Australian eco-gardening superstar Costa Georgiadis will headline an expanded Living Smart Festival in September to help celebrate the landmark event’s 10th anniversary.

The Gardening Australia host is set to appear throughout the festival’s main Saturday activities on 28 September, talking about sustainable living, catching up with fans and helping judge the popular DIY gardens competition.

“I want people to walk away with a few simple changes that will set the domino effect into place in their family, work andneighbourhoodcommunities,” Georgiadis said.

“This event is a chance to pick up lots of little ideas and actions that we can all do every day to make a difference.”

Lake Macquarie Mayor Kay Fraser said Costa’s inclusion in this year’s line-up was a perfect fit to mark 10 years of Living Smart Festival growth and success.

“Lake Mac’s Living Smart Festival has become one of the biggest and best environmentally focused annual community events in Australia,” Cr Fraser said.

“So it seemed only right to secure one of the biggest and best names in sustainable living for our 2019 instalment.”

Lake Macquarie City Council Art, Culture and Tourism Manager Jacqui Hemsley said applications were now open for stallholders to take part in the festival.

“We’re looking for stallholders who subscribe to the main aims of Living Smart: to raise awareness of environmental issues, foster a love of the outdoors and inspire the community to live more sustainably,” Ms Hemsley said.

This year’s festival will see a return of the successful Feast for the Senses on Friday 27 September, with guests treated to a five-star meal under the stars in Speers Point Park, featuring a menu of locally sourced and sustainably farmed food.

The Saturday main event will feature a day packed with fascinating workshops, cooking demonstrations, eco-living displays, guest appearances, food and market stalls, plant giveaways and the popular kids’ zone.

For the first time, this year’s event will feature a family-friendly Sunday program of live music, entertainment and other activities.

“Adding a Sunday line-up will take our core messages of environmental education and sustainability to an even broader audience,” Ms Hemsley said.

“It will also cement the Living Smart Festival as a destination event, attracting people to Lake Macquarie from across the Hunter, Sydney and even further afield.”

The festival’s ongoing success was recognised at the 2018 Australian Event Awards, with the 2017 instalment named Australia’s best community event of the past 12 months.

Further festival details, features and acts will be released closer to the date.

Go to livingsmartfestival.com.au for more information or to complete a stallholder application form.