Fairtrade Fortnight is being marked with a special coffee tasting and shopping event

Fairtrade Fortnight is being marked in Bristol with a special “Coffeelicious” tasting and shopping event at the New Room, right in the centre of the city’s shopping district of Broadmead.

The fortnight of raising awareness of Fairtrade, supported by big-name stars such as Minnie Driver, Colin Firth and Chris Martin, looks at ethical sourcing of products and runs from February 27—March 11.

The Bristol event looks at where we get our coffee from and follows on from the Fairtrade Chocolate Extravaganza held in the New Room last year, which attracted more than 250 people. This event, like last year’s event, is being organised and delivered by Bigger Picture Events.

The event on Saturday March 11 from 11.30am—2.30pm includes free Fairtrade coffee tastings, a mini café selling hot and cold Fairtrade drinks, short films showing how a range of products are grown and sourced ethically and a children’s quiz.

David Worthington, Manager of the New Room, said: “The highlight of the day is a visit at 12.30 pm by Maura Jarquin Blandon, who is a coffee and cocoa farmer in Nicaragua who will be telling us about the difference Fairtrade has made to her life, her family and her community.

“It is important to realise the world is a small place and the actions we take in choosing which coffee to drink can have a real impact on others. We are delighted to be hosting this event at the New Room where in the 18th century John Wesley campaigned for ethical trade. Thankfully things have changed a lot in the last two hundred years and the Fairtrade movement has helped to get better deals for producers all over the world, but there is still a long way to go before we can truly say trading is fair.”

Entry is free but booking is advised on Eventbrite




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