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Living Green Festival Blossoms Again

Mia Swainson

Canberra’s celebration of all things vegan and sustainable is on this Sunday 4 October at Albert Hall.

The Living Green Festival features more than 80 stalls, a program of workshops and entertainment, the popular kidzone and delicious vegan food. It’s the fifth year of the festival, which will hopefully be as popular has it has been in recent years.

“We aim to show people that a cruelty free, sustainable life is possible,” says Living Green Festival organiser and vegan of 15 years, Jess Ferry. Entry to the festival is free, “so that it’s easy for as many people as possible to come along”. The festival is family friendly and kidzone will keep your children happy with craft activities, face painting, children’s performers and a rock climbing wall.


This year’s festival program includes a raw food demonstration, a panel discussion on raising children on a plant-based diet and yoga workshops. There’s also an impressive entertainment line up, including Canberra’s rising folk star, 13 year Lucy Sugerman, performing at 1pm on the main stage.

Jess says that she loves all of the stalls, but when pressed to name the most exciting vegan food, she recommends “Veganarchy’s doughnuts and schnitzel burgers, because they break down the stereotype of what it means to eat plant based food”.

The festival wouldn’t be possible without a core of committed volunteers and there are 50 volunteers who make sure that everything runs smoothly on the day. The festival brings a kinder shade of green life to Canberra. It is a practical demonstration and celebration of a plant-based, sustainable life.


To read more about living sustainably, you can read previous HerCanberra articles on using environmentally friendly cleaning products, organising a clothes swap, buying used items instead of new and buying and eating fresh and local produce.


the essentials 
What: Living Green Festival
When: Sunday 4 October from 10am – 4pm
Where: Albert Hall
How much: Free entry

Images courtesy of Jess Ferry 


Mia Swainson

Mia Swainson is passionate about creating a more sustainable world and believes that everyone can make a difference. Trained as an environmental engineer, Mia has worked in sustainable development with the Australian Government and community sector for more than 15 years. Mia’s work has taken her around the world to Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and back to Canberra. She currently tends her kitchen garden, cares for three young boys and is growing her executive coaching consultancy ( More about the Author

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