Dandelion Day to Sprout Potential for Healthy Lifestyle Adoption

May 26 event features local practitioners, resources, activities

Celebrating healthy lifestyles and planting the seed for others to follow suit are two hopes for the upcoming Dandelion Day Festival.

Transition Town Peterborough paints the city bright yellow as it presents the annual event, which runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 26 at Millennium Park on Water Street.

Dubbed Peterborough’s Premier Wellness and Active Lifestyles Festival, the all-local event celebrates wellness with a special focus on healthy lifestyles.

Andrea Connell of Transition Town Peterborough hopes the event helps propagate positive changes.

“The purpose is two-fold,” Andrea tells Electric City Magazine.

One best-possible outcome for the festival would be having visitors forge a strong connection with this community, Andrea says. She also hopes vendors receive strong financial support and the chance to promote themselves in a more personal way.

“One of (the goals) is to help people discover resources, businesses and methods by which they can improve the quality of their life in a more holistic way — body, mind and soul,” she says.

The second wish for the event is the ability to “unite the community toward resiliency through connection.” Giving visitors the opportunity to meet local practitioners and suppliers and discover the services available — in a setting Andrea describes as a highly-social atmosphere — will help set the stage for success.

Dandelion Day was created as a spring sister event to the autumn Purple Onion Festival that occurs in September.

During the spring affair, visitors can meet local chefs, farmers and a variety of local wellness practitioners and natural product providers. Dandelion Day offers activities and challenges to keep residents of all ages young, healthy, active and well, organizers note.

The event encompasses music by local musicians, face-painting, dandelion art, a-make-your-own-smoothie blender bike, a silent auction and more.

The Kawartha Loon will be the exclusive currency for the day. “We hope to immerse visitors in the experience of buying local, supporting local and building relationships with their local business neighbours,” Andrea explains.

The festival’s participating vendors are located within 75 kilometres of Peterborough.

With attendance growing every year, the event generally provides family-oriented attractions and various ways to interact with vendors.

One best-possible outcome for the festival would be having visitors forge a strong connection with this community, Andrea says. She also hopes vendors receive strong financial support and the chance to promote themselves in a more personal way.

Dr. Brenda Tapp, the festival’s wellness ambassador and the medical director and founder of the Peterborough Centre for Naturopathic Medicine, will be available at the event to discuss with visitors any health concerns.

For additional details about Dandelion Day, click here.

Admission is free.

Photo courtesy of the Transition Town Peterborough Facebook page.

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