Ecofest is a family friendly festival hosted by First Unitarian Universalist Church of Wichita each year as a part of its campaign to create environmental awareness in our community. The festival showcases eco-activists committed to environmental stewardship, such as Ark River Coalition members who organize river clean up and river trips, SOAR promoting alternative sources of energy, as well as demonstrations by Master Gardeners from Sedgwick County Extension Service, Great Plains Nature Center, the Sierra Club and other groups. Ecofriendly vendors selling products from jewelry to food, art exhibits, lunch, music, creative kid crafts, a bake sale, gently used resale, fair trade sales, and fun activities for all ages.
We welcome sponsors, eco-activist groups, and vendors from any organization that provides products and services that contribute to environmental sustainability. Find out when your lawn has enough water, how to compost, and come face to face with vermiculture while shopping with family and friends!
This year’s event will be Sunday, May 5th, from 12 noon until 5 pm. $3 at the door. Under 12 free. Also, free to bike riders! A hydrating station will be available to those who want to fill their reusable water bottles.
Our bountiful book sale includes gorgeous coffee table collectibles, children’s books, classics,cook books, novels, best sellers, mystery, thriller, fantasy, romance, and a "free" box. Check us out: there are books for everyone!
Gently Used Resale
Looking for something new to you and unique? Visit our room of gently used household items to see if there is something you would like or need. It is very true that "one man's trash is another man's treasure"! Help the earth by finding something that somone else does not need and reducing waste while saving money. Not your usual garage sale junk: special objects at special prices.
Take home some goodies from our fabulous bake sale. We have cookies, cakes, candies, and homemade bread, including vegan options. 1st UU bakers are amazing!
There is always something new and fun for our younger Ecofest visitors. Over the past four years, children have enjoyed making exciting things out of recycled materials including jewelry, toys, wind chimes and sculptures.
Our Fair Trade booth offers quality teas and coffees from South America and Africa, as well as selections of gourmet chocolate chocolate mixes. The Fair Trade signature guarantees producers of all these items a fair price for their wares. It is good for them and for us.
Eco-friendly Crafts and Products
Our craft table has sold a variety of products made from organic, recycled, repurposed materials, or “found” items such as: organic Zen gardens, microwave pot holders, jewelry and shopping bags. All items are earth friendly and vary from year to year. Come see the unique things that can be made from items you find in nature or around the house.!
Our vendors, in keeping with our green philosophy, sell organic candles, soaps, furniture, aromatherapy, bird houses, jewelry, and local honey, in addition to a wide range of baked goods. Local artists and craft makers turn newspapers into woven baskets, twigs into critters, seed pods and dried fruit peel into jewelry, or antique wall papers into greeting cards.
Green Thumb Plant Sale
We will have lots of established plants and seedlings available for purchase at very reasonable prices. Plants provide oxygen for the environment, attract wildlife, and give us fresh, affordable food for our tables and our neighbors' tables. Also, planting provides peace of mind. Be sure to stock up at our spring Ecofest Wichita 2019!
Several advocacy groups will be represented too.