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The Sydney Cruelty Free Living Festival will take place at Belmore Park from 10am to 5pm on Sunday October 28. The free, annual event is hosted by Animal Liberation NSW and is perfect for anyone who cares about the world we live in and wants to find out what foods and products have the least detrimental effect on the environment. There will be over 60 stalls to teach you what to buy and help you understand the health benefits and environmental impact of such a lifestyle. Don't worry if you're not already a strict vegan or vegetarian; the event aims to be non-confrontational and fun.
At the Food Court, you will be able to get smoothies, juices, pastries, snacks, sweets and other treats from all over the world. It's also a good place to learn what alternatives there are to meat and dairy products. Companies taking part include Bounty Burgers, Simply Raw and Funky Pies. Visit the Licensed Bar for some beer or a glass of wine to accompany your snacks.
The Shopping Mall will offer an array of products from certified Choose Cruelty Free product producers. These will include skin care, cosmetics, home cleaning products, baby care, companion animal care and more. Here you can learn which companies don't support animal testing. Other items that will be on sale include ethical clothing (that means sweatshop free) and cruelty free shoes, bags and belts.
The Caring Quarter will have stalls from a diverse range of animal rights, rescue and welfare groups. You can can learn what these organisations do and also get advice, guidance and information on how you can best get involved, whether it be volunteering, supporting your local animal rescue shelter, sponsoring koalas, bears or orangutans, adopting homeless cats and dogs, signing a petition or choosing kinder dietary choices. Some of the organisations taking part include The Wilderness Society, The Vegan Society and the World Society for the Protection of Animals. You can find a longer list of participating organisations here.
The stalls are not the only reason to attend Sydney's Cruelty Free Living Festival. There will also be vegan and vegetarian cooking demonstrations, showbags and free, open-air yoga and meditation workshops. The festival will be full of like-minded people and those looking for love may want to try the speed dating event. You can also expect to see musicians, singers and other performers on the main stage. Details of these activities are yet to be announced. Check the website closer to the date for more information.