A HOST of events are on offer at Sunderland’s fourth Fair Trade Festival.
A family day at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens tomorrow also marks Sunderland’s sixth year as a Fairtrade City.
It is organised by the city’s Fair Trade Steering Group which includes the council, Sunderland University and Sunderland College.
The Mayor of Sunderland, Councillor Robert Heron, will open the Festival and Mags Vaughan, chief executive officer at Traidcraft, the UK’s leading fair trade organisation, will also be there.
Radio Six presenter Lauren Laverne, pictured, who is an ambassador for the city, has been invited to attend as a special guest.
She said: “I am delighted to support Sunderland’s Fair Trade Festival and it’s fantastic to find that there is so much support for Fairtrade in the city.
“Fairtrade ensures farmers get a fair price for the products we take for granted such as tea and coffee, and the premium they receive enables them to support their families and communities and ensures decent working condition’s too.”
At the festival, free activities for children also include making Fair Trade card bookmarks and following a Fair Trade plants trail.
Sunderland was re-accredited as a Fairtrade City in August.
Councillor Mel Speding, cabinet secretary said: “The council is proud to support Fairtrade and we have been serving Fairtrade products in our cafes and catering services since the Sunderland campaign began over six years ago.
“Sunderland’s successful renewal for Fairtrade City status is a result of a fantastic community effort involving our partners, schools, churches and faith groups, businesses, retailers as well as the many residents who choose Fairtrade in their weekly shop. I would encourage more organisations in the city to join this international campaign.”
The first 40 visitors receive a Fairtrade cotton bag containing a Fairtrade snack – and as an extra treat one bag containing two free afternoon tea tickets courtesy of Tropical Wholefoods.
The free festival runs from 11am to 3pm.