Green Festival 2011

November 1, 2011 § 1 Comment

Only when the last tree has died,
and the last river been poisoned,
and the last fish been caught
will we realise we cannot eat money.
~Cree Indian Proverb

Though, Green Festival has been around the States for a good decade, it finally made its debut in Los Angeles Convention Centre last weekend. In LA,traffic is notoriously known to be quite a hassle. With five lanes of heavy carbon emission and hours of bad congestion, it can only lead into a manifesto of dust bowl. Nevertheless, California emphases on sustainability had made individuals more aware of global warming epidemic. More Priuses are seen on the road, assessable public transport, bans on plastic bags, promoting organic food in many restaurant etc.

With great gratitude to many green sponsors, LA community was able to widen perspectives through test driving Ford’s new green hybrid vehicles, get acquainted with renewable energy (at home or work), agricultural movement, organic food & products etc.

Personally did not make it to the event until Sunday, but many vendors were still on full steam. The crowd weaved their way through the floor around noon. Mostly, including myself, made a beeline towards the food section. Food samples are always such crowd pleasers.

Chocolate, one of the greatest joy taken for granted. Here, Divine Chocolate (First Fair Trade chocolate company), Flow Food Chocolate and Theo entrust us with environmentally responsible products. Having lived in England, I often find it easy to just walk down to Oxfam (local thrift shop) and get a bar of Divine’s organic dark chocolate. Though there are more choices in WholeFoods here, I still enjoy Divine the most. Thus was glad to speak to one of the vendors. Like many other food industry, chocolate has one of the highest rate of child labor in developing countries. Sweet endings for us might not be as sweet for others.

Good Food Stage. Demonstrations from several local foodies Lane Gold (Vegan Junk Food), she made an amazing soul mac and cheese; Laurie Dill taught us how to can pears; Gabriela & Raphael from JiRaffe focus on local farmers’ market and healthy eating; Sarah Englehart from Cafe Gratitude (do I need to say more?) who made a wholesome raw pumpkin pie; lastly Hannah Crum from Kombucha Kamp!

Lovely smile makes lovely apple pie kombucha.

I stumbled upon Invite Site . Helen Driscoll and Scott Rubel, a passionate duo who believe in producing hand pressed cards and papers. Such forgotten art of lovely fine prints are rarely appreciated, but their friendly personalities and amazing work are so embedded upon the first impression, it is not surprising that they are featured in many weddings, magazines and newspaper!
Check out their century old hand press machine.

There are many more inspirational vendors, which are not mentioned in this post. Please check out Green Fest for more ideas. Spread the word. This earth needs more compassionate beings. Looking forward to Green Festival next year.



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