Veggie Fest Chicago 2015

  • By: Mommy & Love
  • Date: November 22, 2021
  • Time to read: 5 min.
  • Hey Michigan friends —and anyone nearby Chicago!!If you are bored and looking for a last minute trip, you should attend the 10th annual Veggie Fest Chicago. It’s one of the largest Vegetarian and Vegan Food and Lifestyle Festivals in the country. It attracts HUGE crowds from across the nation and features an impressive array of creative recipes!
    This year’s festival is anticipated to be the grandest event so far, with an excess of 800 volunteers from around the world. Last year, Veggie Fest Chicago attracted 30,000+ attendees and this year is supposed to super exceed that crowd. There will be well over 100+ vendor booths related to every facet of healthy living.

    Date: August 15-16, 2015
    Time: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
    Location: Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois
    Cost: FREE

    The event will include:

    • 100+ Vendor Booths
    • International Vegetarian Food Demos
    • Expert Cooks & Chefs
    • Fun Houses for Children
    • Live Music from Local Chicago Musicians & Bands
    • Meditation Classes
    • Talks on Spirituality
    • Food Drive
    • Blood Drive
    • Art Show
    • Kids Parade
    • and SO much more!

“Veggie Fest Chicago encourages more people to attend the festival by offering free admission and parking facilities. During the festival, qualified international health, medicine and education professionals, authors, professors and more will be educating attendees on environmental issues, health, lifestyle and diet. The people in attendance can also take up the Vegetarian Challenge and go vegetarian for a 14-day period. Challengers are helped with recipes and other valuable information via email to accomplish this minor feat.
Sponsored by the Science and Spirituality, the festival goes beyond food, fun and entertainment and also holds meditation classes and talks on spirituality for the attendees. Veggie Fest Chicago’s keynote speaker, the World Renowned Spiritual Master Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj will speak on both days from 2:30 to 3:30 pm. He will also hold an additional public talk and Initiation into meditation on the inner Light and Sound after the festival, Tuesday August 18, 7:00 pm in the main tent at the Veggie Fest Chicago 2015 grounds at Benedictine University campus in Lisle, Illinois.”

Awesome Speaker Lineup

  • Saturday
    11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. (Tent B)  James H. Gruft, MD Founder and Director of Health Center, From Pain to Wellness Headache Relief: Using a Nutritional, Functional Approach
    11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. (Tent A)  Alan R. Post, Chiropractic Doctor Meditation and the Near-Death Experience: the Universal Connection
    11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. (Main Tent)  Saraswati Sukumar, PhD, Director of Brain Cancer Program- Johns Hopkins Hospital Cancer Prevention: Using Foods and Items from Grandma’s Kitchen
    12:30 p.m. – 01:15 p.m. (Tent A)  Zelma Chamberlain, MA Counseling Slow down and De-stress?Meditate for a Happier, Healthier Life
    12:30 p.m. – 01:15 p.m. (Main Tent)  Rimjhim Duggal Stephens, MD Vegetarian Diet for Children: A Medical Perspective
    12:30 p.m. – 02:15 p.m. (Tent B)  Timothy W. Fior, MD, Family Practice Eat More-Weigh Less – Latest Medical Findings
    01:30 p.m. – 02:15 p.m. (Main Tent)  Terry Mason, MD, Head of Cook County Health Department Strokes and the Brain. Myths and Facts
    01:30 p.m. – 02:15 p.m. (Tent B)  Jora Young, MS, Environmental Science Ecology and Spirituality? Meditation for the Well-being of the Earth and Humanity
    01:30 p.m. – 02:15 p.m. (Tent A)  Ingrid Kraaz Von Rohr, Doctor of Naturopathy, Author Using Food as Medicine: A Practical Nutrition Guide
    02:30 p.m. – 03:30 p.m. (Main Tent)  Keynote Address Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj Keynote Address: SPIRITUAL WELLNESS
    04:00 p.m. – 04:45 p.m. (Main Tent)  David Martinez, MA Education Sea un vegetariano feliz y saludable (in Spanish only)
    04:00 p.m. – 04:45 p.m. (Tent A) Rajinder Arora, MD, Pediatrics, Pulmonary Optimal Diet for A Healthy Immune System
    04:00 p.m. – 04:45 p.m. (Tent B)  Richard Scotti, PhD From the Cycle of Time to the Circle of Love
    05:00 p.m. – 05:45 p.m. (Tent A)  Patricia Bayona, PhD, Linguistics Cómo afrontar el acelerado vivir con la ayuda de la meditación y el vegetarianismo (in Spanish only)
    05:00 p.m. – 05:45 p.m. (Main Tent)  Louis A. Ritz , PhD, Neuroscience, Assistant Professor Meditation, Neuroplasticity and the Brain
    05:00 p.m. – 05:45 p.m. (Tent B)  Andrew Vidich, PhD Awaken your Authentic Self Through Meditation: Five Steps towards Living More Consciously
  • Sunday
    11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. (Tent A)  Ajili Hodari, Attorney at Law Finding Happiness – Developing Spirituality in Your Life
    11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. (Main Tent)  Arran Stephens, Founder and CEO Natures Path Foods Inc. No More GMO’s! – Progress Update in North America
    11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. (Tent B)  Matthew Raider, MD, Geriatrics Meditation-The WOW Factor: Younger, Thinner, Healthier and More…
    12:30 p.m. – 01:15 p.m. (Tent A)  Louis A. Ritz, PhD, Neuroscience, Assistant Professor The Brain and the Science of Meditation
    12:30 p.m. – 01:15 p.m. (Tent B)  Mark Young, PhD, Author, Professor Meditation and Emotional Wellness
    12:30 p.m. – 01:15 p.m. (Main Tent)  Kunwarjit Singh Duggal, MD, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Veggie Power – Boost Health and Strength
    01:30 p.m. – 02:15 p.m. (Tent A)  Susan C. Gallagher, PhD, School Psychology Meditation and Children: Antidote for Stress
    01:30 p.m. – 02:15 p.m. (Main Tent)  Arjan Stephens, VP Marketing and Sales, Natures Path Foods Inc. Go Organic: Steps to Foster the Food Revolution
    01:30 p.m. – 02:15 p.m. (Tent B)  Carlos Lozano, Retired Diplomat Gain Spiritual Riches through Meditation
    02:30 p.m. – 03:30 p.m. (Main Tent)  Keynote Address Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj Keynote Address: MEDITATION FOOD FOR THE SOUL
    04:00 p.m. – 04:45 p.m. (Tent A)  Poonam Gupta, Certified Ayurvedic Coach, Yoga Instructor, Level 500 Ayurvedic Nutrition: Matching Foods with Nature
    04:00 p.m. – 04:45 p.m. (Main Tent)  James H. Gruft, MD, Founder and Director of Health Center, From Pain to Wellness, Author Aging Gracefully: Using Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes
    04:00 p.m. – 04:45 p.m. (Tent B)  Ivan Chala, BSME, Computer Consultant Cuerpo sano un buen aliado para el alma (in Spanish only)
    05:00 p.m. – 05:45 p.m. (Tent B)  Ingrid Kraaz von Rohr, Doctor of Naturopathy, Author The Power of Light in Vegetarian Nutrition
    05:00 p.m. – 05:45 p.m. (Tent A)  Jorge Han, MD, Professor Vegetarianismo Saludable y Meditación (Healthy Vegetarianism and Meditation) (in Spanish)
    05:00 p.m. – 05:45 p.m. (Main Tent)  Jim Rose, Retired Corporate Vice President Benefits of Guidance for Spiritual Progress

To family members who think I’m crazy… I’m not.

There has been a huge incline towards vegan and vegetarian foods and the number grows each year, which means there will only be more and more of these types of food festivals!! SO EXCITING!!! I desperately wish I could attend this one, but sadly I can’t. I am adding this festival to my bucket list though. 🙂
My husband, mom & sisters basically know that I could live & breathe in these types of festivals and health food stores. It’s my heavenly dreamland… sampling delicious, healthy foods, testing homemade, natural beauty products, participating in yoga, meditation, etc… I get extremely high on life just by thinking about it! The people you meet at these types of events are typically VERY open-minded, filled with compassion, and willing to share their knowledge on living a healthy lifestyle.
Great people. Great food. Great life lessons. I SO WISH I COULD ATTEND!!


Let me know if you have attended this event in the past or if you plan to go this year. I would love to hear some the event’s best moments and your overall experience! I’m sure it will be grand and I’d love to virtually attend through your stories. <3

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