If you haven’t heard about it yet, check out www.veggiefestchicagoland.org. Veggie Fest, with the accent on “Veggie,” takes place on Saturday August 8, 11 am – 8 pm and Sunday, August 9, 11 am – 7 pm on the grounds of the Science of Spirituality Meditation Center, 4S 175 Naperville-Wheaton Rd., Naperville, IL 60563.
If you’ve ever wondered what vegetarians eat, you’ll be amazed at the scope and variety of delicious foods you can enjoy on a plant-based diet. The great ethnic cuisines of the world: Mexican, Indian, Chinese, Italian and Thai, have always been great vegetarian resources. Today, that diversity extends to dishes classically American. Vegetarianism has gone mainstream!
You’ll have a chance to talk shop with the people doing the cooking demos. Karyn Calabrese of Karyn’s Fresh Corner will be there as will the people from the nationally known Chicago Diner; meet Danny and Cathy Living, owners of the five-star Borrowed Earth Café; Cuisine of India will be doing the art of spicing; and cookbook author Caroline DuPont will present “Enlightened Eating.” These are just a few of the fascinating demos that will be going on all weekend at Veggie Fest.
Need more reasons to attend? How about hearing Jora Young, director of Conservation Action Training for the Nature Conservancy, speaking on “Eating for the Sake of the Planet;” or Gilberto Camacho Sánchez, MD, director of the Center of Natural Medicine and Sports in the State of México presenting “Healing with the Vegetarian Diet and Meditation” (In Spanish). You can also learn about “The Keys to Cancer Prevention using the Plant Based Diet” from Saraswati Sukumar, PhD, co-director of the Breast Cancer Program at Johns Hopkins University. Highlighting the presentations will be the keynote speaker, Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj, internationally known spiritual Master and award-winning author, whose topic will be “Meditation for Joy and Peace in Challenging Times.”
Capping it off will be Rich Dworsky, music director of Prairie Home Companion and harmonica legend Howard Levy. You won’t be able to sit still listening to Natty Nation, award-winning Wisconsin reggae band. Fusion Salcedo will be there, blending traditional Mexican music with other styles. Listen to The Giving Tree Band, a group of Illinois boys with a modern vintage approach to music; Gizzae, the Grammy award-winning reggae band; and the Henhouse Prowlers, playing traditional Bluegrass from Chicago.
With over 100 food vendors, restaurants and exhibitors, cooking demos and free samples, a great children’s program with crafts, games and activities, and even an “Ask the Expert” booth, something will be going on every minute.
Last year, The Chicago Tribune called Veggie Fest Chicago 2008 the “best bet for the weekend.” Healthy Dining wrote “I can’t say enough good things about it. . . If you missed it, mark your calendars for next year’s event.”
See you there!