Sunday's Living Green Festival wasn't all raw food demonstrations, raspy folk tunes and bicycle repair workshops.
As thousands of people drifted through Yarralumla's Albert Hall, most of its eco-friendly vendors had a message to share on how to make for a kinder world, one of the festival's organisers, Jess Ferry, said.
"The entire purpose of the festival is to showcase how easy fun, delicious plant-based eating is and what it means for your carbon footprint," Ms Ferry said.
"No animals are harmed in the making of this festival. People have learnt how to be a little bit kinder to humans, the planet and animals whilst having an amazing day full of plant-based food, live music, talks and workshops, while chilling out and having fun."
Talking everything from Indigenous rights to animal liberation, festivalgoers engaged in a feast for the mind as well as for their bellies.
Two dapper pooches wearing matching bandannas helped draw people into Anne Douglass' stall, where she and her sister were promoting Oscars Law.
"There are heaps of animal lovers here and heaps of people interested in closing puppy factories down. The dogs are both very sweet and they love everyone, four legged and two, they're good ambassadors," Ms Douglass said.
"This year I think we've only had one person out of everyone say 'what's a puppy factory' and when we first started this, you'd have to explain what it was to every second person."
Amy Pocknoll, of The Orangutan Project, said it was their first time at the festival but they "will be regulars from now on".
"We've had an amazing response, about four or five adoptions, donations; we've just about sold out of all of our merchandise today," she said.
What attracted them to the festival was its socially conscious audience, she said.
"One of our biggest aims is to protect the orangutan's environments and habitats so we thought the Living Green Festival had the perfect kinds of people and their passions align with ours and they'd be great supporters to help us achieve our goals," Ms Pocknoll said.
"Everyone here has the greater good in mind. It's not just a festival, everyone's really passionate about the environment."
Organisers have confirmed the Living Green Festival will be back at Albert Hall in 2016.
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