Veg out


There are many foodies among us who have, at some point or another, considered cutting meat out of our meals but resisted, convinced that going veggie would doom us to the diet of a domesticated rabbit. But thankfully, herbivorous eating has come a long way since the days when checking the "vegetarian option" box on a wedding invitation earned you a near-bare plate of baby carrots and parsley sprigs. And so, for those still considering a move toward plant-based cuisine, we suggest the Boston Vegetarian Food Festival, which is taking over the Reggie Lewis Athletic Center (1350 Tremont Street, Boston) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, October 30, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, October 31. Visitors can check out more than 100 different exhibitors, sampling foods from area restaurants, watching cooking demos from veggie-friendly chefs, chatting with on-site dietary consultants, and mingling with cookbook authors and special guest speakers. And if you think you might make the culinary conversion, wait to do your grocery shopping here: special discounts from food sellers will encourage you to stock up on everything you need to get going on a greener approach to dining. Entry is free; for the full lineup of exhibitors, visit