Opening Day of Plant Based World Conference & Expo

Plant Based World Conference

The opening day of Plant Based World Conference & Expo (PBW), was extremely successful and offered thousands of attendees a dynamic keynote presentation, packed conference sessions, culinary demonstrations, and 130 exhibitors offering delicious plant-based products.  On Saturday June 8, PBW will be open to the general public  for Community Day for all who are interested in learning more about living a plant-based lifestyle. During Community Day, attendees will have the chance to discover the latest plant-based foods, products and services, attend keynote presentations and hear from subject matter experts as well as meet others who are passionate about living healthy lifestyles. The Expo Hall will be open from 10 am to 6 pm.

Following is a recap of the opening day (photos are available upon request).

Ben Davis, Content and Communications Director for Plant Based World kicks off the opening day keynote by welcoming the attendees and thanking them for “coming together to pave the way forward for a better, healthier world for our future.”

Michele Simon, Executive Director of the Plant Based Foods Association shared the keynote stage with Anne Beatty of Kroger Merchandising Consulting at 84.51.  The panel also included Edward Brown, President, Restaurant Associates and moderator Nils Zacharias, Founder, Eat for the Planet.  Together they discussed the double digit growth of the industry, catering to the 1/3 of Americans who now identify as “flexitarians”, aiming to reduce their meat and dairy consumption, causing the industry to reach into the mainstream.

The expo hall features over 130 booths with leading vendors including Califia Farms, Dr. Praeger’s Purely Sensible Foods, Good Catch Foods, Lightlife Foods, Outstanding Foods, Inc, Treeline Treenut Cheese,  and many more!.

Culinary Demonstrations on the show floor included a presentation by Rich Landau, Co-Owner, Vedge; Fran Costigan, known as the Queen of Vegan Desserts, and Director of Vegan Baking & Pastry Rouxbe Cooking School as well as several exciting plant-based demonstrations.

On Saturday, June 8, Derrick Morgan, NFL Linebacker and his wife, plant-based Chef Charity Morgan will present Plant-Based Play Makers as the Community Day keynote. The event will kick-off with a keynote presentation at 9:00 am with Seth Goldman, Executive Chair of Beyond Meat, and the expo hall will be open from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm.

Derrick Morgan and Chef Charity Morgan are leading the way in demonstrating to mainstream culture that there is no need to eat meat in order to be a play maker. Derrick made the transition to a plant-based diet to improve his performance on the field only to receive backlash and ridicule from his teammates. After seeing the delicious meals his wife Charity was whipping up, combined with his ability to play better and recover faster, the ridicule quickly turned to curiosity. This keynote presentation will dive into the myths that have run their course in society regarding the perceived need for animal products in order to be strong and athletic. Derrick and Charity will share their story of breaking down barriers by bringing plant-based eating into the NFL locker room and discuss their vision for the future of sports, food and nutrition.

The Community Day programming will include the following educational sessions. For information on each session and a list of speakers, click here.

  • Hip Hop Is GreenBringing Health and Wellness to Urban Communities – (10:30-11:30am) Speakers from PBW official non-profit Hip Hop is Green and its allies will discuss how urban communities can find education and access to healthier, more wholesome food options.
  • What Our Kids Are EatingA Discussion on School Food (11:45am – 12:45pm) – Join Brooklyn Borough President, Eric Adams, Dietitian Sharon Palmer and leaders from Mondays Campaigns, Coalition for Healthy School Food and Real Food for Kids in a discussion on how to improve the food that kids are fed in the school system.
  • Creating a Just and Humane Food System (2:00pm – 3:00pm) Gene Baur, co-founder of Farm Sanctuary, moderates a discussion with leaders from The Humane Society of the United States, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and experts in ethical psychology.
  • How a Whole-Food, Plant-Based Diet Can Prevent and Reverse Chronic Diseases, (3:15pm – 4:15pm) Will be presented and moderated by Forks Over Knives. Learn from health experts and success stories on the power of whole food, plant-based eating.
  • Plant-Based Nutrition for Athletic Performance, (4:30pm – 5:30pm)  Will be presented and moderated by Switch4Good, a campaign centered around Olympic athletes who have shifted away from animal foods for their performance and health.

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