2019 Ceres Harvest Festival, Melbourne Australia.

by Steven Sklifas
2019 CERES Harvest Festival. Melbourne. Australia.

CERES held their annual Harvest Festival on March 23rd, 2019. The CERES Harvest Festival celebrates food across cultures with live music, free sustainable living workshops, cultural performances, giant veggie growing competition, scarecrow making competition. All this alongside food and craft stalls from local and organic makers and designers.

After a wet bleak morning the glorious Autumn sun broke free and streamed through the dissipating clouds just as I arrived at the festival.  For the next few enjoyable hours I was captivated by the festival, its surrounds and its varied and vibrant offerings.

In between taking photos and listening to fine live bands, such as the Plastic Spacemen, I frequently stopped and chatted to many engaging people and stall holders including a few young visitors from Lampung Indonesia who were spectacularly dressed in traditional ceremony attire.

One engaging and enterprising market stall holder I met was Cesar Marulanda who runs AORACREO, a small Melbourne based business that transforms soft plastic waste into durable, waterproof and ultra-lightweight materials to make useful and stylish products.  His stall had on display many creative and practical and environmentally friendly products that put to shame most of the world’s designer labels.

A very friendly fellow, Cesar offered to go through the process on converting recycled plastic into a small coin wallet in which he then presented to me as a gift. I captured some of the process involved and included them in the gallery below. For more information about Cesar and on AORACREO go the website www.aoracreo.com     

CERES – Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies, is an award-winning, not-for-profit, sustainability centre located on 4.5 hectares on the Merri Creek in East Brunswick, Melbourne, Australia.

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