Vegetarian / Vegan Hare Krishna Food Festival


The Vegetarian / Vegan Hare Krishna Food Festival (Catani Gardens, St.Kilda) is where your whole family can indulge in all sorts of delicious food, and cultural and fun activities. This includes mantra music by local and overseas artists, drama and dance for all ages, face painting, body art, one-on-one Bhagavad-gita card readings.

On the day, you may also find an Indian shop, a bookshop, a farm tent, and a meditation tent. See what you can find!

Mantra Meditation, Music & Dance!


For a good part of the day and well into the night, you and your family can enjoy music, dance and drama programs. These programs run from 11 am till 9 pm and are a fantastic opportunity for you to taste contemporary and traditional Vedic (Indian) culture.

Vegetarian Food Stalls

Satisfy your hunger at affordable prices with delicious meals from our Hare Krishna Food tents.

Normally one of our generous donors sponsors the free distribution of three tonnes of free watermelon slices after the parade


The Temple Shop


Take home a taste of India:

  • Clothes
  • Ornaments
  • Murtis
  • Health treatments
  • Beauty products and toiletries
  • Spiritual merchandise: chanting beads and bags, tilaka
  • Books for all ages
  • Posters
  • Incense

Kids’ Corner

Delight and entertain your kids with


  • Face painting
  • Henna tattoos

Lord Jagannatha’s Temple

Since 2011, our guests have been able to visit the Vedic Temple tent to meditate on the timeless transcendental forms of Lord Jagannatha, Baladeva, and Subhadra. Satisfy your inner spiritual quest and receive a tasty treat that has been offered to the Deities.


Transcendental Bookstall


Browse a wide selection of books on spirituality, Vedic philosophy and practice, yoga, karma & reincarnation, vegetarianism, and more. Get answers to your questions on these subjects and on the Festival of the Chariots.

Other regular displays

  • Hare Krishna Food for Life – the largest vegetarian food relief charity in the world
  • Crossways – Low-cost vegetarian meals in the city
  • Hare Krishna Valley – Farm retreats / bed & breakfast
  • Care for Cows
  • Gopal’s Vegetarian Restaurant (Swanston St, City)
  • Bhakti-vriksha (home-based meditation and study groups)