Christchurch timetable

Our 2020 schedule had something for everyone! Check back soon to see what will be on offer in 2021.


10am: Expo opens

10am: MUSIC – Piyush, (Indian fusion)

10:15am: FILM – PlantPure Nation (99 mins)

PlantPure Nation

The documentary film PlantPure Nation tells the story of three people on a quest to spread the message of one of the most important health breakthroughs of all time.

WATCH TRAILER

11.15am: TALK – Sharlene Wilson: Meet the Animals

Meet the animals

Sharlene Wilson, Canterbury Tails Animal Rescue founder

Canterbury Tails is an animal rescue and sanctuary in North Canterbury. It all started when Sharlene was contacted about a much-loved pet pig who had outgrown his home and sadly there were very few options for him. It was then that Sharlene realised how at risk these unconventional pets are. Paul now lives with Sharlene at Canterbury Tails.

The rescue, which became a registered charity in 2020, now helps other unconventional pets and abandoned animals find safe forever homes.
Sharlene share stories of the animals she meets to show that these “pets” are no different than the animals people eat.

“I’m passionate about animals and education. As we rescue and rehome more and more animals I’m concentrating on education and telling the stories of the animals we’ve met,” Sharlene says.

“Creating awareness is the key to reducing the suffering of animals. Every animal is an individual.”

10:30am: COOKING DEMO – Monika Rastogi: Potato fritters and chutneys

Potato and onion fritters with chutneys

Monika Rastogi

Monika Rastogi is a foodie at heart and has been a vegetarian since birth. She has lived in Bangladesh, China and now NZ is her home. She likes to teach & spread her love for cooking tasty & healthy Indian cuisine to different ethnicity, kids & adults of all ages. She runs her Indian cooking classes from the comfort of her home with warm hospitality  – making everyone feel comfortable.

Monika is an experienced teacher and very good with kids. Since her son was 4 years old, she has been teaching him cooking, how to peel & slice vegetables safely, use a pan to make an omelet or saute vegetables, use a blender or microwave safely. At age 6 now, he has already participated in 3 cooking competitions on his own. Monika believes cooking is an essential life skill and it sets them up for a healthy lifestyle from a young age. She regularly runs classes where anyone can come and experience what she has to offer. Children’s classes are led by her son, Rayaan.

10:30am: MUSIC – Oriana Setz (originals)

12.45pm: TALK – Tara Jackson: The connection between exploiting animals for food and animal testing

The connection between exploiting animals for food and animal testing

Tara Jackson (Kāti Māmoe), New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society Executive Director

Tara has worked for NZAVS for six years now and has extensive knowledge of the animal experimentation industry. NZAVS is a non-profit organisation that campaigns to end animal experimentation and defend the animals used in science in Aotearoa.

Tara is also the founder of the popular online resource A Guide to Vegan, where she spends her spare time promoting vegan-friendly products, recipes and restaurants to make veganism easier for people living in Aotearoa. She has been vegan for about eight years and was vegetarian for many years before that.

11am: KIDS ZONE – Fruit and Vegetable Kebabs

Fruit and Vegetable Kebabs

Hosted by Annita

11am: FILM – Immi the Vegan (60 mins)

Immi the Vegan

A New Zealand vegan and plant-based rom-com musical comedy 7 part series. Immi the Vegan creates vegan videos and shares vegan content that she’s found, and hopes people will find useful! Travel vlogs, comedy, and cooking!

Watch the trailer

11am: MUSIC – Soul Star Tribe (belly dance)

11:30am: COOKING DEMO – Flip Grater: Seitan and how to use in a meal

Seitan and how to use in a meal

Flip Grater

Flip Grater has been dedicated to making delicious vegan food for upwards of two decades, as well as writing about it in travel and cooking journals and her vegan cooking and parenting blog. While not cooking she has pursued a successful career as a singer/songwriter, with five albums under her belt and multiple international tours. She has two travel cookbooks out – The Cookbook Tour & The Cookbook Tour Europe, and owns and operates Grater Goods vegan deli with her husband Youssef.

11:30am: MUSIC – Angelfish (Ukelele)

12pm – Healthy vegan living at all ages

12pm – Healthy vegan living at all ages

Sophie Weenink

Sophie Weenink is a teenage vegan from Nelson who has a passion for helping animals, people and the environment. Sophie will speak about how easy it is to live a healthy vegan lifestyle and the many reasons why we should choose a cruelty free way of life. She hopes to teach families that being vegan is a positive move for their health – regardless of age. You can find out more about Sophie on her Facebook and Instagram pages called Ecogirl NZ.

“I know I will be vegan for the animals for the rest of my life,” she says.

12pm: Mother’s Milk (8 mins)

Mother’s Milk

A short movie by the New Zealand Broadcasting School on a young families dairy farm and their awakening to the realities of the relationship of a mother’s calf and her mother’s milk. Jessica tells her story of her journey out of dairy farming.

12pm: MUSIC – Paul (rock)

12pm: KIDS ZONE – Hula hoop workshop and interactive games

Hula hoop workshop and interactive games

Hosted by Strawberry Fairy (Note: suitable for children aged over 3.5 years)

12:15pm: COOKING DEMO – Barbara Olsen-Henderson: Christmas trifle

Christmas trifle

Barbara Olsen-Henderson

For nearly 25 years, Barbara has donned a professional apron and been at the center of hospitality and wholesome catering. She is so passionate about cooking that she has owned and operated three highly successful eateries. Today, she proudly serves up a wondrous collection of entirely plant-based wonders from her cozy bohemian-styled café, the Lemonwood Eatery in the heart of the seaside village of Oakura. Barbara will be running two cookery demonstrations showcasing how she makes a vegan Victoria sponge and a delicious Christmas trifle.

12:15pm: FILM – Kindred Creatures (69 mins)

Kindred Creatures

Kindred Creatures is a feature length documentary exploring the ways of life of the animals used in animal agriculture. The documentary explores these animals’ personalities, the bonds they share with humans, and impactful stories of their rescue. Kindred Creatures also highlights farm animal sanctuaries and the wonderful work they do to help victims of animal agriculture and neglect. We touch on animal activism and why this is important, Tom Regan’s animal rights philosophy, and the importance and beauty of a vegan diet.

Watch the trailer

12:30pm: MUSIC – Pavlova Paradise (pop)

1pm: COOKING DEMO – Barbara Olsen-Henderson: Victoria sponge

Victoria sponge

Barbara Olsen-Henderson

For nearly 25 years, Barbara has donned a professional apron and been at the center of hospitality and wholesome catering. She is so passionate about cooking that she has owned and operated three highly successful eateries. Today, she proudly serves up a wondrous collection of entirely plant-based wonders from her cozy bohemian-styled café, the Lemonwood Eatery in the heart of the seaside village of Oakura. Barbara will be running two cookery demonstrations showcasing how she makes a vegan Victoria sponge and a delicious Christmas trifle.

1pm: MUSIC – Richard (pop)

10.30am: TALK – Jessica Strathdee, From dairy farm worker to animal rights activist

From dairy farm worker to animal rights activist

Former dairy farm worker Jessica Strathdee will talk about her experiences as a dairy farmer and her consequent journey to being an animal rights activist. Whilst the dairy industry likes to paint a picture of idyllic farm life, Jess will talk from first-hand experience about the systemic abusive farming practices necessary to participate within the dairy industry which led her and her partner to leave it and to educate the public about the horrific realities of Aotearoa’s dairy industry.

1:30pm: FILM – Carnage: Swallowing The Past (65 mins)

Carnage

It’s 2067, the UK is vegan, but older generations are suffering the guilt of their carnivorous past. Featuring Martin Freeman and Joanna Lumley, Carnage is the world’s first vegan science-fiction, comedy movie created for the BBC. Simon Amstell asks us to forgive them for the horrors of what they swallowed in the hilarious mockumentary.

 

WATCH TRAILER

CHECK OUT AN INSIGHTFUL REVIEW

1:30pm: KIDS ZONE – Necklace and Bracelet making

Necklace and Bracelet making

Presented by Sonya

1:45pm: COOKING DEMO – Tom Riley: North American seven layer dip

Green Dinner Table

Tom Riley

Born and raised right here in Christchurch, Tom Riley became interested in the chef’s life after reading Orwell’s prolific Down and Out in Paris and London. Tom was educated at Ara (formerly CPIT), yet it was at home that Tom learnt a lot about plant-based cuisine thanks to his steadfastly vegan wife.

Starting as a dishwasher in Christchurch, he worked his way up through various roles in the kitchens of Sydney and Edinburgh before leading a team of his own at one of the busiest cafes in Toronto. He now runs Green Dinner Table, an all-vegan meal service based in Christchurch. Inspired by ingredients and techniques, Tom is passionate about sharing his love for good food with anyone lucky enough to taste what he’s prepared.

Tom will be making the classic North American seven layer dip.

Refried beans
Cashew cheese sauce
Salsa
Guacamole
Lettuce and radish
Olives and chili
Plus one bonus layer
Perfect party food, it’s served cold so great to make ahead. Traditionally served while watching sports (but you can make it for any occasion).

 

1.30pm: TALK – Dr Martyn Williamson: Make your vegan diet your best medicine

Make your vegan diet your best medicine

Dr Martyn Williamson

Dr Martyn Williamson moved to New Zealand from the UK in 1986. He has spent the last 35 years in rural general practice, mixing this with a teaching and research role at Dunedin School of Medicine.

He has always been passionate about helping people thrive, and over the last five years has turned his focus to helping people prevent, reverse and cure their chronic illnesses. He and his wife Liz were nominated plant-based practitioners of the year for 2019 and in 2020 they both obtained an international certification in Lifestyle Medicine.

Martyn is committed to raising awareness about the power of whole food plant-based nutrition to treat disease, so people have a choice to regain some control over their health.

2pm: MUSIC – Soul Star Tribe (belly dance)

2:30pm: COOKING DEMO – Darren Patterson: Vegan Crunchy

Vegan Crunchy

Darren Patterson

Darren has been vegan for 30 years and loves to cook. He lives with a family of vegans, his wife Melanie, who runs fast over great distances and two boys, who are full of life and curiosity.

2:30pm: MUSIC – Piyush, (Indian fusion)

2:40pm: FILM – 73 Cows (15 mins)

73 Cows

The story of Jay Wilde, the first farmer in the UK to trade beef farming for sustainable organic vegan farming, giving up his entire herd of cattle in the process.

 

Watch the Trailer

2:15pm: TALK – Dr Anthony Raizis: Climate in crisis: What difference would a vegan diet make?

Climate in crisis: What difference would a vegan diet make?

Dr Anthony Raizis

Globally, atmospheric carbon dioxide is increasing at the rate of ~2.5ppm per year. Actions that are most likely to have the biggest effect in reducing emissions or increasing sequestration will be discussed along with the greenhouse gas efficiencies of different food groups.

Dr Anthony Raizis received his PhD at Otago University. His research interests are in cancer genetics research and diagnostics, the molecular mechanisms associated with the onset of cancer, genetic diseases, nutrition and ageing. Dr Raizis also has a keen interest in environmental issues, and sustainability. Dr Raizis has spoken at the Vegan Expo before on the clash of neo-liberal capitalism and environmentalism, and about identifying fuels for cancer and cancer prevention.

3pm: MUSIC – Chick Peas (music comedy)

3pm: FILM – Let us be Heroes – The True Cost of our Food Choices (41 mins)

Let us be Heroes – The True Cost of our Food Choices

We all want to be healthy. We all want to protect the planet and we all want to be kind. Yet today we are facing a health crisis, an environmental crisis and an ethical crisis affecting people and the economy. How much difference can one person make? Let us be Heroes explores the impact of our food and lifestyle choices on our health, our home planet and our values with athletes, digital, food and fashion entrepreneurs, a public speaker and an ocean warrior fighting to protect people, planet and animals.

 

Is it possible that we humans as a species have been eating the wrong foods? Despite the longevity evidence of some population, the impact of animal agriculture on the planet and our moral conflict when it comes to animals, the answer today is met with resistance. The film shares inspiring stories of every day people who decided to adopt a more conscious and responsible lifestyle for their health, for our home planet and for the animals and inspire others with their work and mission. Is it time we all join a global movement of awakening?

 

WATCH TRAILER

4pm: Expo closes

10am: Expo opens

11.15am: TALK – Sharlene Wilson: Meet the Animals

Meet the animals

Sharlene Wilson, Canterbury Tails Animal Rescue founder

Canterbury Tails is an animal rescue and sanctuary in North Canterbury. It all started when Sharlene was contacted about a much-loved pet pig who had outgrown his home and sadly there were very few options for him. It was then that Sharlene realised how at risk these unconventional pets are. Paul now lives with Sharlene at Canterbury Tails.

The rescue, which became a registered charity in 2020, now helps other unconventional pets and abandoned animals find safe forever homes.
Sharlene share stories of the animals she meets to show that these “pets” are no different than the animals people eat.

“I’m passionate about animals and education. As we rescue and rehome more and more animals I’m concentrating on education and telling the stories of the animals we’ve met,” Sharlene says.

“Creating awareness is the key to reducing the suffering of animals. Every animal is an individual.”

12.45pm: TALK – Tara Jackson: The connection between exploiting animals for food and animal testing

The connection between exploiting animals for food and animal testing

Tara Jackson (Kāti Māmoe), New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society Executive Director

Tara has worked for NZAVS for six years now and has extensive knowledge of the animal experimentation industry. NZAVS is a non-profit organisation that campaigns to end animal experimentation and defend the animals used in science in Aotearoa.

Tara is also the founder of the popular online resource A Guide to Vegan, where she spends her spare time promoting vegan-friendly products, recipes and restaurants to make veganism easier for people living in Aotearoa. She has been vegan for about eight years and was vegetarian for many years before that.

12pm – Healthy vegan living at all ages

12pm – Healthy vegan living at all ages

Sophie Weenink

Sophie Weenink is a teenage vegan from Nelson who has a passion for helping animals, people and the environment. Sophie will speak about how easy it is to live a healthy vegan lifestyle and the many reasons why we should choose a cruelty free way of life. She hopes to teach families that being vegan is a positive move for their health – regardless of age. You can find out more about Sophie on her Facebook and Instagram pages called Ecogirl NZ.

“I know I will be vegan for the animals for the rest of my life,” she says.

10.30am: TALK – Jessica Strathdee, From dairy farm worker to animal rights activist

From dairy farm worker to animal rights activist

Former dairy farm worker Jessica Strathdee will talk about her experiences as a dairy farmer and her consequent journey to being an animal rights activist. Whilst the dairy industry likes to paint a picture of idyllic farm life, Jess will talk from first-hand experience about the systemic abusive farming practices necessary to participate within the dairy industry which led her and her partner to leave it and to educate the public about the horrific realities of Aotearoa’s dairy industry.

1.30pm: TALK – Dr Martyn Williamson: Make your vegan diet your best medicine

Make your vegan diet your best medicine

Dr Martyn Williamson

Dr Martyn Williamson moved to New Zealand from the UK in 1986. He has spent the last 35 years in rural general practice, mixing this with a teaching and research role at Dunedin School of Medicine.

He has always been passionate about helping people thrive, and over the last five years has turned his focus to helping people prevent, reverse and cure their chronic illnesses. He and his wife Liz were nominated plant-based practitioners of the year for 2019 and in 2020 they both obtained an international certification in Lifestyle Medicine.

Martyn is committed to raising awareness about the power of whole food plant-based nutrition to treat disease, so people have a choice to regain some control over their health.

2:15pm: TALK – Dr Anthony Raizis: Climate in crisis: What difference would a vegan diet make?

Climate in crisis: What difference would a vegan diet make?

Dr Anthony Raizis

Globally, atmospheric carbon dioxide is increasing at the rate of ~2.5ppm per year. Actions that are most likely to have the biggest effect in reducing emissions or increasing sequestration will be discussed along with the greenhouse gas efficiencies of different food groups.

Dr Anthony Raizis received his PhD at Otago University. His research interests are in cancer genetics research and diagnostics, the molecular mechanisms associated with the onset of cancer, genetic diseases, nutrition and ageing. Dr Raizis also has a keen interest in environmental issues, and sustainability. Dr Raizis has spoken at the Vegan Expo before on the clash of neo-liberal capitalism and environmentalism, and about identifying fuels for cancer and cancer prevention.

4pm: Expo closes

10am: Expo opens

10:15am: FILM – PlantPure Nation (99 mins)

PlantPure Nation

The documentary film PlantPure Nation tells the story of three people on a quest to spread the message of one of the most important health breakthroughs of all time.

WATCH TRAILER

11am: FILM – Immi the Vegan (60 mins)

Immi the Vegan

A New Zealand vegan and plant-based rom-com musical comedy 7 part series. Immi the Vegan creates vegan videos and shares vegan content that she’s found, and hopes people will find useful! Travel vlogs, comedy, and cooking!

Watch the trailer

12pm: Mother’s Milk (8 mins)

Mother’s Milk

A short movie by the New Zealand Broadcasting School on a young families dairy farm and their awakening to the realities of the relationship of a mother’s calf and her mother’s milk. Jessica tells her story of her journey out of dairy farming.

12:15pm: FILM – Kindred Creatures (69 mins)

Kindred Creatures

Kindred Creatures is a feature length documentary exploring the ways of life of the animals used in animal agriculture. The documentary explores these animals’ personalities, the bonds they share with humans, and impactful stories of their rescue. Kindred Creatures also highlights farm animal sanctuaries and the wonderful work they do to help victims of animal agriculture and neglect. We touch on animal activism and why this is important, Tom Regan’s animal rights philosophy, and the importance and beauty of a vegan diet.

Watch the trailer

1:30pm: FILM – Carnage: Swallowing The Past (65 mins)

Carnage

It’s 2067, the UK is vegan, but older generations are suffering the guilt of their carnivorous past. Featuring Martin Freeman and Joanna Lumley, Carnage is the world’s first vegan science-fiction, comedy movie created for the BBC. Simon Amstell asks us to forgive them for the horrors of what they swallowed in the hilarious mockumentary.

 

WATCH TRAILER

CHECK OUT AN INSIGHTFUL REVIEW

2:40pm: FILM – 73 Cows (15 mins)

73 Cows

The story of Jay Wilde, the first farmer in the UK to trade beef farming for sustainable organic vegan farming, giving up his entire herd of cattle in the process.

 

Watch the Trailer

3pm: FILM – Let us be Heroes – The True Cost of our Food Choices (41 mins)

Let us be Heroes – The True Cost of our Food Choices

We all want to be healthy. We all want to protect the planet and we all want to be kind. Yet today we are facing a health crisis, an environmental crisis and an ethical crisis affecting people and the economy. How much difference can one person make? Let us be Heroes explores the impact of our food and lifestyle choices on our health, our home planet and our values with athletes, digital, food and fashion entrepreneurs, a public speaker and an ocean warrior fighting to protect people, planet and animals.

 

Is it possible that we humans as a species have been eating the wrong foods? Despite the longevity evidence of some population, the impact of animal agriculture on the planet and our moral conflict when it comes to animals, the answer today is met with resistance. The film shares inspiring stories of every day people who decided to adopt a more conscious and responsible lifestyle for their health, for our home planet and for the animals and inspire others with their work and mission. Is it time we all join a global movement of awakening?

 

WATCH TRAILER

4pm: Expo closes

10am: Expo opens

10am: MUSIC – Piyush, (Indian fusion)

10:30am: MUSIC – Oriana Setz (originals)

11am: MUSIC – Soul Star Tribe (belly dance)

11:30am: MUSIC – Angelfish (Ukelele)

12pm: MUSIC – Paul (rock)

12:30pm: MUSIC – Pavlova Paradise (pop)

1pm: MUSIC – Richard (pop)

2pm: MUSIC – Soul Star Tribe (belly dance)

2:30pm: MUSIC – Piyush, (Indian fusion)

3pm: MUSIC – Chick Peas (music comedy)

4pm: Expo closes

10am: Expo opens

10:30am: COOKING DEMO – Monika Rastogi: Potato fritters and chutneys

Potato and onion fritters with chutneys

Monika Rastogi

Monika Rastogi is a foodie at heart and has been a vegetarian since birth. She has lived in Bangladesh, China and now NZ is her home. She likes to teach & spread her love for cooking tasty & healthy Indian cuisine to different ethnicity, kids & adults of all ages. She runs her Indian cooking classes from the comfort of her home with warm hospitality  – making everyone feel comfortable.

Monika is an experienced teacher and very good with kids. Since her son was 4 years old, she has been teaching him cooking, how to peel & slice vegetables safely, use a pan to make an omelet or saute vegetables, use a blender or microwave safely. At age 6 now, he has already participated in 3 cooking competitions on his own. Monika believes cooking is an essential life skill and it sets them up for a healthy lifestyle from a young age. She regularly runs classes where anyone can come and experience what she has to offer. Children’s classes are led by her son, Rayaan.

11:30am: COOKING DEMO – Flip Grater: Seitan and how to use in a meal

Seitan and how to use in a meal

Flip Grater

Flip Grater has been dedicated to making delicious vegan food for upwards of two decades, as well as writing about it in travel and cooking journals and her vegan cooking and parenting blog. While not cooking she has pursued a successful career as a singer/songwriter, with five albums under her belt and multiple international tours. She has two travel cookbooks out – The Cookbook Tour & The Cookbook Tour Europe, and owns and operates Grater Goods vegan deli with her husband Youssef.

12:15pm: COOKING DEMO – Barbara Olsen-Henderson: Christmas trifle

Christmas trifle

Barbara Olsen-Henderson

For nearly 25 years, Barbara has donned a professional apron and been at the center of hospitality and wholesome catering. She is so passionate about cooking that she has owned and operated three highly successful eateries. Today, she proudly serves up a wondrous collection of entirely plant-based wonders from her cozy bohemian-styled café, the Lemonwood Eatery in the heart of the seaside village of Oakura. Barbara will be running two cookery demonstrations showcasing how she makes a vegan Victoria sponge and a delicious Christmas trifle.

1pm: COOKING DEMO – Barbara Olsen-Henderson: Victoria sponge

Victoria sponge

Barbara Olsen-Henderson

For nearly 25 years, Barbara has donned a professional apron and been at the center of hospitality and wholesome catering. She is so passionate about cooking that she has owned and operated three highly successful eateries. Today, she proudly serves up a wondrous collection of entirely plant-based wonders from her cozy bohemian-styled café, the Lemonwood Eatery in the heart of the seaside village of Oakura. Barbara will be running two cookery demonstrations showcasing how she makes a vegan Victoria sponge and a delicious Christmas trifle.

1:45pm: COOKING DEMO – Tom Riley: North American seven layer dip

Green Dinner Table

Tom Riley

Born and raised right here in Christchurch, Tom Riley became interested in the chef’s life after reading Orwell’s prolific Down and Out in Paris and London. Tom was educated at Ara (formerly CPIT), yet it was at home that Tom learnt a lot about plant-based cuisine thanks to his steadfastly vegan wife.

Starting as a dishwasher in Christchurch, he worked his way up through various roles in the kitchens of Sydney and Edinburgh before leading a team of his own at one of the busiest cafes in Toronto. He now runs Green Dinner Table, an all-vegan meal service based in Christchurch. Inspired by ingredients and techniques, Tom is passionate about sharing his love for good food with anyone lucky enough to taste what he’s prepared.

Tom will be making the classic North American seven layer dip.

Refried beans
Cashew cheese sauce
Salsa
Guacamole
Lettuce and radish
Olives and chili
Plus one bonus layer
Perfect party food, it’s served cold so great to make ahead. Traditionally served while watching sports (but you can make it for any occasion).

 

2:30pm: COOKING DEMO – Darren Patterson: Vegan Crunchy

Vegan Crunchy

Darren Patterson

Darren has been vegan for 30 years and loves to cook. He lives with a family of vegans, his wife Melanie, who runs fast over great distances and two boys, who are full of life and curiosity.

4pm: Expo closes

10am: Expo opens

11am: KIDS ZONE – Fruit and Vegetable Kebabs

Fruit and Vegetable Kebabs

Hosted by Annita

12pm: KIDS ZONE – Hula hoop workshop and interactive games

Hula hoop workshop and interactive games

Hosted by Strawberry Fairy (Note: suitable for children aged over 3.5 years)

1:30pm: KIDS ZONE – Necklace and Bracelet making

Necklace and Bracelet making

Presented by Sonya

4pm: Expo closes


Date

  Sunday, 7 November 2021

Time

  10am – 4pm

Cost

  Door sales: $6. Online tickets: $5
Children 12 years and under free!

Location

  Haere-roa, University of Canterbury, 90 Ilam Road, Christchurch

Access

  Wheelchair access available

Parking

  Ample free car parking


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