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No meat, no dairy: These vegan tacos include savory kale and guacamole. Photo: Getty

Mérida, Yucatán — In the land of cochinita and chicharra, the tenth edition of the Vegan Fair will take place on Sunday, June 3.

“The vegan lifestyle entails everything: food, clothing and information,” says Kochi Veliz Medina, organizer of the fair in conjunction with the Vegan Mérida collective.

The fair will take place in Villa Dolores, Calle 63 No. 623 between 88 and 90 (map), behind the Military Hospital. It will feature various activities including sales of health products, home and “cruelty free” beauty products, so called because they are not tested on animals.

There will also be talks, nutritional advice and documentary screenings.

And, of course, food.

“We try to have everything that people will need if they want to get involved in this lifestyle,” explains the organizer.

In total there will be 22 stands with vegan products for sale.

The fair is held every three months and has slowly aroused the interest of the community.

At first, attendees were mainly vegan, but now a broader audience is showing curiosity about living a plant-based lifestyle. Vegans shun not only meats, but anything made with any animal byproduct, including dairy and honey.

“There are people who have changed since their visit,” said Kochi.

Veganism is not just a fad.

“It’s a trend because there is now a change of consciousness in people,” she said.

The event, which is pet-friendly, is 3:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Entrance is free and if  you bring a bathing suit, you’re welcome to take a dip in the pool.

Source: Diario de Yucatán

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