There was a booth with vegan seafood samples (sophieskitchen.com), a rhythm awareness drum circle and a talk about the dangers of all the plastic that flood into the ocean and what we can do about it.
"We have never been to one of these before, but we're having a great time," said Sandy Rodriguez with her two children, Javier, 6 and Shelly, 4. "The kids are creating crafts in the Green Kids Zone and I'm learning recipes [from Dorit Dijk of Serenity Foods] to make a healthy breakfast. We have a big bag of samples, and information."
The biggest thing that surprised Sandy: "I can be healthy and it's not so expensive to do it."
Frank Swardlow has been to many of these Green Fests over the years, and in different cities, but he said, "I guess what surprises me most is that I keep learning something. You know that you're preaching to the choir here, but even the choir can learn a few new things."
He was impressed by Donna Bell from Ford Motors talking about new technology and sustainable cars that Ford is working on, and he discovered a gentle environmentally-safe soaking agent that takes yellow stains from vintage material called Retro Clean.
Other highlights of the Los Angeles event included actor/activists Ed Begley Jr. (and his family) and Raphael Sbarge discussing Green Media, John Trudell talking about "Hemp as Earth Medicine" and hip-hop stars Luminaries closing the weekend with a concert. Talks included Jesse Williams from Grey's Anatomy and The Butler, Amy Goodman from Democracy Now!, and Michelle "Green Queen" Carroll.
There was info about a self-contained solar-powered green community (Rancho Costa Verde), free electricity (americansolarsolution.com), raw food for pets (iandloveandyou.com), a hemp movie "Bringing it Home" (www.bringingithome.com), biodegradable wet wipes (www.ezwyp.com) and much more.
See photos in the Slideshow above.
The next Green Festival, with even more interesting things is planned for Nov. 9 and 10.
More than 350 of the country's premier green businesses and organizations under one roof in November and it will be one of the biggest ever, held at the San Francisco Concourse. There will be reps for eco-friendly brands, attending informative and inspiring presentations from local experts, leaders and national icons, having fun in the Green Kids Zone and Yoga and Movement Pavilion, and taking home tasty culinary tips from the Good Food Stage.
You can also "pay it forward" with social and environmental deeds to earn your Green Festival tickets. Help your local community for the holiday season by bringing 4 cans of food for the CBS 5/KPIX SF Food Bank Food Drive. Skip polluting transportation, ride your bike to Green Festival and use the Clif Bar Bike Valet. Also, support local food systems and coops by bringing your Rainbow Grocery Receipt. Each of these options to give back earns you one free admission to San Francisco Green Festival.
Click here for more information: http://www.greenfestivals.org