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Lake Mac’s Living Smart Festival is back bigger than ever for 2019

One of the biggest sustainability events in the country is coming back for an even bigger and better tenth year.

That’s right, Lake Macquarie’s Living Smart Festival is just around the corner, running from Friday 27 September to Sunday 29 September at Speers Point Park.

This year the festival has been expanded to THREE DAYS, – kicking off on Friday night with the popular Feast For The Senses event.

This year’s Feast will feature MasterChef’s Steph De Souza’s mouthwatering three-course Modern Indian menu, however, such is the popularity of this event, it has already sold out!

Never fear though because, the festival has also been expanded to include the very first LSF Sunday Sessions – a free day of chilled -out music across two stages in the picturesque park, as well as gourmet food trucks and over-18s alcohol suppliers including the award-winning gin distillery Farmer’s Wife.

Head here for the full rundown on everything you can experience at this year’s festival.

There’s definitely no shortage of things to enjoy for the whole family at Living Smart, and here are just some of the highlights you can expect to find.


Costa Georgiadis

Silver Logie-winner and Gardening Australia host Costa will present two workshops on the day.

Sustainability in Action looks at how changing day-to-day habits can make a surprising difference to the big picture. Gardening the Future will delve into ways to engage, entertain and inform children to inspire the next generation of green-thumbs.

Live Wardrobe Edit with High Tea With Mrs Woo

The amazing sisters behind this local fashion label will present an intimate live wardrobe edit, exposing one person’s ‘wardrobe’ to highlight how to tackle a wardrobe cleanse, shop sustainably for clothes and place proper value on what we wear.

Q&A with Lee Sullivan (#urbanveggiepatch)

Lake Macquarie mum Lee Sullivan has attracted more than 80,000 Instagram followers through sharing her backyard gardening journey. This Q&A will shed light on how gardening helped Lee overcome post-natal depression, how she taps into the online gardening community as well as tips on growing amazing organic produce in a suburban backyard.


Return to your wild roots with these walk-in workshops by Wild by Nature and Wildcraft Australia.

Learn how to make fire by friction, make rope and cordage using natural materials or go tribal and paint your face using all-natural materials.

Cooking Classes

MasterChef contestants Steph De Sousa and Reece Hignell will each host workshops in the festival’s ‘Eat’ tent.

Steph will demonstrate how to make a magic meal with food left over at the end of the week, while Reece will look at making sweet treats with overripe and leftover fruit.

Children’s Petting Zoo

Living Smart Festival’s family favourite is back for 2019, with Hunter Valley Zoo bringing some of its cutest, cuddliest and most quizzical creatures for kids to get up close and personal with. Baby farm animals, reptiles and Aussie natives will be among the menagerie.

LSF Sunday Sessions

This chilled-out day will feature some of the best local talent this region has to offer, across two stages.

The free event will also offer food and coffee vendors and an over-18s bar with craft beer, wine and other alcoholic beverages – No BYO.

Below are just some of the acts you can expect to see.

Jack The Fox

Mates Angus Robb (vocals/didgeridoo/harmonica) and Justin Lewis (guitar/lap slide) grew up on Victoria’s south-west surf coast and started writing and recording music in 2015. This will be an energetic and captivating folk acoustic performance.

Megan Core

Megan’s one-woman act ranges from folk and blues originals to laid-back acoustic covers. Her musical talent covers vocals, guitar, harmonica and stompbox.

Beth Gleeson

Gentle and delicate one moment, powerful and bold the next, Gleeson provides unique takes on indie-pop music, and fresh versions of 70s classics.

Mark Wells

This one-man band sings, plays guitar and drums at the same time, throwing conventional wisdom out the window. Mark puts his spin on classic songs like Johnny Cash’s Folsom Prison Blues, as well as performing his own original music.

Sam Windley

This Central Coast musician’s folk-acoustic, guitar-driven sound is heavily influenced by nature and the ocean. With years of busking and playing local gigs under her belt, she is excited to see her career grow and to perform to new audiences.

Living Smart Festival 2019 – Speers Point Park
Saturday 28 September, 8am-2pm
LSF Sunday Sessions
Sunday 29 September, 11am-4pm

Written by Newcastle Live

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