Vegetarian Food Festival

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The 18th annual Vegetarian Food Festival took place this weekend again at the Reggie Lewis Athletic Center in Roxbury.  Compared to last year it was even bigger and busier!  It was utterly packed mid-day on Sunday when I stopped by.  Organized by the Boston Vegetarian Society, this free event draws in crowds to sample new vegetarian products and become acquainted with local businesses such as vegan bakeries and restaurants.  Programming also included cooking demonstrations and speakers focused on health topics such as weight-loss and disease prevention through nutrition.  Like the Local Food Festival, bins for recyclables and composting were actively managed to keep waste to a minimum.

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Other vendors and organizations at the festival were those concerned about animal welfare and the environment.  There were several companies exhibiting products made from vegan leather as well as organic cotton and hemp clothing.  The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (seen on Animal Planet’s Whale Wars), Humane Society, Mass Voters for Animals and other such activist and non-profit groups had tables as well.

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