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Alex Polito rides a bike attached to a blender mixing smoothies at last year’s event. EcoFest will take place May 15 in Encinitas. File photo
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Annual EcoFest celebration set for Sunday

ENCINITAS — For 10 years, EcoFest Encinitas has brought the community together around the message of ecological and environmental sustainability.

This year’s EcoFest, scheduled for Sunday, will be no different organizers said, as it is chock full of exhibits, musical artists, and a special appearance from a well-traveled percussion instrument that is used to promote world peace and environmental consciousness.

That instrument, the “World Drum,” has traveled to 300 countries and is played at various events to serve as, according to the World Drum Project website, a “wakeup call to humanity to focus on the situation we see on our world today with conflicts and wars, where we over consume and keep on with a hazardous exploitation of Mother Earth`s resources.”

The World Drum will culminate the day’s activities at 4 p.m. in the community circle, which is at the heart of the exhibition area.

Over 130 exhibitors will converge on the Leichtag Foundation’s Coastal Roots Farm on Quail Gardens Drive and will be categorized into several interest areas, called pavilions.

Each pavilion features a number of organizations or businesses that provide information, products or services related to the pavilion focus.

Among the pavilions are Kids Planet, filled with interactive activities for youngsters including Roxy the Recycling Robin and gigantic bubbles and hula hoops; Green Schools, which features several of the “green” projects from local schools, including the Encinitas Union School District’s farm lab; and the Sustainability Plaza, where visitors will be able to test drive various electric and hybrid vehicles.

The Sustainability Plaza will also play host to a panel discussion organized by Encinitas Council members Lisa Shaffer and Tony Kranz, entitled, “Envision Attainable Housing in Encinitas: Beyond the Ballot Measure.” That discussion takes place at 1 p.m.

The festivities will open at 10 a.m. with live music by local “shift rock” band, Barnwell Shift, whose Living Tea Brewing Company will also be on hand in the Green Cuisine Pavilion.

Other local musicians, Hullabaloo and Lee Coulter will follow a welcome from Encinitas Mayor Kristin Gaspar and County Supervisor Dave Roberts.

A beer garden will be available for attendees ages 21 and up, and will feature “green libations” from local breweries and distilleries, such as Ballast Point and The Lost Abbey.

Additionally, the event is being billed as a “zero-waste event” requiring exhibitors and attendees to “take their trash home with them.” In an effort to encourage carpooling, EcoFest organizers have also added a $10 per car on-site parking fee, and those who show proof of arriving by bike or mass transit will be entered into a raffle to win a GoPro camera.

EcoFest runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 450 Quail Gardens Dr. Free parking will still be available on Saxony Road and a $5 discount for “premium parking” has been made available to those who pre-register at on the event’s website.

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