Veggie Fest 2011

The band was playing, spirits were high, and stomachs were full at the 6th annual Veggie Fest in Naperville. Thousands flocked to the grounds of the Science of Spirituality Meditation Center to learn more about the vegetarian diet and sample delicious meat free cuisines.

“When we started this program we about 2,000 people,” said event coordinator Jonathan Kruger. “For the second straight year we will be pushing over 20,000 people, making us one of the largest vegetarian festivals in the country.”

More than 100 vendors and businesses treated visitors to food demos, vegetarian recipes and information on a healthy lifestyle. New to the event this year, organizers challenged those in attendance that still enjoy meAt with their meals to sign up and take “The Vegetarian Challenge”.

“We were asking people to be a vegetarian for one week,” said Kruger. “In the first four hours yesterday we had over 2,000 people sign up, which is unbelievable.”

While the food was the focus of the fest, there was much more to enjoy Live reggae music could be heard throughout the grounds, a children’s tent provided youth entertainment, and a line up of speakers that were experts on diet tips, spirituality, green living and more.

“I think it’s cool because it is out in the burbs,” said Glen Ellyn resident Erin Doran. “There’s a lot of food to try, which is kind of hard to do around here for vegetarians.”

“I’m a vegetarian and I have not been here before,” said Chicago resident Chadd Foy. “If you have never been here you should, at the very least, check it out. It’s a good time.”

It was a good time that also gave visitors the chance to learn about their health and lifestyle.

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