Ethically produced food on show at shop's event
A WHOLEFOOD shop in Derby is holding its first food fair.
The Real Food Fair will be held at the St Peter's Church Centre in St Peter's Street on Saturday, October 20, from 10am until 4pm.
It has been organised by Sound Bites, which is run as a workers' co-operative. The Morledge store has invited local producers to showcase their wares at the fair.
Visitors will have the chance to press their own apples, try the bike-powered smoothie maker and join in a range of family food and health-related activities.
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There will also be a number of information stalls and discussions about the benefits of ethically produced food, including a talk by national food expert Chrissie White about raw food.
Graham Patient, of Sound Bites, said: "We hope that our first Real Food Fair will open up the debate about how food is produced and the benefits of locally produced, organic and fair trade food, eco household products and cruelty free toiletries, which are the focus for the shop in the Morledge.
"Despite the economic climate, our operations have expanded as more and more people are questioning the origins and quality of the food they buy both in terms of the impact on their health and their pockets – and the wider world.
"Both the wholefood shop and the cafe have seen a steady rise in the number of new and returning customers – some of whom travel from all over the region to come here – and the response so far from our customers and fellow businesses in the St Peter's Quarter to the Real Food Fair has been very positive, so we are hoping for a good turnout at the event."
Sound Bites was established nine years ago, trading at farmers' markets and then in the Market Hall before opening the shop in 2005, followed by the Yaffle Cafe, which serves a freshly prepared menu of vegan dishes.
It also runs the Vegetable Pedallers scheme, delivering fresh fruit and vegetables to elderly and disabled people by bike, and uses a van fuelled by recycled vegetable oil to deliver organic vegetable boxes to homes or businesses within a 10-mile radius.