– This weekend, Austin puts the fun in fundraising! Head on over to the 29th Street Ballroom at Spider House tonight at 10pm for a Food Not Bombs Costume Benefit Show. For a small suggested donation at the door, you get a night full of great entertainment, and all the proceeds go towards cooking vegan meals for those in need. Tomorrow from 6pm to 9pm, get your shopping on at Treasure City Thrift, an awesome all volunteer run and collectively organized thrift shop. 100% of the proceeds will go to benefit local animal advocacy group Action for Animals. On Sunday, if you’re not heading up to Dallas for the Texas State Veggie Fair, be sure to check out the Vegan Bake Sale at Counter Culture, benefiting SARA Animal Sanctuary. Great music, shopping and eating baked goods to raise money for awesome causes – I’m sold!
– Fall is in the air, and it’s time to start dusting off those winter recipes. If you’re up to the challenge, break out your favorite chili recipe, and be sure to sign up for the 24th Annual Lone Star Vegetarian Chili Cook-Off, just a few weeks away on Sunday, November 11th. Texans take their chili seriously, so the competition is fierce, but so is the fun. Whether you attend as a competitor, or as a chili taster, you’re sure to have a great time.
– The vegan scene up north just keeps getting better and better. The Steeping Room on North Lamar is finally open! Scones, soup, sandwiches and more! All the things you love about The Steeping Room, at a great new location. Perfection improved! For Eastside Pies fans, there are not one, but two new north locations – one on Airport and 53rd, and the other on W Anderson. Now, if only they had a vegan cheeze option…. email campaign anyone?
–Vegan MoFo is heading into its fourth week, and the blogging is still going strong. Austin has a large contingent of bloggers participating this year, with great content coming from: Joanna Vaught, Lazy Smurf’s Guide to Life, Lizz Delicious, Lone Star Plate, Muy Vegan, My Healthy Chef, Ready Set Green Diet, The Traveling Austin Vegan and Vegan Explosion. So much great food, so little time. I hope everybody gets a chance to check out all of these great bloggers!
Who doesn’t love the fall? The leaves begin to turn deep orange and red colors. Sweaters make their way out of the bottom drawer and onto our shoulders to keep us warm during nippy evening strolls with our dogs (also wearing sweaters) through Central Park — wait — this is not the New York of When Harry Met Sally and You’ve Got Mail. This is Austin, and our Zilker Park is still recovering from the throngs of people treading all over it for the Austin City Limits music festival. Yes, this is Austin, where pretty falls days are scattered between “unseasonably” warm days. What do we do in Austin to remind ourselves (and our dogs) that it is indeed Fall? We go to vegan bake sales, buy pumpkin-laced goods, and raise money for SARA Animal Sanctuary in Seguin!
Austin blogger Lazy Smurf recently reported that SARA Animal Sanctuary has fallen on hard times and particularly needs help paying their electric bill. Ms. Smurf has organized a vegan bake sale to benefit SARA Animal Sanctuary this Sunday October 21 at Counter Culture. If you can not attend the actual sale on Sunday then you can still sign up to donate baked goods and make plans with Ms. Smurf for a Friday or Saturday drop off. Alternatively, you can simply make a direct donation to SARA Animal Sanctuary. However you decide to help, please join the facebook event and invite all of your friends. Volunteers from the sanctuary will be present to answer questions, and Counter Culture will feature live music from Ken Atkins and the Honky Tonk Kind to entertain you during their popular weekend brunch. All in all, Lazy Smurf and Counter Culture have put together a pretty neat event for an awesome cause. And just to remind myself that is indeed fall, I plan to contribute something made with delicious pumpkin.
Obviously, I have been in a pumpkin mood tonight, so I took action and made the tempting cake you see pictured at the top of the page. To read about my experience making a vegan version of the pumpkin poke cake from the Something Swanky blog, click through to the next page.
You may have already heard about the upcoming World Wide Vegan Bake Sale in Austin, which is bound to be the most bad-ass vegan bake sale of all time. In case you haven’t gotten the memo yet, check out Lazy Smurf’s blog post about the WWVBS. I guarantee that her post will get you excited about making AND eating vegan baked goods.
The proceeds for this event will be going to Sunny Day Farms Animal Sanctuary, located right outside of San Antonio, in La Coste, TX.
If you have ever been to Sunny Day, then you already know about the amazing work owner Brooke Chavez does and about the hundreds (maybe thousands) of farm animals she has rescued and given a second chance at life over the last 10 years.
Sunny Day is truly a magical place, both for the animals, and for the people who come to visit and volunteer with Brooke. Sadly, times have been tough on the farm, especially with the severe drought this year, which caused a big increase in the cost of feed. Despite the hardships, Brooke has recently taken on the task of rescuing and finding homes for 25 pygmy goats in Waco, TX. The goats are severely malnourished, in cramped quarters, and surrounded by the dead carcasses of others. I didn’t want to post any sad pictures of these goats, but just know that they definitely do not look like the happy rescued goat above.
In addition to the goat rescue and placement effort, Sunny Day will likely be receiving many unwanted rabbits that were given as Easter gifts in the upcoming months.
Needless to say, Sunny Day needs our help! Here are four ways you can contribute:
- Donate via PayPal using the email address [email protected].
- Purchase raffle tickets at the Gathering of the Tribes (a mega vegan potluck) in Austin tomorrow (April 21). All proceeds will go to Sunny Day and you can win some sweet prizes, including restaurant gift certificates, t-shirts, cookbooks, and more!
- Donate at the World Wide Vegan Bake Sale in San Antonio on Saturday, April 28 and/or at the World Wide Vegan Bake Sale in Austin on Sunday, April 29.
- Take a look at Sunny Day’s donation wish list and donate any items from the list that you may have lying about the house. If you can’t make the trip to Sunny Day yourself, leave a message below and we’ll find someone to deliver it for you.