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    [Chicago Tribune] 3rd Veggie Fest expected to attract estimated 10,000 people to Naperville starting Saturday ... Thirty miles and an ethos from the site of
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      [Chicago Tribune]

      3rd Veggie Fest expected to attract estimated 10,000 people to
      Naperville starting Saturday
      ...
      Thirty miles and an ethos from the site of the Taste of Chicago
      gorgefest, crews are setting up for a celebration that might be
      considered odd in a suburb of the city once known as Hog Butcher for
      the World.

      It's called Veggie Fest, and it's in Naperville, the same city that
      hosts Ribfest, an annual four-day celebration that draws 250,000
      people.

      At Veggie Fest, organizers hope for a record turnout, maybe 10,000, or
      about 4 percent of Ribfest's masses. Those who visit can attend
      programs on vegetarian cooking for dummies, vegetarian soul food, even
      something called Rah Rah Raw, among other offerings.

      But this weekend's celebration of eating low on the food chain is more
      than a community incongruity. It's a merger of history and
      contemporary buzz, a small symbol of the building momentum behind
      vegetarianism. It may mean that it's hip to be veg.

      "It's no longer considered this leftist, hippie thing," said Peter
      Manseau, editor of Search magazine, which calls itself "a non-profit,
      non-partisan, non-sectarian magazine exploring the intersection of
      science, religion and culture."

      "Twenty years ago," added Manseau, an avowed carnivore, "if you said
      you were a vegetarian, people would ask, 'Why would you do that?' Now,
      people say, 'Wow, that's really cool that you've done that. I wish I
      could do that.' "

      Veggie Fest is sponsored by and on the grounds of the Science of
      Spirituality Center, at Naperville Road just north of Warrenville
      Road. The center is a global, non-profit, ecumenical organization
      committed to a spiritual way of life through meditation. About 2,500
      people attended the first, in 2005, and nearly 5,000 came out for the
      second, in 2007.

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      full story:
      http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-veggiefestaug01,0,6805524.story

      SEE ALSO: Fest seeks to grow new crop of vegetarians
      Vegetarian diet reduces cholesterol

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