Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Spit out that mystery meat and get on over to the Great South Texas Meatout

Are you ready to treat your body right, be consistent in your moral values and help the environment? Then you might want to put down that barbacoa taco and head over to the third-annual Great South Texas Meatout at the Good News Mennonite Church in San Juan (on the corner of Raul Longoria and Eldora) on March 30 from 2-6 p.m.

The free Rio Grande-wide festival will feature vegetarian cooking workshops and demonstrations, with a wide selection of delicious meat-free dishes available for purchase from a cash bar. Samples of the classes include Growing a Salad on Your Front Porch, Vegan Nutrition, Easy Bake Recipes, Mexican Vegan Cuisine, among others.

Visitors will get to sample food from the classes, and for $5, visitors can purchase the Rio Grande Veggie Cookzine, a magazine complete with numerous original South Texas-inspired recipes.

The Great South Texas Meatout is sponsored by the Association for Vegan and Vegetarian Awareness (AVA) and the Cochehua Vegetarian Collective.

AVA (www.myspace.com/ava_utpa) is a student organization on the campus of the University of Texas-Pan American. Cochehua (www.myspace.com/cochehua) includes vegetarian (and non-vegetarian) members from Cameron and Hidalgo counties and conducts regular meetings in both counties.

For more information about the festival, please contact Sara Alvarado, AVA president at (956) 330-3721 or tataboxbp@gmail.com.

For more information about the Great American Meatout, visit www.meatout.org, and for a free download about the reasons and concerns of switching to a vegetarian diet, go the Web site for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine at www.pcrm.org/health/veginfo/vsk.


  1. Yay for Texas meatout events!! We have a few going on in the Houston area as well. Looks like fun!

  2. I just found your blog.

    I'm not a vegetarian, although I consider it often. I moved to the Valley (McAllen) not quite two years ago. My family (me, my husband, our 2- and 4-year-old sons) eat very little meat, though, and we have gotten some pretty interesting reactions to this fact here in the Valley. We eat no conventionally raised beef (a couple pounds of organic a year), and I swear our friends think we're going to starve!

    I missed the events you mentioned - I wanted to attend but it slipped my mind. I'm attempting to plant a garden as we speak, although I'm totally clueless about what I'm doing.

    I'll be coming back often and adding you to my feeds! Glad to have found you.