Kapiti timetable

Our 2018 Expo held in August included the following.


10AM: Expo opens

10:00am: FILM – Get Vegucated (77 minutes)

Get Vegucated

Vegucated is a guerrilla-style documentary released in 2011, that follows three meat- and cheese-loving New Yorkers from different backgrounds who, for six weeks, adopt a vegan diet and a whole new way of thinking about food. It received the Best documentary at Toronto Independent Film Festival and Best food issue film at the Cinema Verde Environmental Film & Arts Festival.

 

WATCH TRAILER

11:00am: TALK – Asha Surrey: Life changing habits to improve your health and vitality

Turning healthy choices into embedded daily habits

Asha Surrey is passionate about researching and implementing habits that promote health and vitality. Asha will provide a potentially life-changing presentation sharing her knowledge of how to take your health and lifestyle habits to the next level. Asha will help with the next steps towards better health and discuss incorporating them as part of your daily routine.

11:00am: COOKING DEMO – Claire Ward: Making vegan cheese

Making vegan cheese at home

Claire Ward 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 an easy and delicious vegan cheese. You can follow Claire on Instagram.

 

11:45am: TALK – Krysta Neve: Eating with Kindness

Eat Kind Programme

Krysta Neve is the cooordinator of The Eating with Kindness programme at SAFE (Save Animals From Exploitation). Her talk is an introduction to a vegan diet that details the benefits to animals, the planet and our health. SAFE aims to make significant improvements to the lives of animals by raising awareness, challenging cruel practices, changing attitudes and fostering compassion so that they are no longer exploited or abused by humans.

11:45am: COOKING DEMO – Gaura Mantra: Crispy Mexican bean tortilla wrap and Mexican soup!

Crispy Mexican bean tortilla wrap and Mexican soup!

Gaura Mantra was 18 years old when she decided to become a vegetarian, and started attending vegetarian and vegan cooking classes in her home town in Siberia, Russia. After being invited to teach and cook at Urban Yoga studio in Melbourne, Gaura became a yoga and pilates teacher as well as a cook for the studio, running various cooking classes and demonstrations, cooking retreats and caterings during her five year stay. She even got the chance to be trained by one of Australia’s top vegetarian chefs, Kurma Dasa! She has been doing the same here in New Zealand at the Bhakti Lounge. Her real passion is sharing this knowledge of proper health and nutrition for the body, mind and soul with others.

 

11:45am: 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

 

 

12:30pm: TALK – Dr Mike Joy: Feeding the world in the future

Our deadly nitrogen addiction

The human population has reached a level far in excess of the ability of the planet to sustain it long-term through using synthetic nitrogen. Dr Mike Joy will discuss how we can continue to feed the burgeoning human population without relying on fossil fuels to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions to a safe level. He will explain why we need to take steps to no longer include farmed animals in our diet. Mike is a New Zealand freshwater ecologist and science communicator. He is a Senior Lecturer in Ecology and Environmental Science in Massey University’s Ecology Group at Palmerston North campus.

 

12:30pm: COOKING DEMO – Fiona Greig (Sunday Cantina): Raw Peanut Butter Slice & a Superfood salad

Amazing raw Peanut Butter slice and Superfood salad

Fiona Greig is a local chef and business owner of two popular cafés on the Kāpiti Coast and loves to share her love of good food with you. Fiona is all about fresh, innovative, New Zealand cuisine, using locally sourced, healthy produce. Her food is pure, full of flavour and is sure to impress.

Fiona opened the Sunday Cantina in Waikanae just over a year ago which serves a mix of fresh, locally-sourced, healthy food. Fiona will demonstrate how she prepares her amazing Peanut Butter raw vegan slice and create a Superfood salad. “I’m excited to be able to share my passion for food with you,” she says.

12:35pm: FILM – A compilation of NZ docos, shorts & animations (35 mins)

A compilation of NZ docos, shorts & animations

Factory farming in New Zealand
A compilation of footage taken inside factory farms in New Zealand and profiling campaign initiatives to help animals  (15 minutes)

 

Profiling Kiwi Vegans
Hear from local vegans talking about going vegan in New Zealand and how it has affected them (5 minutes)

 

The Meatrix
A humorous animated tale on today’s dairy and meat production styled on ‘The Matrix’ movie. (10 minutes)

 

Chew on This: 20 Reasons to Go Vegetarian
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (5mins)

 

 

1:10pm: FILM – Making the Connection (32mins)

Making the Connection

Making the Connection is a new film released by the Vegan Society in the UK which invites you on a journey by exploring the lifestyles of a chef, farmer, an MP, an athlete, a dietitian and a poet. They talk about their lives and why they follow a plant based diet. If you are interested in food, fitness, nutrition, the environment and animal welfare then this film may inspire you.

1:15pm: TALK – Dr Luke Wilson: The incredible benefits of whole foods

Next Level Health

Dr Luke Wilson will introduce the Whole Food Plant-based approach and the impact it can have on your health. You’ll learn about the five foods that can help take your health to the next level as well as five foods to avoid. After graduation, Luke worked at Gisborne Hospital is a general practitioner, and later a co-lead researcher and creator of a community-based lifestyle intervention using whole foods plant-based nutrition. Luke co-founded Two Zesty Bananas and has spoken at numerous events in New Zealand and Australia. Luke is from Wellington and is Board Certified by the International Board of Lifestyle Medicine.

 

1:15pm: COOKING DEMO – Angela Hurley: Savory walnut balls

When Angela Hurley was a young mum in her mid-twenties with one child, she saw the need of looking at the nutrition of her family. On a standard Kiwi diet and a husband who was just hinting at some health issues, she decided to research it. She and her husband had developed a friendship with a vegetarian Dutch couple who were a tremendous help. After two weeks on the vegetarian diet, they were sold on it. The difference was incredible. Angela kept diligently experimenting with foods and by her fourth and last child, the family decided to cut out all animal foods and go fully vegan. That was 30 years ago. Angela has tirelessly searched, cooked, experimented and tried it out on her family. She has contributed heavily to recipes in Vegan cookbooks for Kiwis and been very active and effective in presentations to the public in the couple’s What’s Cooking cooking and nutritional classes. Today all the children are married and all four have held to the vegan diet where they possibly can. They all have enjoyed excellent health and well-being.

1:45pm: FILM – Cowspiracy (91 minutes)

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.

 

WATCH TRAILER

2:00pm: TALK – Catherine Amey: Pacifism, feminism, vegetarianism and animal rights

The Kinship of all Living Beings

Catherine Amey is a writer, librarian and vegan baker who lives in Wellington who holds the peace and animal rights movements close to her heart. Catherine says although New Zealand’s economy has long depended on the bodies and infant milk of animals, this country also has a hidden history of vegetarianism. Her presentation the ‘Kinship of All Living Beings’ explores connections between pacifism, feminism, vegetarianism and animal rights in Aotearoa since the 1850s. She is the author of The Compassionate Contrarians: a History of Vegetarians in Aotearoa New Zealand, and the editor of the cookbook, A Taste of Freedom.

2pm: COOKING DEMO – Liliya Goncharova: Lemon meringue pie

Lemon meringue pie

Liliya Goncharova holds a Bachelors degree in Food Technology and a Level 5 certificate in Hospitality. She has worked in the hospitality industry for the last eight years throughout the USA, Russia and New Zealand. Liliya’s favourite and specialty items are her pastries, cakes and breads (which her friends, flatmates and family have no complaints about!) Liliya recently finished working at one of the top restaurants in Auckland making vegan desserts, sourdough bread and pastry!

2:45pm: TALK – Coces: Life on an animal sanctuary

Black Sheep Animal Sanctuary, Otaki

Coces will share heartfelt stories of the good work the sanctuary does in their tireless efforts to provide a refuge for abused, neglected, and mistreated animals, and especially former farm animals. Set up by the Animal Protection Society in November 2009, the Society bought 26 acres of land to set up a sanctuary for animals founded on animal rights principles. Visit there website

2:45pm: COOKING DEMO – Amber Sturtz (Taco Addicts): The art of making damn good aioli

Taco Addicts owner Amber Sturtz hails from the most taco obsessed city in the USA (Austin, Texas!). She missed the freshness of the Tex-Mex food that she grew up with, so after a career in travel & tourism, she retrained to become a chef. Amber started Taco Addicts to share her food history and favourite flavours with Wellingtonians, creating a menu that reflects the New Zealand bounty, but shows off Austin taco traditions. Food values are also important to Amber, so managing a business that is seasonal, sustainable, and eco friendly are built into the core of Taco Addicts. Amber was raised pescatarian so her menu reflects this background, always offering at least 2-3 vegan options.

 

Amber will show you how to make their delicious vegan aioli – it goes on most of their vegan tacos at Taco Addicts.

3:15pm: FILM – Forks Over Knives (96 mins)

Forks Over Knives

A feature film, Forks Over Knives examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting animal-based and processed foods. How most degenerative diseases can be controlled or even reversed, by rejecting animal-based and processed foods. With Dr Colin Campbell and Dr Caldwell Esselstyn.

 

WATCH TRAILER

4:30pm: Expo closes

11:00am: TALK – Asha Surrey: Life changing habits to improve your health and vitality

Turning healthy choices into embedded daily habits

Asha Surrey is passionate about researching and implementing habits that promote health and vitality. Asha will provide a potentially life-changing presentation sharing her knowledge of how to take your health and lifestyle habits to the next level. Asha will help with the next steps towards better health and discuss incorporating them as part of your daily routine.

11:45am: TALK – Krysta Neve: Eating with Kindness

Eat Kind Programme

Krysta Neve is the cooordinator of The Eating with Kindness programme at SAFE (Save Animals From Exploitation). Her talk is an introduction to a vegan diet that details the benefits to animals, the planet and our health. SAFE aims to make significant improvements to the lives of animals by raising awareness, challenging cruel practices, changing attitudes and fostering compassion so that they are no longer exploited or abused by humans.

12:30pm: TALK – Dr Mike Joy: Feeding the world in the future

Our deadly nitrogen addiction

The human population has reached a level far in excess of the ability of the planet to sustain it long-term through using synthetic nitrogen. Dr Mike Joy will discuss how we can continue to feed the burgeoning human population without relying on fossil fuels to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions to a safe level. He will explain why we need to take steps to no longer include farmed animals in our diet. Mike is a New Zealand freshwater ecologist and science communicator. He is a Senior Lecturer in Ecology and Environmental Science in Massey University’s Ecology Group at Palmerston North campus.

 

1:15pm: TALK – Dr Luke Wilson: The incredible benefits of whole foods

Next Level Health

Dr Luke Wilson will introduce the Whole Food Plant-based approach and the impact it can have on your health. You’ll learn about the five foods that can help take your health to the next level as well as five foods to avoid. After graduation, Luke worked at Gisborne Hospital is a general practitioner, and later a co-lead researcher and creator of a community-based lifestyle intervention using whole foods plant-based nutrition. Luke co-founded Two Zesty Bananas and has spoken at numerous events in New Zealand and Australia. Luke is from Wellington and is Board Certified by the International Board of Lifestyle Medicine.

 

2:00pm: TALK – Catherine Amey: Pacifism, feminism, vegetarianism and animal rights

The Kinship of all Living Beings

Catherine Amey is a writer, librarian and vegan baker who lives in Wellington who holds the peace and animal rights movements close to her heart. Catherine says although New Zealand’s economy has long depended on the bodies and infant milk of animals, this country also has a hidden history of vegetarianism. Her presentation the ‘Kinship of All Living Beings’ explores connections between pacifism, feminism, vegetarianism and animal rights in Aotearoa since the 1850s. She is the author of The Compassionate Contrarians: a History of Vegetarians in Aotearoa New Zealand, and the editor of the cookbook, A Taste of Freedom.

2:45pm: TALK – Coces: Life on an animal sanctuary

Black Sheep Animal Sanctuary, Otaki

Coces will share heartfelt stories of the good work the sanctuary does in their tireless efforts to provide a refuge for abused, neglected, and mistreated animals, and especially former farm animals. Set up by the Animal Protection Society in November 2009, the Society bought 26 acres of land to set up a sanctuary for animals founded on animal rights principles. Visit there website

4:30pm: Expo closes

11:00am: COOKING DEMO – Claire Ward: Making vegan cheese

Making vegan cheese at home

Claire Ward 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 an easy and delicious vegan cheese. You can follow Claire on Instagram.

 

11:45am: COOKING DEMO – Gaura Mantra: Crispy Mexican bean tortilla wrap and Mexican soup!

Crispy Mexican bean tortilla wrap and Mexican soup!

Gaura Mantra was 18 years old when she decided to become a vegetarian, and started attending vegetarian and vegan cooking classes in her home town in Siberia, Russia. After being invited to teach and cook at Urban Yoga studio in Melbourne, Gaura became a yoga and pilates teacher as well as a cook for the studio, running various cooking classes and demonstrations, cooking retreats and caterings during her five year stay. She even got the chance to be trained by one of Australia’s top vegetarian chefs, Kurma Dasa! She has been doing the same here in New Zealand at the Bhakti Lounge. Her real passion is sharing this knowledge of proper health and nutrition for the body, mind and soul with others.

 

12:30pm: COOKING DEMO – Fiona Greig (Sunday Cantina): Raw Peanut Butter Slice & a Superfood salad

Amazing raw Peanut Butter slice and Superfood salad

Fiona Greig is a local chef and business owner of two popular cafés on the Kāpiti Coast and loves to share her love of good food with you. Fiona is all about fresh, innovative, New Zealand cuisine, using locally sourced, healthy produce. Her food is pure, full of flavour and is sure to impress.

Fiona opened the Sunday Cantina in Waikanae just over a year ago which serves a mix of fresh, locally-sourced, healthy food. Fiona will demonstrate how she prepares her amazing Peanut Butter raw vegan slice and create a Superfood salad. “I’m excited to be able to share my passion for food with you,” she says.

1:15pm: COOKING DEMO – Angela Hurley: Savory walnut balls

When Angela Hurley was a young mum in her mid-twenties with one child, she saw the need of looking at the nutrition of her family. On a standard Kiwi diet and a husband who was just hinting at some health issues, she decided to research it. She and her husband had developed a friendship with a vegetarian Dutch couple who were a tremendous help. After two weeks on the vegetarian diet, they were sold on it. The difference was incredible. Angela kept diligently experimenting with foods and by her fourth and last child, the family decided to cut out all animal foods and go fully vegan. That was 30 years ago. Angela has tirelessly searched, cooked, experimented and tried it out on her family. She has contributed heavily to recipes in Vegan cookbooks for Kiwis and been very active and effective in presentations to the public in the couple’s What’s Cooking cooking and nutritional classes. Today all the children are married and all four have held to the vegan diet where they possibly can. They all have enjoyed excellent health and well-being.

2pm: COOKING DEMO – Liliya Goncharova: Lemon meringue pie

Lemon meringue pie

Liliya Goncharova holds a Bachelors degree in Food Technology and a Level 5 certificate in Hospitality. She has worked in the hospitality industry for the last eight years throughout the USA, Russia and New Zealand. Liliya’s favourite and specialty items are her pastries, cakes and breads (which her friends, flatmates and family have no complaints about!) Liliya recently finished working at one of the top restaurants in Auckland making vegan desserts, sourdough bread and pastry!

2:45pm: COOKING DEMO – Amber Sturtz (Taco Addicts): The art of making damn good aioli

Taco Addicts owner Amber Sturtz hails from the most taco obsessed city in the USA (Austin, Texas!). She missed the freshness of the Tex-Mex food that she grew up with, so after a career in travel & tourism, she retrained to become a chef. Amber started Taco Addicts to share her food history and favourite flavours with Wellingtonians, creating a menu that reflects the New Zealand bounty, but shows off Austin taco traditions. Food values are also important to Amber, so managing a business that is seasonal, sustainable, and eco friendly are built into the core of Taco Addicts. Amber was raised pescatarian so her menu reflects this background, always offering at least 2-3 vegan options.

 

Amber will show you how to make their delicious vegan aioli – it goes on most of their vegan tacos at Taco Addicts.

4:30pm: Expo closes

10AM: Expo opens

10:00am: FILM – Get Vegucated (77 minutes)

Get Vegucated

Vegucated is a guerrilla-style documentary released in 2011, that follows three meat- and cheese-loving New Yorkers from different backgrounds who, for six weeks, adopt a vegan diet and a whole new way of thinking about food. It received the Best documentary at Toronto Independent Film Festival and Best food issue film at the Cinema Verde Environmental Film & Arts Festival.

 

WATCH TRAILER

11:45am: 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

 

 

12:35pm: FILM – A compilation of NZ docos, shorts & animations (35 mins)

A compilation of NZ docos, shorts & animations

Factory farming in New Zealand
A compilation of footage taken inside factory farms in New Zealand and profiling campaign initiatives to help animals  (15 minutes)

 

Profiling Kiwi Vegans
Hear from local vegans talking about going vegan in New Zealand and how it has affected them (5 minutes)

 

The Meatrix
A humorous animated tale on today’s dairy and meat production styled on ‘The Matrix’ movie. (10 minutes)

 

Chew on This: 20 Reasons to Go Vegetarian
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (5mins)

 

 

1:10pm: FILM – Making the Connection (32mins)

Making the Connection

Making the Connection is a new film released by the Vegan Society in the UK which invites you on a journey by exploring the lifestyles of a chef, farmer, an MP, an athlete, a dietitian and a poet. They talk about their lives and why they follow a plant based diet. If you are interested in food, fitness, nutrition, the environment and animal welfare then this film may inspire you.

1:45pm: FILM – Cowspiracy (91 minutes)

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.

 

WATCH TRAILER

3:15pm: FILM – Forks Over Knives (96 mins)

Forks Over Knives

A feature film, Forks Over Knives examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting animal-based and processed foods. How most degenerative diseases can be controlled or even reversed, by rejecting animal-based and processed foods. With Dr Colin Campbell and Dr Caldwell Esselstyn.

 

WATCH TRAILER

4:30pm: Expo closes

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.

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