This weekend in Virginia Beach, the Hampton Roads community is invited to enjoy the 11th annual Fair Trade Festival. It’s a perfect opportunity to finish holiday shopping with great gifts available that support Fair Trade.
The Fair Trade Festival offers Fair Trade products for sale, as well as live entertainment, a gift-wrapping event, Freecycling and a raffle.
It’s being held at Seatack Elementary School in Virginia Beach. A map can be found below, left. The GPS address is 912 S. Birdneck Road, Virginia Beach. Bus routes include #20 and #33 from I-64/I-264 area near Virginia Beach Blvd. Visit Hampton Roads Transit for more information on mass transit in Hampton Roads.
What is Fair Trade?
Fair Trade honors both producers and consumers to guarantee a respectful, sustainable relationship. Shoppers at the festival rest assured, knowing that all purchases support a world in which workers receive a fair wage.
Fair Trade means that in a local context, workers’ wages are above poverty level and good labor standards are reasonably verified. It means products are created in facilities where workers have a say and are treated with respect. It means retailers commit to offering fairly-produced items whenever they are available.
Since the beginning of the Fair Trade Festival, participation has grown from one retailer to more than 40 in Hampton Roads. This increases the community’s opportunity to buy local and shop to support small businesses, building the local economy.
List of Fair Trade Festival vendors, products and groups
- A Fair Trade World
- Blue Crab Books
- Bayflower Design
- Charmain Panares
- Earthy Child
- Eco Maniac Company
- Eco Trends
- Fair Trade Quilts & Crafts
- Freecycle Norfolk
- Freecycle Virginia Beach
- ME – a mobile eatery and more
- Path of Paper
- Project Green Teens
- Recycled Art by Nick Gallegos
- Rogue Elephant Coffee Roasting Company
- Roses Ridge Farm
- Sierra Club
- Tango Bakery and Café
- TerraScapes Environmental Consulting
- Tidewater Sowers of Justice
- The Dream Shop
- Woodworx By Fourth Starr
All vendors accept cash; some accept local checks; and many vendors accept major credit cards via Square.
Live music and entertainers
Local entertainers and artists will be performing live at the Fair Trade Festival this weekend in Virginia Beach.
- Narissa Bond
- Taylor Lord
- Isis Rising Belly Dancing
- Gregory Lee
- Drum Circle
- Charlton Phaneuf
- Amy Ferebee
- Regina Sanford
A program with a schedule of events and list of Fair Trade supporters is available on the Fair Trade Festival website.
To learn more about the art of Freecycling, visit Freecycling in Norfolk or Freecycling in Virginia Beach.
For more information on related events or to ask about the Fair Trade Festival, participation, donations, volunteering or other support, please email email@example.com.
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