Sandy in Teignmouth…
It’s ‘Fair Trade Fortnight’ & we have been indulging in freebies from Fair-trade events I’ve attended – an impressive range of chocolate, progressing from milk to dark chocolate at 90%.
I’ve been researching how Teignmouth has been celebrating the fortnight. It seems that Teignmouth was the first Devonshire town to receive Fair-trade Status. The Teignmouth Fair Trade friends arranged for a Ghanaian Cocoa Producer to speak at an evening event at the Baptist Church on Friday night’, highlighting the impact fair-trade premium on his life & community. (They handed out fair trade freebies too).
‘Voyage Fair Trade’ on Northumberland Place is of course top of the list for Fair Trade gift purchases. I’m feeling deep envy for the show owner Sam Birtwistle who is off travelling around India & Nepal visiting producers & sourcing new products. You can follow his adventures via his blog http://www.voyagefairtrade.com/fair-trade-blog/.
Fairtrade have a brilliant add campaign this year – ‘Don’t Feed Exploitation’ – check out the video, it’s really well done & quite an eye-opener http://fortnight.fairtrade.org.uk.
I would love to be able to extend my research to identifying which of the fabulous independent cafes in Teignmouth are selling fair trade coffee & tea – it’s never a hardship to stop for a brew. Perhaps I can suggest this to anyone who is in Teignmouth over Fair-trade fortnight – a justification to fight poverty & inequality through purchasing a cup of fair trade coffee & an accompanying fair trade chocolate!