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Groat Street Festival

Today we went to the second Groat Street Festival in Stirling. We couldn’t make it last year due to a wedding, so was determined to get there this time, and it was worth it….

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Groat Street Festival sign

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The inviting welcome to the festival. Awesome inclusion and recognition of indigenous culture: a welcome to country with aboriginal dance, bushwalk tours and woman’s business walk. (And note the VIP bike rack parking, leave the car at home next year)

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Lots of workshops, including how to create mushroom kits to grow oyster/shitaki mushrooms at home. Yum!

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How beautiful & bizarre – some of the amazing types of medicinal mushrooms you can grow.

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Heaps of stalls: Joondana Community Garden and Duncraig Edible Garden were selling seedlings and preserves; Swap shop; Free coffee/tea/ scones with jam and cream by the local church; things to buy and and a petition or two to sign. Just to name a few šŸ™‚

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Cool compost display by Joondana Community Garden.

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Awesome activities for kids: hoola hoops; Box City/cardboard castles and kids play zone (clay, paints and much more).

I really loved the trees and vegetation in pots that they managed to bring in and place around.

It was also impressive to see the event try to be plastic free: people were encouraged to bring their own plate/cup; there were several washing stations for cups and plates to be reused and water bottle refill stations. Plus, I was heartily encouraged by the vendor when I produced my own plate for lunch šŸ™‚

Congratulations to Transition Towns Stirling and Eco Faeries (Faerie Cara) for pulling together such a wonderful community event!

If you missed out this year, make sure you mark it in your diary for the end of October next year (I’m hoping they’ll do it all again šŸ™‚

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