The Scottish Fair Trade Forum will be hosting a national celebration on Saturday 7 September in Perth to celebrate Scotland's achievement of Fair Trade Nation status: The Fair Trade Festival 2013!
Fair Trade Nation Status was achieved in February with an announcement by Humza Yousaf, MSP, Minister for External Relations and International Development. Scotland is only the second nation after Wales to achieve Fair Trade Nation status but we aim to continue to keep the positive momentum to further embed Fair Trade values among the entire Scottish population and across all sectors of society.
Meeting the criteria for Fair Trade Nation has been to the credit of Fair Trade campaigners across Scotland and the national Festival day will be a big thank you to all those who have worked throughout the past few decades to make this happen.
The day will bring together numerous supporters, organisations and members of the public from across Scotland. It will be an exciting, action-packed and interactive whole day event, with campaigners and sellers from across the country present to share their knowledge and showcase their products. There will be lots of stalls providing information on many different organisations and campaigns, as well as selling a range of exciting and interesting Fair Trade goods, delicious food, and handmade crafts, including Traidcraft’s exhibition of their range of products, and a film made by campaigners and produced by the Forth Valley College will also be premiered. We will also be hosting the first ever Fair Trade Awards!
We hope the day will provide a valuable opportunity to reflect on the meaning of Fair Trade Nation status and create a space for discussion around the future direction of Fair Trade in Scotland. With stalls, performances, entertainers, workshops and guest speakers, as well as treasure hunts, face painters and other exciting activities for kids (and big kids!), plus free entry, it is sure to be a fun-filled day for all the family!
Please keep checking this page for updates of speakers and other exciting news of what we’re planning for what is going to be Scotland’s biggest Fair Trade event!