Fairtrade zone status delight
Dumfries and Galloway has achieved coveted Fairtrade zone status.
It follows Dumfries becoming a Fairtrade Town and Dunscore a designated village in recent years and marks a huge effort by food trade groups across the region.
They had to show that the region has made a commitment to supporting Fairtrade and using its products which help farmers and workers in developing countries.
The achievement was marked at the annual Fairer World Fair organised by the Dumfries branch of the charity on Saturday in St George’s Church Hall.
The highlight of the day was cutting a cake at noon created by Annette Need of Annette’s Baking in a Box who is currently featuring on Channel 4’s My Kitchen Rules UK.
Rosemary Buwert, chairman of the Dumfries group, said: “We were really delighted to be part of the celebration as many folk across the region have worked hard to enable Dumfries and Galloway to achieve Fairtrade zone status.
“The annual Fairer World Fair provided a showcase for many of the products that are available locally, and we also love to support local food producers and businesses, so it was great to have Annette’s Baking in a Box as part of the day.”
Visitors to the event had the chance to see and buy a wide range of Fairtrade goods.
Other stalls sold fairly traded cosmetics and a range of products from Oxfam.
There were also refreshments, a display about the work of WaterAid and information about the campaign for promoting Fairtrade in the region and across Scotland.
Cuddly toys Jill Howard Festive goods Mary Zwanenberg at her stall selling Christmas cards Tasty treats Lucy Donovan with jams and other Fairtrade produce Water Aid’s Paul Hyles Goods for sale John and Marion Glover at one of the stalls Coffee to go Rosemary Buwert with Traidcraft items