Inventive chefs demonstrate how to get the best out of plant-based ingredients at VegfestUK London

27th September 2019

One of the most common obstacles for those looking to go vegan or incorporate more vegan dishes into their diet is not knowing what interesting foods to make that maintain their level of motivation to staying the course. What are the best ways to get the best out of plant-based food ingredients? What should one make if they’re pushed for time and at the same time want to eat healthily?

Come to the Cookery Demos area at VegfestUK London to find out more, with a number of chefs inspired by various influences across the globe bringing you some truly delightful recipes based 100% on plant-based ingredients. In particular, the Sunday part of the Cookery Demos sees the introduction of the brand-new Faith Cooking Stream, with vegan versions of traditional recipes from a number of faiths and religions to be demonstrated.

Whether you would like to expand your culinary repertoire or get more comfortable with making your own plant-based dishes, the Cookery Demos have got something to offer. All are welcome.

Cookery Demos kindly sponsored by Bute Island Foods and Vegan Life Magazine, and hosted by Shambhu’s vegan caterers.



Anita Kerai – Kenyan Bhel

Kenyan street food is not well known. I want to share food that I grew up eating. This is a dish that showcases my Kenyan and Indian heritage. Discover how easy vegan snacks that are not only flavoursome and colourful, but also healthy, can be. Spicy, Moreish & Healthy!


Claire Duffy – The Wild Atlantic Way: Savouring Sea Veg

Sea vegetables are highly nutritious but sadly often neglected in our culinary traditions. In this session, Claire demystifies cooking with kombu and will show you how to prepare some delicious Atlantic sea veg and potato cakes.



Philip Zecevic (Vivo Life) – High protein plant based meals

Creating healthy, wholesome and tasty sweet treats has never been easier or more enjoyable.

In this session, Philip will demonstrate how simple it can be to whip up your own delicious high protein sweet treats and goodies at home, with minimal ingredients, time and equipment.

He’ll be creating his favourite and most cherished energy bars, along with a forest berry chia seed jam served on toast with peanut butter, both for you to try.

“You’re in for a real treat with this one!”

Danielle Maupertuis – Christmas pomegranate cheesecake and Eton Mess

Danielle is a Belgian Pastry Chef (she was baptised in chocolate!) and has won several gold and silver medals in Culinary competitions. Danielle will be demonstrating a Christmas pomegranate  cheesecake, an Eton Mess, classical English dessert with a modern twist.

With a focus on the vegan substitutes for traditional pastry ingredients ( aquafaba, agar agar …)

Farrah Rainfly – How to keep my vegan diet healthy and balanced

How much protein do I need? Where do I get my calcium and iron from? In this fast paced demo Farrah Rainfly from Lifeafterhummus Community Benefit Society will show you just how easy it is to hit your key nutritional requirements by following a low-fat, unprocessed way of eating. Using affordable and accessible ingredients this demo will be full of helpful tips.

Gayani Ariyaratne – Lotus Roots & Sweet Potato Delight

Sri Lankan-born Gayani started to learn how to cook from Grandma when she was 6 years old. She has created her artisan Gold Dust curry powder inspired by her Grandma’s curry paste. She travels mostly to provide personal chef service and supper clubs around the country and abroad.


Sunday – Faith Cooking Stream

Kalpna Kotecha – traditional Gujarati sweet dish – Vegan rose kesar penda

Kalpna has a degree in Food Science, as well as diplomas in Aromatherapy and Cosmetic Science. She has worked for several years in both industries as well as founding Veganish. VeganISH represents Vegan Indian Sweet House and offers an alternative and kinder choice! Kalpna has a passion for indian mithai (sweet food) but sadly most mithai is still prepared with ghee and milk powder. Here Kalpna shall be demonstrating how to veganise a traditional sweet dish that traditionally uses milk and cream.


Kaleema and Kareema (Livity plant based cuisine) – Jamaican cuisine – stew peas recipe

Kaleema and Kareema, identical twin sisters & the brains behind Livity plant based cuisine, shall be demonstrating how to make a stew peas recipe – a traditional Jamaican dish that normally contains meat.


Karyn Aviani – Jewish cuisine – Yemenite lentil soup

Karyn moved to the UK in 2001 & lives in Leicester. She works part-time for a homeless charity as well as running a baking/catering company since 2011 called Chocoholic.  As the grandchild of immigrants from Russia on her mother’s side and Yemen on her father’s, Karyn has a keen interest in fusion food, and has a set of kitchen shelves with over forty herbs and spices which are all used regularly. Karyn will be demonstrating how to cook a traditional soup cooked by Yemenite Jews.





Marcia Soares – Portuguese cuisine – NO lhau mess

Marcia Soares is a Portuguese lady in her early 30s living in a small village in Leicester with her husband, 6 months old  baby boy and Churchill, the cat. She’s a physiologist by background but currently enjoying the perks of motherhood. Vegan for almost 5 years, her love for cooking is strong and growing. Coming from a family of cooks and restaurant owners, the desire to veganise typical dishes is a constant. Marcia will be veganising a popular Portuguese cod dish called “bacalhau à Brás”, but as she likes to call it “NO lhau mess”.






Full timetable of Cookery Demos to be announced here

Cookery Demos located on Level 1 of Olympia Central – see floor plan here


Bute Island Foods sampling stall

Visitors can also sample Bute Island Foods’ amazing Sheese range of vegan cheese just outside the Cookery Demos area on both days of the event – see floor plan for Level 1 (Olympia West and Central) for location.


Area Sponsors

The Cookery Demos area is kindly sponsored by Bute Island Foods and Vegan Life Magazine, who is kindly supplying their Vegan Life Kitchen unit for the chefs involved.

Bute Island Foods

Bute Island Foods makes the award winning “Sheese” brand of vegan cheese. Made with pride on the Isle of Bute in Scotland, their range of dairy free vegan cheeses are a delicious, healthy cheese alternative – perfect for plant based diets and people with dietary restrictions like lactose intolerance.

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Vegan Life Magazine

With an ever increasing world population, sustainable food production means more than simply expanding the current food supply, change is needed. Vegan Life aims to encompass social, economic, ecological and political considerations to assist in bringing about a change in attitudes by encouraging the adoption of a plant based diet by bringing Vegan into Vogue. Vegan Life magazine is the UK’s first vegan consumer magazine and is now available to buy in the US!

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Other features at VegfestUK London

VegfestUK London also includes 320 stalls packed with the latest vegan products, a Vegan Food Village with 25 caterers, a New Vegan Support area for beginners to veganism, a Foodies Stage with live music, two Fitness areas, Yoga classes, Lifestyle presentations, Rainbow Yoga for families, The Art of Compassion Project Exhibition, talks on Plant Based Health and Veganic Growing, the Natural Therapy Zone, the Holistic Health Hub, the Mature Zone, plus talks on Animal Rights and Activism, Vegan Activists Support, the VGN News room and the Animal Rebellion summit.

Advance tickets for this event are now available at with BUY ONE GET ONE HALF PRICE offers and Concessions BUY ONE GET ONE FREE (Weekend) offer running until the end of September.

Each entry ticket includes further access to all talks, cookery demos, panels and live music at the show.

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Plant Powered Expo – February 1st 2nd 2020 @ Olympia London

The organisers of VegfestUK are running a new show Plant Powered Expo next February in the National Hall of Olympia London. This new event celebrates the best of a plant-based way of life with 235 stalls, 12 features and 100 speakers. For more information, visit

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