30 September 2015 Let Nature Be Your Inspiration

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30 September 2015 Let Nature Be Your Inspiration

The very first Living Coast Festival will take place from November 1-30 celebrating the natural beauty of the Bellingen, Coffs Harbour and Nambucca regions and providing sustainable living inspiration.

The Coffs Harbour Sustainable Living Day on Sunday, November 1, at the North Coast Regional Botanic Garden will open the festival and is the signature event for the Coffs region.

Join special guest Costa Georgiadis, host of ABC’s Gardening Australia in the beautiful setting of the Coffs Harbour Botanic Gardens. Visit the stalls to buy native plants, herbs and veggie seedlings, local artisan foods, arts and crafts, investigate solar power for your house and get advice on the best way to rid your garden of weeds.

Try the Kids Zone with live reptile shows, story-time and hands-on craft and gardening activities, relish the delicious tastes from myriad food stalls, just kick back and enjoy the live music, or enjoy guided Coffs Creek Bush Tucker Walks with expert guides.

The Festival Gold Sponsor is the Coffs Coast Advocate and Silver Sponsor is 105.5 Star FM. Entry to the Sustainable Living Day is by gold coin donation.

The headline Festival event for the Bellingen region is the Bello Spring LEAF Festival from November 2-29. Highlights include the opening of the Sustainability Learning Centre at the Stables in Bellingen, the launch of the Bellingen Shire Local Food Guide, Permaculture Workshops at Northbank Community Garden, EcoFaith and Active Hope Workshops, a Love Food Hate Waste workshop, as well as a Bellingen Environmental Youth Experience (EYE) camp and Centre for Ecological Learning bushwalk for adults.

In Nambucca, the focus will be the Nambucca River Festival from November 28-29 in Macksville. The Festival includes water fun, water ski show, kayaks and paddle craft, raft racing, power boat races, as well as the Brian Cockbain Memorial Cycle Ride around the river. Plus there will be heaps of entertainment, food and wine stalls showcasing local produce, various market stalls and carnival rides. The climax will be the Lantern Parade down the river after dark, followed by fireworks over the river and a musical street party to dance the night away.

There really is ‘something for everyone’ at the Living Coast Festival with over 50 events being held across the Coffs Harbour, Bellingen and Nambucca Regions throughout November.

To check out what’s on offer, or for more information on events in the lead-up to the Festival, go to www.ourlivingcoast.com.au

The Living Coast Festival is an initiative of the Our Living Coast Regional Sustainability Alliance of Coffs Harbour City Council, Bellingen Shire Council and Nambucca Shire Council.