Cooking Demonstrations

Some of the best vegan chef's 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.



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, migrated to Australia with her husband and three children in 2000. She received her medical training in paediatrics at the Free University in Amsterdam, in the Netherlands. Since 2010, she has been researching the medical and nutrition literature on the relation 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 for many chronic diseases but can also play a curative role. Heleen earned her Certificate in Plant Based Nutrition through the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and Cornell University New York and became the first Certified Instructor in Australia . The Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine’s “Food for Life” program in Washington DC and is now running 5-week courses in Adelaide. Heleen, along with Lucy from Raw Events Australia and The Plantrician Project, co- organises nutrition in medicine educational symposiums aimed at bringing knowledge of the latest in plant-based nutrition to health professionals.

Pip Coogan

Pip Coogan is the founder and owner of "The Vegan Catering Company" having worked for many years in the food industry. She designs and delivers informative, fun, and interactive cooking classes in Brisbane.  Pip also owns and runs "The Green Collective", a Sales and Marketing business specialising in the implementation of Australian made plant based foods into national retail and food service businesses.

There has never been such an exciting time for small up and coming plant based businesses.

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.

Full details coming soon