Challenging stereotypes as vegan goes mainstream
The Vegan & Plant Powered Show

Challenging stereotypes as vegan goes mainstream

The Vegan & Plant Powered Show will be the first of its kind in South Africa, bringing the vegan, plant-based and conscious living revolution to a mainstream audience.

Aimed at those looking to live and enjoy a healthier and more sustainable lifestyle with a smaller environmental footprint, the two-day event will feature celebrity cooks and chefs presenting live demos, as well as more than 150 brands showcasing the very latest products from food and drink producers and lifestyle brands in the vegan and plant-based industries from around South Africa and the world.

Designed to cater for the whole family, The Vegan & Plant Powered Show (VPPS) will include:

  • Vegan & Plant-Based Zones
  • Yoga Zone
  • Mindful Drinking & Vegan Wine Walk
  • The Plant Kitchen Chef’s Theatre – live cooking theatre will feature celebrity chefs and cooks in action as they demo the easiest and best ways to create exciting vegan and plant-based dishes.
  • The Great Big Vegan Banquet – A three-course menu inspired by the show’s celebrity chefs, plus our chefs will share their anecdotes, stories and tales.
  • Vegan & Meet – Extra special experiences for premium ticket holders.
  • Bakes & Shakes and Conscious Cocktails & Fermented Masterclasses – Learn how to make delicious treats, bakes & shakes, conscious cocktails and fermented foods.
  • Plant-Power Talks – Live talks & Q&As with leading celebrities and experts eager to share their tips and insights on the very latest in vegan, plant-based and sustainable living.
  • Living on the Veg! – A pop-up visitor seating area with live music stage where visitors can relax and soak up the vibey atmosphere.
  • Pop-up Restaurants – Delicious plant-based and vegan food served by some of Cape Town’s best vegan restaurants.

There’s already an impressive line-up of chefs at VPPS who will be showing that being vegan doesn’t mean depriving yourself or eating dull food.

Nicola Kagoro (better known in culinary circles as Chef Cola) is a pioneering Zimbabwean vegan chef at the helm of African Vegan on a Budget. Founded in 2016, African Vegan on a Budget was developed to showcase Chef Cola’s cuisine and culinary development as well as to actively promote the reality that people can thrive on a healthy vegan and plant-based diet without having to break the bank.

Chef Cola is a hospitality management graduate whose path and journey took her, not only to veganism, but also to being on the culinary frontlines of presenting vegan food and lifestyle in Africa and advocating its great benefits – both nutritional and environmental. 

Chef Cola has said that she believes veganism originated in Africa: “I can speak from my own lineage. My mother doesn’t eat as much meat as the average person. My grandmother even less. She won’t touch red meat at all. My great-grandmother, who died about six years ago, didn’t touch meat. I decided to do some research and found that our ancestors only used to slaughter animals for a ceremony, a tradition, a celebration. We didn’t kill or mass-produce meat for consumption by human beings.”

Chef Jay Mac of The Kind Kitchen fame is also one of the chefs on the VPPS line-up. He’s realistic about what he wants this food show and exhibition to achieve: “Veganism is a great path for us to follow as a species but I’m a pragmatist and know that everyone has to follow their own way. It’s not for everyone, but my aim is to help people transition and if that means they eat one vegan meal a week then I’m achieving something.”

Heidi Warricker, of Live Events, is the driving force behind VPPS and is no stranger to large-scale successful trade, consumer and food shows such as the popular Good Food & Wine Show.

 “South Africa is ready for this platform, which will move this traditionally fringe industry, laced with political activism, and take it to a wider audience. Consumers want to live more consciously and be more mindful of the animals we share the planet with. Vegans do believe it’s moral to avoid animal products, but they also believe it’s healthier and better for the environment. At the same time, chefs and foodies want to be inspired to create delicious meals with exciting new ingredients. It’s a food revolution: we are starting this year in Cape Town but will – in time – take it nationally,” she says.

VPPS is not only aimed at vegans and vegetarians but also flexitarians, reducetarians, sports enthusiasts, individuals who have compromised their health and those looking for healthier and more ethical lifestyle choices for themselves and their family.

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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.