Veggie Fest 2016 coming July 23-24

By Mark Wachtler

Veggie Fest 2016 takes place in Lisle, IL on July 23-24.

July 6, 2016. Lisle, IL (ONN) Now in its 11th year, Chicago Veggie Fest is back. The two-day festival is one of the largest vegetarian expositions in North America. Last year’s event saw record breaking crowds that topped 35,000 attendees. Speakers, businesses, musical acts and fest-goers come from countries all over the world. Stop by this year to see why Veggie Fest Chicago is one of the most popular events in America.

Veggie Fest features over 100 vendor booths, and best of all, parking and entry is completely free at this family friendly event. The festival’s website lists a host of attractions that include:

  • A huge international food court

  • Health professionals speaking on diet, lifestyle, and environmental issues

  • Engaging food demos by restaurant owners, chefs, and authors

  • An incredible children's tent with face painting, clowns, and crafts

  • Live music from some of Chicago's best bands

  • The Vegetarian Challenge

  • Over 100 vendor booths to explore

  • Free admission and free parking

Joining a number of expert speakers, Saturday’s keynote address will be given by Dr. Kim Allan Williams of Rush University Medical Center, and on Sunday by Dr. Terry Mason of Cook County’s Department of Public Health.

The Veggie Fest food court will include offerings from around the world including crepes from The Art of Dosa, vegetarian chicken and rice from Caribbean Kitchen, kabobs from Sizzlin’ Veg Kabobs, Sensei’s Sushi Parlor, Chinese Palace, cheese and vegi pizzas from Pizza Con Amore, vegetarian corn dogs from Coney Island Treats, kathi rolls from It’s A Wrap, corn on the cob and vegetable fritters from Fries Your Way, and literally dozens more.

Attendees who would like to take the ‘Vegetarian Challenge’ will find ample support and recipe ideas. Veggie Fest organizers provide challenge-takers with tips, weekly recipes via email, moral support and even a goodie bag to get started.

Veggie Fest Chicago takes place Saturday and Sunday, July 23-24. Admission and parking are free. The fairground is located at 4045 N. Naperville Rd in Lisle, Illinois. For more information, visit the event’s website at

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