This year’s Paléo Festival in Nyon was special for several reasons:
First, although three years passed since its last edition, it didn’t impact the number of people that showed up every day. Over 6 days and 6 nights, the festival welcomed some 250,000 festival goers in total.
It was also extremely hot and dry weather and every night we came back home we had to take a long shower to wash all the dust off. This year we took Chloe-Sofia with us for the first time. I can’t imagine a more family-friendly music festival! She loved the experience (especially Angèle‘s concert) and can’t wait to come back with us next year!
And last but not least, I am really happy that the organizers incorporated some sustainable initiatives. Especially, when it came to the food. So let’s have a look at how Paléo Festival became more sustainable.
When it comes to the food, the Festival’s objective was to improve the offer of vegetarian dishes. Both in the number of points of sale and in the quality and diversity of the dishes:
- 75% of food stands offered at least one vegetarian dish,
- 40% at least one vegan dish, and
- 45% at least one gluten-free dish.
The most eco-responsible stands were labeled “fresh and local”.
In order to limit food waste, the Festival continues its partnership with Too Good To Go app. How does it work? At the end of the day, the food stands could offer unsold dishes through this application.
And as I mentioned in my previous post, all the food stands used reusable dishes and compostable cutlery. You had a pay a small fee that was returned to you once you brought the dish back. Unfortunately, some dishes were offered in a carton box with a recycled plastic cover which could not be reused. It was a shame but one could simply focus on choosing stands that used only reusable dishes. What I really liked was that you could return dirty dishes at one of the 13 stands that collected them. They were situated in close proximity to the food stands so it was really practical. The drinks were also sold in plastic cups that could be returned as well.
Fireworks and Belleville Scene at Night
LA RUCHE – Space for street artists, musicians, and performers
Place de l’envol
The next edition of Paléo Festival Nyon will take place from 17 to 23 July 2023!
Photos copyright: @miri_ramp or @alexanderramp.
Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. We got accredited as media to attend the festival but the opinions expressed in this and previous articles are my own.