Soapalicious owner Sue Walter at her Living Smart Festival stall. Picture: Supplied.
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CAN YOU DIG IT? Living Smart Festival on the hunt for 2021 stallholders

It’s one of the largest sustainability festivals in Australia.

And organisers of the popular Living Smart Festival are on the lookout for stallholders to make the 2021 iteration the biggest and best yet.

Lake Macquarie Council’s arts, culture, and tourism manager Jacqui Hemsley said that the events’ diverse range of stalls had long been a centrepiece of the festival.

“Our stallholders add colour, excitement and interest to the festival, but they also provide opportunities for visitors to learn and buy from local producers and artisans,” she said.

“We’ve received consistent feedback over past Living Smart Festivals that this is one of the most interesting and lucrative events on the calendar for our stallholders.”

Dudley-based soap maker Sue Walter, who has previously exhibited her business Soapalicious at Living Smart, said the festival had proven to be a huge boon.

“The Living Smart Festival is the best day on the Soapalicious calendar,” she said.

“To gather with a collection of like-minded people, watching everyone enjoy all the stalls, as well as different activities and speakers, all focused on doing things to help give our planet a good future, makes me feel so happy.”

Stallholders can sign up to the Saturday – the traditional focal point for Living Smart Festival, with gardening guru Costa Georgiadis headlining a program packed full of free activities, and/or Sunday’s Live at the Point – a ticketed day of music and entertainment.

Ms Hemsley added the event team was closely monitoring the COVID situation and would have a comprehensive plan of management in place to ensure all health guidelines were followed.

“Under the current situation, we would still be able to have up to 10,000 people across the day at Speers Point Park, provided the correct measures are in place,” she said.

“We’re keeping our fingers crossed that things improve further by the event weekend.”

Stallholder applications close Friday 31 July. Head here to apply.

The 2021 Living Smart Festival is on from Friday 17 to Sunday 19 September. Head here for more information.

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