Thanks for Being a Veggie Friend!
The 2010 program exceeded all previous records of attendance, website hits and much more.
Science of Spirituality wishes to express its gratitude to the sponsors, patrons, vendors, and especially to each of you 22,000 visitors who made Veggie Fest such a great success. How fantastic it is to see this strong community interest in conscious living through the vegetarian way of life.
Despite the rain Sunday morning, Saturday and Sunday were two of the most beautiful days this summer. We are particularly pleased that so many people mentioned the relaxed and loving atmosphere at the program. The food was amazing. The music inspired all-day dancing. The speakers were insightful. The yoga, health, and many other products offered were all conducive to a better life. Hundreds of people learned to meditate in the meditation tent. And the keynote speaker, Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj, placed the entire event in a deeper with context two inspiring talks on vegetarianism and the spiritual life. All in all the feeling was that this was the best Veggie Fest ever.
Thank you all again for participating and making Veggie Fest the great success it was. See you again August 13 & 14, 2011!
VEGGIE FEST IS ABOUT MORE
THAN EATING VEGETABLES
by Nicki Anderson — Naperville Sun — June 2, 2010
For years I have driven by the Science of Spirituality Meditation Center on the north side of Naperville and always wondered what it was all about. I came to find out this center is a little gem that I have overlooked year after year. However, this year I’ll have the opportunity to stop in and learn more when I attend the fifth annual Veggie Fest from 11am to 8pm August 7th and 11am to 7pm August 8th.
For the last 20 years, this center has provided classes on health and spirituality, as well as workshops and vegetarian cooking classes. “Our cooking classes and workshops are very popular, so we decided to pull it all together and create Veggie Fest here in Naperville,” said Jonathan Kruger, event coordinator for Veggie Fest. “I am one of over 250 volunteers from a dozen countries around the world who have come together to make Veggie Fest a success.”
The purpose of Veggie Fest is to share with the community the physical, mental and spiritual benefits of being a vegetarian. The goal of the event is to create a warm and exciting festive atmosphere where families can enjoy the day with lots of fun and educational activities. The last four Veggie Fests drew more than 30,000 people. In 2009, the event brought 17,000 visitors.
“Our goal is ongoing, and each year we have exceeded our expectations,” said Kruger. “We believe that the people who have attended Veggie Fest now have a better understanding of the compassionate lifestyle of being a vegetarian. Additionally, people learn that the vegetarian diet is simple with lots of food choices, and that it is not difficult to be a vegetarian.” Of course you don't have to be a vegetarian to attend, as there are great opportunities to learn about the value of eating well and living a healthier lifestyle.
In addition to the cooking classes and workshops, live bands present great entertainment. They’ve recently expanded their children’s program and food court. “The food demos are led by leading chefs from the community. We have become more green and we have prominent doctors from around the world leading our workshops and classes,” said Kruger.
If you’re looking to get away from the crowds, the festival added a meditation tent that has become very popular. In the meditation tent, people learn the simple technique of Joyti meditation, practiced by people of all faiths from around the world. It helps reduce stress, increase your sense of inner peace and reconnect you spiritually. More than 1,000 people visited the meditation tent last year.
If you’re wondering about the cost, it’s free. What a wonderful way to learn about healthier food options, cooking healthier meals for your family and finding ways perhaps to “sneak” in a vegetarian meal here and there. The event has also attracted some well-respected speakers including Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj, an internationally renowned spiritual leader who speaks on the spiritual aspects of the vegetarian diet. More than 2,000 people attended his talk last year.
What a great event for families. With the surplus of fast-food restaurants and kids getting further and further away from “real” food, what better opportunity to come together and learn how to create a healthier environment for everyone. Mark your calendar — I look forward to seeing you there.
“22,000 People and it never felt crowded.”
Chicago Tribune: “Best bet for the weekend.”
Healthy Dining: “I can’t say enough good things about it ... If you missed it, mark your calendars for next year’s event.”
Naperville Sun: “What a great event for families. ... to come together and learn how to create a healthier environment for everyone.”
Please bring non-perishable vegetarian food to be donated and distributed by People’s Resource Center.
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When 17,000 people come out on the hottest weekend of the summer to attend the one of the largest vegetarian food festivals in the country, you know you’re looking at a huge success. We want to thank all of you who participated in and supported Veggie Fest 2009 and we hope you will be part of this year’s festivities. Veggie Fest 2010 will be held on the weekend of August 7 and 8. We are looking forward to another great party with lots more fun, great new vendors, exciting food demos, expert speakers, wonderful children’s programs, fantastic live music and a fabulous food court.
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We look forward to seeing you at Veggie Fest 2010!
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Magazine Article Encourages Attending Veggie Fest 2010
The July 2010 issue of the Mindful Metropolis carries an article focusing on the Veggie Fest 2010 event encouraging readers to attend this (our 5th) year.
Although Veggie Fest is fun, it isn't all about entertainment — a crucial com- ponent of the festival is also to educate people about the environmental, financial and health benefits of a vegetarian diet.
Also see the June 2nd Naperville Sun article.