Vegetarian / Vegan Hare Krishna Food Festival


The VEDIC VILLAGE (Catani Gardens, St.Kilda) is where your whole family can indulge in all sorts of cultural and fun activities. This includes mantra music by local and overseas artists, drama and dance for all ages, face painting, body art, an Indian shop, bookshop, farm tent, one-on-one Bhagavad-gita card readings, a meditation tent, and our famous Hare Krishna food.

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 traditional Vedic (Indian) culture.

Vegetarian Food Stalls

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

Normally one of our generous donors sponsors the 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

For the past twelve years, our guests could visit the Vedic temple to meditate on the timeless transcendental forms of Lord Jagannatha, Baladeva and Subhadra and satisfy their inner spiritual quests. In 2022, Festival Sunday will be COVIDSafe. Lord Jagannatha will be waiting for you just a few minutes up the road at Hare Krishna Melbourne (197 Danks St, Albert Park).


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.

Also featuring other presentation 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)