Moral Fairground returns to Federation Square hosting Fair@Square, Australia's largest ethical lifestyle festival, on Saturday May 5 from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm. This annual event was put on hold last year, due to the predicted weather event in December, you might remember the weekend where Melbourne managed about a metre of rain. Not to be deterred, it is shaping up to be the biggest, busiest and best festival of this kind in 2018.
The added bonus is that it's a week before Mother's day, so it's also the perfect opportunity to find something a little different for your Mum this year. The market offers a one-stop shop for people seeking ideas for services or products from businesses with an ethical conscious. The festival also provides the opportunity to learn about, and be inspired by practices that can be implemented in our daily lives to create greater positive outcomes for the world.
Ethical products and sercives at Fair@Square. Image courtesy of Moral Fairground
Fashion Conscious fashionistas will enjoy Fair Fashion of the Future, an exhibition highlighting issues arising from the different stages of textile and fashion supply chains which showcases design-led solutions from local designers and academics. There will be discussions about current research on sustainable textile development and how fashion can be used for social and environmental progress. Garments from local fashion labels and social enterprises will be displayed to showcase some of the ethical and sustainable clothing options consumers can now access.
Ethical fashion at Fair@Square. Image courtesy of Moral Fairground
No festival is complete without great food, but the food at this festival isn't just about filling your belly. The Food Tent, is hosted by Fair Food Forager, an ethical food directory, which makes the search for sustainable and social conscious food choices easy.
Healthy & sustainable cooking demonstrations, photo courtesy of Moral Fairground
The Good Kitchen program will demonstrate tips and tricks from chefs and great cooks to help you cook more sustainably by reducing food waste, experimenting with indigenous ingredients, plant-based options, and with a few clever tricks and you could even learn how to save a few dollars with less waste.
Sustainable Lifestyle For the conscious or creatives who want to learn new ways to support sustainable living, you should visit the Sustainable Lifestyle Tent where you can learn how to make jewellery from waste materials, reusable beeswax wraps, cleaning products, toiletries and more. You can gather tips on how to repair garments or simply reduce your waste at home, work or when you're out.
Sustainability focused workshops. Image courtesy of Moral Fairground
Fun for kids Kids and adults alike will love the activation activity: "Little Disruptors." Visitors can share their views by writing them on small placards to be pinned onto or held by little toy figurines lined up in an area fondly dubbed "Small Street." This engages visitors to express their support in a playful and fun way.
Fun in the kids tent. Image courtesy of Moral Fairground
There is a great range of ethical and sustainable lifestyle stalls for you to enjoy. There will be environmentally friendly giftware, home-wares, children's wear, fashion, new ethical products & service offerings. The market offers a one-stop shop for visitors looking for conscious gift ideas, and you can also speak to the people behind the brands, as well as advocacy groups who will be sharing the work they do. Be inspired by the practices you can implement in your daily life to create greater positive outcomes for the world when you shop.
Ethical markets at Fair@Square. Image courtesy of Moral Fairground
So why not feed the mind as well as the body with these free cooking demos, sustainability workshops, fashion and inspirational talks. This festival is a not to be missed event for the ethically conscious or sustainably aware consumer.