Experience Everything Veg at Veggie Fest




When the ninth annual Veggie Fest Chicago is held from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., August 9 and 10, on the grounds of the Science of Spirituality Meditation Center, in Naperville, visitors will enjoy food demonstrations include vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and raw food demonstrations by restaurant and commercial chefs, cookbook authors, coaches and special guest chefs. As one of the largest vegetarian food and lifestyle festivals in North America, it is expected to draw more than 30,000 people.

Dr. Terry Mason, chief operating officer of the Cook County Health and Hospitals System and one of 20 international doctors and health experts speaking at the second annual Health & Spirituality Symposium at Veggie Fest, will give a talk, Heart Attacks Have Little to Do with the Heart. Mason oversees daily operations of the third-largest public health system in the country, is the chief urologist at Mercy Hospital and serves as an assistant professor of urology at the University of Illinois. A committed vegetarian, Mason was featured in the popular film Forks Over Knives in 2010 and believes in the wisdom of the vegetarian way of life.

Designed and managed by professional educators, Veggie Fest’s children’s tent includes face painting, arts and crafts, games, musical performances and healthy snacks. Musical highlights include Vanessa Holmes: A Tribute to the Motown Greats, The Giving Tree Band, Gizzae, Caribe Son Internacional and Zach. 

The newly crowned Miss Illinois 2014, Marisa Buchheit, will return to the Veggie Fest stage on Sunday, August 10. A meet and greet in the children’s tent will follow her musical performance. A two-time recipient of the Miss Chicago crown, Buchheit heads to the Miss America pageant in September. She is a professional singer and longtime vegetarian who has attributes her fitness and overall health to her plant-based diet. 

Visitors can sign up to receive free support, recipes and tips for going vegetarian for 14 days. Individuals can also give back to the community by donating blood or bringing non-perishable vegetarian items for a food drive benefiting the People’s Resource Center, in Wheaton.


Admission and parking is free. Bike racks provided. Location: 4S175 Naperville Rd. For more information, visit VeggieFestChicago.com.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

More from Natural Awakenings

Gathering for Humanity

The Gathering for Humanity, Awaken Through the Seeds of Knowledge and Wisdom retreat conference is being held from May 16 through 20 at The Chi Center, in Santa Fe.

Celebrate Life to the Max

For more than 23 wonderful years, the Celebrate Your Life festival has been creating the most awesome soul fests in the world, and this year is no different.

‘This is the Moment’ is 2018 One Earth Film Festival Theme

To underscore the urgency for its audiences to become more environmentally aware and to take meaningful actions, the One Earth Film Festival, which runs from March 2 through 11 across the Chicago area, has declared that “this is the moment” to take action.

Healing After Loss Workshop with David Kessler

David Kessler, one of the most well-known experts and lecturers on grief and loss, will present a daylong Infinity Foundation workshop from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., November 4.

Healthyon Institute Uses State-of-the-Art Holistic Therapies

Dr. Irina Tutunikov, founder of Healthyon Institute, in Glenview, uses a holistic approach to help patients manage complex chronic diseases and restore their health.

Add your comment:
Edit ModuleShow Tags

See More »This Month

You Could be Driving a Tesla by October

The Illinois Solar Energy Association (ISEA) is raffling a 2014 Tesla Model S and Bosch home charger.

BG Organic Salon’s “Angels” Protect Clients from Toxins

BG Organic Salon, on Chicago’s northwest side, is offering new, all-organic spa services that include classic facials, youth firming facials and waxing.

Heaven Meets Earth Yoga Makes History

Heaven Meets Earth Yoga made history at the Evanston July 4 parade, where yoga was performed before the public in the parade for the first time.

Olga Saletsky Explains Homeopathy for Back-to-School Care

Homeopathy can alleviate the worry and fret a child is experiencing with the new grade level he or she must tackle.

Lightworkers Invite Everyone to Annual Gathering at Benedictine University

Naperville’s Joanne Macko is bringing the 10th annual Lightworkers Midwest Conference to Benedictine University, in Lisle.

Workshop to Explore How Digestion, Sleep and Hormones are Interrelated

Reneé Barasch, a digestive health specialist, and Amy Andrews, a health detective and functional hormone specialist, are presenting a transformative workshop.