This spring, San Antonio in Texas may host the “first-ever” vegan carnival.
While a number of events and festivals have been canceled or pushed back due to the coronavirus pandemic, the two-day carnival is still currently due to take place over Memorial Day weekend—Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 24.
The organizers posted on Facebook: “CDC suggests canceling all events 50ppl+ until May 2020. As Sin-Carne-Val is scheduled May 23rd-2th, we have decided not to cancel. With that being said, we are keeping a very close eye on the situation. We will do what is necessary should the situation arise.”
Sin-Carne-Val, which means “no meat carnival,” will be located in the heart of downtown San Antonio at the Historic Sunset Station. It will feature live music, carnival rides, and vegan food.
Admission is free to the public, however, ride and food tickets will be sold separately at the gate. Organizers ask that attendees register for Sin-Carne-Val on the official Eventbrite page.
Carnival organizers will announce vegan food vendors closer to the date of the event.
Vegan Festival Takeover
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, a number of vegan events and festivals that were due to take place this year have either been canceled or postponed. The virus, believed to have originated in China in December, is now present in more than 150 countries.
The 9th annual Texas VegFest was scheduled for April. Organizers have now postponed the event. According to the event’s website, the organizers “are in contact with the city and looking at potential rescheduling dates for later this year.”
Black VegFest was due to be held in April at the Mitchel Community Center in the Bronx. Founded in 2018, Black VegFest aims to support “black people in every shape and form.” The event will not take place this year, due to restrictions on gatherings in New York City.
The Los Angeles’ VegFest in May will no longer go ahead. Organizers posted on the event’s website: “due to the critical state of the public health crisis and the new CDC guidelines on crowd size, we have made the painful decision to cancel our festival this year.”
The Plant-Based World Conference and Expo is still expecting to go ahead, although organizers have moved it from June to October. The two-day conference will feature the latest plant-based foods, products, and services.