Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The story behind Fairtrade wine Coteaux les Cèdres

In the North of the Bekaa, the Lebanese state has had a hard job establishing its authority. Not so long ago, fields of poppies and cannabis were still stretched endlessly (on 16 000 ha).
In the year 2000, farmers from 11 villages in the region created the "Heliopolis Cooperative" thanks to the technical support and grants given by the French department of Oise. The goal was to get organized around a legal and lucrative activity to abandon the cultivation of illicit crops, in this case, replace poppy and cannabis with vines of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo and Caladoc. The Bekaa climatic conditions are ideal for the production of grapes and wine of good quality: an altitude of 900 to 1700 meters, six months of sun and six months of rain. This type of farming also helps preserve water resources since vines do not require irrigation, therefore fights against desertification.

They are today 250 farmers cultivating 240 hectares of vineyards, and have chosen the French method of horizontal alignment to improve the vines productivity. Membership applications are ongoing, and families have returned to farming activities after they had left the area and moved to Beirut in search of better living conditions. The former president of the cooperative states: "We have gained more than just lands, we have gained men".
As per Walid, a young man who used to grow cannabis, he was living in a state of fear and uncertainty. After a period spent in prison, he returned to his region and fully adhered to the cooperative’s project. Enthusiastic and ambitious, he is now carried by his dream of producing a good wine.

Others are living a real therapy. It is the case of Ibrahim, who after a lifetime spent working in the field of industry, including Saudi Arabia, purchased a parcel of land to grow grapes under the guidance of his wine expert daughter.

In addition to seeking to protect young people from drugs and insuring decent incomes to over 430 families in 11 villages, the cooperative promotes conviviality by making Muslims and Christians work together.

Today, Fair Trade Lebanon and Terroirs du Liban buy a part of the grape crops to produce "Coteaux les Cèdres" the first Fairtrade and Organic certified wine in Lebanon and the Middle-East. An exceptional taste, intense and slightly fruity...this wine of a unique character is proudly exported to Europe and Japan!

COTEAUX LES CÈDRES...a wine of taste and hope

Your favorite Lebanese Fair Trade wine COTEAUX LES CÈDRES is now available
at boutique Terroirs du Liban (Hazmieh, Hourani Center).
Call us for more information: +961 71 783444

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Special offer on "Terroirs du Liban" jams!

Hurry up and benefit from 25% discount on all our jams selection available at boutique "Terroirs du Liban". You may also call us to place your order!
Enjoy this sweet offer!

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Bulgur with tomato recipe

Cooking time: 20 minutes
  • 1 cup coarse bulgur “Terroirs du Liban” (washed and drained)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 big onion (finely chopped)
  • 1kg fresh tomatoes (peeled and chopped)
  • 3 garlic cloves (chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons virgin olive oil “Terroirs du Liban”
  • Salt, pepper (to taste)
  • Stir-fry onion and garlic in olive oil.
  • Add tomatoes and seasonings.
  • Keep on low heat for 5 minutes.
  • Add bulgur and water to cover the bulgur.
  • Bring to boil then keep on low heat until total evaporation.
  • Serve hot. 
Bon appetit!

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Join us at Mar Mikhael Christmas market

Fair Trade Lebanon is at the Bus Station in Mar Mikhael taking part of the wonderful Christmas market from 10th until 13th of December (5 PM until 10 PM).
Waiting for all of you to join us at the heart of this season's festivities! 

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Marche de Noel Solidaire 2015

Like every year, Fair Trade Lebanon will be taking part of the Solidarity Christmas Market organized by the French Institute in Lebanon.

Dates: 9th until 12th December 2015
Time: 10 AM until 7 PM (Wednesday to Friday) and 10 AM until 2 PM (Saturday).
See you there!

2015 Christmas Gifts Selection

Wondering what to get your loved ones for Christmas? What better way than to choose between these festive gourmet baskets filled with Local, Natural and Fair trade products.

Our selection contains 3 prices ranges (75 USD; 119 USD; 159 USD).
The content of these gift baskets may be modified by exchanging products of same value.
Customized corporate gifts are also available upon request (minimum order of 30 pieces).

View all details here.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

NEW: Frozen line of Lebanese products!

Fair Trade Lebanon's store "Terroirs du Liban" located in Hazmieh, Beirut, is now offering a brand new range of frozen products which responds perfectly to its consumers' needs and expectations.

Created by the northern cooperative of "Atayeb Zaman", this new range is sold under the name "Maison du Gourmet" and comprises all varieties of frozen kebbe, along with shish barak, stuffed vine leaves and samosas.

This selection of products is ideal for working people in the city who are constantly on the look for fast yet healthy meals.

Listing of selection:
Meat-stuffed vine leaves
Shish barak
Samoussa (sambousak)
Spinach fatayer
Pumpkin Kebbe
Plain kebbe
Platter of meat-stuffed kebbe with pine nuts.
Meat-stuffed kebbe
Kebbe zgharta recipe

Address Terroirs du Liban:
Hourani Center (facing Mekhitaristes school), Hazmieh.
+961 5 952 153

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Our pictures from the Beirut Cooking Festival 2015

Our participation in the Beirut Cooking Festival (12-14 Nov 2015 in BIEL) was very successful, filled with new encounters and new prospects.
Fair Trade Lebanon, alongside Atayeb el Rif cooperative, were present at the show within the framework of the "So Fair So Good" project funded by MEPI.
Our 3-day participation included a variety of activities ranging from awareness raising, product sales and demonstration with live cooking sessions hosted by our partner cooperatives & renowned Sofil Catering.

Here are some pictures from the event. 

Friday, November 6, 2015

Join us at the 5th Beirut Cooking Festival

Fair Trade Lebanon will be taking part of the 5th Beirut Cooking Festival happening next week in Lebanon.

Join us and enjoy our exclusive live cooking sessions & wine tastings everyday! 

FTL wins the award of "Civic Action of the Year" !

We are glad to announce that the board of editors of renowned magazine Lebanon Opportunities has granted Fair Trade Lebanon the award of "Civic Action of the Year" for 2014-2015, as a reward for the NGO's ongoing initiative, performance and perseverance against all challenges faced in Lebanon.

Given in Beirut during the month of November 2015.