Move over meat lovers! People from around the region are coming together this weekend to celebrate vegetables at the 16th Annual Vegetarian Festival.
Charlottesville is preparing to host the event that attracts 6,000 people each year. Organizers say whether you're the type that always eat their veggies, or you have to force them down, this event will open your eyes to new types of produce you'll love.
"No, you don't have to be a vegetarian and there's going to be vendors there with yummy food, so it's a whole event that's good for everybody," said Jonie Freeman, one of the event organizers.
This year's event almost didn't happen because the original organization to host it backed out. Several other groups stepped in, though, and continued planning the event.
Some things you can look forward to at this year's festival are cooking classes at The Haven, speakers at the library, vendors and more.
The 16th Annual Vegetarian Festival takes place Saturday at Lee Park from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.