by Festival Nomad Correspondent, Carol Law
Going to the Eco-Festival...
No recycled ideas at this festival! The Windfall Ecofestival in Newmarket, held mid-June annually, has things to see and do for all ages. Even the damp weather added to the festival with a good-natured adaptation from the exhibitors. The setting at Fairy Lake allows festival goers to visit the festival, the park, and stroll to the farmer’s market just down the board walk at the town offices.
Crafts, games, and music for kids were colourful, plentiful, fun, and even educational for all. Adults could also enjoy games with prizes, free treats at the Nature’s Emporium health food tent, and lots of information on eco-friendly ideas for home and travel. A large electric car exhibit was fascinating including everything from antique and retro cars converted to electric to the newest generation of electric cars. A roadworthy retro car runs on bio-fuel very efficiently was the highlight of the talk. There were even new generation scooters for seniors and those looking for car alternatives.
For those tuned into the environment and arriving at the festival on bikes there was a bike valet where for a donation, one could safely leave one’s bike and tour the festival on foot. This service also proved useful for families arriving with kiddy bike trailers. The path through the festival can be very crowded and the bike valet is a unique and appropriate addition to this festival, an addition that many festivals should consider offering.
With a good balance of fun, food, and facts, the Windfall Ecofestival proved to be the sunshine in a dreary day. Note to exhibitors and festival goers: "it is nice that you want to dress for the occasion – don’t forget appropriate footwear for rainy days that stir up mud!"