The 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 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.
There’s already an impressive line-up of chefs at TPPS 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 TPPS 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.”
TPPS 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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