Fest Thinks Green
Paradise Chocolate Fest “Thinks Green” with Respect for the Environment
While the delicious, decadence of chocolate remains front and center in the minds of Fest visitors, collaborative partnerships between the Paradise Chocolate Fest and Northern Recycling & Waste Services and Evergreen 6th Grade Academy demonstrates how responsible planning and actions can make a huge difference while enhancing the festivities.
To celebrate a sustainable event, the 2017 Paradise Chocolate Fest is dedicated to Zero Waste. With piles of packaging, sample products, and food waste, special events typically produce a lot of waste. At the 12th Annual Paradise Chocolate Fest, all vendors, participants and visitors are encouraged to help us reduce, reuse, recycle and respect.
Northern Recycling & Waste Services is organizing the recycling and composting collection and education at the festival. Special resource recovery stations will be set up throughout the Fest and NRWS’s staff and Boy Scouts “Eco Team” volunteers will help educate the public on proper sorting of materials.
A special feature of the Fest will be the “Green Scene Outdoor Classroom” led by Evergreen 6th Grade Academy. In cooperation with other community and regional collaborators, the Fest promotes environmental sustainability with a variety of learning stations, providing hands-on activities and educational opportunities to incorporate a “greener” eco-conscious lifestyle.
Additionally, vendors are encouraged to work together to teach sustainability by reducing the distribution of disposable items at each booth, encouraging material reuse, and keeping Terry Ashe Park free of litter. “Leave no trace – please clean up your site at the end of the event.”
Paradise Chocolate Fest will provide complimentary round-trip “Chocolate Fest Express Park & Ride!” shuttle service from Paradise High School on Maxwell and 1st Assembly of God (Elliott & Maxwell) parking lots to the festival, saving patrons gasoline and time and limiting the event’s carbon footprint. (Shuttle will run from 9:00-4:30.)
Regional Transit Shelter signs, billboards, newspaper, television and radio ads will encourage Fest attendees to -“Travel to the Chocolate Fest in style and travel home in comfort after a great day at the festival, via the B-Line bus service!” The opportunity to car-pool &/or ride a bicycle to the festival will also be promoted.
Paradise Chocolate Fest organizers further embrace the green community with sponsorships from like-minded companies who recognize the benefit of alignment with the Fest whose commitment to the environment mirrors their own. These sponsors and participating vendors provide exciting opportunities for Fest attendees to discover ways they can make a difference through their daily choices and lifestyle consciousness.