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...

Karyn's Raw With Karyn Calabrese

2:00 pm Sunday Demo: Raw Vegan Treats 

“If you don’t take care of your body, the most magnificent machine you’ll ever be given, where will you live?” -Karyn Calabrese

Karyn Calabrese is Chicago's premier vegan and raw restauranteur and champion for holistic living. Her timeless beauty, youthful physique, and boundless energy are testaments to the lifestyle habits she advocates. Karyn looks nearly a generation younger without the help of surgery or botox and enjoys boundless energy and enthusiasm. The Karyn’s brand including her vegan restaurants, a holistic spa, Inner Beauty Center, natural supplements, catering, home meal plan and skincare/makeup line has endured major success and continues to thrive.

For more information, visit Karyn's website:

Nature's Path Organics with Candice Macalino

2:30 pm Saturday Demo: Mango Lassi and Breakfast Quinoa with Fruit Salad and Pumpkin Flax Granola

2:30 pm Sunday Demo: Kerala Guacamole with Sambar Spiced Chips & Salsa and Qi’a Chaat 

 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 MaryJo Ramm

12:30 pm Sunday Demo: Vegan Kale Waldorf Salad and Banana Nice Cream

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.

For more information on Health Starts Here, visit: 

The Kitchen Shaman, Chef Johnna Gale

2:00 pm Saturday Demo: Watermelon 3 Ways

1:00 pm Sunday Demo: Vegan Red Chili Tofu Tacos with Classic Red Chili Sauce

Chef Johnna Gale, aka The Kitchen Shaman, loves to share their knowledge and passion for cooking and food history with others. As a chef with over twenty years working in professional kitchens, they honed their craft working everywhere from taco stands to country clubs, from delis to one of the top-rated restaurants in Arizona. That young child cooking on a stool next to her grandmother ended up working for Iron Chef Jose Garces.

Chef Johnna created out of a burning desire to combine their extensive knowledge of food history and professional culinary techniques with their growing love of plant-based recipes and a mission to make the natural flavors of each ingredient shine.

 In addition to writing about food history and providing delectable vegan recipes on their blog and newsletter, Chef Johnna has taught vegan and vegetarian cooking classes and presented cooking demonstrations at vegan events.  They have provided recipe development and culinary coaching services and will soon be bringing their two decades of professional cooking experience to offer dietary consulting to restaurants.

With a degree in media arts emphasizing video and film, it was inevitable that Chef Johnna would take advantage of the internet to share their food knowledge and cooking skills.  The Kitchen Shaman channel on YouTube offers recipes, demos, videos of Chef Johnna’s talks, interviews with other vegan-businesses, and other random food videos. The channel led to Johnna being a semi-finalist in a Food Network video contest and a direct invitation to apply for a spot on Next Food Network Star.

You can find some of Chef Johnna’s recipes in a series of e-cookbooks called “Things Vegans Cook,” including the popular Things Vegans Fry and Delectable Vegan Soups. 

The Vegan Chef, Beverly Lynn Bennett

3:00 pm Saturday Demo: Spiralizing: The Fun and Easy Way to Turn Produce into Pasta (Vegan)

12:00 pm Sunday Demo: Sweet Treats Made with Almond Flour (Vegan)

Beverly Lynn Bennett is an experienced vegan chef and baker, writer, and animal advocate who is passionate about showing the world how easy, delicious, and healthful it is to live and eat as a vegan. A certified food-service operations manager, she earned her culinary arts degree in 1988 and gained much practical experience in the years that followed, working in and managing vegan and vegetarian restaurants and natural foods stores.

Vegan since the early 1990s, Beverly is the author of Vegan Bites: Recipes for Singles, Chia: Using the Ancient Superfood, Kale: The Nutritional Powerhouse, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Vegan Cooking, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Gluten-Free Vegan Cooking, and others. Her work has appeared in many national and international print publications, on public television and DVD, and all over the web. She has hosted The Vegan Chef website at since 1999, and lives in the very vegan-friendly city of Eugene, Oregon. 

Manna Organics with Markus Schramm

Saturday Demo: Vegan Toful Cutlets and Vegetarian Fig Fontina Arugula Panini

Sunday Demo: Vegan Omelets

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.

Markus Schramm, owner and operator of Manna Organics will showcase his products in two demos at Veggie Fest. 

Vegan Delights with Ashley and Ashlee

1:00 pm Saturday Demo: Adobe-spiced Walnut Chorizo & Dark Chocolate Nice Cream

Ashley Gilday grew up in the Naperville/Lisle area and has worked in foodservice since she was 15 years old. After attending college she pursued a job in food sales and has been in the business for over 10 years – currently at Daiya Foods as their North American Business Development Manager, Foodservice.

Since adapting a predominantly plant-based diet in 2011, Ashley has become a passionate advocate of this lifestyle. Ashley regularly contributes to Eater Chicago as a voice on where to eat veg around Chicagoland. When not working or writing, Ashley can be found in the kitchen creating (and photographing) delicious recipes for her family. Ashley believes that eating plant-based doesn’t have to be “all or nothing” and that every little bit helps.

Check out her eclectic plant-based recipes, inspirational stories and restaurant recommendations on her popular wellness blog, Ashley Gilday “Live Well, Eat Well Pay it Forward”. All things are connected.


Ashlee Piper is a political strategist turned vegan and eco-lifestyle expert, writer, and TV personality whose work has been featured in/on Refinery29Apartment Therapy, Dwell, Reader’s Digest, Mirror Mirror, Mind Body Green, Vegetarian Times, AOL’s Lifestyle Collective, NBC, CBS, ABC, and FOX News (Reel here). You can follow her award-winning site, The Little Foxes, watch as she solves beauty dilemmas for Refinery29, and check her vegan recipes on MindBodyGreen, AOL, and Home Chef. She holds a BA from Brown University, an MA from the University of Oxford, UK, and a degree in Holistic Health from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition and Columbia University. Ashlee lives in Chicago, IL.

The Veg Coach, Ellen Jaffe Jones

1:30 pm Saturday Demo: Sesame Bok Choy and Easy Bean Salad

1:30 pm Sunday Demo: Bouillabaisse

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. 

Healthy Cooking with Ray Glend

Saturday 4:30 pm Demo: Black-eyed Pea Patties with White Sauce

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

3:00 pm Sunday Demo: Vegan Mayo Made with Aquafaba and Chocolate-Raspberry Mousse

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. 

Vegan Plate, Thai Food with Chef Sam

12:30 pm Saturday Demo: Vegan Pad Thai

Vegan Plate offers delicious dining, takeout and delivery to Chicago, IL.

Vegan Plate is a cornerstone in the Chicago community and has been recognized for its outstanding Thai cuisine, excellent service and friendly staff.

Our Thai restaurant is known for its modern interpretation of classic dishes and its insistence on only using high quality fresh ingredients. 

Healthy & Happy Living with Ewa Stankewicz

11:00 am Saturday and 4:30 pm Sunday Demos: Veggie Lasagna & Broccoli Cauliflower Salad

Healthy & Happy Living, Inc is an Independent Authorized Saladmaster 316Ti Cookware Distributor in Chicagoland area. Our focus is to bring awareness and to educate families on proper food preparation to retain 93 to 98% of the nutrients (vitamins and minerals) in the foods they already eat.

 With Healthy & Happy Living, Inc it is more than just about learning the proper cooking methods and utilizing the right tools and equipment in your kitchen. It is learning how to cook healthy, organic, plant based and vegetarian meals to your liking. We are honored to be a sponsor at the Veggie Fest. 

Rah Rah Raw with the Raw Team

5:00 pm Saturday Demo: "Pasta" with Pesto or Tomato Sauce and Strawberry Apple Cobbler

We are always happy to have our friends the Raw Team do a demo at Veggie Fest. Katie, Malik and Ellen with other friends are organized and friendly. They present a lot of fun and interesting information about being raw!

Flavors of India with Vimi Shukla

11:30 am Sunday Demo: Green Beans with Potatoes and Moong Dal

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.

Gluten-free Cooking with Eileen & Mark

5:30 pm Saturday Demo: Gluten-free Vegan Flatbread with Hummus and Greens
Eileen and Mark Carlotto have been cooking gluten-free vegetarian for almost 10 years. Together they have done many food demos and help support those who need to add a gluten-free diet to their vegetarian lifestyle. Their repertoire includes dishes from a variety of cultures as well as transforming basic meals into their gluten free counterpart.

Acooba Scott Cooks

3:30 pm Saturday Demo: Vegan Sushi
5:00 pm Sunday Demo: Vegan Pulled Jackfruit Barbecue 
Hi, my name is Acooba.
I was eight years old and living in South America when my mother introduced me to cooking. She showed me how to prepare food that is both good for you and good tasting, however, this was only a part of the lesson. Through my childhood experiences making meals for a wide circle of family and friends, I also discovered that cooking is an amazing way to be creative, express love and share culture. 

Now, with more than 25 years raising a family of vegetarians and vegans, cooking is more special and meaningful to me than ever. I want to share this powerful alchemy with others - to show them not only how to make healthy meals, but how to sustain themselves and their loved ones on an affordable plant based diet that everyone can love.

Food For Life with Nancy Rodriguez

4:00 pm Sunday Demo: Enhanced Green Glamour Smoothie

Food for Life is an award-winning Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) program designed by physicians, nurses, and registered dietitians that offers cancer, diabetes, weight management, employee wellness, and kids classes that focus on the lifesaving effects of healthful eating. Each class includes information about how certain foods and nutrients work to promote health, along with cooking demonstrations of simple and nutritious recipes that can be recreated easily at home.

Nancy Rodriguez, R.N., B.S.N., C.D.E. is a licensed registered nurse in Illinois. She received her bachelor of science in nursing from Lewis University. She earned her specialty as a certified diabetes educator (CDE) from the National Certification Board of Diabetes Educators. Nancy currently works as a diabetes nurse clinician at a center that is recognized as a Diabetes Education Accredited Program. She is founder, CEO, and director of Latino Instruction in Diabetes to Empower and Reduce risks (LIDERr) Wellness Foundation, a non-profit education organization. Nancy also received the Hispanic Heritage Award and was nominated for Nursing Excellence for her community service. Her mission is to educate, equip, and empower underserved families, especially with Spanish-language and financial barriers, with the knowledge to prevent and reverse chronic diseases like diabetes, through low-fat, plant-food diets and lifestyle modifications.

This demo is bilingual: Spanish and English

Purple Sprout Café With Irina & Karim

12:00 pm Saturday Demo: TBD

For us, conscious living starts with healthy eating and reaches far beyond the realm of food. It’s about creating balance between body, mind and spirit, self and the nature.

It all started when after the first child Irina Kuznetsova suffered from severe postpartum depression, stomach ulcers, migraines, and many other ailments. Karim Raimbek had a high cholesterol level, shortness of breath, heartburn and excessive sweating. We both had low energy levels, constant cravings and mood swings. The baby had eczema and displayed hyper activity. We knew something had to change. When everything else failed there it was! Something different, a cure so simple and natural. Plant-based nutrition held the key for us. It didn’t change the world, it changed us. It put us back together!

A personal passion for high quality plant-based food and strong desire to help others turned into a professional calling. The progression was natural: a local Farmers’ market, catering services, and now – a welcoming community hub, home to Purple Sprout.

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