Films, cooking demos & kids zone

Come watch some fascinating and insightful films or hear our fabulous collection of cooking demonstrations who will share lots of handy tips on how to cook great vegan food and then getting to try some! We also have a new Kids Zone programme, so perfect for families!


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.

From the Ground Up

A feature documentary film about vegetarian and vegan athletes. What makes up the meat of an athlete? In this feature documentary, former meat-eating college football player, Santino Panico, goes on a journey to rediscover the athlete within—this time as a vegan. As he meets with vegetarian and vegan elite competitors, this story about food and sport expands to confront the social norms and the far-reaching impacts of food choices.

Vegan: Everyday Stories

Vegan: Everyday Stories is a feature-length documentary that explores the lives of four remarkably different people who share a common thread – they’re all vegan. The movie traces the personal journeys of an ultramarathon runner who has overcome addiction to compete in one hundred mile races, a cattle rancher’s wife who creates the first cattle ranch turned farmed animal sanctuary in Texas, a food truck owner cooking up knee-buckling plant-based foods, and an 8-year-old girl who convinces her family of six to go vegan.

Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret

Cowspiracy is a groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary following intrepid filmmaker Kip Andersen as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today – and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it. As eye-opening as Blackfish and as inspiring as An Inconvenient Truth, this shocking yet humorous documentary reveals the absolutely devastating environmental impact large-scale factory farming has on our planet, and offers a path to global sustainability for a growing population.

The Meatrix

A humorous animated tale on today’s dairy and meat production styled on ‘The Matrix’ movie. (4 minutes)

Sweet Belgian waffles with chocolate mousse and Savoury Asian waffles

Kaisori Sundari, Krishna Food

Kaisori’s sweet-toothed friends happily knighted her ‘Dame Dessert’ for being able to miraculously transform lousy days into fantastic days with her irresistible vegan baking! Working at Krishna Food, she is renowned as the creative culinary master for her savoury and sweets delights. Kaisori will be sharing how to make light and fluffy egg-milk-free waffles and creamy chocolate mousse.

Kaisori holds a Bachelors degree in Food Technology and a Level 5 certificate in Hospitality. She has worked in the hospitality industry for the past 8 years in the USA and Russia before settling in New Zealand where she worked at one of Auckland’s top restaurants making vegan desserts, sourdough breads and pastries.

Mastering meaty meatless mince and an eggy scrambled ‘egg’

Barbara Olsen-Henderson, Lemonwood Eatery

Barbara is a mother, grandmother, weaver, potter, home-builder, gardener, cookery demonstrator and café owner. She’s also vegan and has honed 60 years of culinary experience into creating some delicious veganised alternatives to kiwi classic dishes such as curried ‘egg’ sandwiches, ‘mince’ on toast and caramel fudge. Barbara will be running two cookery demonstrations showcasing how she makes her infamous scrambled ‘egg’ and ‘mince’.

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.

Perfecting puffy fluffy eggless pavlova

Claire Ward

Claire is fascinated by vegan food and how to make vegan the foods she loved as a non-vegan. As a busy mum and working professional, Claire chills by spending hours in the kitchen perfecting her vegan cooking techniques to make the perfect cheeses, chikun and desserts such as vegan pavlova complete with marshmallow filling and whipped cream topping. Claire will be sharing some of her culinary secrets with Kapiti Expo attendees and will show you how to make her delicious eggless pavlova.

You can follow Claire on Instagram.

Mac n’ cheese and Arjuna’s Sunday pancakes

Jarrad and Arjuna (aged 7)

Jarrad was born with culinary ambitions in mind that has guided him into becoming an exceptional vegan chef. He’s volunteered for Food for Life Australia for over 7 years, managing catering gigs and cooking divine wholesome cuisine for thousands of people at a time. He is a manager, mentor, business owner, husband and father of two who also enjoy cooking. In fact, his eldest son Arjuna (aged 7) will be joining him in the demonstration.

Meet Arjuna, the youngest chef-to-be at this year’s Vegan Expo! This trainee kitchen-whizz has been in the kitchen since he could crawl and has the same cooking bug as his parents. Arjuna loves whipping up pancakes every Sunday and is excited to be joining his dad at the Expo. This father and son culinary duo will be whipping up two handy and nutritious dishes that every kid loves!

Kids Zone

Proudly hosted and managed by BestStart Montessori Kapiti.

BestStart Montessori Kapiti offers a unique environment where a child has time to explore and grow their wings of independence and happily cater for vegan children.


10am – Colouring competition

– All entries to be submitted by 3pm ( 3.30pm judging)

11:30am – Vegetable and Flower seed planting
2pm – Craft activities

Nature inspired pictures, Hessian sewing and dancing ribbons

3pm – Drawing/painting

Competition Close

3:30pm – Colouring competition winners

About the Vegan Expo

2019 marks the second Vegan Expo in Kapiti. This year promises to be even bigger and better thanks to a massive new marquee. This inspiring, entirely plant-based food and lifestyle is a not-to-be missed event! Bring your friends and see you there.

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About the Vegan Expo

Originally launched in 2007 as the Vegetarian Expo in Christchurch, this inspiring annual food and lifestyle event has continued to demonstrate growth and popularity for the past ten years and is now held nationally.