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FAIRTRADE supporters in Canterbury, Herne Bay and Whitstable will be joining forces with the rest of the country for Fairtrade Fortnight.

Fairtrade Fortnight, which runs from Saturday, February 21 to Saturday, March 7, is the highlight of the year for Fairtrade campaigners up and down the country, with thousands of events taking place.

This year will turn the spotlight on the producers, who grow the products, to share their stories and remind shoppers of the dramatic difference Fairtrade makes and how much it is still needed.

Here’s a list of local events that will be taking place:

Saturday, February 21: Children’s art at beach creative in Herne Bay

There will be a display of art produced by local children to celebrate Fairtrade in workshops organised by Beach Creative, the community arts group at Beach Street in Herne Bay.

At 10am on the day there will be a prize-giving ceremony for the best creations.

Colourful collages created using Fairtrade packaging will be on display in the Rossetti Room from Saturday, February 21 to Friday, March 6.

Friday, February 27: A taste of Divine chocolate in Whitstable

Victoria’s Boutique will be hosting this event to celebrate their new premises at 70b High Street in Whitstable from 5.45-8pm.

It will be a chance for everyone to sample the exotic range of Divine chocolate with a free glass of Fairtrade wine. Divine chocolatier Erik Houlihan-Jong will give a presentation at 6pm about Kuapa Kokoo, the Fairtrade-certified cocoa farmers’ cooperative in Ghana which supplies Divine, and at 6.45pm he will give a demonstration of confectionery making.

Saturday, February 28: Fairtrade Fair in Canterbury

A centre-piece of the Fortnight will be the Fairtrade Fair in Canterbury on Saturday, February 28 from 10am to 3pm in St Peter’s Methodist Church Hall in St Peter’s Street.

There will be a Traidcraft stall selling a huge range of Fairtrade products. Fairtrade refreshments and home-made soup lunches will also be served from 12 noon until 2pm.

There will be a display of artwork from local schools celebrating Fairtrade, and at 1pm prizes will be awarded to the winners of the children’s Fairtrade Trail Quiz competition. The quiz has been devised to encourage local primary school children to visit local outlets selling Fairtrade products and find out for themselves what is available and where it comes from.

Copies of the quiz can be picked up from the Visitor Desk at the Beaney Library.

Tuesday, March 3: Fairtrade film at Christ Church University

The Fairtrade Foundation has produced a short film called Fairtrade Matters about the lives of tea farmers in Malawi.

Lasting 13 minutes, it invites us to join Edson and Tsala to see the difference Fairtrade makes for them, their families and communities, and the challenges they face in a poignant portrait of the everyday reality of life behind the tea we drink. 

The public screening of the film will take place in the University’s Touchdown Café, showing continuously between 1pm and 4pm.

There will also be an opportunity to sample Fairtrade cakes and cast a vote in the Fairtrade Bake-off competition organised by Christ Church students and staff.

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