One big weekend, and seven small ways to get involved

The Sustainable Living Festival has officially begun and things are set to really ramp up this weekend as the Big Weekend takes over town.

If you’ve never been to the Festival before, head to Federation Square and Birrarung Marr to take part in this iconic sustainability event in the heart of Melbourne. Meet the cream of the organic crop.

Sustainable Living Festival - Local Lunch

Feast at The Great Local Lunch as part of the Big Weekend

You won’t be short on things to see and do. Our top picks for this weekend include:

  • The Green Market
    Expect everything from coconut bowls to modular homes that combine sustainability with stunning aesthetics.
    Federation Square – Friday 10 February, 12pm to 7pm, Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 February, 10am to 6pm
  • Treehouse Workshop
    We’ve all dreamt of hiding out in a magical treehouse at some point in time. This 1 hour workshop offers the chance for kids to build their own mini treehouse from recycled materials.
    Birrarung Marr – Saturday 11 February, 10am to 5pm
  • Low Maintenance Foodscapes
    Find out how to design, plant and manage your backyard orchard.
    Birrarung Marr – Saturday 11 February, 11am to 12pm
  • Edible Garden Basics
    If an orchard sounds too big, these tips are applicable to areas as small as a single pot. Understand how get started growing chemical-free, zero waste fruits, veggies and herbs at home.
    Birrarung Marr – Saturday 11 February, 4pm to 5pm
  • The Great Local Lunch
    Join over 200 backyard growers, food lovers and local farmers to share the fruits of their labour in a 4-course feast of locally produced food, prepared by the chefs at Kinfolk Cafe and The Social Food Project.
    Birrarung Marr – Sunday 12 February, 12:30pm – 2:30pm

If the Big Weekend gets you thirsting for more, fear not. The Sustainable Living Festival continues through to the end of the month and there’s plenty more to guzzle up.

Community Energy
Community Energy is catching on around the country, but what is it? If you’re a renter or an apartment dweller, but you want to consume your energy more sustainably and efficiently (yes, it won’t necessarily cost you more), there’s a new trend out there that’s catching on – community energy. This typically involves community groups deciding they want local buildings or their entire town to be powered by the wind or sun.

Find out more at one of the Powering Up sessions:

Sustainable Living Festival - Powering Up

Take part in Powering Up to learn more about community energy

Transitions Film Festival
Transitions Film Festival is as major part of the Sustainable Living Festival. With a visionary program spotlighting the complex challenges, creative innovations and mega-trends that are redefining what it means to be human, it presents positive, solutions-focused films that showcase cutting-edge ideas from around the world. Check out one of the screenings including:
What Lies Below, Cinema Nova – Tuesday 21 February 8.45pm
The Future of Work and Death, Cinema Nova – Wednesday 22 February 6.30pm
Wastecooking – Make Food, Not Waste, Cinema Nova –
Friday 24 February 6.30pm

The Sustainable Living Festival runs until 28 February.

Sustainable Living Festival - Green Market

Get along to the Sustainable Living Festival this month