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Events: Texas Olive Festival and VegFest return

Addie Broyles
abroyles@statesman.com

In just a few short years, Texas VegFest (texasvegfest.com) has become one of the biggest celebrations of vegetarian and vegan eating in the state. The third annual VegFest will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday at Fiesta Gardens, 2100 Jesse E. Segovia St.

Admission is free, and guests can attend cooking demonstrations and educational lectures — from speakers including Sharon Hausman-Cohen of Balcones Woods Family Medicine, competitive athlete Mac Danzig and Happy Vegan Bakery owner Inge Bothma — try samples from local businesses and buy products and food from vendors. The family-friendly event will also feature live music and kids’ activities.

The Texas Hill Country Olive Company is hosting its second annual Texas Olive Festival noon to 7 p.m. Saturday at its 17-acre orchard and tasting room near Dripping Springs.

The event will feature dozens of tastings from local restaurants and wineries, including Das Peach Haus, Smoke ’N Hops, Jack Allen’s Kitchen, Stone House Vineyard, William Chris Vineyards and Duchman Winery, as well as live music and kids’ activities. Attendees also can attend seminars on the quickly growing Texas olive industry and harvesting and processing your own olives. Find out more at texasolivefest.com.

This month, the Salvage Vanguard Theater, 2803 Manor Road, has a food-related production called “The Requisite Gesture(s) of Narrow Approach” by Sibyl Kempson and the Austin Pig Pile, a collaboration of Austin artists and theater companies.

The play, directed by Shawn Sides and Jenny Larson, is about the search for “the complicated porcine truth of what it means to be human,” and though I’m not entire sure what that means, there will be soup, tea, hard tack and wine at all the shows, over the next two weeks. However, on Saturday, former Drink.Well chef Jeremy Bruch will prepare an expanded menu to go along with the show, featuring dishes including eggplant mousse. Tickets (fromthepigpile.brownpapertickets.com) cost $20, but the Saturday night show costs $35.