2015 Central Florida Earth Day Festival at Lake Eola in Downtown Orlando on April 25th

Photo Credit: Latu’s Photography

Downtown Orlando goes green on Saturday, April 25th, 2015 to celebrate Earth Day from 10 AM – 6 PM for Central Florida Earth Day 2015.

Central Florida Earth Day

Every April, 200-300 environmentally friendly vendors specializing in organic and recycled materials and environmentally sustaining materials set up their tents along Lake Eola to show off their products to the public. This is Orlando’s Bohemian lifestyle on display that has mass appeal to the average Orlando resident that wants to start living a healthier, more environmentally responsible lifestyle.

Earth Day Entertainment and Cuisine

In addition to the marketplace vendors at the Earth Day Festival, there will be speaker panels on environmental issues of saving energy and building local food networks, acoustic and hybrid musical artist as well as musical bands. There will also be a children’s area to help teach environmental responsibilities to the next generation.

Several  local restaurants will be showcasing their environmental ways of food preparation of vegetarian, raw cooking, and all organic cooking and baking.

Below is the schedule for the 2014 event that is subject to change (click here for the official 2015 schedule for the most up-to-date information):

2014 Earth Day Schedule

Speaker Panels (sponsored by the Orlando Sentinel)

11:00 a.m. Building a Local Food Network
Malory Foster, The Food Forest at Beautiful Bamboo Farm
Julie Norris, Dandelion Communitea Cafe
Jim Thomas, Eat Local First Orlando

12:00 p.m. Youth Involvement
Rachel Armstrong, Apopka High School’s The Insight
Susan Hargreaves, Humane Educators Reaching Out/Kids Help Animals
Arielle Howk, Animal Hero Kids

1:00 p.m. Health and Wellness
Samadhi Artemisa, In Joy Healthcare
Dominick D’Anna, Simply Well
Diana Ewald, Aromatherapy Living

2:00 p.m. Sustainable Government Practices
Jane Gregory, Orange County Environmental Protection Division
Jon Ippel, City of Orlando–Greenworks

3:00 p.m. Our Energy Future
Bill Ferree, WattNext
Natalia Paredes, OUC The Reliable One
Diana Schultz, Green and Healthy Homes

4:00 p.m. Edible Landscaping
Tommy Bunch, Simple Living Institute
Peggy Early, Sunset Hydro Gardens
Peggy Lantz, Florida Master Naturalist

5:00 p.m. Water Conservation
Bill Belleville, Equinox Documentaries
Lee Constantine, Seminole County Commissioner
Bill Graf, South Florida Water Management District

Acoustic Music Stage (Sponsored by Ourlando Music Alliance and presented by Rahoe Productions & Representation)

11:00 a.m. Mike Griffin “Folk-rock with A homegrown feel”
12.00 p.m. Freethought M.C. “Humanist hip hop/neo soul/freethought rap (clean)”
1:00 p.m. Anthony Rouhana “Contemporary folk”
2:00 p.m. Scott Forbes “Indie rock story teller with an acoustic guitar”
3:00 p.m. John David Williams “Folk-rock singer/songwriter wielding a voice of gold”
4:00 p.m. BellaSutra “Blissful, sacred, soulful, stripped down gyspy music”
5:00 p.m. Afeefa & the boy “Indie/folk four piece band with feminine magic”

Band Music Stage (Sponsored by Ourlando Music Alliance and presented by Chris Baranyi)

11:00 a.m. The Dealers “High energy rock and roll!”
12:00 p.m. Sol Y Mar “Contemporary jazz, fusion with a Latin twist”
1:00 p.m. The Rads “Alternative rock”
2:00 p.m. Hotel Hurry “Rock & roll & violin”
3:00 p.m. Claire and The Potatoes “Sugary retro pop songs with boy/girl harmonies”
4:00 p.m. Gabriela “Soulful & jazzy, latin acoustic funk”
5:00 p.m. Cherri Ryno “Powerful rock and roll with a classic vibe”

Earth Kids Zone (Presented by HippoMotion)

11:00 a.m. Teens Go Green Global Eco Friendly fashion show, followed by a Project Runway style contest where teams of “designers” will have 30 minutes to design and complete a unique look out of up-cycled materials that will be judged on the main stage
12:00 p.m. Kaitlyn Huber (UCF art student) will be leading a demonstration on how to make Eco friendly paint. Then we will paint our cardboard box barrier
1:00 p.m. Karate Demo lead by Extreme Youth Sports of Lake Mary
2:00 p.m. Adam Rutstein will do a reading of his new book My Planet is Purple followed by a Q and A about the importance of preserving our environment
3:00 p.m. Baby and me music and dance class led by Jenna Huber of HippoMotion. (recommended for ages 6 months to 5 years). Following the class Jennifer from BeeBabyWise will lead a Infant CPR Demo.
4:00 p.m. The Outer Tunes will perform some amazing music
5:00 p.m. Michelle will teach a ZumbAtomic class (Kid’s Zumba)

Food Preparation Demonstrations (Sponsored by Vegetarians of Central Florida)

11:00 a.m. Chef Kathryn van Zwieten, Healing Harvest “Home Grown Raw Creations–from Seed to Table”
12:00 p.m. Chef Olive Mackey, Central Florida Raw Food Connection “Seasonally Eating Raw!”
1:00 p.m. Chef Vicki Chelf, Vicki’s Vegan Kitchen “Healthy and Delicious Vegan Meals”
2:00 p.m. Chef Ellen Jaffe Jones, VegCoach.com “Vegan Proteins to Power an Athlete on $4/Day”
3:00 p.m. Chef Gisele Sood, You Can Be Happy “Morph One Meal Into Many Clean/Wholesome Dishes”
4:00 p.m. Chef Gretchen Goel, Total Wellness Mentor “Green Smoothies for Kids”
5:00 p.m. Chef Nancy Stein, Whole Foods 4 Healthy Living “How to Begin a Plant-Based Diet”

Click Here to visit the official website of Central Florida Earthday.

Click Here to view the photo gallery from Latu’s Photography of Earth Day Events and click here to read our guide to drinking water quality in the city of Orlando.

Earthday Birthday Concert by WJRR

Click Here if you are looking for information regarding the Earthday Birthday Rock Festival by radio station WJRR that will take place on April 12th, 2014.

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