To the more than 5000 people that turned out for the Eco-Living Fair on Sunday 16 September at the Randwick Community Centre we would like to say a very big thank you for your support of our event, you were wonderful company!
The Eco-Living Fair is a free annual event and the perfect opportunity for us all to celebrate and be educated about the benefits of living a sustainable lifestyle. This year was the eighth year of the Fair and definitely the biggest and best yet and it is fair to say it is now firmly established as the premiere green event of the east.
Celebrity chefs Sammy and Bella bought their pop up burger bar and were kept busy all day serving up thousands of gourmet burgers, delicious salads and refreshing lemonade. The kids were thrilled by the Insektus and native wildlife shows, and other free entertainment at the gypsy caravan stage all while enjoying a gelato from the gelatocart. They also loved getting colourful whilst they were painting their very own Eco-Living Fair umbrella and creating designer bling with the Reverse Garbage junk jewellery workshop.
It was the first time that a house was constructed inside the Randwick Community Centre, and The Sustainable House tours proved very popular with residents getting some fantastic tips from green experts on how to save energy and water in their homes. Once again the panel discussion "Love Food, Hate Waste" and the composting and wormfarming workshops in the garden were very popular. Making its first appearance this year was The Randwick Library Book Exchange, residents were asked to bring along pre-loved books and exchange them for new ones.
Under the big top circus tent the crowd were entertained with the quirky three piece Northern Town, the sophisticated sounds of quartet In Love With You and the brass came out with Greg Poppleton and his Bakelite Broadcasters.
As always many lined up at the Council Nursery stall where staff gave away more than 3000 native plants along with lots of handy gardening advice. Another highlight of the day were the guided tours through Randwick's hidden gem - the Randwick Environment Park.
The Eco-Living Fair is a truly green event, powered by wind, bio-diesel and solar energy and all left over food waste from the day is sent to be composted or worm farmed. We hope all had a wonderful time and we look forward to seeing you again at the same time and same place next year!
To check out photos from the event, visit our Facebook page www.facebook.com/randwickcitycouncil