From http://www.sustainabilityshow.org.uk 2011 Gallery
From http://www.sustainabilityshow.org.uk 2011 Gallery

The British summer weather did us proud yesterday at the Taunton Sustainability and Food Fair show, hosted at Queen’s College in Taunton.  After a threatening and gloomy start, the weather picked up and so did the pace.  Everything was green, from the awesome BMW i8 (electric and super-cool)  to the Taunton Farmer’s Market with its variety of locally-produced products. Not only all that, entry was free, so there was absolutely nothing to stop individuals and families coming along to see what was there: watch the goose-dog trials, roll around in Zorbs, make indian roses or check out the luxuriously- appointed Bell Tent (festival goers, I’m looking at you).

Zorbing (could be some new fetish)
Zorbing (could be some new fetish)

The Sustainability Show is a terrific project, pulling traders, producers and craftsfolk together to prove just how achievable sustainable living is.  It’s not rocket science (although you might think so, looking at the fantastic solar energy products on display).

Particularly encouraging was the turnout.  Not only was the venue well-attended, but the diversity of people who visited our stall alone just goes to prove that the environment, and sustainability in general, is on the agenda right across the demographic board.

People are concerned about nature, about the environment, and, as Julia Roberts points out, we need nature far more than Nature needs us.

We had a couple of new products on their first outing today – Elderflower tea and cordial.  (Guess who’s been out foraging!)  We had our hedgerow drinks out for the first time, too.  Rosehip, Sloe and Elderflower.  Delicious!

Considering we were selling a lot of our regular items at half price, we made a tidy sum over the day, and our fruit leather was getting quite a name for itself.  As one lady commented – ‘People are talking about you’.  Under other circumstances, I would get paranoid about that, but in this context it was extremely encouraging.

Sadly, my phone is ‘OUT OF ORDER’ so I couldn’t take any pics.  A missed opportunity, as there were so many amazing things to do and see.

If you couldn’t make it to this year’s show, don’t worry.  Given the popularity of the event yesterday, there will be another one along next year, and I urge you to get there for a terrific family day out.

 

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