06 November 2012

Sustainable Living Festival 2012 - Your last reminder!

The days are getting longer, weather is warming up and we’re thinking about all those projects around the house and in the garden..... building that new energy efficient renovation, installing solar panels and getting the garden beds ready. But not sure about the best solar panels, really want to renovate but don’t know where to start and want the best information to get results in the garden.....
Well, put aside the 10th and 11th of November for the 2012 Sustainable Living Festival. Here all your questions can be answered in the one space. You can talk to expert exhibitors about all your home and garden projects to get the best results and do the job right.

“This year the theme is “Food for Thought” promoting happy healthy sustainable communities. A Festival first, cooking demonstrations will be showcased in the main pavilion. This will be a highlight of the festival and demonstrations will feature some of Tasmania’s best chefs using Tassie ingredients” said Lissa Villeneuve, Festival Director.

Cooking demonstrations include: 
Sourdough Breadmaking with Margaret Steadman; Jamming without Pectin with Greg Woodward; Thea Webb making Energy Balls; Fail Proof Scones with Sally Wise; Rodney Dunn’s Pancetta, Goats Milk Ricotta and Spinach Rotolo; Alan Whykes with his Super Spring Rolls and Pumpkin Salsa; Seasonal Recipes with Rebel Black; and Stuart Addison Making Burgers with Tassie Game and Fungi.

And if cooking and eating food isn’t enough they will also be debating food.  The question of The Great Debate on Saturday at 1.30pm is “Can Tassie feed itself?”
Panelists debating the question include Dr Richard Doyle, senior Lecturer in Soil Science at UTAS; Roberto Perez, Director of Foundation for Nature and Humanity, a NGO in Cuba; Hannah Moloney, President of the Australian City Farm and Community Garden Network; Jenny Dudgeon, teacher and Slow Food Hobart Convivium leader;  and Tony Scherer from Frogmore Creek with our MC Charlie Webster.

On Sunday at 1.30pm a second Great Sustainable Debate will explore the question “Is prosperity without growth possible?”
Panellists include Paul Gilding, writer of The Great Disruption and advocate for sustainable economies; Greg Barns a columnist for the Mercury and writer for ABC’s Drum; Jack Redpath founder of the Tasmanian branch of Australian Youth Climate Coalition; Phil Harrington from Pitt & Sherry; Mardi Dungey, UTAS Professor of Economics & Finance; and Ross Harvey, Founding Director of SenseT @ UTAS.

The festival will also be a visual delight showcasing an array of sustainable art including sustainable seats made from recycled materials for the festival by students, artists and community groups.  Attendees will be asked to vote for their favourite seat.

There will be heaps of interactive sustainability workshops including beekeeping and working with recycled timber to name a few and there are yoga demonstrations, live music and interactive kids stuff all weekend.

Bike valet parking will be provided by Bicycle Tasmania, so you can come down on your bikes and park right at the door.

The weekend will culminate with The Totally Tassie Picnic on Sunday afternoon launching the Tassievore Eat Local Challenge encouraging people to eat more Tasmanian grown and produced food.…. It’s all at The 2012 Sustainable Living Festival.

Sat 10th and Sun 11th November, 10am – 4pm, PW1 Hobart Waterfront - Entry by donation

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