Saturday Highlights (8am-2pm)

Gardening Australia host Costa Georgiadis

Silver Logie-winner Costa will present two workshops on the day. Sustainability in Action looks at how changing day-to-day habits can make a surprising difference to the big picture. Gardening the Future will delve into ways to engage, entertain and inform children to inspire the next generation of green-thumbs.

Live Wardrobe Edit with High Tea With Mrs Woo

Considering a wardrobe cleanse? Feeling overwhelmed with your clothes collection but don’t know how to start sorting it? The sisters behind local fashion label High Tea With Mrs Woo present an intimate live wardrobe edit session to expose one person’s ‘wardrobe’ and explore sustainable ways to shop, love and care for the things we wear.

Native plant giveaway

With spring in full swing, Living Smart Festival is the perfect opportunity for Lake Mac residents to pick up two free seedlings at our perennially popular native plant giveaway. Bring along proof of address (and a reusable bag to carry your seedlings) to get your two freebies. Please note stocks are limited.

Climate change theatre

Sentinel #2084 is a science-based immersive theatre experience demonstrating the life of a tribe from the future. Get in early at the theatre tent to see what life is like in a post-climate change environment for this tribe, and look out for their Flying Squad roving performances throughout the festival site.

Slow Your Home workshops

Slow Your Home’s Brooke McAlary will present two workshops: Ethical Decluttering, and Slow Living For The Real World. The first will provide tips to prevent your belongings going to landfill, while the second provides an overview of the slow living movement and advice on creating a slower, more intentional life.

School Garden Competition

Presented by Stockland Glendale, this year’s contest will feature a record number of entries, with more than 20 local schools competing to create the most interesting, innovative and impressive garden bed. Winners are decided through a people’s choice voting system on the day.

Death Café

Death doula Ruth Boydell will offer a safe place to have a deeper conversation about death and the lead-up to it. Death Café’s objective is to ‘increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make most of their finite lives’.


Wild by Nature and Wildcraft Australia present a range of rewilding walk-in workshops, from making fire by friction to making rope and cordage using natural materials, and from natural face-painting to nature crafts.

Sourdough making workshops

Local baking artisan The Sourdough Baker will step participants through the sourdough-making process, from making the dough to proofing and baking.

Sweet treats to save food waste workshop

Masterchef 2018 contestant Reece Hignell sheds light on transforming overripe fruit into delectable desserts – reducing food waste and creating mouth-watering dishes in the process.

Bike valet and maintenance station

Dodge the traffic and arrive in style thanks to our free bike valet service. Pop next door to the maintenance station to get free 50-point check-ups on your bike’s safety and performance. Our professional bike mechanics will also carry out basic maintenance and demonstrate easy DIY jobs to keep your two-wheeled transport in tip-top shape.

Upcycle Newcastle

The Upcycle team will offer T-shirts to Rugs drop-in workshops throughout the day, teaching finger crocheting techniques as taught in their schools program. Make-your-own veggie bags and T-shirt shopping bag drop-in workshops will also be on offer, with 10am and noon workshops on how to turn an old pair of jeans into a gardening tool belt.

Yoga in the Park

Kick off the day with an en masse 45-minute yoga session by the lake, presented by Yogic Wisdom. The free 8.15am class is suitable for all ages and skill levels.

Lake Macquarie City Farmers Markets

Visitors not only get a chance to meet the makers and the farmers face-to-face, they’re an opportunity to ask about where your produce comes from, how it was made or grown and how best to use it.

Children's Petting Zoo

Living Smart Festival’s family favourite is back for 2019, with Hunter Valley Zoo bringing some of its cutest, cuddliest and most quizzical creatures for kids to get up close and personal with. Baby farm animals, reptiles and Aussie natives will be among the menagerie.

Q&A with Lee Sullivan (#urbanveggiepatch)

Lake Macquarie mum Lee Sullivan has attracted more than 80,000 Instagram followers through sharing her backyard gardening journey. This Q&A will shed light on how gardening helped Lee overcome post-natal depression, tapping into the online gardening community and growing amazing organic produce in a suburban backyard.

Magic meals with leftovers

Learn how to save food waste with 2019 Masterchef finalist Steph De Sousa, whose 60-minute workshop will cover making meals with what’s left at the end of the week. De Sousa, who is also cooking for this year’s Feast For The Senses, has a focus on plant-based eating, to improve overall health and help the environment.

Natural pest control with Treefrog Permaculture

Treefrog Permaculture’s Lachlan Storrie will provide a talk on how diversity and balance in the garden reduce the incidence of pest problems. Get some natural pest strategies to put in place in your own backyard to replace harmful chemicals. Lachlan will also provide free permaculture advice throughout the day.

Page last updated: 12 September 2019