As a newbie to the Austin area and advocate for responsible international development, I came across Ten Thousand Villages. Since volunteering at their store on South Congress, I have met the most amazing people! The TTV team are a fantastic group of chicas! To boot, I’m on the 2nd annual Fair Trade Film Festival Committee, which is a great expression of the strong community of Fair Trade supporters here in Austin.
We have three fantastic events planned to raise awareness, celebrate World Fair Trade Day and, of course to have fun!
- Thursday 5/12: The Fair Trade Short Film Screening will help us kick off the weekend right by showing off local talent and will be a great outing for the whole family!
- Friday 5/13: Our Sommelier-Led Fair Trade Wine and Chocolate Pairing is sure to be delicious with chocolate provided by Divine and Theo, and antipasti provided by Central Market, Yummmm!!
- Saturday 5/14: And last but not least, for the Fair Trade Film Festival we are screening some amazing films that are full of depth and purpose, which are sure to raise great debates for our panelists on the complexities and challenges of Fair Trade. Film tickets are $20 that includes a guaranteed seat at one of the documentaries, a $10 food/drink credit (Badass Queso, anyone?), AND an opportunity to participate in the fascinating panel discussions taking place after the documentary. Want to buy your film tickets? You can do so here! In addition, bustling around the Alamo will be our Global Market full of local organizations that carry Fair Trade and sustainable products such as Weavers of Hope and Handmade Expressions, accompanied by an awesome line up of bands such as Laura Graf and Wino Vino that are coming out to show their support! So swing on buy and grab a homemade, fair trade sugar snow cone (yeah, you heard that right… fair trade snow cones) and enjoy the music!
Seriously, you DON’T want to miss any part of the action going on this weekend. So get ready to be a part of one of the best celebrations of World Fair Trade Day!