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Celebrity Chefs on the Show Stage

The programme and the network of FAIR FRIENDS are expanding

FAIR FRIENDS will celebrate its tenth anniversary. Germany’s largest sustainability trade fair will take place at the Dortmund Exhibition Centre again from 5 to 8 September 2019. Its programme and its network are expanding. The FAIR FRIENDS trade fair meanwhile co-operates with the Fair-Trade Forum and brings celebrity chefs onto the show stage.

The Fair-Trade Forum is the Fair-Trade Association in Germany. It sees itself as being the political voice of the Fair-Trade movement and champions the global cause of fair general conditions in trade and agriculture. The Association invites its members to FAIR FRIENDS 2019 as exhibitors or visitors. Managing Director Manuel Blendin said: “It is important that there is such an attractive forum that conveys social and ecological sustainability topics to mainstream society.”

Delicious Inspirations
The members of the Fair-Trade Forum and all other visitors to FAIR FRIENDS will await an informative and exciting programme again in 2019. A special attraction is traditionally the show stage on which in 2019 renowned chefs will show how delicious meals prepared with sustainable and fair-traded food can be.

Björn Moschinski, for example, is the proprietor of the vegan Italian Mio-Matto restaurant in Berlin/Friedrichshain. His distinctive trademarks are his dreadlocks and his headscarf. He wants to not only delight demanding taste buds with his cuisine but also spread the idea of veganism and make it popular among the masses. “Eating vegan food and leading a vegan life have nothing to do with abstention,” he explained.  “As an expert on healthy and sustainable food, I will demonstrate how a plant-based diet can be a real treat, especially in the catering and canteen segments.”

Kirstin Knufmann is an expert on uncooked vegan food. She founded the PureRaw company in 2010 and published her first cooking book titled “Raw! My Clever Raw Food Cuisine” in 2013. In 2016, she launched the book titled “Seaweed – The Healthy Vegetable from the Sea” onto the Market. Kirstin Knufmann and co-author Jörg Ullmann show the versatility of the sea vegetable and the large number of recipes you can use it in. Kirstin Knufmann will, like Björn Moschinski, appear on stage for the cooking shows at FAIR FRIENDS.

Slow Couture on the Catwalk
The show stage is, of course, not only reserved for cooking. Paderborn University will again put on a fashion show. Students of the Fashion-Fabric-Design and Fibrecraft Teaching courses will present their designs on the stage and on their own stand and explain the contents of the degree courses.

Under the “Slow Couture – Making Fashion FAIR” motto, various creations in the Slow Fashion Design segment will be presented. The creations reflect design strategies like recycling, upcycling, zero waste or the combination of Slow Fashion and Haute Couture. Under the direction of Prof. Alexandra Kürtz and Linda Oetjen, 22 students organised both the fashion show and the exhibition stand and developed their own ideas during one semester. Workshops will also be offered on the exhibition stand and allow exhibition visitors to sew a top with the “Zero Waste” design strategy, which produces hardly any offcuts.
Exhibition with “Udo” and “Hilde”
Another exhibition partner from a university environment is ecosign. The Design Academy combines design and sustainability throughout the studies. The Design College’s teaching concept that has been successful for more than 25 years is unique in this respect throughout Germany. ecosign students and graduates will showcase sustainable design creations within the scope of a design exhibition at FAIR FRIENDS. Interesting designs from various disciplines that will be showcased range from the reusable “Udo” coffee-to-go coaster that received the European Product Design Award to the organic “Hilde” herbal liqueur and “peak”, a final assignment that draws attention to ecological limits and sustainable perspectives. 

New Exhibition Concept
FAIR FRIENDS will offer special trade visitor and end consumer days this year. It will present the entire product range of Fair Trade to end consumers in Halls 2 and 3 from 6 to 8 September. The “Marketplace for Sustainable Investments” will allow trade visitors to already get an overview of sustainable investments on 5 September. The “Trade Day for Sustainable Procurement” will provide information for municipalities, churches and charities.



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