THE JOURNEY OF VEGGIE FEST THROUGHOUT THE YEARS

History of Veggie Fest

With 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; over 100 vendor booths to explore; and free admission and free parking, Veggie Fest has become a highly anticipated summer event in the Chicagoland area. Check out these awesome highlights from the past five Veggie Fests!

Learn to Meditate Tent, Learn to be Vegetarian Tent, Veggie Kids Parade, 14-Day Vegetarian Challenge, Art of Dosa booth, Caribbean Chicken booth Friends of Veggie Fest initiative, Motown band coming into our rotation, Coupon Book

2013

28000+

2014

30000+

2015

35000+

2016

40000+

2017

45000+

Veggie Fest | 2017

45,000+ in attendance
• Location: Benedictine University, Lisle, IL
Debut of Yoga Tent, sponsored by Yoga By Degrees and Universal Spirit Yoga
• At least one vegan option at each food booth
New in the International Food Court: Jackfruit Tacos, three new varieties of pies, Sweet Lassis, and a new assortment of Indian snacks

Veggie Fest | 2016

40,000+ in attendance
• Location: Science of Spirituality Center, Naperville, IL
Dr. Terry Mason, COO of Cook County Department of Public Health, hosted his radio show, “A Doctor in the House,” LIVE from Veggie Fest

Dr. Kim Allan Williams, Sr., MD, president, American College of Cardiology, chief, Division of Cardiology, Rush University Medical Center speaks on Nutrition & Heart Disease: “Taking the DIE out of Diet.”
Find It App, released on PlayStore and AppStore to help attendees find what they’re looking for on the Veggie Fest grounds

Veggie Fest | 2015

10th Anniversary of Veggie Fest!
• 35,000+ in attendance
• Location: Benedictine University, Lisle, IL
• New book release by Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj: Building Bridges through Meditation, attended by Mayor of Lisle
• IL Congressman and Mayor of Naperville participate in opening ceremonies

• Consul General of Colombia attends the festival
• $5,500 worth of food donated to People’s Resource Center of Wheaton
• New in the International Food Court: Vegi-Meatball Parmesan Sliders, Whole Wheat Grilled Veggie Wraps, and Quesadillas

Veggie Fest | 2014

30,000+ in attendance
Location: Science of Spirituality Meditation Center, Naperville, IL
Record-breaking participation in the 14-Day Vegetarian Challenge
• 3x the amount of non-perishable food donated to the People’s Resource Center of Wheaton

Dr. Terry Mason, COO of Cook County Health and Hospitals System, who was also featured in the documentary Forks Over Knives, spoke on “Heart Attacks have Little to Do with the Heart.”
Newly crowned Miss Illinois, and long-time vegan, Marisa Buchheit sang on the main stage and held a meet-and-greet in the Children’s tent.
New at the International Food Court: Buddha Bowls, Raw Pesto on Zucchini Noodles, and Vegetarian Chili Dogs

Veggie Fest | 2013

28,000+ in attendance
Location: Science of Spirituality Center, Naperville, IL
Debut of Health & Spirituality Symposium, with presentations on health, wellness, green living, and spirituality.

2017

Veggie Fest | 2017

45,000+ in attendance
• Location: Benedictine University, Lisle, IL
Debut of Yoga Tent, sponsored by Yoga By Degrees and Universal Spirit Yoga
• At least one vegan option at each food booth
New in the International Food Court: Jackfruit Tacos, three new varieties of pies, Sweet Lassis, and a new assortment of Indian snacks

2016

Veggie Fest | 2016

40,000+ in attendance
• Location: Science of Spirituality Center, Naperville, IL
Dr. Terry Mason, COO of Cook County Department of Public Health, hosted his radio show, “A Doctor in the House,” LIVE from Veggie Fest
Dr. Kim Allan Williams, Sr., MD, president, American College of Cardiology, chief, Division of Cardiology, Rush University Medical Center speaks on Nutrition & Heart Disease: “Taking the DIE out of Diet.”
Find It App, released on PlayStore and AppStore to help attendees find what they’re looking for on the Veggie Fest grounds

2015

Veggie Fest | 2015

10th Anniversary of Veggie Fest!
• 35,000+ in attendance
• Location: Benedictine University, Lisle, IL
• New book release by Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj: Building Bridges through Meditation, attended by Mayor of Lisle
• IL Congressman and Mayor of Naperville participate in opening ceremonies
• Consul General of Colombia attends the festival
• $5,500 worth of food donated to People’s Resource Center of Wheaton
• New in the International Food Court: Vegi-Meatball Parmesan Sliders, Whole Wheat Grilled Veggie Wraps, and Quesadillas

2014

Veggie Fest | 2014

30,000+ in attendance
Location: Science of Spirituality Meditation Center, Naperville, IL
Record-breaking participation in the 14-Day Vegetarian Challenge
• 3x the amount of non-perishable food donated to the People’s Resource Center of Wheaton
Dr. Terry Mason, COO of Cook County Health and Hospitals System, who was also featured in the documentary Forks Over Knives, spoke on “Heart Attacks have Little to Do with the Heart.”
Newly crowned Miss Illinois, and long-time vegan, Marisa Buchheit sang on the main stage and held a meet-and-greet in the Children’s tent.
New at the International Food Court: Buddha Bowls, Raw Pesto on Zucchini Noodles, and Vegetarian Chili Dogs

2013

Veggie Fest | 2013

28,000+ in attendance
Location: Science of Spirituality Center, Naperville, IL
Debut of Health & Spirituality Symposium, with presentations on health, wellness, green living, and spirituality.

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