September 28, 2013
The 17th-annual Charlottesville Vegetarian Festival, or Veggie Fest, took place Saturday afternoon at Lee Park.
Thousands came out to check out more than 90 vendors. Those included, as one might expect, a lot of different vegetarian food options, cooking classes, and information. Also represented, though, were rescue shelters, conservation groups and nutritionists.
Veggie Fest organizer David Redding says the vegetarian lifestyle is not just about what you put into your body.
"A lot of us, myself included, are interested in this because this could help save the planet, and that's an important issue. We need to really focus on global warming and some of the other issues, as well as our health issue. A vegetarian lifestyle is very good for your health."
New this year, the Veggie Fest starting trying to have zero waste by using compostable dinnerware.