    I wish I lived in Austin so I could take part in some of these. Sounds like you have a great community there!

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