veggiefest_chicagoOne of the largest vegetarian festivals in North America is fast approaching – and our very own Chef Johnna Gale, aka the Kitchen Shaman, is on the schedule this year.

This year’s event will be held on July 23rd & 24th in Lisle, Illinois, just outside of Chicago.  2016 marks the 11th year for this premiere event that includes food demos, international lifestyle and nutrition speakers, music, a huge food court, an art show, and a children’s parade & tent. Admission is free and the festival runs from 11 am to 8 pm both days.

Chef Johnna will be presenting two demos. Learn to make “Watermelon 3 Ways” and “Red Chili Tofu Tacos.”  Mark your schedule for Saturday at 2 pm and Sunday at 1 pm so you don’t miss out seeing the Kitchen Shaman at work.

In addition to Chef Johnna, you can see demos by Beverly Lynn Bennet (The Vegan Chef), Chef Sam of Vegan Plate, Ellen Jaffe Jones, and the Raw Team. The Food Court will feature over 20 booths of delicious vegan (and vegetarian) food. There will be dozens of vendors offering food products, health and beauty items, and memorabilia and 20+ speakers talking about health, nutrition, environmental impact, spirituality, and general vegetarianism/veganism.

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In 2015, over 30,000 people attended the event, so if you’re in the area, please stop by and meet Chef Johnna – and taste the food from the demos.