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Indy Veg Fest will be held on August 23

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The Indianapolis Vegetarian Society recently announced the 14th Annual Indy Veg Fest.

"This year we have 9 local vendors to show off their vegan dishes- Pogue's Run, Spice Nation, Three Carrots, Ezra's Enlightened Cafe, Nacho Mama, SoBro Cafe, Soupremacy, and Nicey Treat!" announced the organization's web site.

"The definition of a vegetarian is someone who does not eat meat, fowl, or fish," explains the organization. "The definition of a vegan is someone who does not eat animal products, including meat, fish, seafood, eggs, and dairy products. A vegan lifestyle is one in which a person tries to abstain from any animal products, such as leather, fur, wool, down, etc."

According to the Indianapolis Vegetarian Society, there are many benefits to a vegetarian diet.

"Vegetarians often have

1) Much lower cholesterol levels and heart disease is less common
2) Lower blood pressure than non-vegetarians
3) Lower blood glucose levels
4) Cancer deaths of 1/2 to 3/4 of those in the general population
5) Less tendency to form kidney stones or gall stones
6) Less frequency of osteoporosis

On top of these tidbits, it should be noted that choosing a vegan diet is considered the healthiest choice as a vegan diet is cholesterol-free," reads the web site.

The event will also feature live music, vendor booths, cooking demos, raffle prizes and educational presentations, according to Natural Awakenings magazine.

Tickets are $12 in advance at BrownPaperTickets.com or $15 the day of the event, which will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on August 23 at Harrison Center for the Arts, 1505 Delaware Street.

For more information, contact Indianapolis Vegetarian Society at indyherbivores@indyvegsociety.org.

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