Just check the aisles of your favorite supermarket and it should be clear that we have lot of options when it comes to food. Many families are veering away from the meat-and-potatoes of our childhoods, choosing to go vegetarian, pescatarian or vegan. And since Chicago already has rib, hot dog and BBQ fests galore, it’s only fair that there’s a celebration that caters to the non-carnivores among us.
Enter Veggie Fest.
This free festival features yummy eats that don’t contain meat, from Indian treats to Caribbean delicacies—and classic American faves like nachos, fries, pizza and ice cream. The food court highlights vegetarian entrées from around the globe, as well as dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan and raw options.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a fest without some family fun, and Veggie Fest knows how to pull out all the stalks … I mean, stops. Kids can dress as their favorite veggie, fruit or animal and march in the Vegi-Kids Parade, which includes a costume contest for the most creative. The “Learn to Meditate for Families” tent is a great place to take a sensory break from the day’s excitement, and parents of the littlest of littles can take advantage of a fenced play area that’s just for babies and toddlers. Plus, enjoy face painting, arts and crafts, clowns and musical entertainment that will set your pota-toes tapping.
And for parents looking for ways to eat healthier, there are food demos, more than 100 vendor booths to visit, and health professionals who will talk about diet, lifestyle and environmental issues.
All in all, it proves that healthy doesn’t have to mean boring or tasteless. And we can all raise a glass—of fresh coconut water, of course—to that.
If you go
11 a.m.-8 p.m. Aug. 12-13
Benedictine University, 5700 College Road, Lisle