09/28/2012 04:58 pm ET Updated Sep 28, 2012

Chicago VeganMania 2012 Preview: Meet The Chefs Behind The Demos (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Chicago vegans, vegetarians and inquisitive omnivores, clear your calendars: VeganMania is coming to Chicago on Sept. 29, and the free, day-long festival promises to be a jam-packed, cruelty-free event.

For the fourth year, vegans, activists, and curious eaters will descend on the Broadway Armory at 5917 N. Broadway for a series of speakers, workshops, chef demos, taste tests and shopping. Representatives from dozens of local vegan restaurants, food companies, animal-free clothing vendors and more will be on hand, selling and offering samples of their wares.

Entertainment includes live music, a showcase of high-fashion vegan winter coats from Vaute Couture, and kids activities including a build-your-own-farm sanctuary and a graffiti wall.

Scratching your head for ideas on how to make a vegan Thanksgiving feast? There's no better place to get the 411 on all the latest high-tech substitutes, and alternative recipes that put a meat-free spin on traditional dishes.

Check out some of the beloved vegan chefs presenting cooking demos at VeganMania, including some sneak peeks at their tasty, vegan-friendly recipes:



VeganMania 2012 Chefs