You'll get great ideas for new dishes to make, plenty of inspiration, and tasty free samples too!
Check out the demo descriptions below to see which ones are most interesting to you, then...

Nature's Path Organics with Candice Macalino

Saturday, 2:30 pm: Grilled Fruit Salad & Chocolate Peanut Butter “Yum” Balls
Sunday, 2:30 pm: Avocado Boats with Spicy Crunchy Tofu

Please join Candice Macalino, Nature’s Path’s Marketing Event Manager as she does two demos at Veggie Fest featuring Nature’s Path organic products. On Saturday she will make a chic and simple end-of-summer dessert of caramelized banana, grilled pineapple and peaches topped with coconut whip. She will pair this with Chocolate Peanut Butter “Yum” Balls, a simple decadent dessert made with dates, chocolate and peanut butter.

On Sunday, Candice will be showing us how to make Avocado Boats with Cruncy tofu. Bursting with flavor and crunch, these avocado boats are a yummy vegan alternative to baked eggs in avocado.

We're proud to have Nature's Path as a Veggie Fest sponsor and pleased to present their demo.

With Nature's Path, it’s more than just digging into a bowl of cereal. It’s eating food that is real and healthy and organic and delicious.

Nature’s Path is a family-run, passionately independent, sustainably-driven, deliciously-healthy organic food company that believes in "leaving the earth better than we found it". At Nature’s Path, they live for healthy, great-tasting organic foods. Growing organic, healthy foods in a sustainable way is their passion and the cornerstone of company.

Filled with superfoods, Nature's Path makes sure its recipes taste delicious—and pack a very healthy punch too. In their demos, Nature’s Path will be presenting easy and delicious recipes using their organic products.

Candice Macalino, Nature's Path's Marketing Event Manager, will be demonstrating for Nature's Path. She is an excellent and interesting presenter and you will enjoy her presentation.


Whole Foods Market with Viv Proano

Saturday, 12:30 pm: Raw Berry Crisp and Raw Veggie Pasta with Tomatoes and Herbs 
Sunday, 2:00 pm: Raw Berry Crisp and Raw Veggie Pasta with Tomatoes and Herbs 

Whole Foods Market was founded in Austin, Texas, when four local businesspeople decided the natural foods industry was ready for a supermarket format. They look for the finest natural and organic foods available, maintain the strictest quality standards in the industry, and have an unshakeable commitment to sustainable agriculture. We are proud to have them as a sponsor at Veggie Fest.

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Manna Organics with Jade Schulte

Saturday, 4:00 pm: Avocado Toast Made Three Ways
Sunday, 4:00 pm: One Bowl, No Bake Treats Three Ways

Please join Jade Schulte on Saturday when she demos Avocado Toast with three variations. Here recipes showcase Manna Organics delicious sprouted breads. These recipes take less than ten minutes to prepare and would be perfect for a light lunch or an after-school snack for the hungry kiddos.

On Sunday, Jade shows us three ways to make healthy dessert treats using Manna Organics wonderful nut butters and snacks. These easy to prepare but delicious bite sized treats are sure to satisfy the sweet tooth of every member of your family!

Manna Organics, LLC is a family owned and operated bakery, located in Lisle, IL. The bakery began operations in 2007, when they acquired Nature’s Path's sprouted Manna Bread®division.

They make their signature Manna Organics Sprouted breads, artisan Bavarian style sourdough breads. Their breads, trail mixes, and also bulk organic ingredients are certified, gluten free and organic. 

The Veg Coach, Ellen Jaffe Jones

Saturday, 1:30 pm: Breakfast Ideas from “Vegan One”
Sunday, 12 Noon
: Soups and Salads from “Vegan One” 

Are you a single vegan or the only vegan in your household? Do you find it difficult to cook for only one person? Please join Ellen Jaffe Jones who will bring you ideas from her new cookbook, “Vegan One” that will give you confidence to cook delicious meals just for you!

On Saturday she will be demonstrating breakfast idea that include a couple of healthy smoothies and a breakfast burrito. On Sunday, she will show us how to make a Waldorf Salad with Yogurt Dressing, Sesame Slaw with a delicious sesame, ginger dressing and a wonderful light Miso Noodle Soup with ginger and greens.

Ellen Jaffe Jones is a U.S. consumer, health, and fitness journalist and author. She is an accomplished athlete and the author of Eat Vegan on $4 a Day--A Game Plan for the Budget Conscious Cook, published in 2011. Her book, "The Kitchen Divided-Vegan Recipes for the Semi-Vegan Household" was published in summer 2013. Her most recent book is Paleo Vegan: Plant-Based Primal Recipes, published in paperback by Book Publishing Company on March 10, 2014.

As a former 2-time Emmy-winning TV investigative/consumer reporter/anchor for 18 years in Des Moines, Miami, and St. Louis, she wrote her book after her mother, aunt, and both sisters had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Figuring out how to avoid the risks associated with family genes and medical history became the investigative reporting job of her life.

Jones has almost 37,000 followers on her "Eat Vegan on $4 a Day" Facebook page and has many more followers on other social media sites. She tries to answer questions and engage audiences, both live and virtual. She has a YouTube channel and is finally, as she says, putting that journalism degree to good use. 

Summer Favorites with Ray Glend

Saturday, 2:00 pm: Vegan Club Sandwich and Potato Salad
Sunday, 3:30 pm: TBD

Please join Ray Glend as he demonstrates summer flavors with a healthy twist. He will be showing us how to make a vegan club sandwich and that perennial favorite picnic dish, potato salad.

Ray Glend is an entrepreneur and veteran. For over 40 years he’s had an interest in a healthy lifestyle including food, sports, and spirituality.

Ray has completed 4 Ultra Marathons and 7 Chicago Marathons. And coached other athletes to successfully complete marathons using good race-walking techniques and dietary regime for training and recovery.

Ray loves to cook and has studied food preparation with several leading health advocates. He likes to explore international cuisine and blend traditional with non-traditional recipes. Ray’s unique creations drew crowds at Chicago’s “Real Men Cook” Fathers Day Events. Visit Ray at his Sunrider Booth at Veggie Fest for all of your supplement needs.

Chicago Vegan Mania With Marla Rose

Sunday, 3:00 pm: Green Goddess Potato Salad

Chicago VeganMania is a free, daylong celebration of vegan culture, commerce, community, cuisine and couture. Now in its eighth year, Chicago VeganMania welcomes everyone to enjoy speakers, live music, cooking demos, panels, a kid's area, a giant food court and dozens and dozens of cruelty-free vendors and organizations. This year's Chicago VeganMania is happening October 1 at the Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway in Chicago, and is featuring Gene Baur of Farm Sanctuary, journalist and author Jane Velez-Mitchell of HLN, Jasmin Singer of Our Hen House, YouTube sensation The Vegan Black Metal Chef and many other fantastic animal advocates.

Marla Rose is an award-nominated journalist, author, activist and mother. She is co-founder of Chicago VeganMania and is partner with Vegan Street Media and Consulting. In 2009, she and her husband were awarded activists of the year by Mercy for Animals. 

Healthy & Happy Living with Ewa Stankewicz and Sebastian

Saturday, 1:00 pm: Veggie Lasagna (Dairy)
Sunday, 1:00 pm: TBD

Please join Ewa And Sebastian as they demonstrate a delicious veggie lasagna using the Salad Master EOC. Ewa and Sebastian’s passion is to help people and teach them why clean eating and healthy cooking is important to providing a holistic balance in the body and the soul.

Their journey began five years ago when they both suffered from chronic illnesses and could not find a healthy solution. Sebastian had chronic gout inflammation, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and was overweight, while Ewa suffered from chronic migraines, painful monthly cycles, constant sugar cravings, and more. When they realized prescription drugs and home remedy options were not the answer to their pains, they researched other healthy alternatives. Around that time, Ewa and Sebastian were invited to a cooking demonstration where they learned the importance and nutritional benefits of cooking on low temperatures with no oil and no water – allowing 98% of the vitamins and minerals within the foods to be retained. This method of cooking was the solution they were looking for and it helped change their health tremendously.

Since then, Ewa and Sebastian started implementing and educating on plant-based nutrition, and became Food for Life program instructors with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM). Their motto, “to help change people’s lives one meal at a time,” has inspired others to cook up something better by teaching them the power of food for health. 

Flavors of India with Vimi Shukla

Sunday, 11:30 am: TBD

Indian food is a creative combination of spicy, savory, sweet & flavorful ingredients. As the practice of vegetarianism spreads, many of us strive to master techniques in creating vegetarian dishes. In this demo you'll learn a few vegetarian Indian recipes which you will hopefully enjoy recreating at home.

Vimi Shukla is passionate about cooking and is always exploring new possibilities. Her family inspires her to try out new dishes, and it gives her immense pleasure when people enjoy her new creations. She is always looking ways to make heart healthy, delicious and wholesome meals which satisfies head and heart both.

Acooba Scott Cooks

Saturday, 3:30 pm: Chickpea “Tuna” Salad
Sunday, 4:30 pm: Tofu Pate
Please join one of our favorite chefs, Acooba Scott as she shows you how easy it is to make vegan snacks. On Saturday, she will demonstrate Chickpea “Tuna” Salad that is chock full of all the ingredients that a traditional tuna salad has like celery, onions, relish and mayonnaise but made vegan! On Sunday, Acooba will make one of her original recipes, Tofu Pate, that is savory with garlic, lemon pepper, basil and smoked paprika, finished with a Kalamata olive garnish.

Tess Challis, Wellness Coach and Vegan Chef

Saturday, 3:00 pm: Healthy Caramel Corn

Please join Tess Challis, an author, vegan chef, and wellness coach and she shares her wisdom and demonstrates the perennial favorite, Caramel Corn made healthy.

She began her holistic health journey in her late teens. After a lifetime of numerous health ailments (including severe acne, obesity, constant illnesses, anxiety, and depression), she found that a vegan diet along with an inner wellness regime made all the difference.

In 1994, she began to work as a personal chef across the country. In 2008, she shifted her focus to writing, coaching, speaking, and teaching healthy cooking.

Her five books include Radiant Health, Inner Wealth, The Two-Week Wellness Solution (foreword by Dr. Neal Barnard), Radiance 4 Life (foreword by Robert Cheeke), 100 Vegan Entrées, and FOOD LOVE.

Her greatest passion is helping others achieve both radiant health and inner well-being - all while enjoying the most delicious foods on the planet! In 2015, Tess founded “Be Radiant,” a holistic weight loss group for women. She also runs an online Cooking Club, as a way of empowering people in their own kitchens from all around the world. Find out more at

Chef Ramses Bravo, Vegan Chef

Saturday, 12:00 pm: Garlic Lemon Broccoli Rabe, Orange Steamed Asparagus and Artichoke Hearts and Quick Steamed Greens and Mushrooms

Sunday, 1:30 pm: Butternut Squash and Kale Soup and Hawaiian Salad

Please join Chef Ramses Bravo on Saturday as he demos a trio of tasty veggie recipes that will delight your taste buds and astound you when you realize that they are made without salt or oil!

On Sunday, Chef Ramses is back on Sunday to demonstrate a delicious Butternut Squash and Kale Soup that is both heathy and delicious. Accompanying the soup, he will be serving a fresh and flavorful Hawaiian Salad. The only thing missing will be the ukulele!

Chef Ramses has been the executive chef for True North Health Center since 2007. He is the author of “Bravo!” cookbook, “Bravo Express!” e-books and “The Love Kitchen” e-books. He teaches adults and children how to cook healthy meals in many parts of the country and enjoys it very much. He is also an aspiring writer.

This quote from his website tells us a lot about Chef Ramses: “I am a happy man who has found his purpose in life. I can cook tasty regular food and I can also cook delicious and healthy vegan food. I can give almost anyone, ideas on how to eat healthier, no matter what kind of diet they follow and thus I can help them improve their life. And now I hope can help me reach out to more and more people who want to eat healthier.”

Easy Peasy Cooking with Mary Pomerantz

Sunday, 5:00 pm: Summer Salad Duet

Please join Mary Pomerantz as she demos a Summer Salad duet for carefree summer meals. She will be showing us how to take simple ingredients, turning them into highly flavorful and healthy summer salads that can stand by themselves or accompany a meal.

Mary Pomerantz has loved cooking since she was a child. Being the oldest daughter in a family of seven children, she started with simple dishes but graduated to complete meals, mastering the art of cooking before she left home. She became a vegetarian in 1969 and loves cooking and sampling International cuisines.

Mary has been giving cooking demos for over 10 years. In addition, she has been coordinating the cooking demos at Veggie Fest for the last 10 years.

Chef Gaetan

Saturday, 5:00 pm: Every Day Stir Fry

Please join Chef Gaetan as he shows us how easy it is to prepare a delicious healthy meal even if you have little time to cook. He will show us how to make an Every Day Stir Fry with a Three Minute Rice.

Gaetan Charest comes to us from Montreal Canada. He became vegetarian in 1971.

Because he was not satisfied with the taste and the style of vegetarian food at the time, he enrolled in a Macrobiotic Cooking Class in 1973, thereby starting a lifelong adventure in cooking and eating new foods.

Since that cooking class, he has experimented with herb, spices and cooking techniques to enhance the appeal and the flavor of the vegetarian dishes he prepares. 


As executive producer for Television he has produced several cooking shows and is in the process of developing a vegetarian cooking show for the US market

Alice & Friends

Sunday, 12:30 pm: TBD

Lavina Phulwani

Saturday, 4:30 pm: TBD


Saturday, 11:30 am: TBD

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