Cape Town
31 May – 2 June 2024
Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC 2)

Johannesburg
26 July – 28 July 2024
Kyalami International Convention Centre

Vegan has gone mainstream with more people making the decision to follow a plant-based diet and, even if they haven’t given up animal products entirely, more people are exploring plant options and reducing their meat intake for both health and environmental reasons.

Not bad for a movement that started in 1944 when a British woodworker named Donald Watson announced that because vegetarians ate dairy and eggs, he was going to create a new term called “vegan” to describe people who did not use any animal product in their diet.

The Economist labelled 2019 “The Year of the Vegan” so it’s good news that Africa’s first large-scale vegan and plant-based expo – The Plant Powered Show (TPPS) – comes to South Africa this year.

Aimed at those looking to live and enjoy a healthier, more conscious and sustainable lifestyle with a smaller environmental footprint, the two-day event will feature international and local celebrity cooks and chefs presenting live demos, as well as over 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.

Says Heidi Warricker, Chief Executive Officer of TPPS and Live Events, “South Africa is ready for this platform, 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 be taking it nationally.”.

Designed to cater for the whole family, The Plant Powered Show will include The Plant Kitchen – The Celebrity Chefs live cooking theatre which will include top celebrity chefs and cooks in action as they demo fantastic vegan and plant-based dishes.

Another show highlight will be the Plant-Power Talks hosted by leading plant-based food and lifestyle organisation ProVeg International.

The last word to Warricker: “TPPS is an opportunity to sample and even learn to cook, tasty, healthy and sustainable food. Anyone with an interest in food, health, the environment or more conscious living, will benefit from attending the show. It will be a gastronomy festival full of culinary delights – the food is delicious!

“And while the event is largely food and drink focused (including vegan wine and non-alcoholi, guilt-free spirits), there’s also an emphasis on a plant-based lifestyle, sustainable living and integrated wellness merchandise from vegan beauty products to home living and eco-friendly personal accessories. There’s also an exciting yoga zone featuring yoga apparel, accessories, studios and practitioners.”

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