Cooking Demonstrations

Some of the best vegan cooks share their secrets at the Vegan Festival Adelaide Cooking Demonstrations. Don't just try a huge range of delicious vegan foods, pick up tips on making your very own vegan feasts. This year's experts cook up vegan treats right in front of you in the Vegan Kitchen at the Cooking Demonstration tent.

Check out the Vegan Cookbook page for amazing awesome vegan recipes from the 2017 and 2016 Festivals.




Anyone who has strolled around Venice in search of something to eat will have come across cicchetti. Cicchetti are served in bars, bacari, and other eateries from late morning onwards and are the Venetian equivalent of Italian antipasti, Spanish tapas, French canapes, Thai street food, or English finger food. Cicchetti are irresistible little morsels full of local flavour. Made using traditional methods and local sustainable produce, Francesco’s vegan treats are the best of Italian cooking, trading at Plant 4 Bowden Markets, events around Adelaide, and now with their own restaurant, Francesco's Osteria. Cicchetti is a comprehensive collection of authentic and innovative recipes that will set your taste buds tingling.



Alfie's Kitchen

Alfie's Kitchen is an alternative, vegan food company that values creative, sustainable, and wholesome food practices. We love how food brings people together and connects diners to the field. We work with like-minded, small producers who share our vision and passion for produce. We run a vegan pop-up restaurant, a mobile catering kitchen, and make pickles. Our menus are inspired by the seasons and our produce is sustainable and traceable to origin. We showcase local practitioners, makers, producers, and growers in the community while practicing ethical food production and sustainable business methods. 

We believe in slow food and taking the time to do things thoughtfully.


Dr Heleen Roex-Haitjema

Dr Heleen Roex-Haitjema, paediatrician(not-practicing), migrated to Australia in 2000. She received her medical training in paediatrics at the Free University in Amsterdam. Since 2010, she has been researching the medical and nutrition literature on the relationship between nutrition and health, becoming fascinated by the abundance of well executed studies that indicate that a healthy plant-based diet is not only preventative of many chronic diseases but can also play a curative role. Heleen earned her Certificate in Plant Based Nutrition through e-Cornell University, New York. She is the first Food for Life Instructor for The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Washington DC and is now running 5-week courses in Adelaide. Heleen, along with Raw Events Australia, co- organises Nutrition in Healthcare educational symposiums aimed at bringing knowledge of the latest in plant-based nutrition to health professionals and the general public.


Tegan Steele

Tegan Steele is an author, motivational speaker, entrepreneur, health & wellbeing guru, wholefood alchemist, Kundalini & Yin Yoga teacher, beauty therapist, personal trainer, and animal advocate. She is passionate and creative, with conviction and love woven deep into her goal of spreading true health to as many as possible. Tegan is a specialist in the field of physical detoxing and the healing of bodily ailments. Her energy is refreshing and exciting to be around as she paves a sparkling path on her journey of helping to uplift others. Tegan is based in Melbourne where she leads women’s circles, helps run her family’s thriving café Urban Projuice, and continually creates health-inspired products for her Ocea range


Zac Bird

Zac Bird is a home cook who loves to create food that is fatty, indulgent, and all the things people think vegan food shouldn't be. He started an Instagram account in order to surround himself with more cruelty free food and fell in love with engaging the community and creating things to share. Since then, he's operated a pop-up ice-cream shop, worked with brands to introduce their vegan products, given food demonstrations, and had his recipes shared around the world. He loves anything deep fried and gluttonous and is most happy in his kitchen, glass of wine in hand and funky music playing. You can find him anywhere delicious vegan food is served or being talked about.

Saturday and Sunday