Africa’s first Plant Powered Show kicks off this weekend

Africa’s first Plant Powered Show kicks off this weekend

… and promises to be a fun-filled, entertaining and informative experience the whole family can enjoy!

The Plant Powered Show – the first of its kind on the African continent – takes place this weekend at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. Doors will open on Friday, May 27 at 10:00 and close on Sunday May 29 at 17:00. (See below for daily opening and closing times.)

The three day event will also incorporate a virtual component, thus allowing visitors from the rest of the country, the continent and around the globe to attend online.

Aimed at those looking to live and enjoy a healthier, more conscious and sustainable lifestyle, The Plant Powered Show will feature professional chefs, celebrity cooks and rising stars hosting live cooking demos and hosting masterclasses as well as a programme of diverse and compelling talks by health and wellness experts and a marketplace filled with hundreds of vegan and plant-based food, drink and lifestyle brands and products to test, sample and buy.

Live Events CEO Heidi Warricker is the driving force behind The Plant Powered Show and says: “We are so excited to finally be able to launch The Plant Powered Show as a live in-person event in Cape Town, but also pleased that it will have an online component. Consumers across the globe want to live more consciously and be more mindful of the animals with whom we share the planet, and chefs and foodies want to be inspired to create delicious meals with exciting new ingredients. This show will bring them all that … and more!”

Chefs taking part in the cooking demos and masterclasses include MasterChef SA judge Zola Nene, MasterChef Australia 2020 finalist Simon Toohey (online from Melbourne), Mokgadi Itsweng, Jenny Morris, Claire Sharryn Roberto, Jane Nshuti, Tamsin Snyman, Mira Weiner, Arabella Parkinson, Phil Mansergh, Loubie Rusch, Peter Daniel, Rudi Liebeneberg Michele Mistry, Leozette Roode and MasterChef SA finalists Andriëtte de la Harpe and Tarryn de Kock. In addition, award-winning mixologists Owen O’Reilly and Kurt Schlechter will be showing attendees how to whip up delicious alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails. Download The Checkers Plant Kitchen Chefs, powered by Simple Truth Programme here and the MASTERCLASS programme here.

As well as the hourly chef demos, plant-power talks and masterclasses, The Plant Powered Show will also feature a marketplace of new, innovative and high-quality vegan and plant-based food, drink and lifestyle products, a Vegan & Meet programme where visitors can meet their favourite chefs and get books signed, pop up restaurants, food trucks, chill out areas and a yoga zone.

Says Warricker: “This is a show that everyone will enjoy – young and old alike. I cannot stress enough that it is not an event only for vegans and vegetarians. It has been carefully and considerately curated to appeal to flexitarians, reducetarians, sports enthusiasts, individuals who have compromised their health and those looking for healthier, more ethical lifestyle choices for themselves and their family.

“We look forward to seeing as many Capetonians there as possible but space is limited due to Covid protocols so we would implore those wanting to attend to book in advance.”

Tickets for The Plant Powered Show are available from Quicket or at the door and cost R250pp for adults, R200pp for students & seniors over 60+ (valid ID required on entry). Book tickets

The Plant Powered Show

Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town

  • Friday, May 27, 2022, from 10:00 to 20:00
  • Saturday, May 28, 2022, from 10:00 to 20:00
  • Sunday, May 29, 2022, from 10:00 to 17:00

Social media links:

  • Website:
  • Facebook: @PlantPowerZA
  • Twitter: @PlantPowerZA
  • Instagram: @PlantPowerZA
  • Hashtag: #plantpowerza


Whether you live a full-time ‘VGN' life, are just trying out meat-free days, enjoy tantalising your taste buds with innovative plant-based food or are exploring sustainable and eco-friendly products, The Plant Powered Show community offers gastronomical inspiration from top local and international celebrity chefs, health and wellness talks from the experts and spectacular entertainment.