Archive for the ‘Events’ Category

Get ready for Fairtrade fortnight

Thursday, February 14th, 2008

It’s not long until the start of Fairtrade Fortnight – a wonderful chance for all you foodies to widen your horizons with some fantastic, ethically-produced ingredients from around the world.

This year’s event takes place between February 25 and March 9 and, if you’re looking to get involved, your first stop is the Fairtrade Foundation website.

There you can learn a little bit more about the movement and find out about any events happening in your area. Since these tend to include meals, tasting sessions and markets, there’s bound to be something to whet your palate for Fairtrade produce.

Anyone who’s within hailing distance of London can visit the Fairtrade Funfair which will be open at Gabriel’s Wharf South Bank on Sunday February 24 and will include a Fairtrade tea cup ride, a helter skelter, a Fairtrade coconut shy, candyfloss made with Fairtrade sugar and a fortune teller.

Organised by the Fairtrade Foundation and backed by organisations, charities and businesses that support or sell Fairtrade products, the day is billed as giving visitors the opportunity to sample some of the 3,000 Fairtrade items now certified and to learn more about Trade Justice.

A series of talks by Fairtrade producers from countries around the world will give visitors a chance to meet the farmers and workers behind the products, and learn first-hand the difference that Fairtrade is making to their communities. Read more here…

Look out for new ideas following the KBB show

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008

If you’re looking for the very latest in kitchen trends then it’s a good idea to keep an eye on a major industry event coming up soon.

The KBB (that’s kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms) show is taking place at the NEC in Birmingham at the beginning of March.

While it is a trade show for industry professionals rather than an event laid on for the public, it’s used as a launchpad by all sorts of companies to unveil new product lines.

Manufacturers already announcing kitchen innovations include built-in appliances from Sovereign, new colours and finishes from Alno, a glass and steel sink from Franke and new products from BLANCO and Carron Phoenix.

With the show attracting buyers, designers and architects, it shouldn’t take long for all these new products to filter down into the reach of homeowners.

So April should be a great time to revamp your kitchen! Watch this space…

Find out more about the KBB show here. >>

100 years of the Ideal Home Show

Thursday, December 13th, 2007

Got your eyes on March yet?

It may be a few months off, but it’ll be a big occasion for everyone interested in homes and interior design – it sees the 100th anniversary of the Ideal Homes show.

Organisers are promising something special – and plans so far revealed include a dream home and guest house, an inspirational eco house and, of special interest to MyKitchenFinder readers, a packed program in the Kitchen Theatre.

Visitors will also be able to check out Century Street – billed as a fantastic look at the past 100 years of the Ideal Home Show and the changing attitudes to home design and living.

The first ever Ideal Home Exhibition was held at the Olympia exhibition centre, in West London, during 1908 and it has been associated with the Daily Mail newspaper since its foundation.

The first ever show included areas dedicated to food, cookery, interiors and furniture as well as tips on actually building your ‘ideal home’.

In 1922 a village of ‘ideal homes’ was constructed in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, and then sold off after the show closed – it still exists today, and now goes by the name of Meadow Green.

Visitors who want to catch this year’s event are encouraged to book their tickets promptly, and there are some special deals available for those doing so before Christmas.

The 100th event takes place from March 14 to April 6 2008 at the Earls Court Exhibition Centre in London.

For more information visit the show website here >>