30 October, 2018

Fair Trade Feast - 2017 Fair Trade Event of the Year

by Ian Brown, Fairtrade Canada

Continuing our series of posts looking at the winners of the 2017 Canadian Fairtrade Awards, today we’re looking at Brandon’s Fair Trade Feast – the 2017 Fair Trade Event of the Year.

The Fair Trade Feast took place in Brandon, MB, on March 5th 2017, with a sold-out capacity of 100 guests. Some highlights about the event and why our panel of independent judges selected it as the winner:

  • The goals of the event were to educate attendees about fair trade and highlight the wide variety of fair trade products available in the community.
  • The City of Brandon’s Fair Trade Town Committee partnered with The Marquis Project and a range of other local community groups to ensure a successful event.
  • The restaurant hosting the event willingly created a menu featuring as many fair trade products as possible. Fair trade wine, beer and vodka were served and the tables were decorated with Fairtrade roses.
  • A silent auction featured many fair trade products as prizes, donated by local businesses.
  • After a presentation about the benefits of fair trade, guests were challenged to take information about fair trade and distribute it to family, friends and businesses, spreading the message even further.

“Winning the 2017 Fair Trade Event of the Year is a real honor! The event was an exciting endeavor for the City of Brandon’s Fair Trade Town Committee, The Marquis Project, Ten Thousand Villages and The Dock on Princess. We’d like to express our sincere gratitude to Ten Thousand Villages in Brandon who generously donated the majority of the fair trade products.” - Mireille Saurette

The Canadian Fairtrade Awards recognize exceptional Fairtrade supporters and are an opportunity to celebrate all of the great work done in the year by businesses, organizations and individuals. The Fair Trade Event Program encourages event organizers to provide Fairtrade products and information to their attendees and participants.