Philadelphia

9th ANNUAL GREENFEST PHILLY RETURNS WITH 100+ EXHIBITORS, FOOD, BEER GARDEN, FAMILY FUN, SHOPPING, ECO ADVENTURES AND NEW SURPRISES

Clean Air Council’s 9th Annual Greenfest Philly returns to
Headhouse Square (2nd and South Streets) this Sunday, September 7, 2014
from 10:00am to 4:00pm. This is the region’s largest envionrmental
festivals and I will be there shooting – look for me!

This year the fun is back and bigger than ever with
live music, free demos, an outdoor beer garden, organic food and drinks,
handmade and green shopping, MOM’s Organic Market Kids’ Corner, a twenty-five foot rock wall, and even edible bugs. 
 

It is free to get in or you can buy a VIP “Green Cards” at www.greenfestphilly.org
for $30 that includes food and drink discounts, a free t-shirt, and
eco-friendly swag. For more information, visit the website, call 215-567-4004, and follow @greenfestphilly on Twitter.

There’s tons to do – here’s my top picks!

GREEN ADVENTURES

*
Purchase one of a kind handmade art and crafts from eco-artisans such
as Beaucycled upcycled jewelry and accessories, and Urban Textile Works
prints.

* Enjoy a tasty surprise as you sample edible bugs including
crickets on crackers and chocolate brownies made with flour made from
ground bugs.

* Enjoy a rest and recharge station with refurbished chairs and furniture, free iced tea, coffee and solar powered chargers.


* Pamper yourself with chair massage and natural organic treatments from Eviama Life Green Spa and Boutique, the region’s green designed and operated all natural spa in the city.

* Win exciting prizes like a Trek bike from Philadelphia Insurance Companies to make commuting greener AND more fun.

* Become educated and take action on critical environmental issues from leading advocacy groups.
* Leave your ‘wheels’ with the complimentary bike valet courtesy of Philadelphia Insurance Companies.
* Clean
out your closets and bring your clothing, accessories, toys, books and
more to the Philly Swap at Greenfest Philly.  Bring gently used
clothing, toys and books for free entry into the swap area, or make a $5
donation (includes a free Philly Swap bag). Upon entry in the swap, you
are free to roam and take what you’d like.

FAMILY FUN IN MOM’S Organic Market Kids’ Corner


* Healthy
Snacks from MOM’s Organic Market – Kids and parents are welcome to stop
by MOM’s Organic Market’s booth for free samples and healthy snacks.
Kids can also pick up their FREE Greenfest t-shirts (free to the first
200 children).

* Kids Play with Clay from 10:00am to 2:00pm – The Clay Studio
will be hosting a group-sculpt in the MOM’s Organic Market Kids’ Corner.
Kids will be invited to sculpt small objects with traditional clay
materials and put them together, creating a large group sculpture.

* Frisbee Spin Art from 10:00am to 4:00pm – Always a Greenfest
favorite, Tall Pines Day Camp will be helping kids to create colorful
and exciting spin art on Frisbees.

* Kid’s Yoga, time TBA –
Yoga Garden will be leading a yoga class just for kids! Creative
thinking, flexibility, better health, inner focus, greater
concentration, improved social skills and physical strength are just
some of the benefits of yoga for kids. Through interactive games and
exercises, kids learn yoga postures, breathing techniques and lots more!
And it’s all just plain fun!

* Rock Climb from 10:00am to 4:00pm – Kids and adults can catch
climbing fever and try their hand at scaling a 25 foot rock wall.

BEER GARDEN

Victory
Brewing Company will be providing the beer for the Greenfest Philly Sustainably Brewed Beer Garden. Since opening the brewery in February
1996, Victory has emphasized environmental responsibility. As part of
the brewing process Victory recycles the nearly 25,000 pounds of spent
grain is generated every 24 hours through an an arrangement with a local
farmer who takes this brewing by-product and feeds it to his farm
animals.

FOOD

Sample delicious, healthy, local and organic food from popular food trucks and local eateries.

* Farm Truck 

* Kung Fu Hoagies
* Little Baby’s 
* Lil’ Pop Shop
* Local 215
* SoomFoods
* ACME Markets
* Bonjour Creperie
* Cobblestone Krautery
* The Twisted Tail

LIVE MUSIC

Local
music is more sustainable than music that has to be shipped thousands
of miles to your ears. In the Greenfest Philly spirit, Earth Jam 2014
features 4 of the most exciting emerging bands Philly has to offer.
Music runs 11:00am to 3:30pm.

* West Philadelphia Orchestra
* Ron Gallo
* Pine Barons
* No Stranger

Greenfest
Philly is presented by Clean Air Council, with support from MOM’s
Organic Market, Philadelphia Insurance Companies (PHLY), PGW
EnergySense, SCA, Waste Management, Zip Car, Amtrak, Aversa PR &
Events, Enterprise Car Share, door door organics, Sustainable
Business Network, South Street Headhouse District, ConsolidatedSolar.net and AVRS.  

Since
its launch in 2006, Greenfest Philly has been a model for producing
sustainable events. The festival demonstrates its commitment to reducing
environmental impact by sourcing power from two large solar powered
generators, recycling and composting over 80% of waste, and providing
attendees with water bottle refill stations and a complimentary
bike valet. All festival exhibitors are evaluated by Clean Air Council
to ensure they are providing services, information, or goods that are
sustainable.