Living Smart Festival on today

 A PEDAL-POWERED smoothie machine, free solar-powered popcorn and free cruises on a solar-power boat will feature at today’s  Living Smart Festival.

The event, to be held in Speers Point Park, will include music, art, fashion, food and market stalls.

It will feature a ‘‘reverse vending machine’’ in which people can recycle cans and bottles and get a prize.

A focus will be showing people how to have a ‘‘sustainable home and garden’’.

Greer Allen, whose company Magnificent Revolution created the pedal-powered smoothie machine, said it was possible the contraption could be used in homes.

‘‘I know there’s a guy in Nimbin who has a pedal-powered generator in his small house,’’ Ms Allen said.

Ms Allen created the smoothie-maker as a ‘‘fun thing to take to festivals’’.

She hoped it inspired people to ‘‘think about renewable energy’’.

Lake Macquarie City Council is running the Living Smart Festival.

Council sustainability manager Alice Howe said this year’s festival would be more sustainable than before.

‘‘Free shuttle buses and ferries will run all day to get people to and from the festival,’’ Dr Howe said.

‘‘People can ride their bike and have it valet parked in a secure area.’’

ABC’s Carbon Cop Lish Fejer will be at the festival to teach people how to ‘‘live green and save money’’.

The event runs from 9am to 3pm.

More information is at lakemac.com.au/living-smart-festival

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