Diverse line-up of experts for Festive Plant Powered Show

Diverse line-up of experts for Festive Plant Powered Show

Some of the world’s leading proponents of a plant based and vegan lifestyle will be taking part in the Festive Vegan and Plant Powered Show (FVPPS), which takes place online on Saturday, November 28.

There are a host of experts who will be participating in The Proveg SA Plant Power Talks – in association with Wellness Warehouse – who will be speaking on current and pertinent topics for those currently following a plant-based diet or those looking for a more healthy and conscious living lifestyle.

The full list of speakers and the topics that they will be covering at the FVPPS are:

Donovan Will

Donovan Will is the director of ProVeg South Africa, the local chapter of ProVeg International, a leading international food awareness organisation working to promote plant-based food options across four continents. He is also a thought leader and public speaker in the plant-based food sector and vegan movement; passionate about plant-based food and the vegan lifestyle, with specific interest in strategy, institutional and corporate engagement, product and menu consulting, marcomms, community and network building, effective altruism and effective advocacy.

Topic: Together with Kate Aitken (see below) he will be giving an introduction into living life well and why they are passionate about what they do.

Time: 13h20 to 13h25*

Justin Smith

Justin Smith joined WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) in October 2017 to head up business development, marketing and fundraising. Smith has spent the past 17 years leading corporate sustainability functions, first at Standard Bank and Nedbank and most recently at Woolworths Holdings.

Topic: Planet-based diets – how dietary shifts can bend the curve on the negative impacts of the food system, moving from exploiting to restoring nature.

Time: 14h05 to 14h15* 

Kate Aitken

Kate Aitken is the marketing manager at Wellness Warehouse, as well as an internationally accredited health coach, and a passionate wellness advocate who believes that the key to living life well is in supporting innate wellbeing through food and lifestyle choices. 

Topic: Together with Donovan Will (see above) she will be giving an introduction into living life well and why they are passionate about what they do.

Time: 13h20 to 13h25*

Lucy Bartholomew

Australian Lucy Bartholomew (24) is a professional endurance trail runner, a nature lover and a plant muncher. She ran her first 100km at the age of 15 and hasn’t stopped since, travelling the world, connecting with people and experiencing cultures.

Topic: Being a plant powered international super athlete

I want to talk about how being an athlete and eating well is important but being a human and eating well is more important. I want to share my ‘why’ in this sport, my ‘why’ in this lifestyle and a little bit of ‘how’ along the way too.

Time: 13h25 – 13h35*

Mia Smith

Mia Smith is a registered dietitian (BSc Medical Science Honours from UCT) consulting at The Green Dietitian and is passionate about nutrition and loves all things plant based! “I love cooking and especially experimenting with new plant-based recipes. Travel is another one of my passions and it’s so interesting to me to experience a place through their cuisine.” 
Demonstration: Spiced chai vegan eggnog as well as rooibos red cappuccino, fresh red iced tea, iced chai latte superfood lattes.

Time: 13h40 – 13h50*

Sharni Quinn

Sharni Quinn is an international yoga teacher, life coach, author, motivational speaker, businesswomen and free spirit who now lives in Bali. Quinn believes that every human is meant to shine, to live their best life and to share their light. She is an authority on the subject of wellbeing through natural healing, and especially on the subject of life transformation.

Topic: Living the Plant-based Lifestyle: Inspiration for physical, mental, emotional, spiritual health and happiness.

Quinn will take visitors through simple steps on how to implement plant-based living into everyday life. Discover how eating plant-based food not only affects your physical health in radically positive ways but shifts your mental, emotional and spiritual state as well. This easy-to-watch video – filmed in beautiful Bali – will leave you feeling inspired and motivated to live the plant-based lifestyle and enjoy the excellent benefits along the way!

Time: 14h40 – 14h50*

Dr Yesheen Singh

Dr Yesheen Singh is a medical doctor with a passion for the medicinal benefits of eating well. ‘Food as medicine’ has become a personal mantra that he lives by and the impacts of lifestyle and nutrition on epigenetics and health are ongoing fields of interest to him. He holds additional qualifications in business and entrepreneurship (MBA) and public health (MPH) from UCT. He follows a plant-based lifestyle and is an avid yoga practitioner, ocean swimmer and mountain hiker.

Topic: Veganism/plant-based eating and wellbeing from a medical perspective

Time:13h50 – 14h00*

As well as the expert speakers, local and international chefs appearing at the show are (in alphabetical order):

  • Chris Erasmus – owner and executive chef of Foliage
  • Dion Vengatass – Violet by Vengatass; South African Culinary Olympic team captain.
  • Elisha Madzivadondo – Sunshine Food Co’s founder and microgreen farmer
  • Gaz Oakley – aka the UK’s Avant-Garde Vegan. 
  • Grace Stevens – owner and founder of Grace Stevens
  • Hope Mdakane – winner of the SA Chefs Association/Festive Vegan & Plant Powered Show competition
  • Jason Kosmas – head chef of The Pot Luck Club
  • Jay McNamara – aka Chef Jay Mac of The Kind Kitchen
  • Jenny Morris – aka The Giggling Gourmet, radio and TV personality and chef
  • Luke Dale Roberts – award-winning chef and owner of The Test Kitchen among other restaurants
  • Mia Smith – aka The Green Dietitian
  • Mishkah Gool –in-house chef, brand ambassador and content creator for B-WELL
  • Nicola Kagoro – aka Chef Cola, at the helm of African Vegan on a Budget
  • Pete Ayub – Sense of Taste Chef School
  • Peter Lebese – aka Thee Gintleman, beverage designer and entertainer
  • Simon Toohey –MasterChef Australia contestant

The FVPPS is bringing revolutionary changes to the traditional food and trade show exhibition format. The six-hour event, being held on Saturday, November 28 from 11:00 to 17:00, will be an online interactive event and is a precursor to next year’s Vegan & Plant Powered Shows (VPPS), scheduled to take place in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

Watch the event replays HERE.


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.