Life is sweet for guests in Utopia

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AN Ash­ford busi­ness has shown how easy it is to sup­port Fair­trade by con­jur­ing up de­li­cious desserts and cock­tails. Staff at Utopia wine bar and restau­rant in Bank Street set them­selves the chal­lenge of buy­ing only Fair­trade goods from one su­per­mar­ket, to pro­duce del­i­ca­cies for lo­cal busi­ness peo­ple dur­ing Ash­ford’s Fair­trade Fort­night. Head chef Andrew King said: “The prob­lem is there are a lim­ited num­ber of prod­ucts which are Fair­trade – but we were able to pro­duce a range of desserts with the in­gre­di­ents.” White rum pan­na­cotta, cof­fee and choco­late creme brulee cap­puc­cino, pineap­ple carpac­cio, and choco­late souf­fle were just some of the treats served up last week. Owner of Utopia, Matt Wood, said: “The idea of this event is to get peo­ple look­ing for this stuff at home. You don’t need to go to spe­cial­ist sup­pli­ers for Fair­trade goods.” Utopia al­ready uses Fair­trade cof­fee, tea and sugar as stan­dard. Or­gan­iser of Ash­ford Fair­trade Fort­night, Lisa Lauren, said: “We are hop­ing to en­cour­age other busi­nesses to fol­low Matt’s ex­am­ple.”

Pic­ture: Dave Downey pd1166059

It’s a Fair­trade feast as Utopia guests try out some de­li­cious desserts made en­tirely out of Fair­trade in­gre­di­ents

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