Veganchill Fest Comes to Austin in February
Celebrate with local beer and food at Springdale Station
By Alisha McDarris,
4:00PM, Wed. Jan. 22, 2020
Everybody likes a party, vegans included. Unfortunately, because we choose to forgo animal products, we don’t often get to participate in every facet of revelry at most shindigs, events, and festivals. There are usually limited food options, less vegan beer than we hoped, and vendors we’ll never patronize. But not anymore.
Veganchill Fest is coming to Austin Sunday, February 23 and it promises to be all that every music-loving, festival-junkie, free-sample-obsessed vegan ever dreamed of. Slow-flow yoga begins at 11am and then the party starts.
The epic vegan party launched in Houston last August and 2,000 attendees showed up to celebrate. There was music, there was yoga, there were vendors galore. But the Austin iteration of the event promises to be even bigger and better: 4,000 tickets are on sale and everyone – vegan or not – is invited.
The day-long event is a perfect taste of summer in February (although part of the event will be indoors in case the weather refuses to comply): slow-flow yoga, DJs, samba dancers, volleyball, drag queen performances, a make-your-own parfait station, food and goods vendors from all over Texas, and tons of free samples from Beyond Meat sliders to GT’s kombucha. And since it takes place at Springdale Station in East Austin, the beer and cider from Austin Eastciders and Friends and Allies Brewing will flow like water. There will be drinking, dancing, eating, and plenty of chilling.
“It’ll be one big party with good vibes, people, food, and an overall fun festival you don’t want to miss,” says event coordinator Andres Castro, who also happens to be the brains behind Houston’s more family-friendly Vegan State Fair. But there won’t be any kids at this festival. “It’s for young adults who like to party, who like to have a good time in a cruelty-free zone,” he says.
You don’t have to be vegan to enjoy those vibes. While the event caters to Austin’s robust and passionate vegan community, everybody’s invited. Especially the veg-curious or anyone who thinks vegans don’t know how to have a good time. No matter who you are, “You’re going to have fun,” Castro says.
Tickets cost $10 for general admission and $15 for VIP access. And they won’t be for sale at the door on the day-of, so get your tickets early. Part of the proceeds from the event will benefit ATX Vegans, a local non-profit that promotes community and veganism in Austin. The event is 18+, which means no kids allowed. Find more information at www.veganchill.com and on Instagram @veganchillfest.Use code AUSTINCHRON for 10% off tickets.