Stars line up for Living Smart Festival 2024

Stars line up for Living Smart Festival 2024

Stars line up for Living Smart Festival 2024

Alone Australia season one winner Gina Chick, ‘Frugal Foodie’ Steph de Sousa and River Cottage Australia presenter Paul West are set to host this year’s massive Living Smart Festival in Lake Macquarie.

The festival on Saturday 21 September is one of Australia’s largest sustainability events and is on a mission to encourage people to learn about and embrace everyday sustainability practices.

This year’s festival, which is supported by the New South Wales Government’s Stronger Together Major Festival Local Council Grants program, will run for one day, from 9am to 3pm.

There are various workshops, stalls and speakers that focus on sustainability. In the multicultural zone, people from all over the world are invited to show the customs, traditions, dance, music and cooking from their home country.

Gina Chick, who spent 67 days alone in the Tasmanian wilderness to lead the 2023 inaugural season of Alone Australia, talks to festival-goers about her experience, what she learned from it and how connecting with nature can strengthen and enrich the soul.

De Sousa rose to fame as a contestant on Masterchef, but achieved even greater success as a social media star.

The Lake Mac resident has built an army of more than a million followers through her cheap and cheerful recipes and cooking videos, and will teach attendees of the Living Smart Festival how to keep things sustainable — environmentally and financially — in the kitchen.

West, who describes himself as a “food grower, family nurturer and yarn spinner”, presents the cult ABC program River Cottage Australia and is a co-founder of the Grow It Local movement.

Grow It Local encourages more Australians to grow, share and eat locally grown food. The organisation has over 37,000 members and 6,100 registered food gardens across the country.

Lake Macquarie Mayor Kay Fraser said this year’s festival program covered a wide range of sustainability themes and topics.

“The Living Smart Festival is one of the most important annual events in Lake Mac,” she said.

“It is an ode to sustainable living and has played an important role in conveying a more environmentally friendly mindset to the general public.”

The Living Smart Festival is proudly sponsored by the NSW Government’s Multicultural NSW, Hunter Resource Recovery, Hunter Water, Allambi Care, the University of Newcastle, Newcastle Weekly and Greater Bank.

Multicultural NSW CEO Joseph La Posta said the festival was an opportunity to bring communities together to share their cultures.

“Multicultural NSW is pleased to support an initiative that can meaningfully share culture between individuals and local cultural groups,” he said.

“The creation of three culturally diverse zones in 2024 is evidence of a strong commitment to the values ​​of diversity and inclusion.

People interested in presenting at the event and exhibitors whose values ​​and products align with the Living Smart Festival philosophy can now express their interest.

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