Christchurch timetable

Our January 2022 schedule will have something for everyone! Check back soon for the full line-up.


10am: Expo opens

10am: MUSIC – Piyush, (Indian fusion)

Piyush Misra has been performing in festivals and restaurants for the last 15 years or so. He brings his own loops in keyboards and sings covers and original songs. When singing covers, he sings in his own style.

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

10:30am: MUSIC – Piyush (Indian fusion)

Piyush Misra has been performing in festivals and restaurants for the last 15 years or so. He brings his own loops in keyboards and sings covers and original songs. When singing covers, he sings in his own style.

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.

10:30am: COOKING DEMO – Monika Rastogi: Spinach and kale saag

Spinach and kale saag

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 and spread her love for cooking tasty and healthy Indian cuisine to different ethnicity, kids and 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 and slice vegetables safely, use a pan to make an omelet or saute vegetables, use a blender or microwave safely. Now 6, has already participated in three cooking competitions on his own. Monika believes cooking is an essential life skill that sets children 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.

10:45am: KIDS ZONE – Mask making

Mask making

Hosted by Emma

11am: MUSIC – Soul Star Tribe

Soul Star Tribe – Tribal Belly Dance Collective includes people of all ages, backgrounds, genders, and fitness levels drawn together by their enthusiasm for belly dance.

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

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.”

11:30am: MUSIC – Angelfish (Ukelele)

Anne and Sarah from Angelfish will be joined by their multi-talented musical friend Andy at the Vegan Expo this year! They are looking forward to playing some catchy, upbeat tunes for you.

11:30am: COOKING DEMO – Dr Xiaoli (Lilly) Zhao: Chickpea pancake wrap

Chickpea pancake wrap

DR XIAOLI (LILLY) ZHAO, PURE LIVING NETWORK

After completing her plant-based protein study as a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at Lincoln University in 2021, Lilly founded Pure Living Network – a platform for engagement and education that aims to transform people’s lifestyles to plant-based diets. Pure Living Network provides cooking demonstrations, seminars, and workshops activities. Dr Zhao also collaborates with international scholars on several projects related to plant-based diets and wellbeing.

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: TALK – Sophie Weenink: Healthy vegan living at all ages

Healthy vegan living at all ages

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: MUSIC – Pavlova Paradise (pop)

Pavlova Paradise, a.k.a. James and Anna Cull, are a husband and wife duo from Christchurch who met in a band in the 1990s and have been performing together at restaurants and bars, festivals and markets ever since. They play a diverse range of popular and quirky songs from the 1960s to the present, as well as their own originals.

12:15pm: KIDS ZONE – Face painting

Face painting

Hosted by Kara

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 – Soul Star Tribe

Soul Star Tribe – Tribal Belly Dance Collective includes people of all ages, backgrounds, genders, and fitness levels drawn together by their enthusiasm for belly dance.

12:30pm: COOKING DEMO – Yolanda Soryl: Vanilla cupcakes with strawberry jam filling

12:30pm: COOKING DEMO – Yolanda Soryl: Vanilla cupcakes with strawberry jam filling

Yolanda Soryl estimates she has baked more than 10,000 vegan cupcakes in her time. She makes them for family, friends, celebrations, potlucks, fundraisers and for fun. A huge baking fan, she spends far too much time watching baking shows, following vegan bakers and reading baking cookbooks.

Yolanda compiled the CVS ‘Icing on the Quake’ cookbook and demonstrated baking from it on the Morning TV show. This recipe is from that book (which you can get from the Christchurch Vegan Society online store), but she is zhushing it up with the jam to make it even more delicious.

12:45pm: 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.

1pm: MUSIC – Angelfish (Ukelele)

Anne and Sarah from Angelfish will be joined by their multi-talented musical friend Andy at the Vegan Expo this year! They are looking forward to playing some catchy, upbeat tunes for you.

1.30pm: MUSIC – Pavlova Paradise (Pop)

Pavlova Paradise, a.k.a. James and Anna Cull, are a husband and wife duo from Christchurch who met in a band in the 1990s and have been performing together at restaurants and bars, festivals and markets ever since. They play a diverse range of popular and quirky songs from the 1960s to the present, as well as their own originals.

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 – Science experiments

Science experiments

Presented by Tess

1:30pm: COOKING DEMO – Tom Riley: Summer greens (everything) pesto

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 Summer greens (everything) pesto.

With the abundance of summer greens this recipe is great guide to making pesto and avoiding buying the very expensive supermarket stuff.

 

1.30pm: TALK – Yolanda Soryl: 30+ years a vegan – A survivor’s tale

Yolanda Soryl recently celebrated her 30th anniversary of going vegan. Join her on an entertaining look back on 30 years of veganism and what it takes to go vegan and stay vegan. Yolanda will share tips, vegan history and stories and will take a humorous look at being vegan at a time when even the vegans didn’t know how to pronounce the word.
About Yolanda:
Yolanda Soryl is a butcher’s daughter who went vegetarian aged 18, vegan at 26 and raised her four children from birth to adulthood as vegan too. She is a founder and president of the Christchurch Vegan Society – Te Rōpū Whēkana o Ōtautahi. Yolanda has created resources, groups, organised events such as the Christchurch Vegan Expos, Vegan Triathlons, Vegan Film Festivals, Vegan Camps and written and spoken on vegan issues both in NZ and internationally.

2pm: MUSIC – Piyush, (Indian fusion)

Piyush Misra has been performing in festivals and restaurants for the last 15 years or so. He brings his own loops in keyboards and sings covers and original songs. When singing covers, he sings in his own style.

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.

2.30pm: MUSIC – Soul Star Tribe (belly dance)

Soul Star Tribe – Tribal Belly Dance Collective includes people of all ages, backgrounds, genders, and fitness levels drawn together by their enthusiasm for belly dance.

2:30pm: COOKING DEMO – Frances Young: Poor Wise Vegan

Poor Wise Vegan

Frances Young

Frances focuses on empowering wellbeing eating without barriers. Her demonstration will be a super simple nutrition check-in and vegan cooking demo for newbies and budgeters. Think one-pot wonders with tastings and recipe cards with nutritional information to take away.

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: MUSIC – Piyush (Indian fusion)

Piyush Misra has been performing in festivals and restaurants for the last 15 years or so. He brings his own loops in keyboards and sings covers and original songs. When singing covers, he sings in his own style.

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

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.

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.”

12pm: TALK – Sophie Weenink: Healthy vegan living at all ages

Healthy vegan living at all ages

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.

12:45pm: 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.

1.30pm: TALK – Yolanda Soryl: 30+ years a vegan – A survivor’s tale

Yolanda Soryl recently celebrated her 30th anniversary of going vegan. Join her on an entertaining look back on 30 years of veganism and what it takes to go vegan and stay vegan. Yolanda will share tips, vegan history and stories and will take a humorous look at being vegan at a time when even the vegans didn’t know how to pronounce the word.
About Yolanda:
Yolanda Soryl is a butcher’s daughter who went vegetarian aged 18, vegan at 26 and raised her four children from birth to adulthood as vegan too. She is a founder and president of the Christchurch Vegan Society – Te Rōpū Whēkana o Ōtautahi. Yolanda has created resources, groups, organised events such as the Christchurch Vegan Expos, Vegan Triathlons, Vegan Film Festivals, Vegan Camps and written and spoken on vegan issues both in NZ and internationally.

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)

Piyush Misra has been performing in festivals and restaurants for the last 15 years or so. He brings his own loops in keyboards and sings covers and original songs. When singing covers, he sings in his own style.

10:30am: MUSIC – Piyush (Indian fusion)

Piyush Misra has been performing in festivals and restaurants for the last 15 years or so. He brings his own loops in keyboards and sings covers and original songs. When singing covers, he sings in his own style.

11am: MUSIC – Soul Star Tribe

Soul Star Tribe – Tribal Belly Dance Collective includes people of all ages, backgrounds, genders, and fitness levels drawn together by their enthusiasm for belly dance.

11:30am: MUSIC – Angelfish (Ukelele)

Anne and Sarah from Angelfish will be joined by their multi-talented musical friend Andy at the Vegan Expo this year! They are looking forward to playing some catchy, upbeat tunes for you.

12pm: MUSIC – Pavlova Paradise (pop)

Pavlova Paradise, a.k.a. James and Anna Cull, are a husband and wife duo from Christchurch who met in a band in the 1990s and have been performing together at restaurants and bars, festivals and markets ever since. They play a diverse range of popular and quirky songs from the 1960s to the present, as well as their own originals.

12.30pm: MUSIC – Soul Star Tribe

Soul Star Tribe – Tribal Belly Dance Collective includes people of all ages, backgrounds, genders, and fitness levels drawn together by their enthusiasm for belly dance.

1pm: MUSIC – Angelfish (Ukelele)

Anne and Sarah from Angelfish will be joined by their multi-talented musical friend Andy at the Vegan Expo this year! They are looking forward to playing some catchy, upbeat tunes for you.

1.30pm: MUSIC – Pavlova Paradise (Pop)

Pavlova Paradise, a.k.a. James and Anna Cull, are a husband and wife duo from Christchurch who met in a band in the 1990s and have been performing together at restaurants and bars, festivals and markets ever since. They play a diverse range of popular and quirky songs from the 1960s to the present, as well as their own originals.

2pm: MUSIC – Piyush, (Indian fusion)

Piyush Misra has been performing in festivals and restaurants for the last 15 years or so. He brings his own loops in keyboards and sings covers and original songs. When singing covers, he sings in his own style.

2.30pm: MUSIC – Soul Star Tribe (belly dance)

Soul Star Tribe – Tribal Belly Dance Collective includes people of all ages, backgrounds, genders, and fitness levels drawn together by their enthusiasm for belly dance.

3pm: MUSIC – Piyush (Indian fusion)

Piyush Misra has been performing in festivals and restaurants for the last 15 years or so. He brings his own loops in keyboards and sings covers and original songs. When singing covers, he sings in his own style.

4pm: Expo closes

10am: Expo opens

10:30am: COOKING DEMO – Monika Rastogi: Spinach and kale saag

Spinach and kale saag

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 and spread her love for cooking tasty and healthy Indian cuisine to different ethnicity, kids and 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 and slice vegetables safely, use a pan to make an omelet or saute vegetables, use a blender or microwave safely. Now 6, has already participated in three cooking competitions on his own. Monika believes cooking is an essential life skill that sets children 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 – Dr Xiaoli (Lilly) Zhao: Chickpea pancake wrap

Chickpea pancake wrap

DR XIAOLI (LILLY) ZHAO, PURE LIVING NETWORK

After completing her plant-based protein study as a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at Lincoln University in 2021, Lilly founded Pure Living Network – a platform for engagement and education that aims to transform people’s lifestyles to plant-based diets. Pure Living Network provides cooking demonstrations, seminars, and workshops activities. Dr Zhao also collaborates with international scholars on several projects related to plant-based diets and wellbeing.

12:30pm: COOKING DEMO – Yolanda Soryl: Vanilla cupcakes with strawberry jam filling

12:30pm: COOKING DEMO – Yolanda Soryl: Vanilla cupcakes with strawberry jam filling

Yolanda Soryl estimates she has baked more than 10,000 vegan cupcakes in her time. She makes them for family, friends, celebrations, potlucks, fundraisers and for fun. A huge baking fan, she spends far too much time watching baking shows, following vegan bakers and reading baking cookbooks.

Yolanda compiled the CVS ‘Icing on the Quake’ cookbook and demonstrated baking from it on the Morning TV show. This recipe is from that book (which you can get from the Christchurch Vegan Society online store), but she is zhushing it up with the jam to make it even more delicious.

1:30pm: COOKING DEMO – Tom Riley: Summer greens (everything) pesto

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 Summer greens (everything) pesto.

With the abundance of summer greens this recipe is great guide to making pesto and avoiding buying the very expensive supermarket stuff.

 

2:30pm: COOKING DEMO – Frances Young: Poor Wise Vegan

Poor Wise Vegan

Frances Young

Frances focuses on empowering wellbeing eating without barriers. Her demonstration will be a super simple nutrition check-in and vegan cooking demo for newbies and budgeters. Think one-pot wonders with tastings and recipe cards with nutritional information to take away.

4pm: Expo closes

10am: Expo opens

10:45am: KIDS ZONE – Mask making

Mask making

Hosted by Emma

12:15pm: KIDS ZONE – Face painting

Face painting

Hosted by Kara

1:30pm: KIDS ZONE – Science experiments

Science experiments

Presented by Tess

4pm: Expo closes


Date

  Sunday, 23 January 2022

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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