Hi, I volunteered to work at this event 2 years ago. It is quite large in size, with many vendors, foods, and activities, and I don't think it matters if you are new or not. I certainly enjoyed it. It is sponsored by a religious group based in Naperville so I do think it is there each year.
I went to Veggie Fest last year and didn't think it was anything to write home about. If I lived in or near Naperville I'd go, but it's certainly not worth the trek from the city. That's at least what both my bf and I thought. Let me know if you have any other questions.
Hi HappyCowGirl -
It will be bunch of vegan food at the festival and usually a lot of giveaways.
ChicagoVeg will have a booth and our meetup there so if you would like to join us and hang out with bunch of cool people you are more than welcome!
For more info and to RSVP: http://www.chicagoveg.org/events/21197411/
Belated reply... thank you so much for the invitation!
I'll be honest w/ you, I didn't go to VeggieFest this year b/c it sounded more vegetarian than vegan. This last month I've been trying to go completely vegan and I've found that during my transition I just can't be around dairy products (especially cheese!) b/c the temptation is too great.