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Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Living Smart Festival to make rousing return

One of the region’s favourite sustainability festivals is set to make an exciting return later this year after COVID-19 forced its cancellation in 2020.

From Friday 17 to Sunday 19 September the Living Smart Festival at Speers Point Park will feature events and activities for all ages, themed around creating a more sustainable, liveable world for generations to come.

Gardening guru and Logie-winner Costa Georgiadis will headline Saturday’s festivities after his hugely popular appearance in 2019.

The free event will see the return of festival favourites, including a native plant giveaway, school garden bed competition, workshops, market stalls, children’s entertainment and bike valet.

Georgiadis will help judge the garden bed comp, where schools from across Lake Macquarie create and display imaginative and innovative miniature gardens full of fresh produce and flowers.

Feast for the Senses on the Friday evening will include a gourmet dinner under the stars, featuring live entertainment and seasonal and sustainably sourced ingredients.

Live at the Point on Sunday 19 September will be a ticketed music event, featuring local musicians across multiple stages.

Lake Macquarie City Council Manager Arts, Culture and Tourism Jacqui Hemsley said the day would capitalise on the performance space of the soon-to-be-opened Multi Arts Pavilion (MAP).

“It’s going to be a wonderful live event in the spring sunshine – on the shore of Lake Macquarie and using the new MAP stage,” she said.

This year’s festival is proudly sponsored by Greater Bank, Hunter Water, Allambi Care and Hunter Resource Recovery.

Lake Macquarie Mayor Kay Fraser said the weekend was one of the highlights of the local events calendar.

“Past years of Living Smart Festival have shown how passionate our community is about living sustainably and thinking about how we can help make a difference,” she said.

“I’m looking forward to another amazing weekend that brings our community together to learn, celebrate and enjoy this landmark event.”

This year’s Living Smart Festival will have COVIDSafe measures in place in line with NSW Health recommendations.

Applications are now open for stallholders interested in attending Living Smart Festival. All stallholders must sign an agreement to adhere to the event’s sustainability values and guidelines.

Go to livingsmartfestival.com.au for more information.

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