On Saturday, Oct. 31 and Sunday, Nov. 1, vegetarians, vegans and the veggie-curious will meet in Boston for the 14th Annual Boston Vegetarian Food Festival. The increase in interest in vegetarianism has led the festival organizer, the Boston Vegetarian Society, to make the event two days for the first time.

The festival offers the opportunity to talk to food producers, see and taste the latest vegetarian products being introduced to the marketplace, and shop at discounted prices. Attendees can learn from speakers who are top national experts on health and nutrition, and presenters who inspire compassion for animals and respect for the environment. Award-winning chefs and cookbook authors teach their recipes and offer free samples of their dishes. Educational exhibits on protecting animals and the environment, and a children's activity center round out the day.

The festival is free to the public and free parking is available. It will be held at the Reggie Lewis Athletic Center, 1350 Tremont Street, Boston, Mass. 

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.