After a year’s hiatus, the Cairns Ecofiesta is back and in a new home at the lush Munro Martin Parklands.
Hosted by Cairns Regional Council, it’s a event where the community comes together in the name of sustainability to share ideas, expertise, skills and enthusiasm.
The kid-friendly festival includes roaming performances, interactive workshops and all the latest green-tech and sustainable living solutions.
The free event will run this Sunday at MMP, 10am to 6pm.
Here’s Tropic Now’s guide on what to do, see, eat and acquire.
Go on a digital adventure
The Cairns-based makers behind the globally-renowned app Questagame will be holding a special ‘QuestaTags’ competition, in which participants use the app to tag sightings of flora and fauna at the venue.
Players can view other people’s finds and if they’re able to identify the species, it’s counted as a ‘capture’.
Prizes include passes to Rainforestation and the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary.
Upcycle for fun
Make a prop from recycled and reclaimed junk, which you can then use to take a selfie in Tropical Steam Punk’s purpose-built photo booth.
Save your money and your skin at the same time! Tracey from The Source Bulk Foods is giving a demonstration on how to make homemade skin care products using natural, cheap and readily available kitchen ingredients.
Make eco-friendly wraps
We all know beeswax wraps are a great alternative to plastic cling wrap, but do you have any idea on how to make them?
The crafty sustainability services professional Celina Padilha is there to share the recipe and method.
Big batches of brilliant bubbles will be sent skyward by Bugzy Bumblebee and her special plastic-free bubble wands and liquid.
Headline act, The Natural Culture, will deliver big brass instruments and grooves full of jazz, funk, soul, blues and reggae in a dynamic, uplifting act.
The Cosmic Cleaning Ladies will be roving the Parklands with their unique, wacky, interactive brand of eco-focused humour delivered through sketches, songs and dances.
Razzamattazz is the sole Australian distributor of Mad Mats, made from recycled milk and water bottles. Their ecofriendly baskets take a natural turn, made with palm fronds and raffia.
Eat & drink
The Samosa Hub will be there to serve the perfect snack as you’re strolling around the grounds. Pick up a couple of traditional Indian veggie samosas, and maybe some spring rolls or a curry.
Colours of the rainbow
Aya Earthfood stands by the premise that food is medicine. It’s a healthy hub that delivers freshly prepared, tasty, nutritious plant-based food and drink.
A creamy coffee in a Green Caffeen cup. It’s a coffee cup swapping system where you can track the number of disposable cups you’ve saved from landfill.
Join the climate conversation
Do you have questions, ideas or concerns about climate action in Cairns? You can share them at the Cairns Ecofiesta or do a short online survey.
Cairns Regional Council is developing its Climate Change Strategy 2030, and you’re invited to have your say on this important topic.
The strategy will identify a pathway to reduce emissions, set goals and take action in Council’s own operations, as well as support the community and develop Cairns as Australia’s capital of the Smart Green Economy.